Retired - Learn to Soar Necklace

PROJECT N614
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Advanced
A diving sparrow instantly catches the eye in this inspiring necklace. Spread your wings, soar, and feel the joy that comes from living life to the fullest. Green was chosen as the accent color to represent life, well-
Instructions
  1. Whenever I am working on a piece of jewelry which involves resin, I like to make the resin piece first so that while it is curing, I can work on the other steps. So to begin, let's first take our green collage paper and cut it to fit into your square Patera collage pendant. Place Nunn glue on the back of the paper, covering the entire back surface, and press into the collage pendant. Let dry.
  2. While your pendant is drying, find the words "joy" and "soar" on your transfer word sheet. Cut them out, cutting fairly close to the actual lettering. Follow the directions on the back of the transfer sheet to adhere the word transfers right on top of your green paper. See photo for placement. After you have dabbed away any remaining water, using a paint brush, apply a thin coat of Nunn Sealer to the top of the words and the entire expanse of your green paper, making sure to get into the corners and around the edges of the paper. Let dry for at least 30 minutes. Paint a second layer of Nunn Sealer over the green paper and your words. Let dry.
  3. Mix and pour your resin into your collage pendant until it is approximately half way full. While your resin is still wet, place your diving sparrow pendant directly into the resin, making it so that the bird's body is between the words and the bird's tail feathers are sticking out of the pendant setting itself. If bubbles are present, remove them using a heat source such as butane lighter, micro-flame torch, heat gun, etc. Swipe the heat source over the top of the resin (do not touch the resin or rest the heat source directly on it, you do not want to disturb the resin or burn anything). Keep checking in on the resin for about 30 minutes and remove any bubbles present. At this point, place some type of box or lid over your resin pieces (hovering, not touching), you are just trying to keep any dust from settling into your resin. The resin will harden in 24 hours and cure in 3 days.
  4. While your resin is hardening, make the rest of your necklace.
  5. Take your chain and count 10 links of chain. On the 11th link, open that link like a jump ring and remove. Repeat this step 11 more times so that you have a total of 12 separate lengths of chain which are 10 links long each. Set aside.
  6. Cut 12 lengths of 24 gauge wire, 2 inches long each. Take one length of wire and create a simple wire loop at the base and then thread onto it 1 3mm round olive jade serpentine bead, 1 6mm light green serpentine round bead, and 1 more 3mm round olive jade serpentine bead. Create a simple wire loop at the end of the last bead and cut off excess wire with flush cutters. Repeat this step with your other 11 cut wire lengths.
  7. Take one of your cut chain lengths and connect it to one of the beaded segments you made in the step above by opening the simple wire loop on the end and placing the end chain link onto it . Close the simple wire loop. Go to the other side of the beaded segment you just connected and connect another 10 link chain length. Repeat these steps until you have in total 6 chain lengths connected to 6 beaded segments, all strung together so that you have made half of your necklace. Now repeat this entire step to make the other side of your necklace.
  8. On the end of one of the beaded chain length sides of your necklace which ends in a bead segment, open the simple wire loop at the end and place onto it the loop at the base of your hook clasp. Close the simple wire loop.
  9. Cut 4 lengths of 24 gauge wire, 2 inches long each. Create a wrapped wire loop at the end of one of the cut wire pieces. Thread onto the wire 1 6mm light green serpentine round bead. Create a wrapped wire loop at the end of the bead and cut off excess wire. Repeat with your other 3 cut wire lengths making sure to link them together as you go via their wrapped wire loops. Find your long beaded segment/chain length which does not have the clasp. At the end with the beaded segment, attach the strand of single beads/simple wire loops you just made.
  10. Cut a 3 inch length of wire. Take a 6mm light green serpentine round bead and thread it onto the wire, slide to the midway point. Create a briolette wrap and a wrapped wire loop at the top. Cut off any excess wire. Attach this last beaded unit to the end of your beaded segment/chain length that you just worked on in the last step.
  11. At this point you have two separate chain/beaded lengths, one with a hook and the other with beads on the end which will allow you to adjust the length of your necklace. Now to attach your lengths to your pendant, find 2 of the links you removed from your chain like jump rings in step 5. Using them as a jump ring, place one on each of the chain ends of your necklace lengths. Then link them to the loop at the top of your DRY pendant. Close the links like jump ring.
  12. Enjoy!
Keywords:bird, sparrow, btq-natureWHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • CHA-9809 - Nunn Design Antiqued Nunn Design Silver Plated Chain Flat Cable By The Foot
    Project uses 2 feet. You will need 2 packages.

  • FCL-3210 -
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • WNT-2430 - Beadsmith Tarnish Resistant Silver Color Copper Wire 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
    Project uses 2 feet. You will need 1 package.

  • SPSE-67 - Light Green Serpentine Gem Round Beads 6mm/15.5 Inch Strand
    Project uses 17 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • PND-6515 - Nunn Design Antiqued Silver Plated Pewter Collage Bezel Square 1 1/4 Inch
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-9518 - Nunn Design Collage Sheet Green/Navy Floral For Scrapbook - Fits Patera
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-9515 - Nunn Design Transfer Sheet Decorative Words For Scrapbook - Fits Patera
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • PND-5706 - Antiqued Silver Plated Stamping - Diving Sparrow 44mm (1)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

RECOMMENDED TOOLS:
  • XTL-5700 - Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
Additional Information
Ingredients CHA-9809, FCL-3210, WNT-2430, SPSE-67, PND-6515, XTL-9518, XTL-9515, PND-5706,

Purchase Components

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Nunn Design Antiqued Silver Plated Flat Cable Chain, 3.6mm, by The Foot
You will need 2 package(s).
1 package = By The Foot.
$4.95 / Package | SKU: CHA-9809
Beadsmith Tarnish Resistant Silver Color Copper Wire 24 Gauge 30 Yards (27.4 Meters)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Spool.
$11.29 / Package | SKU: WNT-2430
Nunn Design Collage Sheet Green/Navy Floral For Scrapbook - Fits Patera
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.52 / Package | SKU: XTL-9518
Antiqued Silver Plated Stamping - Diving Sparrow 44mm (1)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Piece.
$1.25 / Package | SKU: PND-5706
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Tools and Other Supplies:

Fiskars 5 Precision Tip Scissors - Super Sharp
$6.89 / Package | SKU: XTL-5700
Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
$7.49 / Package | SKU: XTL-5514

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