Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Friendly Plastic®, Czech Pressed Glass Beads, Acrylic Beads and Aluminum Chain
Girls Just Wanna
-- Designer --
Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
To learn more about Rose Wingenbach, read her jewelry artist success story here
- Bead, acrylic, dark purple, 8mm round rose (12 beads)
- Bead, Czech pressed glass, green with pearlized coating, 12x7mm oval twist (10 beads)
- Eyelet, acrylic and brass, pink, 5x4mm with 3x3mm tube and 2.2mm inside diameter, fits 3.5-5mm hole (5 eyelets)
- Jumpring, aluminum, green, 5mm smooth round, 20 gauge (8 jumprings)
- Headpin, niobium, green, 1-1/2 inches, 21 gauge (2 headpins)
- Eyepin, niobium, green, 1-3/4 inches long, 21 gauge (10 eyepins)
- Earwire, anodized niobium, green, 13mm fishhook with open loop, 20 gauge (2 earwires)
- Clasp, magnetic, sterling silver, 5.5x5mm barrel with (2) soldered jumprings (1 clasp)
- Chain, aluminum, green, 6x4mm curb
- Chain, aluminum, light purple, 6x4mm curb
- Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic solid fuchsia with black base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
- Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic solid purple with black base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
- Plastic stick by Friendly Plastic, plastic, opaque metallic solid silver with black base, 7x1-1/2 inch rectangle
- Stamping mat, rubber, 7 x 2-inch rectangle with cube face designs
- Glue gun pad, silicone, clear, 8x8-inch square with non-stick heat resistant surface
- Cutting mat, self-healing, composite vinyl, green and black, 12 x 8-1/2 inch double-sided gridded rectangle
- Tool set, Klay Kutter, tin, 20, 30 and 40mm rounds
- Tool set, Klay Kutter, tin, 20, 30 and 40mm squares
- Rotary hole punch, steel, 9x3-3/4 inches
- Pliers, eyelet and rivet, steel, purple, 9 inches with 3/4 inch opening
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
One 1-1/2 inch length, ten 1-inch lengths and one 1-1/2 inch length of aluminum 4mm light purple curb chain
One 5-inch length of aluminum 4mm green curb chain
Friendly Plastic Focal and Links
||Using ruler and scissors, measure and cut the following Friendly Plastic pieces in the following sizes:
The the total size of the square created should measure 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches
Four magenta strips 1 x 1/4 inch
Four purple 3/4 x 1/4 inch
Four silver 1/2 x 1/4 inch
One magenta square 1/4 x 1/4 inch
Note: Use the diagram provided as a guide for approximate lengths and color placement.
Lay a Teflon® sheet onto the flat surface of an electric griddle and turn to a medium low heat setting. Lay the cut strips onto the Teflon sheet lengthwise as close together as possible. Use a metal pick or awl to maneuver the plastic so you don't burn your fingers.
||Once the Friendly Plastic strips are completely melted together with no gaps, place an awl in the center of the square and drag the awl in a straight line toward the edge of the square. Repeat to drag the awl through the Friendly Plastic several times around the circumference of the square.
Tip: Never leave Friendly Plastic unattended on heat source. When melting Friendly Plastic, avoid temperatures that are set too high, as it can cause scorching and undesirable color changes.
||Reverse the process moving from the edge of the square to the center between each of the previously created lines.
Note: Quickly clean the tip of the awl by peeling the plastic off to keep the drawn lines thin and smooth.
Apply a nonstick solution, such as CoolSlip, to the cutting edge of a 40mm round Klay Kutter™.
Remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and place on a flat workspace such as a countertop.
Press the Klay Kutter into the square so the design is slightly off center. Leave the cutter in the plastic and allow to cool completely. Once hardened remove the cutter.
Replace the plastic disc onto the Teflon sheet and onto the flat heat surface. Once plastic has softened, gently press the 5-inch length of aluminum green 6x4mm curb chain into the outer edge of the disc. Leave a 1/4 inch gap between the two ends of the chain at the top of the disc.
Remove the Teflon sheet with the plastic disc from the heat source and place onto flat surface. Once the plastic has hardened, remove the Teflon sheet.
Note: If chain pops off the Friendly Plastic, apply a small amount of E-6000® Jewelry and Craft Adhesive to secure it back in place.
Repeat Steps 2 - 6 two more times, using a 30mm square Klay Kutter to create two square components.
Use a craft knife to trim any excess Friendly Plastic from the edges of the round and square components.
Using the rotary hole punch, punch a 5mm hole at the top of the plastic disc between the two ends of the aluminum chain.
Using an Eyelet and Rivet Tool set an eyelet into the 5mm hole.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 5mm green jumpring. Pass it through the eyelet on the plastic disc. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a second jumpring creating double jumprings.
String one dark purple acrylic 8mm rose bead and one Czech glass green 12x7mm oval twist bead onto a 1-3/4 inch green eyepin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire to create an 8mm rose link. Repeat to create ten 8mm rose links.
Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the loop on one portion of one magnetic clasp and the first link on one end of one 1-inch length of chain. Close the jumpring.
Open the loop on the rose bead end of one 8mm rose bead link. Pass it through the link on the opposite end of the length of chain. Close the loop. Repeat to connect a total of five sets.
Attach one 1-inch length of chain to the opposite end of the last 8mm rose bead link.
Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the loop on the second portion of the magnetic clasp and the first link on one 1-1/2 inch length of chain. Close the jumpring.
Open the loop on the rose bead end of one 8mm rose bead link. Pass it link on the opposite end of the length of chain. Close the loop. Repeat to connect four more sets using 1-inch lengths of chain.
Attach one 1/2 inch length of chain to the opposite end of the last 8mm rose bead link.
Open one 5mm jumpring. Pass it the last link on the 1-inch length of chain from Step 14, the last link on the 1/2 inch length of chain from Step 16 and double jumprings attached to the plastic disc. Close the jumpring. Repeat to create double jumprings.
Using flush-cutters, cut two 1-1/2 inch lengths of aluminum 4mm green curb chain.
String one dark purple acrylic 8mm rose bead onto one 1-1/2 inch green headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire to create a rose glass bead drop. Repeat to a total of two 8mm rose drops.
Using the rotary hole punch, punch a 5mm hole in one corner on one Friendly Plastic square component. Using an eyelet and rivet tool set an eyelet into the 5mm hole.
Repeat to set an eyelet in the opposite corner on the component creating a link.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 5mm green jumpring. Pass it through the eyelet in one corner of the square link and the first link on one end of one 1-1/2 inch length of chain. Close the jumpring.
Open the loop one 8mm rose drop. Pass it through the last link on the opposite end of the chain. Close the loop.
Open the loop on one green fishhook earwire. Pass the loop through the eyelet in the opposite corner of the square link. Close the loop.
Repeat Steps 2 - 6 to create the second earring.
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