Earrings with Antiqued Copper-Plated Pewter Charms, Copper Embellishments and Metal Beads
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Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, TierraCast, antiqued silver-finished pewter (tin-based alloy), 4mm beaded rondelle (6 beads)
- Bead, antiqued gold-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 5x2mm dotted rondelle (4 beads)
- Bead, TierraCast, antiqued gold-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 6x2mm beaded rondelle (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 6x2mm square rondelle with dots (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued gold-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 8x3mm beaded star rondelle, 2.5mm hole (2 beads)
- Bead, antiqued gold-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 8.5x2mm dotted rondelle, 2mm hole (4 beads)
- Bead, antiqued ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 8.5x2mm dotted rondelle, 2mm hole (4 beads)
- Charm, antiqued copper-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), 10.5x9mm double-sided fir cone (2 charms)
- Embellishment, copper, 33x33x32mm undrilled shiny flat triangle blank (2 embellishments)
- Jumpring, antiqued copper-plated brass, 4mm round, 20 gauge (2 jumprings)
- Micro hardware, copper-finished brass, 2.5x1.5mm nut / 4x0.5mm washer / 1/4 inch screw with 1.6mm thread diameter (12 micro hardware)
- Micro hardware, brass, 2.5x1.5mm nut / 4x0.5mm washer / 1/4 inch screw with 1.6mm thread diameter (12 micro hardware)
- Micro hardware, silver-finished brass, 2.5x1.5mm nut / 4x0.5mm washer / 1/4 inch screw with 1.6mm thread diameter (6 micro hardware)
- Eyelet, stainless steel, 7x3.5mm with 6x1.9mm tube and 1.4mm inside diameter, fits 2mm hole (2 eyelets)
- Earring finding set, copper-plated brass, (12) 16mm 22-gauge fishhook earwires, (24) 1-inch 22-gauge headpins, (24) 4mm round 22-gauge jumprings (2 earring findings)
- Wire, Zebra Wire, natural copper, round, 20 gauge
- Adhesive, Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, 2-part
- Adhesive, G-S Hypo cement
- Glue gun pad, silicone, clear, 8x8-inch square with non-stick heat resistant surface
- Sharpening and polishing system, Jooltool, aluminum / plastic / steel, black and red, 100-240v / 50-60 HZ, 12 x 5-1/2 x 7 inches
- Bead mat, foam, sage / pink / black, 12x9-inch flocked
- Bench block, steel, 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 x 3/4 inch square
- Drill bit, high speed steel and plastic, 1-1/4 to 3 inches with 1-4mm twisted bit
- Rotary tool, steel, grinding and polishing set with case
- Texture hammer, EUROTOOL, wood and steel, 9-1/2 inches with (9) 17mm interchangeable faces
- Abrasive disc, 3M Scotch-Bright EXL Unitized, plastic, brown, fine to coarse grit, 3-inch replacement abrasive disc for Jooltool
- Punch, EUROTOOL, tempered steel, 5 inches with 3mm tip
- Finger guard, grain leather and elastic, multicolored, medium with closed tip
- Thumb guard, split leather and elastic, multicolored, medium with closed tip
- Miniature screwdriver set
- Rivet and eyelet setter, powder-coated steel, black, 3 x 7/8 x 3/8 inch base with 3/32 inch hex wrench
- Ring clamp, wood, 6 inches with wedge insert
- Pliers, Wubbers Designer Mandrel, small triangular mandrel, steel and rubber, 7 inches
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Place the two triangle embellishments on the bench block then use a texture hammer to texture the front side of each.
Secure one triangle in the ring clamp then use the Jooltool™ sharpening and polishing system and the fine abrasive disc to gently buff the back side and along the edges of each triangle giving it a textured appearance. Repeat to add texture to the second triangle.
Note: Be sure to use proper safety equipment when working with tools.
Beginning in one corner of one triangle lay out rondelles in a pattern that resembles gearwheels in a machine, spanning to the opposite edge of the triangle. Use a fine tip marker to place a point in the center of the top corner rondelle, the last rondelle at the bottom edge and five other rondelles in the pattern.
Remove the rondelles from the surface of the triangle, keeping them in the chosen pattern. Use the EUROTOOL® punch to create divots at each marker point on the triangle then use the rotary tool to drill an approximately 1mm hole at each point.
Place the first rondelle in the pattern over the top hole then insert the eyelet into the hole. String a second matching rondelle onto the eyelet on the opposite side of the triangle. Use the eyelet setting tool to secure the eyelet in place.
Place the next rondelle over its corresponding hole and insert a micro screw then string a washer. Apply a small amount of G-S Hypo cement to the end of the screw and secure with a micro nut.
Continue to attach the remaining rondelles in the pattern to the triangle. Use Devcon® 5 Minute® Epoxy to glue the rondelles, that did not have holes drilled in the center, to the surface of the triangle.
Repeat Steps 2 - 5 to create a second triangle component that is a mirror image of the first then allow components to dry completely.
Use each mandrel of the Wubbers® small triangle pliers to two small triangle jumprings and two larger triangle jumpring. Set one of each size aside for the second earring.
Pass the smaller triangle jumpring through the loop on one 10.5x9mm fir cone charm and the gear hole along the bottom edge of the triangle then close.
Attach the larger triangle jumpring to the gear hole at the top of the triangle.
Pass one 4mm jumpring through the previous jumpring and the loop on one fishhook earwire then close.
Repeat to create a second earring.
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