Earrings with Cubic Zirconia Beads, Lazer Lace™ Gold-Finished Brass Focals, Friendly Plastic® and Swarovski Crystal

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters trim the loops in the center of a total of four gold-finished 34x33mm round go-go focals.

Cut six 3-inch lengths of gold color 24-gauge Zebra Wire™.
STEP 2
Using a beading awl or tweezers, trace two 33mm circles onto opaque metallic pearl white Friendly Plastic® then cut the pieces out.
STEP 3
Lay a Teflon® sheet on a flat heat source, such as a candle warmer or electric skillet, and turn to a medium-low heat setting. Stack one round go-go, one piece of Friendly Plastic and a second round go-go onto the center of the Teflon sheet.

Tip: Use a beading awl or tweezers to straighten the stack so the loops on the go-go focals match up as closely as possible.
STEP 4
Using tweezers position one Swarovski crystal AB 10mm chessboard round flat back onto the Friendly Plastic, approximately 1/8 inch from the top of the go-go focal.

As the Friendly Plastic begins to soften use a beading awl to gently press the flat back and go-go into the plastic.

Note: 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.

Tip: If the flat back comes loose after cooling. Use Loctite® adhesive to secure in place.
STEP 5
Once the plastic has begun to ooze through the design of the go-go, remove the Teflon sheet from the heat source and lay on a flat surface to cool. Once the plastic has re-hardened, remove the Teflon sheet.

Use a craft knife to trim excess Friendly Plastic from the edges of the go-go focal.
STEP 6
Repeat Steps 3 - 5 to create a total of two Friendly Plastic go-go focals.
STEP 7
String one Swarovski crystal AB 3mm bicone onto one gold-plated 1-inch 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 creating a 3mm bicone drop.

Repeat to create a total of sixteen 3mm bicone drops.
STEP 8
String one cubic zirconia olive green 12x8mm briolette onto one 3-inch length of Zebra Wire then form a briolette wrapped loop creating a cubic zirconia drop.

Repeat to create a total of six cubic zirconia drops.
STEP 9
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers open twenty-two gold-plated 4mm jumprings.

Pass one 4mm jumpring through the top loop on one Friendly Plastic go-go focal (on the front and back go-go focals). Close the jumpring.
STEP 10
Use 4mm jumprings to attach drops to the bottom loops on one Friendly Plastic go-go focal in the following order:
  • One cubic zirconia drop
  • Four 3mm bicone drops
  • One cubic zirconia drop
  • Four 3mm bicone drops
  • One cubic zirconia drop
STEP 11
Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to create a second earring.

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