Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Shrinkable Plastic, Russian Serpentine Gemstone Beads and Kumihimo Imitation Silk Cord

Necklace

STEP 1
Tape a printed snake design to the back side of one 8x10-inch shrinkable plastic sheet. Use green, yellow, gray, black and tan-colored pencils to color in the design of the snake.
STEP 2
Using scissors cut the outer edge of the snake design on the plastic. Place the plastic on a safe cutting surface and use a craft knife to cut out the inner portions of the entwined snake.
STEP 3
Place the shrinkable plastic snake on a piece of Teflon® or baking sheet and into a craft oven and bake at 325-degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and allow plastic to cool completely before handling.
STEP 4
Using scissors cut four 84-inch lengths of 1mm dark brown imitation silk cord.
STEP 5
Using flush-cutters, cut four 4-inch lengths of 22-gauge brass Zebra Wire™.
STEP 6
Match one end of the four 84-inch lengths of dark brown cord. Fold the cords over at the center and match up the ends, creating eight strands. Tie an overhand knot on the folded end of the cords.
STEP 7
Place the knot through the center of the kumihimo disc, and place the dark brown cord strands through the slots on the card. Weave the cord in a basic 8-cord pattern for 24 inches.
STEP 8
Tie the end of the woven cord in an overhand knot to hold the woven cord in place. Place a small amount of Loctite® gel on both ends of the woven cord.
STEP 9
Weave the woven cord through the plastic snake focal piece positioning the snake approximately 1/3 distance from the first end of the woven cord.
STEP 10
Pass the end of a 4-inch length of Zebra Wire through the end of the woven cord and tightly wind the wire for three to four wraps around the woven cord to secure the wire to the cord. Repeat to attach a 4-inch length of wire to the opposite end of the cord.
STEP 11
Pass the straight end of the wire through one antiqued gold-finished 21x8mm cone and one 4mm round Russian serpentine bead. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a wrapped loop on the straight end of the wire.

Repeat to secure one antiqued gold-finished 21x8mm cone and one 4mm round Russian serpentine bead to the opposite end of the woven cord necklace.
STEP 12
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp and the wrapped loop above the bead cone on the first end of the woven cord. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach the bar portion of the toggle clasp and the wrapped loop on the second end of the woven cord.
STEP 13
Using scissors, cut one 60-inch length of brown Nymo® thread. Pass the thread onto a craft needle. Pass one end of the thread through the woven cord 1/2 inch from the cone on the first end. Tie the thread in two overhand knots. Place a dab of glue on the knot for extra security. Pass the thread through the center of the woven cord to hide the knot. Then pass the thread through the woven cord exiting 1/4 inch down the cord.
STEP 14
String onto the thread one 4mm round Russian serpentine bead. Pass the thread back into the woven cord. Repeat down the length of the woven cord randomly adding one to two 4-6mm Russian serpentine beads to each stitch.
STEP 15
Pass the end of the thread through the woven cord 1/2 inch from the bead cone. Tie the thread in two overhand knots. Place a dab of glue on the knot for extra security. Pass the beading wire through the center of the woven cord to hide the knot. Trim excess thread from the end.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters cut two 3-1/2 inch lengths of Zebra Wire gold color 20-gauge wire.
STEP 2
String onto one gold-plated 1-inch headpin one Russian serpentine 8mm round bead. 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 Russian serpentine 8mm drop.

Repeat to create a total of two Russian serpentine 8mm drops.
STEP 3
Form a simple loop on one end of one 3-1/2 inch length of Zebra Wire creating an eyepin. Wrap the straight end of the wire around the graduated side of a pair of step pliers creating a loose coil.
STEP 4
String the following onto the loosely coiled end of the eyepin:
  • One Russian serpentine 4mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 8mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 4mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 8mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 6mm round
  • One Russian serpentine 4mm round
Form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire creating a Russian serpentine link. Repeat to create a total of two Russian serpentine links.
STEP 5
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and bent-nose pliers open the loop on one end of the coiled eyepin. Pass the loop through the loop on one Russian serpentine 8mm drop. Close the loop.

Open the loop on the opposite end of the coiled eyepin. Pass the loop through the loop on one gold-plated fishhook earwire. Close the loop.
STEP 6
Repeat Step 5 to create a second earring.

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