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Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Turquoise Gemstone Beads and Cabochon, Antiqued Gold-Plated Brass Chain and Copper Sheet Work

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut the following:
  • One 30-inch length of copper Zebra Wire™
  • One 35-inch length of antiqued gold-plated brass 8mm circle link chain
  • Two 1/4 inch lengths of sterling silver 16-gauge half-hard round wire
STEP 2
Using shears, cut the following:
  • One 3x3-inch piece of brass sheet
  • One 1-3/4x3 inch piece of copper sheet

Focal Piece

STEP 3
Using a ball peen hammer, flatten the brass sheet. Use a file to remove burrs and roughness from the edge of the sheet.
STEP 4
Ink the rubber stamp with permanent ink and press the brass sheet onto the stamp. Allow the ink to dry.
STEP 5
Burnish a piece of masking tape to the back of the brass sheet to prevent etchant solution from seeping under the tape.
STEP 6
Float the brass sheet in a container of etchant solution suspending it from the container with the tape.
STEP 7
After a couple of hours remove the sheet from the solution and dip it into water. Pour a little baking soda over the brass sheet and rub gently to neutralize the solution. Wash well with soap and water.
STEP 8
Cut the etched brass sheet into a 2x2-1/2 inch sheet. Cut a 1/4x1/2 inch rectangle piece out of the 2-inch length side of the sheet. Repeat to remove a 1/4x1/2 inch rectangle piece out of the opposite 2-inch length side of the sheet. Measure 1-inch from the side of the sheet and cut a 1/4x1/2 inch rectangle piece out of the middle of the 2-inch length side of the sheet.
STEP 9
Drill three 7mm holes along the bottom of the brass sheet. Place a 7mm brass grommet into each of the holes and use a ball peen hammer to secure in place.
STEP 10
Punch eight 1.8mm holes along the left edge starting 1/2 inch down from the notch and continue to the bottom. Punch eight 1.8mm holes along the right edge starting at the notch and continue 1-1/4 inch down.
STEP 11
Using a pair of round-nose pliers, while holding the brass sheet, work the first tab on the top of the sheet into a tube to create a bail. Repeat to form a tube on the second tab.
STEP 12
Place a 40x30mm oval turquoise cabochon onto the copper sheet and trace the outer edge with a permanent marker. Draw four small tabs on the four corners of the oval outline. Draw a crown shape on each end of the oval. Cut the shape out with a jeweler's saw and a metal blade. Use a file to remove any burrs from the edges. Using chain-nose pliers bend each of the four tabs on the copper sheet to a 90 degree angle.
STEP 13
Punch a 1.8mm hole in the middle of the crown portion of the copper piece on each side. Center the copper sheet on the brass sheet and use a permanent marker to mark the hole placement onto the brass sheet. Punch a 1.8mm hole into the brass sheet. Place the end of a 1/4 inch length of sterling silver 16-gauge half-hard round wire through the holes on each of the sheets and use a ball peen hammer to finish the wire as a rivet. Repeat to attach the second rivet.
STEP 14
Place the cabochon into the setting. Gently fold down the tabs to secure the cabochon in place.

Necklace

STEP 15
String one 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead onto an eyepin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the eyepin. Repeat to create two 8x6mm dog bone turquoise beading links.
STEP 16
Pass the end of the 30-inch length of copper Zebra Wire through the loop on an eyepin. Center the wire on the eyepin and match the ends.
STEP 17
Separate the wires. String one 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead onto the first wire. Pass the second wire around the outside of the bead and wrap the wire twice around the center wire.

Repeat to attach a total of three 8x6mm dog bone turquoise beads.
STEP 18
String onto both wires one antiqued "pewter" 8.5mm dotted rondelle, one antique copper 7mm rice pearl, and one antiqued "pewter" 8.5mm dotted rondelle.
STEP 19
Repeat Step 17.
STEP 20
String onto both wires one antiqued "pewter" 8.5mm dotted rondelle, one antique copper 7mm rice pearl, the first bail on the focal piece, one 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead, the second bail on the focal piece, one antique copper 7mm rice antique copper pearl and one antiqued "pewter" 8.5mm dotted rondelle.
STEP 21
Repeat Steps 17 - 19.
STEP 22
Pass the wires through the loop on an eyepin. Finish the wire by wrapping the wire around the straight end of the wires three times. Trim any excess wire using flush-cutters.
STEP 23
Pass the straight end of the first eyepin through a bead cap. Finish the end of the wire with a simple loop. Repeat to attach a bead cap to the opposite end of the necklace.
STEP 24
Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the eyepin on the first side of the necklace and a gold-plated 14mm open link. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a 5mm jumpring next to the opposite hole on the gold-plated 14mm open link and the first link on a 35-inch length of antiqued gold-plated brass 8mm circle link chain.

Repeat to attach the last link of the chain to the opposite side of the necklace.
STEP 25
Open the loop on an 8x6mm dog bone turquoise beading link. Pass it through the 14th link on the chain. Close the loop. Open the opposite loop on the 8x6mm dog bone turquoise beading link. Pass it through the loop on a hook clasp. Close the loop.

Repeat to attach an 8x6mm dog bone turquoise beading link and gold-plated 14mm open link to the 66th link on the chain.

Earrings

STEP 1
String one 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead onto a headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the headpin. Repeat to create a total of two 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead drops.
STEP 2
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the 8x6mm dog bone turquoise bead drop and a gold-plated 14mm open link. Close the jumpring.
STEP 3
Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it through the opposite hole on the gold-plated 14mm open link. Close the loop.
STEP 4
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create the second earring.

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