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Multi-Strand Necklace with Cultured Freshwater Pearls, Seed Beads and Art Clay® Silver

Create a piece of history with Roman ''follis'' coin replicas from the 6th Century Byzantine Empire. Opulent cultured freshwater pearls and faceted drops add to the mystery of this intriguing neckpiece.

Please note: This instructional project includes different design variations, giving you the ability to choose your desired look.

Paperclay Pendants

STEP 1
Select element to be molded, example: antique Byzantine Follis coin.
STEP 2
Prepare a lump of Art Clay two-part silicon, five minute cold molding compound, following manufacturers directions that will be large enough to accommodate the chosen element.
STEP 3
Press coin into prepared molding compound and let cure, in place, according to manufacturer's directions. When cured, release coin by gently flexing mold.
STEP 4
Lightly brush interior of mold with cornstarch.
STEP 5
Form lump of paperclay into round shape by rolling between palms. Press into mold and let it set for a few minutes.
STEP 6
Flex mold to release ''coin'' and allow to dry completely. Temperature and humidity will influence dry time.
STEP 7
Seal with a light coating of spray-on acrylic sealer in matte finish. Allow to dry. Turn and repeat on back of ''coin''.

Faux Bronze Finish for Paperclay Pendants

Variation 1
STEP 1
Dilute dark gray acrylic craft paint with approximately one part water to one part paint and sponge onto ''coin.'' Allow to dry. Repeat on back of coin.
STEP 2
Using fingertip, dab random spots of green acrylic craft paint onto coin, allowing some of the gray to show through. Allow to dry. Repeat on back of coin.
STEP 3
Dilute antique gold acrylic craft paint with approximately one part water to one part paint and dab onto raised portions of coin with fingertips to create highlights. Allow to dry. Repeat randomly on back of coin.
STEP 4
Apply diluted gray paint mixture from Step 1 to further ''age'' the coin. Allow to dry. Repeat on back of coin.
STEP 5
Seal with a light coating of acrylic spray sealer. Allow to dry. Repeat on back of coin.
STEP 6
Cut a 3-inch length of sterling silver, dead-soft, 26-gauge round wire; form a wrapped loop on one end (see instructions below).
STEP 7
Lightly pierce top of coin with a safety pin to start a hole for the eye loop.
STEP 8
Dab GS Hypo cement onto straight end of eye loop.
STEP 9
Use flat-nose pliers to grip loop and gently, but firmly, push eye loop into hole on top of coin. Allow to dry.
Variation 2
STEP 1
Dilute dark gray acrylic craft paint with approximately one part water to one part paint and sponge onto ''coin.'' Allow to dry. Repeat on back of coin.
STEP 2
Using fingertip, dab random spots of turquoise acrylic craft paint onto coin, allowing some of the gray to show through. Let dry and repeat on back of coin.
STEP 3
Dilute antique silver acrylic craft paint with approximately one part water to one part paint and dab onto raised portions of coin with fingertips to create highlights. Allow to dry. Repeat randomly on back of coin.
STEP 4
Apply diluted gray paint mixture from Step 1 to further ''age'' the coin. Allow to dry and repeat on back of coin.
STEP 5
Seal with light coating of acrylic spray sealer. Allow to dry and repeat on back of coin.
STEP 6
Cut a 3-inch length of sterling silver, dead soft, 26-gauge round wire; form a wrapped loop on one end (see instructions below).
STEP 7
Lightly pierce top of coin with a pin to start a hole for the eye loop.
STEP 8
Dab GS Hypo cement onto straight end of eye loop.
STEP 9
Use flat-nose pliers to grip loop and gently, but firmly, push eye loop into hole on top of coin. Allow to dry.

Stamped Pendants

Variation 1
STEP 1
Sand off the green backing from the mirror discs; rinse and dry.
STEP 2
Apply Boss-Gloss to the rubber stamp and stamp front of disc. Sprinkle the mirror with embossing powder and tap off excess. Repeat until all discs are complete.
STEP 3
Place discs, powder side up, on a glass surface. Heat evenly and thoroughly with an embossing tool until powder starts to bubble and puff up. Allow to cool.
STEP 4
Seal embossed image with a light coating of matte acrylic sealer. Let dry and insert into coin mounting.

Tip: If you'd like to antique the coin mounting, do so before inserting the disc. Pour a little Novacan solution into a small glass container. Use tweezers to place the mounting into the solution and soak for a couple of minutes until desired patina is achieved. Carefully follow manufacturer's instructions for safe use and disposal of patina solution.
Variation 2
STEP 1
Sand off the green backing from the mirror discs, rinse and dry.
STEP 2
Select a photo or postcard image for front of coin and a mica tile and decorative paper for the backing. Place the disc over the front image and trace around the perimeter with a pencil. Repeat process for the paper backing and the mica tile. Cut out the images and sandwich the layers in the following order: mirror disc on top, photo facing up, paper facing down, mica tile on bottom.

Tip: You may wish to apply a drop of glue between the layers, along the edges, to hold discs in place.
STEP 3
Insert disc into coin mounting.
Variation 3
STEP 1
Leaving the green mirrored disc backing intact, select desired rubber stamp image and apply Boss-Gloss. Stamp face of disc with image.
STEP 2
Sprinkle the mirror with embossing powder and tap off excess. Repeat until all discs are complete.
STEP 3
Place discs, powder side up, on a glass surface. Heat evenly and thoroughly with an embossing tool until powder starts to bubble and puff up. Allow to cool.
STEP 4
Select a photo or postcard image for front of coin and a mica tile and decorative paper for the backing. Place the disc over the front image and trace around the perimeter with a pencil. Repeat process for the paper backing and the mica tile. Cut out the images and sandwich the layers in the following order: mirror disc on top, photo facing up, paper facing down, mica tile on bottom.

Tip: You may wish to apply a drop of glue between the layers, along the edges, to hold discs in place. Also, small bits of lace or mica flakes can also be added as embellishments under the mica window.
STEP 5
Seal embossed image side with a light coating of matte acrylic sealer and let dry. Insert disc coin mounting.
Variation 4
STEP 1
Sand off the green backing from the mirror discs, rinse and dry.
STEP 2
Select a piece of vintage fabric for front of disc and a mica tile and decorative paper for the backing. Place the disc over the front image and trace around the perimeter with a pencil. Repeat process for the paper backing and the mica tile. Cut out the images and sandwich the layers in the following order: mirror disc on top, photo facing up, paper facing down, mica tile on bottom.

Tip: You may wish to apply a drop of glue between the layers, along the edges, to hold discs in place. Also, small bits of lace or mica flakes can also be added as embellishments under the mica window.
STEP 3
Insert disc in coin mounting.

Creating Necklace

Combining a single strand and multiple strands.

Single Strand
STEP 1
Cut #2 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand. String on a potato pearl and slide towards center knot. Tie another knot next to the pearl by forming a single overhand loop. Insert tweezers through loop and grasp the cord where it exits the pearl. Gently pull the end of the cord to slide loop towards the pearl and knot tightly in place next to the pearl.

Repeat until necklace reaches the desired length on one side, then continue stringing and knotting from the other side.
STEP 3
Slide one size 11/0 seed bead and one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with lit stick of incense to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Multi-Strand
Strand #1:
STEP 1
Cut #2 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand. String on a rice pearl and slide towards center knot. Tie another knot next to the pearl by forming a single overhand loop. Insert tweezers through loop and grasp the cord where it exits the pearl. Gently pull the end of the cord to slide loop toward pearl and knot tightly in place next to pearl.

Repeat fourteen times for this side, then continue doing the same for the other side.
STEP 3
In random order, thread size 6/0 and size 8/0 seed beads to desired length. Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse™ Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Strand #2:
STEP 1
Cut #3 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand. String on one faceted crystal and four seed beads in random sizes to the center knot. Repeat three more times on one side, then complete the following side. Continue adding randomly sized seed beads until both sides have reached the desired lengths.
STEP 3
Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Strand #3:
STEP 1
Cut #2 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand. String on a potato pearl and slide to the center knot. Tie another knot next to the pearl by forming single overhand loop, inserting tweezers through loop and grasping the cord where it exits pearl. Gently pull the end of the cord to slide loop towards the pearl and knot tightly in place next to the pearl.
STEP 3
Repeat fifteen more times, then complete the other side for a total of 32 pearls.
STEP 4
String seed beads in random sizes until each side reaches desired length.
STEP 5
Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 6
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 7
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Strand #4:
STEP 1
Cut #3 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand and string one finished paperclay coin charm to the center knot. Tie another knot on the opposite side of the coin. String 10 randomly sized seed beads, tie a knot and add another coin. Repeat until three coins have been strung on either side of center coin. Continue stringing seed beads until each end has reached desired length.
STEP 3
Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Strand #5:
STEP 1
Cut #2 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
String seed beads of random sizes throughout the entire length of the strand.
STEP 3
Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, then back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.
Strand #6:
STEP 1
Cut #3 black Silkon cord to three times desired finished length. Dab hypo-cement onto each end and let dry.
STEP 2
Tie a square knot in the center of the strand. String one finished embossed charm to the knot. Tie another knot on the other side of the charm. String 13 randomly sized seed beads, and add one more charm. Repeat until three charms have been added to either side of the center charm. Continue stringing seed beads until each end has reached desired length.
STEP 3
Add one crimp tube onto each end of the cord. Thread cord ends through each clasp end, and back through the crimp tubes. Tie a knot next to each crimp tube and crimp with crimping pliers. Dab hypo-cement on each knot and allow to dry.
STEP 4
Clip cord end to approximately 5mm from each knot. Touch cord ends with FiberFuse Thread Burner to melt and prevent fraying.
STEP 5
Position 3mm sterling silver crimp covers over each crimped tube, tucking in cord ends. Close crimp covers with tip of crimping pliers.

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