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Birdland Necklace

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Birdland Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Your style will be singing a soulful tune when you wear this cool necklace. Inspired by mixed media beauty and nature's finest crooners, this earth-toned idea is perfect for accenting casual outfits suited for spring.

Note: When using the ICE Resin, each time you mix you will have enough for multiple pieces of jewelry, so you might want to have other pieces ready so as to not waste the mix. For help with Ice Resin, visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step one:
Cut the bird image from the nature collage paper to fit the Nunn Design antique silver-plated pewter grande rectangle link. Cut out a corner symbol from the Decorative Words Nunn Design transfer sheet and place it on top of the bird image, then coat the images in Nunn Design Sealant to prevent the ink from bleeding. Let dry completely. Repeat.

Step two:
Apply a coat of sealant to the inside of the link and then press the cut-out image into the link. Let dry completely. Mix together the ICE Resin according to the instructions and pour it into the link, completely covering the image to leave a slight mound. Let the link dry completely.

Step three:
Attach a 1.00x6.10mm sterling silver open jump ring to the top of the link. Attach a 0.90x7.35mm sterling silver open jump ring to a Swarovski 17mm briolette pendant in Topaz, and then connect this jump ring to the bottom of the link. Watch our Handy Tip video to learn how to open and close a jump ring.

Step four:
Cut one piece of jewelry wire approximately 24 inches long. Attach one end to a 1.0x6.10mm sterling silver open jump ring using a sterling 2x2mm crimp tube. Cover the crimp tube with a sterling silver 3mm crimp cover. Read our Handy Tips in the Learning Center on how to use a crimp tube and how to use a crimp cover if you need help.

Step five:
String the following beads onto the wire: three TierraCast 5mm antique silver-plated pewter crown heishi spacers, one 5x4mm crystal Picasso luster roundel bead, one Czech glass aqua beige Picasso roundel bead and one more 5x4mm roundel. Then, string the following pattern five times:
  • one spacer
  • one 5x4mm roundel
  • one Czech glass roundel
  • one 5x4mm roundel
  • one spacer
  • one decoupage teal with cream birds, butterflies and flowers oval bead
String one spacer and three more 5x4mm roundels, and then add the bird link. Create a mirror image on the other side of the link for the remainder of the wire.

Step six:
Finish the other end of the wire with a second jump ring, crimp tube and crimp cover.

Step seven:
Attach each part of the JBB sterling star-shaped flower toggle clasp to its own 1.00x6.10mm open jump ring. Connect one to each of the other 1.00x6.10mm jump rings on the ends of the necklace.
Approximate size: 22½ inches
Estimated time: Less than 1 hour (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Nunn Design Collage Sheet - Nature (STKR-0097)
Nunn Design Transfer Sheet - Decorative Words (1/2 sheet 2 pack) (TS-001)
ZambaPro® Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
ZambaPro® Bead Crimper Tool (TOOL-100)
Nipper Tool (TOOL-101)
ICE Resin® (ICE-01)
ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .024 30-Feet (9.1 Meters) (ZP49-30F-024)
Nunn Design Sealant 2oz (SEALANT01)
List of Components:
Czech Glass Aqua Beige Picasso Roundel Bead (CR-RL211, qty 12)
5x4mm Crystal Picasso Luster Roundel Bead Strand (CR-RL155, qty 1)
Decoupage Teal with Cream Birds, Butterflies and Flowers Oval Bead Strand (BS-0056, qty 1)
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Topaz (6010-TOP17, qty 1)
TierraCast5mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Crown Heishi Spacer (SA-0445, qty 28)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring (0.90 x 7.35mm) (SS-OJR35-G, qty 1)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring (1.00 x 6.10mm) (SS-OJR40-E, qty 5)
JBB Sterling Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp (ISCL-0122, qty 1)
Sterling 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube (SS-CRM2, qty 2)
Sterling Silver 3mm Crimp Cover (SS-CCOV01, qty 2)
Nunn Design antique silver-plated pewter grande rectangle link (PSA-LX024, qty 1)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Czech Glass Aqua and Beige Mix Picasso Roundel Bead (CR-RL213)
5x4mm Amber/Opal with Light Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (CR-RL186)
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Amethyst (6010-AMY17)
TierraCast 5mm Gold-Plated Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer (G-0441)
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp (PG-TOG014)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Czech Glass Aqua Beige Picasso Roundel Bead
Czech Glass Aqua Beige Picasso Roundel Bead
Code: CR-RL211
Length 6.5mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.45$0.42$0.39
Qty>
5x4mm Crystal Picasso Luster Roundel Bead Strand
5x4mm Crystal Picasso Luster Roundel Bead Strand
Code: CR-RL155
4 inch strand, Length 3.5mm, Width 5mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.87$2.66$2.45
Qty>
Découpage Teal with Cream Birds, Butterflies and Flowers Oval Bead Strand
Découpage Teal with Cream Birds, Butterflies and Flowers Oval Bead Strand
Code: BS-0056
STL 12 Inches, L 27.5-28.5mm, W 17.5-19mm 
1-23-56+
$10.41$9.71$9.05
Qty>
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Topaz
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Topaz
Code: 6010-TOP17
Height 17mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-56-1112+
$4.42$3.97$3.57
Qty>
TierraCast5mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Crown Heishi Spacer
TierraCast5mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Crown Heishi Spacer
Code: SA-0445
Length 2mm, Diameter5mm, Hole Gauge 18 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.21$0.19$0.17
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .290 inches (0.90 x 7.35mm)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.035 x .290 inches (0.90 x 7.35mm)
Code: SS-OJR35-G
Diameter 7.3mm, 19 gauge 
1-2930-5960+
$0.52$0.48$0.41
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.040 x .240 inches (1.00 x 6.10mm)
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.040 x .240 inches (1.00 x 6.10mm)
Code: SS-OJR40-E
Diameter 6.1mm, 18 gauge 
1-2930-5960+
$0.54$0.50$0.43
Qty>
JBB Sterling Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp
JBB Sterling Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp
Code: ISCL-0122
Loop 26.5x22.5mm, Bar 29mm 
1-23-56+
$14.69 $11.75$13.69 $10.95$12.76 $10.20
Qty>
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Sterling Silver 2 x 2mm Crimp Tube
Code: SS-CRM2
Length 2mm, Width 2mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.15$0.14$0.13
Qty>
Sterling Silver 3mm Crimp Cover
Sterling Silver 3mm Crimp Cover
Code: SS-CCOV01
Length 3mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.25$0.22$0.20
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Grande Rectangle Link
Nunn Design Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Grande Rectangle Link
Code: PSA-LX024
Length 51mm, Width 24.5mm 
1-34-78+
$7.39$6.87$6.39
Qty>

Alternate Components

Czech Glass Aqua and Beige Mix Picasso Roundel Bead
Czech Glass Aqua and Beige Mix Picasso Roundel Bead
Code: CR-RL213
Length 6.5mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.35$0.32$0.29
Qty>
5x4mm Amber/Opal with Light Picasso Roundel Bead Strand
5x4mm Amber/Opal with Light Picasso Roundel Bead Strand
Code: CR-RL186
4.5 inch strand, Length 3.5mm, Width 5mm 
1-56-1112+
$3.94$3.54$3.19
Qty>
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Amethyst
Swarovski 6010 17mm Briolette Pendant Amethyst
Code: 6010-AMY17
Height 17mm, Width 8.5mm 
1-34-78+
$4.13$3.83$3.55
Qty>
TierraCast 5mm Gold-Plated Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer
TierraCast 5mm Gold-Plated Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer
Code: G-0441
Length 2mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Gauge 16 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.18$0.17$0.15
Qty>
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Star-Shaped Flower Toggle Clasp
Code: PG-TOG014
Loop 26.5x21m, Bar 29mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.48$2.30$2.13
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Nunn Design Collage Sheet - Birds and Butterflies
Nunn Design Collage Sheet - Birds and Butterflies
Code: STKR-0097
1-34-78+
$6.59$5.79$5.29
Qty>
Nunn Design Transfer Sheet - Decorative Words (1/2 sheet 2 pack)
Nunn Design Transfer Sheet - Decorative Words (1/2 sheet 2 pack)
Code: TS-001
4 Inch x 5 Inch Sheets 
1-23-56+
$8.21$7.65$7.13
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.09
Qty>
Bead Crimper Tool
Bead Crimper Tool
Code: TOOL-100
Length 5 1/8-Inch 
Price: $13.99
Qty>
Nipper Tool
Nipper Tool
Code: TOOL-101
Price: $7.89
Qty>
ICE Resin®
ICE Resin®
Code: ICE-01
Resin 4 oz. bottle, Hardener 4 oz. bottle 
Price: $26.99
Qty>
ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .024 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
ZambaPro® Jewelry Wire, 49-Strand .024 30-Feet (9.1 Meters)
Code: ZP49-30F-024
Diameter .024 inches, Length 30 feet 
1-23-56+
$10.78$10.05$9.37
Qty>
Nunn Design Sealant 2oz
Nunn Design Sealant 2oz
Code: SEALANT01
2 oz bottle 
1-23-56+
$8.80$8.20$7.64
Qty>



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