Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski Crystal, Apoxie® Sculpt and Mica Powder

Necklace

STEP 1
Put on gloves and open the super white Apoxie Sculpt, 2-part epoxy molding compound. Mix equal parts of the epoxy for two minutes, or until thoroughly combined, to create a putty-like texture.
STEP 2
Work a small amount of the Apoxie into a 40mm round flat disc approximately 2mm thick for the base of the first focal piece. Press two gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes into the 40mm disc spacing them evenly 15mm apart. Work a small amount of Apoxie over the tubes to hold them in place.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of one Swarovski light azore 18x13mm rectangle fancy stone. Repeat on four Swarovski light azore 18x13mm rectangle fancy stones. Position the four 18x13mm rectangle fancy stones on the 40mm disc forming a cross with an open square at the center. Make sure that two fancy stones are parallel to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes and they are perpendicular to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes to make the focal piece sit correctly when the beads are added later.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of eight Swarovski crystal silver shade 8x8x8mm triangle fancy stones. Position two triangle fancy stones on the 40mm Apoxie disc edge between the outer edge of the first and second light azore 18x13mm fancy stones leaving a small open square created between the triangle and rectangle fancy stones. Repeat to attach two triangle fancy stones between each set of rectangle fancy stones around the edge of the 40mm Apoxie disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stones. Place a small amount of Apoxie in the first small open square between the triangle and rectangle fancy stones. Push one Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stone into the Apoxie in the square opening. Repeat to attach one Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stone in each small open square opening on focal piece.

Repeat to attach one Swarovski crystal AB 14mm rivoli chaton into the center open square on the focal piece.

Turn the focal piece to the back side. Position two gold-plated 15x1mm links into the 40mm disc perpendicular to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes with the bottom loops exposed under the bottom of the Swarovski light azore 18x13mm rectangle fancy stone spacing them evenly 10mm apart.

Smooth the Apoxie on the back of the focal piece using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a ball-tip texturing tool to create two rows of dots in the Apoxie around the center Swarovski crystal AB 14mm rivoli chaton, and one row of dots into the Apoxie around the four Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stones and the eight Swarovski crystal silver shade 8x8x8mm triangle fancy stone. Using a small paintbrush brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the focal piece.

Allow 24 hours for complete hardening.
STEP 3
Repeat Step 2 to create the left side focal piece. Start with a 30mm round flat disc approximately 2mm thick of Apoxie for the base with two gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes attached 15mm apart on the back of the disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of one Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stone and position it in the center of the Apoxie disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski light azore 8x8mm rectangle fancy stones. Position the four 18x13mm rectangle fancy stones on the 30mm disc forming a cross with the Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stone at the center. Make sure that the center stone and two of the rectangle stones are in between and parallel to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes and the others are perpendicular to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes to make the focal piece sit correctly when the beads are added later.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski crystal silver shade 8x8x8mm triangle fancy stones. Position one triangle at the end of each of the four 8x6mm rectangle fancy stones to create points.

Work a 10mm piece of Apoxie into the Apoxie disc in the corner between the first and second 8x6mm rectangle fancy stones. Press a Swarovski light turquoise 8x6mm pear fancy stone into the Apoxie in the corner with the point of the pear pointed outward. Press three Swarovski crystal clear 6x4mm pear fancy stones into the Apoxie with the point of the pear pointed inward around the edge of the 8x6mm pear fancy stone. Repeat to attach one 8x6mm pear fancy stone and three 6x4mm pear fancy stones in each corner of the focal piece.

Smooth the Apoxie on the back of the focal piece using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a ball-tip texturing tool to create one row of dots into the Apoxie around the four Swarovski crystal silver shade 8x8x8mm triangle fancy stones. Using a small paintbrush brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the focal piece.
STEP 4
Repeat Step 2 to create the right side focal piece. Start with a 30mm round flat disc approximately 2mm thick of Apoxie for the base with two gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes attached 15mm apart on the back of the disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of five Swarovski crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stones. Position the five 14x10mm pear fancy stones on the 30mm disc forming a flower with a small open area left in the center.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of one Swarovski light rose 8x8mm square fancy stone and position it in the center of the flower-shaped pear stones on the Apoxie disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of five Swarovski light azore 8x6mm rectangle fancy stones. Position one rectangle at the outer edge of the Apoxie disc between each set of crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stones.

Place a small amount of Apoxie in the hole created between the first two crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stones and the first light azore 8x6mm rectangle fancy stones. Press one Swarovski light turquoise 4x4mm square fancy stone into the Apoxie.

Smooth the Apoxie on the back of the focal piece using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a ball-tip texturing tool to create one row of dots into the Apoxie around the five Swarovski light azore 8x6mm rectangle fancy stones. Using a small paintbrush brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the focal piece.
STEP 5
Repeat Step 2 to create the bottom drop focal piece. Start with a 30mm round flat disc approximately 2mm thick of Apoxie for the base.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski light azore 14x10mm rectangle fancy stones. Position the four light azore 14x10mm rectangle fancy stones on the 30mm disc forming a cross with an open square at the center.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of one Swarovski rose 10.54mm rivoli chaton and position it in the center of the cross-shaped rectangle stones on the Apoxie disc.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stones. Position the four crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stones on the 30mm disc in between each set of crystal clear 14x10mm rectangle fancy stones with the point on the pair pointing to the outside.

Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of four Swarovski crystal silver shade 8x8x8mm triangle fancy stones. Position the straight edge of each triangle next to the center rivoli stone with the point of the triangle over the crystal clear 14x10mm pear fancy stone under it.

Turn the focal piece to the back side. Position two gold-plated 15x1mm flat links into the 30mm disc perpendicular to the gold-plated 30x2.5mm tubes with the bottom loops exposed under the bottom of the Swarovski light azore 14x10mm rectangle fancy stone spacing them evenly 10mm apart.

Smooth the Apoxie on the back of the focal piece using your finger or a piece of non-stick worksheet. Gently press a ball-tip texturing tool to create two rows of dots in the Apoxie around the center rose 10.54mm rivoli chaton and one row of dots into the Apoxie around the four Swarovski light azore 14x10mm pear fancy stones. Using a small paintbrush brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the focal piece.
STEP 6
Using a snake roller, roll a piece of Apoxie to create a 33x4mm toggle bar. Roll the bar over a texturing stamp to create a design. Use your fingers to smooth the ends. Use a 2mm beading awl to create a hole in the center of the bar.

Roll a piece of Apoxie to create a 70x4mm section. Bring one end around in a loop and seal the ends together to make a 27mm ring. Slightly flatten the Apoxie ring. Press a texturing stamp on both sides of the flattened ring.

Using a small paint brush, brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the bar and ring portions of the toggle clasp.

Allow all toggle clasp pieces to harden for 24 hours before assembling the necklace.
STEP 7
Using flush-cutters cut one 6-inch length of copper Zebra Wire™.
STEP 8
Pass the 6-inch length of wire through the center of the 27mm Apoxie toggle ring, positioning the center of the wire on the edge and wrap the wire for two wraps. Bring the two ends of the wire together at the outer edge of the toggle ring. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a 4mm loop on the straight ends of the wire starting approximately 6mm from the edge of the ring, wrapping the ends of the wire around straight portion for five to six wraps to finish the wrapped loop.

String the 33x4mm Apoxie toggle bar onto a headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the headpin.
STEP 9
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 5.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the end of the wire-wrapped Apoxie toggle ring. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach a 5.5mm to the wrapped loop on the 33x4mm Apoxie toggle bar and a second 5.5mm jumpring. Repeat to create a chain of five 5.5mm jumprings.
STEP 10
Using flush-cutters, cut an 18-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire one crimp tube and a copper Accu-Guard™ and the jumpring attached to the bar portion of the clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the Accu-Guard. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite®) inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end. Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
STEP 11
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • Nine sets of one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl and one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • The left side focal piece (top hole)
  • Three sets of one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl and one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • Two Swarovski light azore 3mm bicones
  • The center focal piece (top hole with the flat links to the bottom)
  • One Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • Four sets of one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone and one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl
  • The right side focal piece (top hole)
  • Nine sets of one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone and one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl
STEP 12
String one crimp tube and one copper Accu-Guard onto the beading wire after last Swarovski white 8mm round pearl. Pass the Accu-Guard over the jumpring attached to the ring portion of the toggle clasp and back through the crimp, and then pull the wire snugly so the crimp is closer to the Accu-Guard. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the first part of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim excess wire from the end. Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.

Second Strand

STEP 13
Using flush-cutters, cut a 12-inch length of Accu-Flex beading wire. String one crimp tube onto the end of the wire and crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end. Pass the long wire back through the bottom hole on the left side focal piece, and pull the crimp firmly against the tube at the back of the focal piece.
STEP 14
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • One Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • Four sets of one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl and one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • Two Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • The center focal piece (bottom hole with the flat links to the bottom)
  • Three Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • Four sets of one Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone and one Swarovski white 8mm round pearl
  • One Swarovski light azore 3mm bicone
  • The right side focal piece (bottom hole)
STEP 15
Pass a crimp tube onto the beading wire. Make sure there is no slack in the necklace and crimp the crimp tube next to the tube on the back of the right side focal piece. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end.
STEP 16
Open a 5.5mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the first link on the bottom of focal piece and the loop on the top of the bottom drop focal piece. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second 5.5mm jumpring to the second set of loops on the focal piece and the bottom drop focal.

Earrings

STEP 1
Put on gloves and open the super white Apoxie Sculpt, 2-part epoxy molding compound. Mix equal parts of the epoxy for two minutes, or until thoroughly combined, to create a putty-like texture.
STEP 2
Using a snake roller, roll a piece of Apoxie to create a 55x4mm tube. Bring the end around in a loop and seal the ends together to make a 22mm loop. Slightly flatten the Apoxie loop. Smooth the back of the loop.
STEP 3
Using flush-cutters cut the end of a gold-plated 15x1mm flat link 4mm from the loop on one end. Press the flat end of the link into the top of the Apoxie loop leaving only the loop of the link exposed.
STEP 4
Press a texturing stamp on the front side of the flattened loop.
STEP 5
Work a thin layer of Apoxie around the entire back foil-covered portion of one Swarovski light turquoise 10x5mm navette fancy stone. Position the navette into the Apoxie on the loop opposite of the gold-plated link.
STEP 6
Gently press a ball-tip texturing tool to create two rows of dots in the Apoxie around the Swarovski light turquoise 10x5mm navette fancy stone.
STEP 7
Using a small paintbrush brush a small amount of loose sparkle bronze mica powder across all the exposed areas of Apoxie on the front and back of the Apoxie loop.
STEP 8
Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to create a second loop.

Allow Apoxie pieces to harden for 24 hours before assembling the earrings.
STEP 9
Open the loop on a clip-on earwire. Pass it through the link loop on the first Apoxie loop. Close the loop. Repeat to create the second earring.

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