Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Glitter and Anodized Aluminum Wire

Necklace

Glitter Bezel Pendant

STEP 1
Cut the following lengths:
  • Anodized aluminum gold 12-gauge textured round wire:
    • Eighteen 1-inch lengths
    • Ten 3/4 inch lengths
    • One 4-inch length
    • One 6-inch length
  • Anodized aluminum gold 5x1 flat wire:
    • Two 3/4 inch lengths
    • Twenty-seven 1-inch lengths
    • Five 2-1/2 inch lengths
    • Eight 4-inch lengths
STEP 2
Use Wubbers® pliers and aluminum flat wire to make round, square and triangle bezel components graduated from small to large sizes in each shape.
STEP 3
Arrange the bezel components on a piece of metal sheet so that they are in a non-uniform mismatched grouping. (Make sure any gaps are as small as possible.) Take a picture of the final placement for reference later in the project.
STEP 4
Apply a thin bead of E-6000® Extreme Tack™ adhesive to the bottom edge of the center bezel then replace it on the metal sheet. Repeat to replace all the bezels according the pattern in the reference photo. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
STEP 5
Once cured, use a disposable paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Helmar® adhesive around the base and side seam of each bezel to seal it. (This step is essential prevent resin from leaking later.) Allow to dry completely.
STEP 6
Mix EnviroTex® 2-part resin according to manufacturer's instructions then fill each bezel half way.

Sprinkle a different color of glitter over the surface of the resin in each bezel until you can't see the metal bottom. Allow the glitter to gently sink into the resin and soft cure (approximately 12 hours) without disturbing. Apply a second layer of resin and allow to soft cure.

Note: Do not use a heat tool to remove bubbles at this point; it will melt the glitter.
STEP 7
Apply a third layer of resin to two or three nonadjacent bezels then allow to soft cure. Repeat to add a third layer to the remaining bezels in two or three stages. Use a heat source to remove bubbles as necessary.

Tip: If you fill adjacent bezels, the resin will combine causing the bezels to overflow into the crevices between the bezels.

Allow resin to hard cure (approximately 48 hours).
STEP 8
Once cured use a fine point marker to outline around the outer edge of the grouped bezels onto the metal sheet. At each corner on the top side of the focal, extend the line out to create tabs for making hanging loops later.

Use a jeweler's saw and bench pin to saw along the marker line to remove excess metal sheet. Punch the holes in the tabs on the top side of the focal to create hanging loops.
STEP 9
Gently sand the edge of the cut metal sheet, but take care not to sand the aluminum wire bezels or it will remove the color. If an aluminum bezel is damaged, repair the color with a metallic paint pen once sanding is complete.

Wire Components

STEP 10
Use the 3mm round mandrel of the Wubbers bail making pliers to bend each end of one 1-inch length of flat wire in the opposite direction, toward the center, creating a double loop link. Repeat to create a total of sixteen double loop links.

Using Wubbers pliers and textured round wire create eighteen 12x8mm oval rings and ten 7mm round rings.
STEP 11
Beginning in the center of the 4-inch length of textured round wire use Wubbers pliers to form a 21mm toggle ring.
STEP 12
Bend the ends so they are parallel sticking out from the shaped wire. Wrap one 3/4 inch length of flat wire around the wire where the parallel ends begin then flatten it (like a staple). Use Wubbers pliers to form the ends into 7mm simple loops then trim excess wire. Attach one 7mm round ring to both of the simple loops.
STEP 13
Beginning approximately 3/4 inches from the center of the 6-inch length of wire bend each end in the opposite direction, toward the center. Use crimping pliers to press the folded ends of the bar tight. Repeat Step 12 to finish the bar portion of the toggle clasp.

Necklace Assembly

STEP 14
Connect oval rings and double loop links end to end for a total of eight sets then connect one last oval ring creating a chain. Repeat to create a second chain.
STEP 15
Use one 7mm round ring to connect the ring portion of the clasp and the first oval ring on one length of chain.

Pass one 7mm round ring through the previous ring on the bar portion of the clasp and one 7mm ring then close. Pass one 7mm ring through the previous 7mm ring and the oval ring on the second length of chain then close.
STEP 16
Use one 7mm ring to connect the last link on one length of chain to one hanging loop on the bezel pendant. Repeat to attach a second jumpring creating double jumprings.

Repeat to connect the second half of the necklace.

Earrings

STEP 1
Cut four 4-inch lengths of flat wire and two 2x1-inch pieces of metal sheet.
STEP 2
Use Wubbers pliers to form the lengths of flat wire into two 16mm square bezels and two 20mm square bezels.
STEP 3
Place one 16mm and one 20mm square bezel on each piece of metal sheet. Apply a thin bead of E-6000 to the bottom edge of each bezel then replace them in the center on the metal sheets. Allow to dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
STEP 4
Use a disposable paintbrush to apply a thin layer of Helmar around the base and side seam of each bezel to seal it. Allow to dry completely.
STEP 5
Mix resin according to manufacturer's instructions then fill each bezel half way.

Sprinkle one color of glitter over the surface of the resin in the 16mm square bezels and a second color over the resin in the 20mm square bezels. Allow to soft cure (approximately 12 hours) without disturbing. Apply a second layer of resin and allow to soft cure.

Note: Do not use a heat tool to remove bubbles at this point; it will melt the glitter.
STEP 6
Apply a third layer of resin to one bezel on each piece of metal sheet then allow to soft cure. Repeat to add a third layer to the remaining bezels. Use a heat source to remove bubbles as necessary.

Allow resin to hard cure (approximately 48 hours).
STEP 7
Use a fine point marker to outline around the outer edge of the bezels each piece of metal sheet. Extend the line out at the in the center at the top of each 16mm bezel to create hanging loop tabs later.

Use a jeweler's saw and bench pin to saw along the marker line to remove excess metal sheet. Punch the holes in the tabs on the top of each focal to create hanging loops.
STEP 8
Gently sand the edge of the cut metal sheet, but take care not to sand the aluminum wire bezels or it will remove the color. If an aluminum bezel is damaged, repair the color with a metallic paint pen once sanding is complete.
STEP 9
Attach one leverback earwire to the hanging loop on one focal. Repeat to attach an earwire to the second focal.

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