Multi-Strand Necklace and Earrings with Gold- and Silver-Finished Brass Crimps and Braided Purely Silk™ Thread
-- Designer --
Jamie, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Crimp, gold-finished brass, 2.5mm round, 1.5mm inside diameter (586 crimps)
- Crimp, silver-finished brass, 2.5mm round, 1.5mm inside diameter (267 crimps)
- Crimp, silver-finished brass, 3x2mm round tube, 1.4mm inside diameter (486 crimps)
- Crimp, JBB Findings, brass, 6.5x6mm tube, 4mm inside diameter (4 crimps)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 6x4mm oval, 18 gauge (2 jumprings)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 6mm round, 18 gauge (12 jumprings)
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 8mm round, 16 gauge (5 jumprings)
- Earring, gold-plated brass, 29mm round hoop with 7 closed loops and latch-back closure (2 earrings)
- Clasp, toggle, gold-plated ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 10mm twisted round (2 clasps)
- Clasp, lobster claw, gold-plated brass, 14x8mm with swivel (1 clasp)
- Thread, Purely Silk, bright green, size FFF
- Thread, Purely Silk, royal blue, size F
- Thread, Purely Silk, red, size F
- Thread, Purely Silk, gold, size F
- Wire, gold-plated brass, 31 gauge
- Adhesive, Loctite 409 Gel
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, crimping
Cut one 6-inch length of 26-gauge Zebra Wire™.
Cut the following lengths of Purely Silk™ size F thread:
Three blue 64-inch lengths
Three red 64-inch lengths
Two bright green 75-inch lengths
Six gold 64-inch lengths
Match one end of the two blue 64-inch lengths of thread. Fold the lengths of thread in half and match up the ends creating four strands. Insert the length of wire thorough the folded center and loosely twist the ends together creating a needle.
String approximately 19 inches of 3x2mm crimps onto the thread then center the crimps on the four-thread strand, leaving equal lengths of bare thread on either end. Tie an overhand knot at each end close to the crimps to secure. Do not trim the ends of the thread.
Repeat to create one 19-3/4 inch strand of crimp using the three red lengths of thread and one 18-inch strand of crimps using the two bright green lengths of thread.
Using gold 2.5mm round crimps, create one 19-1/2 inch strand using three gold lengths of thread.
String onto the last three gold lengths of thread approximately 1-1/2 inches of silver 2.5mm crimps then string approximately 1-1/2 inches of gold 2.5mm crimps. Repeat this sequence to string a total of six sets creating an 18-inch strand. Center the crimps on the strand, leaving equal lengths of bare thread on either end. Tie an overhand knot at each end close to the crimps to secure. Do not trim the ends of the thread.
Gather the ends of the bare thread on one end of each strand then string one 6.5x6mm crimp. Pull the thread so the crimp rests snug against the knots (but not tight) and then use chain-nose pliers to crimp the center of the tube.
Separate the lengths of blue, red and bright green thread then add a length or two of gold thread to each color. Braid the lengths of thread together for approximately 3 inches.
Gather the remaining loose thread at the base of the braid and string one 6.5x6mm crimp and the 10mm ring portion of one toggle clasp. Pass the threads back through crimp, creating a loop. Verify that the thread loop is even then crimp.
Trim excess threads even, then apply a drop of Loctite® adhesive inside the crimp. Crimp the center of the tube. Repeat to finish the opposite end of the necklace.
Note: Use the ring portion of the second toggle clasp on the opposite end of the necklace as well. The bar portions of the clasps were not used.
Using one 6x4mm oval jumpring connect the loop on one lobster claw clasp to the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp on one end of the necklace.
Pass one 8mm jumpring through four 6mm round jumprings then close. Continue to connect two 6mm jumprings to two of the previous 6mm jumprings creating a chain. Repeat to create a chain of six 6mm jumpring sets.
Using one 6x4mm oval jumpring connect the last two 6mm jumprings on one end of the chain to the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp on the opposite end of the necklace.
Cut the following lengths of Purely Silk™ size F thread:
Two blue 20-inch lengths
Two red 20-inch lengths
Two bright green 20-inch lengths
Two gold 20-inch lengths
Two gold 50-inch lengths
Match up the ends of one 20-inch length of blue, red, bright green and gold thread. Apply a small drop of adhesive near the closure on one side of the hoop earring. Place the thread over the adhesive and wrap the thread around the hoop one time. Hold the threads tight for a couple seconds until the adhesive is dry.
Continue to wrap the thread around the hoop of the earring to the opposite side of the closure. At the last wrap, apply a small drop of adhesive then place the last wrap of thread. Hold the threads tight for a couple seconds until the adhesive is dry to secure. Trim the thread on each end to the thread is even.
Tip: each length of thread should lay flat next to the others so it is visible along the hoop earring.
Insert the length of wire thorough the folded end of one 50-inch length of gold thread and loosely twist the ends together creating a needle.
Pass the needle through the first loop on one end of one hoop earring.
String five silver 2.5mm round crimps, 3/4 inch gold 2.5mm round crimps and five more silver 2.5mm round crimps.
Skip the last silver crimp then pass the needle through the rest of the strung seed beads creating a basic fringe stitch. Pass the needle through the loop on the hoop earring in the same direction.
String one silver 2.5mm round crimp then pass the needle through the hoop earring loop, in the opposite direction then repeat Step 4.
Pass the needle through the adjacent hoop earring loop and repeat Steps 4 and 5 to add a seed bead fringe. Repeat to attach a seed bead fringe to each loop on the hoop earring.
Pass the needle through each of the loops weaving back and forth to the opposite loop. Tie the tail and remaining thread off using an overhand then apply a small drop of Loctite to secure.
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