Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Antiqued Gold-Plated Steel Focals, Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Flat Backs and Gilders Paste®
-- Designer --
Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Jamie Smedley, read her jewelry artist success story here
: : : Materials : : :
- Focal, antiqued gold-plated steel, 42x42mm single-sided concave fancy flower (2 focals)
- Focal, antiqued gold-plated steel, 46x46mm single-sided wavy flower (3 focals)
- Focal, antiqued gold-plated steel, 49x32mm single-sided fancy rectangle (2 focals)
- Focal, antiqued gold-plated steel, 59x35mm single-sided wavy flat oval (2 focals)
- Flat back, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, light Colorado topaz, silver-foil back, 2.1-2.3mm round (25 flat backs)
- Flat back, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, light Colorado topaz, silver-foil back, 4.6-4.8mm round (22 flat backs)
- Jumpring, antiqued copper-plated brass, 5mm round, 22 gauge (16 jumprings)
- Jumpring, shiny copper, 8mm round, 16 gauge (12 jumprings)
- Earwire, antiqued brass-finished steel, 19mm with ball and coil, 22 gauge (2 earwires)
- Clasp, toggle, antiqued copper-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 14mm round with flower (1 clasp)
- Chain, antiqued silver-plated brass, 8mm round
- Wax paste, Gilders Paste, patina
- Wax paste, Gilders Paste, silver
- Wax paste, Gilders Paste, Inca gold
- Wax paste, Gilders Paste, copper
- Adhesive, epoxy, Araldite standard epoxy, 2-part, 90-minute
- Adhesive set, assorted Mod Podge glue sealer
- Tool, hot glue gun with stand
- Beading supply, hot glue stick
- Teflon non-stick art sheets
- Pliers, flush-cutter
- Pliers, chain-nose
|Bend the ends of an antiqued gold-plated oval component (filigree) so each end is raised 45 degrees.
Repeat to create a second bent oval filigree.
|Using your gloved finger or a brush, apply Gilders Paste to the entire front and back of one bent oval filigree, layering the colors: silver, copper, gold and patina.
Apply Gilders Paste to all the pieces in the design including the chain and clasp so they match the filigree.
|Using a brush, apply a topcoat of Mod Podge® matte sealer to the entire piece, including the chain and clasp. Let dry completely.|
|Squeeze out equal portions of each part of the Araldite® two-part epoxy. Using a toothpick or craft stick, mix the two parts together well. Using a clean toothpick, apply a few dots of epoxy to an area on one filigree where you want to add flat back crystals. Using tweezers, place the crystals into the epoxy. Repeat, adding crystals to all the places you'd like them to be on both filigrees. Let the epoxy cure.|
|Working on a Teflon sheet, place the two antiqued gold-plated rectangle components corner to corner with the short ends facing out and angled down. Apply a dab of hot glue to the corners of the rectangle that overlap.|
|If needed, add another dollop of hot glue to the top of the rectangles. Pressing lightly, place a petal of an antiqued gold-plated wavy flower component into the glue.
Note: You want the wavy flower to connect to the rectangles but you don't want the glue to come through the filigree openings.
If hot glue comes through the filigree, working carefully, wet your finger and quickly smooth the glue before it cools.
|Place a large dollop of hot glue on either side of the wavy flower filigree. Gently place a petal of an antiqued gold-plated fancy flower component into the glue, positioned so the flower extends above the rectangle and creates a gentle curve, again, working carefully so the glue does not come through the openings in the filigree. Allow the glue to cool.|
|Add a dollop of hot glue between the wavy flower and the fancy flower, building up a bit of height, then place the center of the bent oval filigree into the glue.|
|Repeat Steps 7 and 8 on the other side of the assembly. Allow the glue to cool.|
|Use a brush to apply Gilders Paste to the hot glue. Also apply Gilders Paste to any areas where you would like more color.|
Use the brush to touch up the jumprings, clasp and chain with Gilders Paste. Rinse the brush with mineral spirits to remove the Gilders Paste.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
- ''Making a Wrapped Loop and Double-Wrapped Loop'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
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