Single-Strand Necklace with Sterling Silver Conchos and Chain
-- Designer --
Esther, Lead Jewelry Designer, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Component, sterling silver, 12x10mm oval Concho, one-sided with satin finish (1 component)
- Component, sterling silver, 14mm round Concho, one-sided with satin finish (1 component)
- Component, sterling silver, 18mm round Concho, one-sided with satin finish (1 component)
- Component, sterling silver, 25mm round Concho, one-sided with satin finish (1 component)
- Bead, turquoise, 4mm round (3 beads)
- Link, Sterling silver, with 4mm round turquoise cabochon, 15x6mm (3 links)
- Clasp, toggle, sterling silver, 21x14mm Kokopelli design (1 clasp)
- Chain, sterling silver, 8mm round cable
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 6.0mm round, 20.5 gauge (5 jumprings)
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 5mm round, 22 gauge (6 jumprings)
- Eyepin, sterling silver, 1-inch, 21 gauge (2 eyepins)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 1-inch, 22 gauge (1 headpins)
- Steel hole punch
- Pliers, side-cutting
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
Measure 16 inches of sterling silver 8mm round cable chain and cut with side-cutting pliers.
Use the steel hole punch to make holes in the 18mm concho about 1/4 inch in from the outside edge. Make two holes directly opposite of each other, then one hole centered between the first two holes. This should make a 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock configuration.
Punch a single hole in each of the remaining conchos about 1/4 inch in from the outside edge.
Open a 6mm jumpring, and attach it to the end link of the sterling silver chain, then attach the 18mm concho to the jumpring. Be sure that the center hole is facing outwards when connecting the concho to the jumpring. Close the jumpring.
Attach a sterling silver connecter to the hole on the opposite side of the concho with a 6mm jumpring, then close the jumpring.
Use a 5mm jumpring to attach the sterling silver connector to one side of the toggle clasp.
On the other side of the chain, attach a sterling silver connector with a 6mm jumpring. Then use a 5mm jumpring to attach the other side of the connector to the other half of the toggle clasp.
Create a connector using a sterling silver eyepin. Place a 4mm round turquoise bead that closely matches the turquoise stones in the sterling silver connectors, on the eyepin bringing it all the way down to the eye of the pin. Make a simple loop on the other end. Attach the 12x10mm oval concho to the link with a 6mm jumpring. Using another 6mm jumpring, attach the other end of the link to the remaining hole of the 3-hole concho.
Repeat Step 8 to create a link with an attached 14mm concho. Open the loop on the end of the link, attach it to the end link of the chain that is on the opposite side of the 3-hole concho and close the loop around the chain link.
Using a 6mm jumpring, attach a sterling silver link to the loop of the clasp, then close the jumpring.
Attach the 25mm concho to the sterling silver link using a 6mm jumpring.
Create a small drop by placing a 4mm turquoise round bead onto a sterling silver headpin. Create a simple loop on the end of the headpin.
Count up 3 links of the sterling silver chain on the opposite side of the 3-hole concho. Open the loop of the drop just created, attach it to the third link of the chain, then close the loop.
This completes the necklace. The necklace can be opened and secured by using the toggle clasp in the front of the necklace.
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