Double-Strand Necklace with Vitrium® Clay, Antiqued Silver-Plated Drops and Focals and Stainless Steel Beads and Chain


Vitrium resin clay is a versatile medium. In this design, rich vibrant colors are added to the clay to create a look that is reminiscent of stained glass. These colors and the lightweight nature of Vitrium pair well with the heavier weight and grey color of stainless steel. Create and wear both necklaces as a set or on their own. Make a few extra components so you can create a matching pair of earrings.
STEP 1
Pinch off a piece of transparent Vitrium, add a dab of paint then blend together. Repeat for all the colors you are using in your design.

Tip: Break the Vitrium in half, place a dab of paint onto one half then place the second half on top of the paint. Place the assembled Vitrium into a small piece of plastic cling wrap. Use the cling wrap to blend the paint into the Vitrium so your hands stay free of any paint. Blend until the color is consistent. Add more paint as needed. Wrap the Vitrium up tightly so it does not begin to cure.

Note:
  • Vitrium reacts differently to different paints and colorants; I found that acrylic paint made the clay more soft where oil paint made it stiffer
  • The color darkens as the Vitrium cures
  • Use the white Vitrium for complete saturation of color
    • In the design shown, black and magenta were blended with opaque then the orange, green, magenta and blue where blended with the transparent
  • You can use markers and highlighters for a lighter, less saturated color
STEP 2
Roll out a walnut-size piece of transparent Vitrium. Place bits and pieces of the blended colors onto half of the sheet.
Fold the sheet in half then roll to compress the layers together. Fold the sheet in half and roll out again.
Continue to fold and roll until the colors are blended as you would like. Set the sheet aside to cure.
Optional: Before curing, place pieces of metal leaf onto half of the sheet. Fold in half and roll to spread out the leaf, creating a crackle effect.

Set the sheet aside to cure.
STEP 3
Break off a blueberry-size piece of any color of transparent Vitrium. Roll it out to a long oval--so it works with the width and length of the filigree marquise.

Repeat to create a second long oval and one square that suits the filigree diamond. Set aside and allow to cure.

Design Tip: You can leave the Vitrium with a raw, rough edge or after curing trim with scissors to create a smooth and neat finish.

Textured Circle Vitrium Drops Necklace

STEP 4
Using the circle template, trace a circle onto the Vitrium transparent sheet that suits the opening in the silver-plated textured open round--#22 worked for this design.

Using scissors cut the circle free from the Vitrium sheet. Repeat to create enough circles for your design.
STEP 5
Prepare a small batch of two-part epoxy. Using a toothpick, apply a thin layer of epoxy onto the textured round.
Place a cut out circle onto the epoxy and center or position so the design in the circle shows as you like it. Place a thin layer of epoxy onto a second textured round.
Flip this over and assemble over the Vitrium circle and first textured round. Make sure the loops line up then carefully set aside to cure.

Repeat to assemble enough Vitrium circles for your design.
STEP 6
Wrap the ball chain around a finished circle. Trim so the ball starts and ends on either side of the loop. Prepare a small batch of two-part epoxy then place a thin bead on the seam and the inside edges of both textured circles. Place the length of ball chain over the seam so it is centered and neat.

Note: You can have the chain ends meet but when suspending the drops with a jumpring, the ball chain will interfere with the opening of the loop.
STEP 7
Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Vitrium sealer onto each side of each circle of Vitrium.
STEP 8
Using memory wire shears, cut a 3-inch length of stainless steel wire. Form a simple loop on one end. Thread on a 10mm stainless steel bead. Finish the end with a simple loop to create a stainless steel bead link.

Repeat to create a series of bead links using other size stainless steel beads, creating enough for each circle in your design. The design shown has three 10mm bead links, two 8mm bead links, two 6mm bead links and two 4mm bead links.
STEP 9
Thread an 8mm gunmetal jumpring through the loop on one circle; close the jumpring. Thread a 6mm jumpring through the 8mm jumpring and through the loop on one end of the stainless steel 10mm bead link; close the jumpring.

Add a circle to each bead link then connect to the length of textured oval cable chain, using jumprings to extend the length of each drop to suit your design.

Vitrium Tassel Pendant

STEP 10
Using the tip of an awl, place a small hole in the top of a long Vitrium oval. Line up a filigree marquise so the top of the opening meets up with the hole in the Vitrium. Place a second filigree marquise on the back of the stack; make sure both filigree shapes are facing right-side out.

Using a pair of flat-nose pliers, close a stainless steel bail so the points are closer together yet are still wide enough apart the bail fits over the filigree/Vitrium assembly. Place the bail over the assembly then, using pliers, close the bail so the points meet, securing the pieces together. Repeat for all three pieces of transparent Vitrium and filigree.
STEP 11
Using memory wire shears, cut a 4-inch length of stainless steel wire. Form a large simple loop on one end. Cut a 3-inch, 4-inch and 5-inch length of stainless steel ball chain. Place a bead tip over the last ball on each end of each length of chain. Thread a length of chain through each bail. Open the simple loop then thread on each bead tip so the filigree/Vitrium sandwiches hang in an order you like.
STEP 12
Open a stainless steel jumpring and thread it onto the length of oval cable chain; close the jumpring. Add a second jumpring to the first then add a third. Thread a tassel cone onto the straight end of the stainless steel wire; slide the cone toward the simple loop until the loop is nested up inside the cone. Thread on a 4mm stainless steel bead then begin a wrapped loop. Before wrapping, open the loop slightly then thread on the lower stainless steel jumpring; finish the wrapped loop. Trim any excess wire with memory wire shears.

Tip: If you want to extend the length of the oval cable chain, cut a length of ball chain that suits your design. Add a bead tip to each end. Use the jumpring on the end of the oval cable chain to capture one bead tip. Add a 6mm stainless steel jumpring to the other bead tip; use this as the ring when clasping the necklace with the lobster clasp.

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