Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Antiqued Gold-Plated Steel Focal and Czech Glass Beads

Necklace

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters, cut the following:
  • Three 10-inch lengths of 28-gauge brown Zebra Wire™
  • Two 2-1/2 inch lengths and one 4-inch length of antiqued brass-finished 5x3mm patterned cable chain
  • One 2-1/4 inch length, two 2-1/2 inch lengths and one 4-inch length of antiqued brass-finished 3x2mm flat cable chain

Focal Piece

STEP 2
Place an antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle onto a 2x1.5-inch sheet of jeweler's bronze. Use a permanent marker to trace the shape of the fancy rectangle onto the sheet. Use a steel saw blade to cut the jeweler's bronze sheet. Use a file to remove any burrs from the edge of the sheet.
STEP 3
Fit the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle on top of the jeweler's bronze sheet. Use a marker to mark one hole at each of the four corners of the rectangles approximately 1/8 inch from the corner. Use EUROTOOL® hole punch pliers to punch four 1.25mm holes.
STEP 4
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, starting 1/4 inch from the tip of the petal, bend the edge of the first petal on an antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flower in a U-shape (180 degrees) so the tip of the petal is pointing to the center of the flower. Repeat on all six petals.

Repeat on two more antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flowers.
STEP 5
Using an artist brush, apply a thin layer of patina Gilders Paste® over the top of the U-shape portion of each of the petals.

Allow paste to dry for 12 to 24 hours.

Thin out with paint thinner or mineral spirits to transform the highly concentrated paste to a preferred consistency. Use in a well-ventilated area.
STEP 6
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, starting 1/4 inch from the tip of the petal bend the edge of the first petal on an antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flower in an L-shape (90 degrees) so the tip of the petal is pointing upward with a gentle curve. Repeat on all six petals.

Repeat on two more antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flowers.
STEP 7
Using an artist brush, apply a thin layer of orange Gilders Paste over the inside of the smooth L-shape portion of each of the petals and Inca gold Gilders Paste over the textured inner portion of each of the petals.
STEP 8
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, starting 3/16 inch from the tip of the top right wing on an antiqued brass-finished 21x17mm butterfly charm bend the tip of the wing approximately 45 degrees upward. Repeat on the left top wing. Repeat to slightly bend the tips of the bottom two wings upward on the butterfly.

Repeat to bend the wings on three more butterfly charms.
STEP 9
Place a small amount of Loctite® 454 Gel adhesive on the back of one tanzanite 2.1mm flat back. Using tweezers, place the flat back just under the loop on the butterfly charm. Repeat to attach three tanzanite flat backs down the center of the butterfly charm. Repeat to attach one aquamarine 2.1mm flat back to the center of each of the upper wings and one crystal luminous green 2.1mm flat back to the center of each of the lower wings. Let the adhesive set.

Repeat to attach flat backs to a total of four bent butterfly charms and one flat butterfly charm.
STEP 10
Pass the end of a 10-inch length of wire from the back to the front of the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle 3/8 inch from the upper right corner. String onto the wire one 8x4mm faceted disc glass bead, one L-shaped antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flower (petals curved up), one U-shaped antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flower (petals curved up) and one light turquoise blue 4mm round bead. Pass the wire back through the two antiqued brass 24x24 fancy flowers, the 8x4mm faceted disc glass bead and back through the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle. Twist the wire and wrap the end of the wire around the filigree of the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle to secure the flower in place.

Repeat to attach a flower with a one red-orange 4mm round bead 1 inch up and 3/8 inch from the lower right corner on the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle.

Repeat to attach a flower with a one 4mm round yellow glass bead 1 inch down and 3/8 inch from the upper left corner on the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle.

Repeat to attach one 6mm round copper glass bead and one bent butterfly charm 3/8 inch from the lower left corner.
STEP 11
Fit the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle on top of the jeweler's bronze sheet. Place a brass brad through the first punched holes on the top left corner of both the rectangle and the bronze sheet and use a ball peen hammer and a steel block to finish the rivet on the back of the bronze sheet. Repeat to attach the rivets through the three remaining punched holes.
STEP 12
Mix Araldite® Standard Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions. Place a thin layer of adhesive on the 14x9mm flat pad on the bail and 5/8 inch from the upper left corner on the back of the focal piece. Press the flat pad onto the focal piece. Let the adhesive set for 90 minutes. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.
STEP 13
Place a small amount of Loctite adhesive on the back of one tanzanite 2.4mm flat back. Using tweezers, place it on the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle 3/8 inch from the upper left corner. Repeat to attach one tanzanite 2.4mm flat back 1 inch down and 3/8 inch from the upper right corner on the antiqued gold-plated 49x32mm fancy rectangle.

Necklace Assembly

STEP 14
String one 8mm round copper luster glass bead onto an eyepin. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters, finish the wire with a simple loop. Repeat to create a total of three 8mm round copper luster beading links.

Repeat to create the following beading links:
  • Two 8mm round copper beading links using one 8mm round copper glass bead and one eyepin
  • One 6mm round copper beading links using one 6mm round copper glass bead and one eyepin
  • Two 8mm round light turquoise beading links using one 8mm round light turquoise glass bead and one eyepin
  • One 6mm round light turquoise beading link using one 6mm round light turquoise glass bead and one eyepin
  • One 4mm round light turquoise beading link using one 4mm round light turquoise glass bead and one eyepin
  • One 4mm round yellow beading link using one 4mm round yellow glass bead and one eyepin
  • One 4mm round copper luster beading link using one 4mm round copper luster glass bead and one eyepin
  • Two antique gold-plated 10mm rimmed round beading link using one antique gold-plated 10mm rimmed round bead and one eyepin
STEP 15
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the loop on the bar portion of the toggle clasp and the first link on one 2-1/2 inch length of antiqued brass-plated 5x3mm patterned cable chain and the first link on one 2-1/2 inch length of antiqued brass-plated 3x2mm flat cable chain. Close the jumpring.

Repeat to attach the last link of both 2-1/2 inch lengths of chain to the top loop on an 8mm round copper luster beading link.
STEP 16
Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the opposite loop on the 8mm round copper luster beading link and the top loop on a bent butterfly charm. Repeat to attach a second 5mm jumpring next to the first (creating a double jumpring).
STEP 17
Continue to attach the components in the following order:
  • The bottom right wing on the butterfly charm
  • One 6mm round copper beading link
  • Double 5mm jumprings
  • One bent butterfly charm (the bottom left wing on the butterfly charm)
  • Double 5mm jumprings
  • One 6mm round light turquoise beading link
  • Double 5mm jumprings
  • One bent butterfly charm
  • Double 5mm jumprings (the bottom right wing on the butterfly charm)
  • One 8mm round copper beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One 8mm round copper luster beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One 8mm round light turquoise beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One antiqued gold-plated 10mm rimmed round beading link
  • One 4mm round copper luster beading link
  • The bail on the focal piece (sits on top of the previous 4mm round copper luster beading link)
  • One antiqued gold-plated 10mm rimmed round beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • The first link on one 4-inch length of antique brass-plated 5x3mm patterned cable chain and the first link on one 4-inch length of antiqued brass-plated 3x2mm flat cable chain
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One 8mm round light turquoise beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One 8mm round copper luster beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • One 8mm round copper beading link
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • The first link on one 2-1/2 inch length of antique brass-plated 5x3mm patterned cable chain and the first link on one 2-1/2 inch length of antiqued brass-plated 3x2mm flat cable chain
  • One 5mm jumpring
  • The loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp
STEP 18
Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the first link on a 2-1/4 inch length of antiqued brass-plated 3x2mm flat cable chain and the jumpring after the first 8mm round light turquoise beading link. Close the jumpring. Pass the chain through the bail on the focal piece.

Open the loop a 4mm round light turquoise beading link. Pass it through the last link on the 2-1/4 inch length of antiqued brass-plated 3x2mm flat cable chain. Close the loop. Open the opposite loop on the 4mm round light turquoise beading link and pass it through the bottom left wing on the flat butterfly charm. Close the loop.

Open the loop a 4mm round yellow beading link. Pass it through the top loop on the flat butterfly charm. Close the loop.

Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it through the opposite loop on the 4mm round yellow beading link and the 13th link from the antiqued gold-plated 10mm rimmed round beading link on the antiqued brass-plated 5x3mm patterned cable chain. Close the jumpring.

Open a 5mm jumpring. Pass it though the upper left wing on the flat butterfly charm and the 9th link from the antiqued gold-plated 10mm rimmed round beading link on the antiqued brass-plated 5x3mm patterned cable chain.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers, starting 3/16 inch from the tip of the top right wing on an antiqued brass-finished 21x17mm butterfly charm bend the tip of the wing approximately 45 degrees upward. Repeat on the left top wing.

Repeat to bend the wings on a second butterfly charm.
STEP 2
Place a small amount of Loctite adhesive on the back of one tanzanite 2.1mm flat back. Using tweezers, place the crystal just under the loop on the butterfly charm. Repeat to attach three tanzanite flat backs down the center of the butterfly charm. Repeat to attach one aqua 2.1mm flat back to the center of each of the upper wings and one luminous green 2.1mm flat back to the center of each of the lower wings. Let the adhesive set. Make sure to use proper ventilation when using this product.

Repeat to attach flat backs to the second bent butterfly charm.
STEP 3
String one 3mm round yellow glass bead onto an eyepin. Using a pair of round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers and flush-cutters finish the wire with a simple loop. Repeat to create a second 4mm round yellow beading link.

Repeat to make two 8mm round copper luster beading links using one 8mm round copper luster glass bead and one eyepin.
STEP 4
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open the loop on an earwire. Pass it though the loop on one 8mm round copper luster beading link. Close the loop.

Open the loop on a 4mm round yellow beading link. Pass it through the bottom loop on the 8mm round copper luster beading link. Close the loop.

Open the opposite loop on the 4mm round yellow beading link. Pass it through the loop on the top of a bent butterfly charm. Close the loop.
STEP 5
Repeat Step 4 to create the second earring.

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