Single-Strand Necklace with Swarovski Crystal, Metal Sheet and Leather Cord and Scrap

When presented with the idea of combining any materials with the new E-6000® in black, white and clear, along with eyelets, rivets and metal, I was inspired to create these fun pendants. Add jumprings and a lobster claw clasp to each pendant so they can be moved around along a length of chain to create lots of different looks.

Heart and Leather Pendant

STEP 1
Cut a piece of leather smaller than the dimension of the brass square yet bigger than the dimension of the fancy heart.
STEP 2
Place the heart onto the leather square and mark two openings where eyelets can fit through the heart and still be anchored. In the final component shown, eyelets were placed in the loop at the top of the heart and in the scrollwork at the bottom. Use the smallest punch on the rotary hole punch to place holes at the marks in the leather.
STEP 3
Place the leather onto the brass square. Use a marker to transfer the placement of the holes from the leather onto the brass square. Using the center punch, make a divot at the marks.

Fit a rotary drill with a 1mm drill bit and place the metal onto a piece of scrap wood. Drill holes at the divots. Increase the opening up to a 2mm drill bit size. Use a jeweler's file to remove any burs.
STEP 4
Layer the heart, leather and the brass square so the holes line up. Place an eyelet through one hole. Using the eyelet side of the rivet and eyelet tool, secure the eyelet in place.

Repeat to place an eyelet in the second hole.

Note: You may need to use the drill bit or a file to increase the size of the openings in the heart to accommodate the eyelet.
STEP 5
Add jumprings to the hole in the square and finish with a lobster claw clasp.

Tilapia Leather Pendant

This pendant is two sided, so it can be worn with the bezel and leather facing forward or just the leather facing forward.
STEP 1
Cut two pieces of tilapia leather a little bit larger than the brass rectangle link. Apply a thin layer of black E-6000 to one side of the rectangle link. Place one layer of the leather onto the link and center it. Set the link aside for about 15 minutes so the adhesive can set up. Repeat to add the second layer of tilapia leather to the other side of the link. Carefully, so you don't shift the leather, use a toothpick to spread the excess adhesive so it seals the space between the two layers of leather. Set the link aside for 15 - 30 minutes so the adhesive can set up.
STEP 2
Use a toothpick to apply a thin bead of black E-6000 to the seam so it is sealed but also for a decorative touch. Let the adhesive set up for about 15 minutes. Dip the tip of a paintbrush into the mica powder then lightly tap the brush along the line of adhesive, working all the way around the perimeter until the mica has the look you like.

Set the link aside until the adhesive is no longer tacky.
STEP 3
Apply black E-6000 to the underside of the oval bezel cup then place it onto the surface of the tilapia so the loop extends above the link.

Use a toothpick to clean up any excess adhesive. Set the link aside so the adhesive can set up.
STEP 4
Place the headpin onto the bench block. Strike the head of the headpin with the ball peen hammer (either end) until it is flat. You can strike the entire length of the headpin if you like the look.

Using round-nose pliers, form the flattened headpin into a spiral.
STEP 5
Apply a dab of black E-6000 onto the surface of the leather, below the bezel cup. Set the spiral into the E-6000.

Use a toothpick to clean up the edges of the adhesive. Set the link aside until the adhesive sets up.
STEP 6
Place a piece of decorative paper or a colorful drawing into the bezel cup. Place brass heishi and twisted jumprings into the bezel on top of the paper. Prepare a small amount of ICE Resin® then fill the bezel cup.
Carefully drip a little bit of the ICE Resin onto the headpin to add depth.

Set the component aside to allow the ICE Resin to cure overnight.
STEP 7
Add a jumpring or two to the loop on the bezel then add a lobster claw clasp.

Twine Tassel

STEP 1
Set up your bench pin and place a saw blade into the saw frame.

Draw a rectangle, 3/4 inch wide by 2 inches long, onto the copper sheet. Saw the shape out of the sheet. Using the lowest grit sanding board, smooth the edges of the rectangle.

Tip: Run the saw blade across the beeswax for a smoother sawing motion. Reapply as needed.
STEP 2
Optional: Draw a grid pattern onto the sheet.

Using the dimple pliers, place a random or a planned pattern of dimples into the sheet.
STEP 3
Using the wrapping pliers, form the copper sheet into a tube so one end overlaps the other and so the edges are even.
STEP 4
Cut a length of each color twine 18 inches long. Fold one length 3 inches from one end. Fold the twine back and forth to form a 3-inch long bundle of twine. Repeat for each color. Gather the bundles at the folds.

Cut a 12-inch length of any color twine. Form a whipping knot to secure the bundle together.
STEP 5
Cut a 6-inch length of Zebra Wire™. Begin a wrapped loop on one end of the wire. Open the loop and slip it through the top loop on the bundle of twine.

Finish the wrapped loop to secure the twine in place.
STEP 6
Pull the bundle of twine into the metal tube created in Step 3. Situate the loop so it is hidden and so the top of the bundle is hidden. Fill the tube with black E-6000.

Tip: I found it was easier to keep the bundle in position inside the tube if I filled only half of the tube with adhesive, laid the assembly on its side, then allowed the adhesive to set up before filling in the other half.

Optional: You can leave the adhesive below the edge of the tube or overfill it and top the surface off with mica powder for an added effect.

Set the twine assembly aside to allow the adhesive to cure fully.
STEP 7
Finish the straight end of the wire with a wrapped loop. Add a jumpring or two and a lobster claw clasp to finish.

Looking Glass Pendant

STEP 1
Using the circle template, draw a circle onto the jeweler's bronze metal sheet. The example shown uses the largest circle in the circle template.
STEP 2
Set up your bench pin and place a saw blade into the saw frame. Cut out the circle from the metal sheet. Use a sanding stick to file the edges until they are smooth.
STEP 3
Find the center of the cutout circle. Cut out a center circle using a saw or disc cutter. File the edges so they are smooth.

Note: The crystal you choose for the center should be larger than the opening so the metal holds it in place once set. When doming the metal, the circle size increases a bit. The center circle of the component shown in the finished design was cut to about 6/16 inches, or #9 in the circle template, and holds the 14mm Swarovski rivoli; the component shown in the step-out image above was cut using the 1/2 inch punch which equals the #11 size in the circle template if you are using a saw. This size is perfect for framing a 20mm Swarovski flat round.
STEP 4
Set up a safe area for firing a torch. Fill a butane torch with fuel. Place the cutout metal onto a fire block, ignite the torch then heat the metal until it is annealed; quench in water to cool.
STEP 5
Center the annealed metal disc over a depression in a dapping block that is smaller than the metal circle. Place a large dapping punch over the center of the metal. Using a mallet, tap the punch to begin dapping the metal. Check your progress as you work, making sure the depression stays centered so the lip you ultimately have around the dapped area is wide enough to receive an eyelet.
STEP 6
Cut a piece of leather that is slightly larger than the domed metal disc; include a tail for forming the bail later.
STEP 7
Mark the metal lip around the disc where you want to place holes for eyelets. Use the larger die in the twist hole punch to place holes at the marks.
STEP 8
Use the point of an awl to transfer the hole placement in the metal onto the leather. Use the smallest punch on the rotary hole punch to place holes in the leather at the marks.

Shape the tail so it will suit the design in width and length. Place a hole at the end of the tail where it will fold back around and meet the leather once anchored to the metal with an eyelet.
STEP 9
Use a toothpick to place a line of adhesive on the underside of the domed metal where the crystal will rest. Place the crystal onto the adhesive. Clean up any excess from the face of the crystal.
STEP 10
Assemble the layers of the component so the holes line up. Insert a short eyelet through one pair of holes. Using the rivet and eyelet tool, set an eyelet in place. Repeat all the way around the disc. Fold the leather tail over to form the bail then set a 1.9mm length eyelet through the metal, the leather backing and then the hole in the bail so they are all one unit. Set the eyelet in place.

Blingy Brass Pendant

STEP 1
Spray ODX Degreaser onto the brass flat round. Squeeze out a bit of clear E-6000 onto a disposable surface. Using a toothpick or tool of your choice, transfer a small dot of adhesive onto the flat round. Using a rhinestone positioner or tool of your choice, pick up the Swarovski SS34 crystal AB flat back and place it onto the adhesive. Press down on the center of the flat back to spread the glue and make a good connection between surfaces.
STEP 2
Apply four tiny dots of adhesive near the SS34 crystal, spacing them far enough apart that four SS7 flat backs can be set next to each other.

Use the rhinestone positioner to pick up then place the flat backs onto the dots of glue. Press down on the center of each flat back to set it into place.
STEP 3
Continue to add adhesive and crystals onto the surface of the brass flat round in any pattern of your choice.

Once complete, clean the entire piece with ODX. Add jumprings to the hole on the top of the flat round then finish with a lobster claw clasp.

Filigree Chain Necklace Assembly

STEP 1
Determine how long you want your necklace to be. Consider making it long enough that you can double it and wear it as a choker when you want to. At the filigree link where you want to end the chain, use round-nose pliers to gently open one loop on one end of the link. Using flat- or chain-nose pliers, and so you do not break the wire, carefully straighten the wire. Remove the small brass bead.
STEP 2
Form a simple loop on this end of the wire. Thread on a jumpring then the loop on a 22x12mm lobster claw clasp.
STEP 3
Repeat, forming a simple loop on the other end of the chain. Add a jumpring to use when connecting the lobster claw clasp.

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