Double-Strand Convertible Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski Crystal, Red Bronze Bails and Antiqued Copper-Finished Brass Chain

This necklace combines three different types of chain--one is machine-made and two are handmade. One handmade chain is created by joining a series of pinch bails, another is formed with wire-linked Swarovski crystal crystal ring beads and cantaloupe bicone beads. The necklace's main attraction is a Swarovski disk pendant festooned with fleur-de-lis donut bails and a chain and crystal tassel. Be sure to check out the color-change effect of the cantaloupe beads that different light sources create--shown in this project with the effects of two different light sources.

Necklace

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, trim one prong on one pinch bail.

Repeat to trim one prong on a total of 99 bails. Align one bail with a loop of a second pinch bail; pinch the bail closed, capturing the loop of the second bail.

Make sure the trimmed and untrimmed prongs meet; if needed, use chain-nose pliers to make adjustments so the connection is secure.

Repeat to create one of each of the following lengths of chain: 33 bails long, 32 bails long and two lengths that are 14 bails long.
STEP 2
Using flush-cutters, cut one 3-inch length of 20-gauge copper Zebra Wire™. Form a wrapped loop on one end of the length of wire. Thread on one end of one Swarovski crystal copper ring bead, a 4mm cantaloupe bicone bead and the other end of the crystal copper ring.

Finish the wire end with a wrapped loop.
STEP 3
Cut a second 3-inch length of 20-gauge copper Zebra Wire. Begin to form a wrapped loop on one end. After forming just the loop, open it slightly and pass the open loop through the wrapped loop of the ring-bead link formed in Step 2. Close the loop and complete the wrap.

Thread on the beads as in Step 2 then complete the second wrapped loop.

Repeat Step 3 to complete a length of chain 9 ring-bead links long.
STEP 4
Open a 4mm copper jumpring. Connect the open jumpring to the loop on one end of one 14-bail length of chain and the loop on one lobster claw clasp. Close the jumpring. Repeat to add a lobster claw clasp to one end of the other 14-bail length of chain.

Open an 8mm copper jumpring. Connect the open jumpring through the closed end of the bail on the other end of one 14-bail length of chain and the loop on one end of the 9 ring-bead length of chain. Close the jumpring. Repeat for the other end of the 9 ring-bead length of chain.

Set this chain aside.
STEP 5
Position the Swarovski 38mm crystal copper disk in the opening of one fleur-de-lis donut bail. Close the bail until the loops meet.

Open an 8mm jumpring and pass it through the loops on the donut bail and through the last bail on the end of both the 32- and the 33-bail lengths of chain.

Add a second donut bail to the disk.
STEP 6
Cut six 3-inch lengths of copper chain. Add a pinch bail to one end of each length of chain.

Thread a Swarovski 4mm cantaloupe bicone bead onto a headpin. Finish the end with a simple loop. Open the loop slightly and add to the loop on the end of one pinch bail on the end of one length of chain. Close the loop.

Repeat to add a cantaloupe bicone bead dangle to the end of each pinch bail.
STEP 7
Cut a 5-inch length of 24-gauge copper Zebra Wire. Begin a wrapped loop, forming the loop large enough to accommodate the first link on each length of chain from Step 6. Open the loop and thread on the links of chain. Close the loop then finish the wrap.

Thread onto the wire one side of a Swarovski crystal copper ring bead, a 4mm cantaloupe bicone bead and the second side of the crystal copper ring bead.
STEP 8
Begin a wrapped loop above the ring bead. Open the loop and capture the loop of the second donut bail added in Step 5. Close the loop and wrap the remainder of the wire.
STEP 9
Open a 4mm jumpring and connect it to the loop of the last bail on the 32-bail length of chain and the loop on one lobster claw clasp. Close the jumpring. Repeat to add a lobster claw clasp to the loop of the last bail on the 33-bail length of chain.

Attach the lobster claw clasps to a 15mm antiqued copper finish ring to complete this one-strand or two-strand necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut two 6-inch lengths of 24-gauge copper Zebra Wire and eight 2-1/2 inch lengths of antiqued copper-plated brass 2.5x2.5mm cable chain.
STEP 2
Add a red bronze 6x2mm plain pinch bail to the last link on each of the eight 2-1/2 inch lengths of chain.
STEP 3
Thread one Swarovski crystal cantaloupe 4mm bicone bead onto one 1-1/2 inch copper headpin. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire creating a 4mm cantaloupe drop.

Repeat to create a total of four 4mm cantaloupe drops and four 6mm cantaloupe drops.
STEP 4
Open the loop on one 4mm cantaloupe drop and attach it to the loop on the end of a 6x2mm pinch bail on the end of one length of chain from Step 2. Close the loop.

Repeat to attach one cantaloupe drop to each pinch bail.
STEP 5
Using one 6-inch length of wire cut in Step 1, begin forming a wrapped loop. Form the loop large enough to accommodate the first link on four of the lengths of chain.

Open the loop and thread on the first link on two lengths of chain with 4mm drops and two lengths of chain with 6mm drops. Close the loop and finish the wrapped loop.
STEP 6
Thread onto the straight end of the same length of wire: one side of a Swarovski crystal, crystal copper 12.5mm ring bead, one 4mm cantaloupe bicone bead and the second side of the crystal copper ring bead.

Begin forming a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire. Open the loop and pass through the loop of one copper-plated brass clip-on earring. Close the loop and wrap the remainder of the wire.
STEP 7
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to create a second earring.

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