Triple-Strand Necklace with Acrylic Cabochons, Swarovski® Crystal Beads and Gold-Plated Steel Chain
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Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light azore, 4mm round (80 beads)
- Flat back, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, crystal AB, foil back, 3.8-4mm Xirius rose (7 flat backs)
- Cabochon, acrylic, light blue and white, 33mm non-calibrated round cameo with hibiscus flower (3 cabochons)
- Bail, Aanraku, glue-on, 18Kt gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 16x6.5mm with 9x6.5mm leaf flat base (23 bails)
- Bail, glue-on, antiqued gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 22x8mm with 12x8mm rectangle flat base and decorative design (1 bail)
- Wire protector, Accu-Guard, 14Kt gold-filled, 5x5mm tube, 1.1mm inside diameter (4 wire protectors)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 6mm round, 20 gauge (2 jumprings)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 7mm round, 18 gauge (16 jumprings)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 8mm round, 18 gauge (12 jumprings)
- Clasp, toggle, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 19mm round with bands (1 clasp)
- Thread, Silamide, 2-ply waxed nylon, light brown, size A, 4-pound test
- Thread, Nymo, nylon, turquoise blue, size D
- Chain, gold-plated steel, 2.4mm diamond, 24 inches with springring clasp
- Wire, Zebra Wire, brass, gold color, round, 18 gauge
- Wire, Zebra Wire, brass, gold color, round, 28 gauge
- Adhesive, Vigor Super Glue
- Adhesive, Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, 2-part
- Photo transfer liquid, Omni-Gel
- Needle, steel, #10 economy, 2-1/4 inches
- Pliers, flush-cutter
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
Cut the following lengths:
Tip: Cut the 7-inch lengths of chain so that a cord end remains intact on one end then remove two cord ends from the cut lengths of chain and attach them to the opposite end of each length.
2.4mm diamond chain: three 17-inch lengths, one 22-inch length, four 7-inch lengths
Zebra Wire™: two 50-inch lengths of 28 gauge wire, one 7-inch length of 18 gauge wire
Four 5-foot lengths of Silamide thread
Four 5-foot lengths of Nymo® thread
Cameo Pendant Links
Mix Devcon® 5 Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a thin layer to the front of the flat pad on one 16x6.5mm leaf bail and to a similarly sized area along the outer edge of the back of one 33mm cameo with hibiscus flower cabochon. Press the leaf bail onto the cabochon.
Repeat to attach a total of eight leaf bails to the back of one cabochon creating a cameo cabochon link. Allow the epoxy to set for five minutes.
Using a file or sand paper, roughen the flat pad on the leaf bails and the cameos to help the epoxy adhere
Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product
Repeat to make a total of two cameo cabochon links.
Repeat Step 2 substituting one of the leaf bails for one 22x8mm rectangle bail creating a cameo cabochon link pendant.
Apply a small amount of Vigor® Super Glue to the back of one crystal AB flat back rhinestone and then press the rhinestone onto the front of one cameo cabochon link. Repeat to apply at least two rhinestones to each of the cameo cabochon links and pendant.
Light Azore Strands
Thread a beading needle with a length of Nymo thread. Match up both ends of the thread.
String one Accu-Guard onto the length of thread. Position the Accu-Guard at the opposite end of the thread then tie a knot to secure. Continue to string a total of 20 light azore 4mm rounds creating a knot after each bead.
Repeat to create a total of four light azore strands.
Six Strand Chain Bundles
Pass two 7-inch lengths of chain through the 22x8mm rectangle bail on the cameo cabochon link pendant then match up the ends of both lengths of chain.
Match up one end of one 17-inch length of chain with the previous lengths. Pass the opposite end of the chain through each of the leaf bails on the cameo cabochon link pendant.
Tip: Each end of the 17-inch length of chain should match up with the ends of the other lengths of chain.
Pass one 17-inch length of chain through each of the eight leaf bails on one cameo cabochon link.
Match up the ends of the length of chain with the previous lengths of chain.
Repeat using the second cameo cabochon link.
Place the cameos and lengths of chain on a flat surface so the cameo cabochon link pendant is between the other two cameo links, and the lengths of chain are flat and lay even.
Match up one end of the 22-inch length of chain to the end of the previous chains on one side of necklace. Apply a small amount of Devcon to the outer edge of the previous diamond chain, centered between the first two bails on one cameo cabochon link. Press the chain to the glued area on the previous chain.
Continue connecting the chain with glue between each of the outer leaf bails on the cameo cabochons along the bottom of the necklace. Match the end with the ends of the previous chains on the opposite side of the necklace.
Allow the epoxy to set for five minutes.
Separate the lengths of chain and the top of the necklace into two groups of 6 lengths.
Thread one 5-foot length of Silamide thread onto a beading needle. Pass the needle through the six lengths of chain on one side just above the cameo cabochons.
Continue to weave the thread through the lengths of the chain connecting them, working toward the opposite end. Tie off then trim any excess thread.
Note: It may be necessary to cut other 36-inch lengths of thread later in the design.
Repeat to connect the second set of chain on the opposite side of the necklace.
Apply a dab of Devcon to the base of each set of six chains where the woven thread begins.
Trim the edges of the chain so that they are even.
Connect one light azore knotted length to the last link on the second chain on one side of the necklace with several knots. Repeat to attach one light azore knotted length to the last link on the fifth chain on one side of the necklace.
Repeat to attach the remaining two light azore knotted lengths to the chains on the opposite side of the necklace.
Pass one 50-inch length of 28 gauge Zebra wire through the last few links on each end of one set of six chains. Weave the wire through the links then around the set of wires concealing the top of the chain where the light azore knotted lengths connect.
Repeat using the remaining 50-inch length of 28 gauge wire on the opposite set chains.
Pass one 7mm jumpring through the Accu-Guard on two light azore knotted lengths and two 8mm jumprings then close. Repeat to attach a second jumpring creating double jumprings.
Pass one 7mm jumpring through the previous 8mm jumprings and two more 8mm jumprings then close. Repeat to attach a second jumpring creating double jumprings.
Repeat to connect a second set of 7mm and 8mm jumprings creating a chain.
Pass one 7mm jumpring through the loop on one portion of the toggle clasp and the last set of 7mm jumprings on the chain then close. Repeat to attach a second jumpring creating double jumprings.
Repeat to create an extender chain connecting the second portion of the clasp.
Pass one 6mm jumpring through one cord end on one 7-inch length of chain and a loop of chain at the top of one cameo cabochon link then close.
Connect the cord end on the opposite end of the length of chain to the first two 8mm double jumprings (Step 15).
Repeat to attach the second 7-inch length of chain on the opposite side of the necklace.
Pass one 7-inch length of 18 gauge wire through one of the top leaf bails of one cameo cabochon link then form a simple loop. Continue to pass the wire through a second link, toward the center, on the cameo cabochon link, the rectangle bail on the cameo cabochon link pendant and through two of the leaf bails on the second cameo cabochon link then form a simple loop on the second leaf bail to secure.
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