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 Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Sterling Silver Drops, Focal and Components 

Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Sterling Silver Drops, Focal and Components
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Dragonfly Garden

-- Designer --

Alice, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

: : : Materials : : :

  • Charm, sterling silver, 17x15mm double-sided affirmation heart ''HOPE.'' (1 charm)
  • Component, sterling silver, 18mm single-sided smooth flat round flower with heart-shaped openings and 2.5mm hole, 23-25 gauge (3 components)
  • Drop, sterling silver, 18x11mm single-sided smooth flat rounded rectangle, 23-25 gauge (2 drops)
  • Focal, sterling silver, 43.5x18.5mm single-sided smooth flat oval with top hole, 23-25 gauge (1 focal)
  • Flat back, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, crystal AB, foil back, 3-3.2mm Xilion rose, SS12 (3 flat backs)
  • Micro hardware, brass, 2.5x1.5mm nut / 4x0.5mm washer / 1/4 inch screw with 1.6mm thread diameter (3 micro hardware)
  • Washer, brass, 7mm single-sided flat round flower with pressed petal design and 1.4mm hole (3 washers)
  • Brad, antiqued brass, 7x4mm flat head, 16 gauge (3 brads)
  • Jumpring, sterling silver, 4mm round, 20.5 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, sterling silver, 5mm round, approximately 22 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, sterling silver, 7.5mm round, 19 gauge (2 jumprings)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 6mm round, 18 gauge (1 jumpring)
  • Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 10mm round, 20 gauge (1 jumpring)
  • Clasp, lobster claw, gold-plated brass, 14x8mm with swivel (1 clasp)
  • Earwire, sterling silver, 18mm fishhook with 3mm ball and 2mm coil with open loop, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
  • Chain, gold-finished steel, 8mm double cable
  • Adhesive, Loctite 409 Gel
  • Adhesive, Judi Kins Diamond Glaze
  • Adhesive, Mod Podge Gloss-Lustré glue sealer
  • Wax paste, Gilders Paste, tulip red
  • Wax paste, Gilders Paste, Inca gold
  • Bench block, steel, 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 x 3/4 inch square
  • Punch, EUROTOOL, tempered steel, 5 inches with 3mm tip
  • Stamp punch, tempered chrome vanadium steel, 6x5mm dragonfly, 2-3/4 x 3/8 inches
  • Craft brush, wood / horsehair / aluminum, assorted colors, 7 to 8-1/2 inches, sizes 1-12
  • Ball peen hammer, steel and wood, 16mm flat head / 16mm ball head, 10-1/2 inches long, 4 ounces
  • Hammer, nylon and wood, white, 13-1/4 inches with 2-inch domed head
  • Dapping block, steel and wood, 2x2-inch block with (24) doming punches
  • Shears, Lindstrom, steel and plastic, black and blue, 5-3/4 inches
  • Hole punch pliers, EUROTOOL®, carbon steel and plastic, black and blue, 5-3/4 inches with 1.8mm round hole
  • Pliers, bent-nose 
  • End of Materials List

    Necklace

    Step 1
    Using flush-cutters, cut one 24-inch length of gold-finished 8mm cable chain.
    Step 2
    Place one sterling silver 18mm flat flower component into a hole on the dapping block that is larger than the silver disc. Choose a punch that is smaller than the hole on the dapping block. Using the nylon hammer, hammer the punch in the center of the silver flower. Move the angle of the hammer around the center of the silver flower to continue to form the concave disc. If more of a dome is desired move the silver flower to a smaller hole on the dapping block. Choose a smaller punch, and continue to form the concave flower until it is the desired shape.
    Step 3
    Using the EUROTOOL® punch, create a divot 1/2 inch above the bottom edge and 3/8 inch from the left of side of a sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal. Align the EUROTOOL hole punch pliers over the divot and punch a hole.
    Step 4
    Using a texturing hammer and a steel block, texture the front side of a sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal. Repeat to texturize the back of the oval focal.
    Step 5
    Place the sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal onto a steel bench block and tape down to keep the drop from moving. Hold the 6x5mm dragonfly punch straight up on the top half of the oval focal then hit the end with a heavy hammer. Repeat to punch two additional dragonfly stamps on the top half of the oval focal.
    Step 6
    Place a brad through the front of a brass 7mm flower washer, the hole in the center of the sterling silver concave flower component, and the front to back of the drilled hole on the sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal. Finish the end of the brad using a ball peen hammer.
    Step 7
    Using a brush, apply a thin layer of tulip red Gilders Paste® over the 7mm flower washer inside the sterling silver concave flower component.

    Repeat to apply the Inca gold Gilders Paste over the dragonfly stamps on the sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions (approximately 12 - 24 hours) then polish away excess Gilders Paste with a soft cloth.

    Thin out Gilders Paste with paint thinner or mineral spirits to transform the highly concentrated paste into a preferred consistency. Use in a well-ventilated area.

    After focal is completely dry use an artist brush to apply Mod Podge® Gloss-Lustré glue sealer to the front of the focal. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
    Step 8
    Place a small amount of Loctite® adhesive on the front top of the tulip red brass 7mm flower washer. Using tweezers, place one crystal AB 3mm flat back on the 7mm flower washer. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.
    Step 9
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one gold-plated 6mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the lobster claw clasp and the first link on a 24-inch chain. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a gold-plated 10mm jumpring on the last link of the chain.
    Step 10
    Open a sterling silver 7.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the sterling silver 43.5x18.5mm flat oval focal and the 40th link on the 24-inch length of chain. Close the jumpring.

    Repeat to attach a sterling silver 17x15mm heart charm to the 41st link on the chain.

    Earrings

    Step 1
    Place one sterling silver 18mm flat flower component into a hole on the dapping block that is larger than the silver flower. Choose a punch that is smaller than the hole on the dapping block. Using the nylon hammer, hammer the punch in the center of the silver flower. Move the angle of the hammer around the center of the silver flower to continue to form the concave flower. If more of a dome is desired move the silver flower to a smaller hole on the dapping block. Choose a smaller punch, and continue to form the concave flower until it is the desired shape. Repeat to create two sterling silver concave flower components.
    Step 2
    Using a texturing hammer and a steel block, texture the front side of a sterling silver 18x11mm flat rectangle focal. Repeat to texturize the back of the rectangle link and the front and back of a second 18x11mm flat rectangle link.
    Step 3
    Place the sterling silver 18x11mm flat rectangle link onto a steel bench block and tape down to keep the drop from moving. Hold the 6x5mm dragonfly punch straight up on the 3/8 inch from the bottom of the rectangle link then hit the end with a heavy hammer.

    Repeat to punch a dragonfly on the second rectangle link.
    Step 4
    Place a brad through the front of a brass 7mm flower washer, the hole in the center of one sterling silver concave flower component, and the front to back of the top hole on the sterling silver 18x11mm flat rectangle link. Finish the end of the brad using a ball peen hammer. Repeat on the second rectangle link.
    Step 5
    Using a brush, apply a thin layer of tulip red Gilders Paste over the 7mm flower washer inside the sterling silver concave flower component.

    Repeat to apply the Inca Gold Gilders Paste over the dragonfly stamp on the sterling silver 18x11mm flat rectangle link. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions (approximately 12 - 24 hours) then polish away excess Gilders Paste with a soft cloth. Repeat on the second rectangle link.

    Thin out Gilders Paste with paint thinner or mineral spirits to transform the highly concentrated paste into a preferred consistency. Use in a well-ventilated area.

    After focal is completely dry use an artist brush to apply Mod Podge Gloss-Lustré glue sealer to the front of the focal. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
    Step 6
    Place a small amount of Loctite adhesive on the front top of the tulip red brass 7mm flower washer. Using tweezers, place one crystal AB 3mm flat back on the 7mm flower washer on both links. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.
    Step 7
    Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the top open heart on the sterling silver flower. Close the jumpring. Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on an earwire and the previous 5mm jumpring. Close the jumpring.
    Step 8
    Repeat to create the second earring.
    : : : Additional Resources : : :
  • ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Making a Simple Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Personalize Jewelry Using Steel Letter and Number Punches'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''Using Brads and Washers on Leather'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
  • ''How to Use Gilders Paste®'' illustrated instructions
  • End of Additional Resources

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