Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Bisque Ceramic Beads and Focals with Enamel, Czech Fire-Polished Glass Beads and Gold-Plated Copper Beads

Necklace

STEP 1
For helpful tips and techniques on enameling and firing, see the resource listed below: Applying Enamel Multipens to a Bisque Teardrop.

Before beginning the enameling process, soak the bisque ceramic donut components to full saturation in water. Then set donut in shallow tray with a low level of water that keeps only the back of the donut wet. Apply enamels with donut back in water to keep the enamel from drying too quickly during application process.

Using the enamel multipens with fine metal tip, apply straight thin lines onto the donut face in straight even lines, alternating between light and dark colors.

Use a straight pin tip or piece of 22g wire (NOT THE MARBLING COMB) to drag even straight lines through the layers of enamel, creating a nonpareil pattern.
STEP 2
Using enamel multipens with fine metal tip apply straight lines across the face of a 52mm bisque ceramic donut focal in the following order: black, blue, turquoise, rose, black, purple, yellow, blue, turquoise, black, yellow, purple, orange (or a pattern of your choosing). While the enamel is still wet, use a straight pin tip or a piece of 22 gauge wire (not the marbling comb) and starting from the top of the donut, drag even straight lines through the layers of enamel, creating a nonparell pattern.

Continue to draw lines perpendicular to the enamel lines across the length of the donut. Repeat to create two 52mm bisque ceramic donuts and one 39mm bisque ceramic donut.

Using black enamel, draw a wing and the words "dream angel" on the 51x35mm ceramic teardrop (as shown in the image above). Use light green enamel for the highlights.

String the 33x17mm bisque ceramic hexagon tube bead onto a size appropriate craft stick or other tool to allow access to all sides of the bead while applying the enamel. Using black enamel multipen with fine metal tip, draw two black lines and four dots on one plain of the 33x17mm bisque ceramic hexagon tube bead . Repeat on every other plain for a total of three sets. Use light green enamel to draw lines in a ladder desing and black enamel to draw dots on the opposite plains of the bisque ceramic hexagon tube bead.

Set aside and allow enamel to completely dry.
STEP 3
Preparing the bisque ceramic donuts for firing: Once done enameling and marbling the surface of the donut, remove from water and let dry completely.

Once dry, gently file/sand the back, edges and center hole of the donut to clean up and remove enamel from bottom and sides of donuts. Set donuts on the flat surface of a fire block.

Preparing the teardrop for firing: Set teardrop on the flat surface of a fire block. Preparing the 33x17mm bisque ceramic hexagon tube bead for firing: To keep all enameled sides of the bead from touching any surface of the kiln, string the bead onto kiln safe 22 gauge nichrome wire and suspend it from kiln shelves or blocks.
STEP 4
Fire components to the schedule listed below:

RAMP 1 = 150
FIRE 1 = 300
HOLD 1 - 0
R2 = 400
F2 = 1000
H2 = 0
R3 = 120
F3 = 1400
H3 = 10
R4 = 150
F4 = 400
H4 = 0

Note: The number following the Ramp is the temperature incremental the kiln should increase by/hour.

The number following the firing temp is the maximum temperature you are ramping up to.

The hold time is the length of time the kiln should hold the temperature at before going to the next Ramp.

Do not be tempted to open the kiln before it reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit and do not touch the components before it reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
STEP 5
Using flush-cutters cut one 3-1/2 inch length and one 8-1/4 inch length of gold-plated steel 11x6mm twisted cable chain.
STEP 6
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open the first link on the 3-1/2 inch length of chain and pass it through the loop on the lobster claw clasp. Close the link. Repeat to attach a 28x7mm feather drop to the first link on the 8-1/4 inch length of chain.
STEP 7
STEP7Using flush-cutters cut one 10-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire one crimp tube and the last link of the 3-1/2 inch length of chain. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Pull the crimp tight against the chain. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite®) inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim the excess wire from the short end.

Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
STEP 8
String onto the beading wire the following components:
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One 10mm round opaque green glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 8mm round dark aqua glass bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • Three sets of one 10mm round opaque green glass bead and one 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 20x19mm puffed triangle gold-plated copper bead
STEP 9
String on one crimp tube and the 52mm ceramic donut focal piece. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube, pulling the wire tight against the last bead. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim excess wire from the end.

Place a crimp cover over the crimp tube then gently close it.
STEP 10
Repeat Step 4 to attach a 10-inch length of beading wire to the opposite side of the 52mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 11
String onto the beading wire the following components:
  • One 10mm round opaque green glass bead
  • One 7mm faceted round gold-plated brass bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One 28x18 corrugated oval blue and brown ceramic bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One 10mm round opaque green glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
STEP 12
Repeat Step 7 to attach the wire to the second 52mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 13
Repeat Step 4 to attach a 10-inch length of beading wire to the last link on the 8-1/4 inch length chain.
STEP 14
String onto the beading wire the following components:
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 8mm round dark aqua glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • Two sets of one 10mm round opaque green glass bead and one 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 20x19mm puffed triangle gold-plated copper bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One 28x18 corrugated oval blue and brown ceramic bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
STEP 15
Repeat Step 6 to attach the wire to the 39mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 16
Repeat Step 4 to attach a 10-inch length of beading wire to the opposite side of the 39mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 17
String onto the beading wire each of the following components:
  • One 8mm round dark aqua glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One enamel painted hexagon ceramic bead
  • One 7mm faceted round gold-plated brass bead
  • One 8mm round dark aqua glass bead
  • One 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
STEP 18
Repeat Step 6 to attach the wire to the opposite side of top on the second 52mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 19
Repeat Step 4 to attach a 10-inch length of beading wire to bottom of the second 52mm ceramic donut focal piece.
STEP 20
String onto the beading wire the following components:
  • One 20x19mm puffed triangle gold-plated copper bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 10mm round opaque green glass bead
  • One 5mm corrugated brass bead
  • One 7mm faceted round gold-plated brass bead
  • One 8mm round dark aqua glass bead
STEP 21
Repeat Step 6 to attach the wire to the enamel painted teardrop ceramic focal piece.
STEP 22
Using scissors cut three 2-inch lengths of gold mesh fabric. Using an overhand knot tie one 2-inch length of fabric on the wire above the first and second 52mm ceramic donuts. Repeat to tie a 2-inch length of fabric on the wire under the 39mm ceramic donut and one above the ceramic teardrop focal piece.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters cut the head off of two 3-inch headpins.
STEP 2
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire. String onto the wire one 20x19mm puffed triangle gold-plated copper bead (point toward simple loop), one 11x7mm pale gold faceted rondelle glass bead and one 5mm corrugated brass bead. Finish the straight end of the wire using a wrapped loop creating a 20x19mm puffed triangle beading link.
STEP 3
Open the simple loop. Pass one gold-plated 28x7mm feather drop onto the loop. Close the loop.
STEP 4
Open the loop on an earwire. Pass it thought the wrapped loop on the puffed triangle beading link. Close the loop.
STEP 5
For the second earring, repeat step 2 by stringing the beads onto the wire in the opposite order so the 20x19 puffed triangle gold-plated copper bead is on top with the (point toward the wrapped loop).

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to finish the second earring.

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