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Montana Skies Necklace

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Montana Skies Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

This Mommy & Me project is a great way to commemorate a fun family vacation or other special moment. The captivating colors of the Montana scenery and memories of horse tails inspired this unique necklace design.

Step One: Cut out a piece of background paper and a photo to fit the silver-plated pewter grande rectangle pendant. Apply a small amount of sealer to the back of the pewter rectangle pendant. Press your background paper into the pendant making sure to press out any air bubbles as you go. Use the sealer to attach your photo to the background paper then cover the inside of the pendant with a thin coat of sealer. Let dry. Set the antique brass horseshoe charm into the frame. Pour in enough Gel de Soleil to cover the charm and almost fill the frame. Place the Swarovski 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback in white opal blue sky and the Swarovski 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback in crystal into the frame and then pour in enough Gel de Soleil to fill the frame. Coat the bottom of the crystals to keep them in place. Place the pendant under a UV lamp for 15 minutes to cure. Attach a 5.85mm sterling silver open jump ring to the top of the pendant. For help with jump rings visit the Handy Tip section of the Learning Center.

Step Two: Cut 10 five-inch pieces of Griffin bead cord silk no. 8 in beige. Thread the strands through a 6.85mm sterling silver open jump ring and fold them in half. Cut a two-inch piece of 20 gauge silver non-tarnish artistic wire and a two-inch piece of 20 gauge brass non-tarnish artistic wire. Slide the 5mm Swarovski faceted bicone in Caribbean blue opal onto the silver wire. Wrap the brass wire around the silver wire, creating a spiral pattern. Then wrap the two wires around the bead cord three times, securing the cord to the jump ring. Fray the ends of the bead cord slightly. Use a 4.05mm sterling silver jump ring to attach the cord components to a sterling silver tube bead with ring.

Step Three: Cut the ultra micro fiber suede by the foot in slate blue to the size you want. We cut an 18-inch piece. Slide the components from steps one and two onto the suede. Place a small amount of E6000 on the ends of the suede and press them into the 2mm capped hook & eye crimp clasp set. Use the nylon jaw pliers to gently press the clasp ends around the suede. For help using crimp ends visit the handy Tips section of the Learning Center.
Approximate size: 19 inches
Estimated time: 30 minutes (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
20 gauge silver non-tarnish artistic wire, 6 yard spool (AWR20SVR6)
20 gauge brass non-tarnish artistic wire, 6 yard spool (AWR20BRS6)
Griffin bead cord 100% silk-no. 8 (0.80mm) beige (GSILK8BG)
Gel de soleil 4oz (GLAZE001)
Sealant 2oz (SEALANT01)
E6000 glue 1oz tube-medium/clear (E6000-01)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
Nylon jaw pliers (TOOL-105)
List of Components:
Sterling silver tube bead with ring (SS-LX36, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 5301 5mm faceted bicone Caribbean blue opal (5301-CBOP5, qty 1)
2mm capped hook & eye crimp clasp set (ISCL-0138, qty 1)
Ultra micro fiber suede slate blue by the foot (MSUEDE13, qty 2)
Antique brass horseshoe charm (BBA-CH001, qty 1)
Silver-plated pewter grande rectangle pendant (S-PEND017, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 2028 ss16 XILION rose flatback white opal sky blue (2028-WOSB16, qty 1)
CRYSTALLIZED™ 2058 ss16 XILION rose flatback crystal (2058-CRY16, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x5.85mm) (SS-OJR30-G, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x6.85mm) (SS-OJR30-H, qty 1)
Sterling silver open jump ring (0.75x4.05mm) (SS-OJR30-C, qty 1)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Sterling Silver Tube Bead with Ring
Code: SS-LX36
Length 8mm, Width 3mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.86$0.78$0.70
Qty>
Swarovski 5301 5mm Faceted Bicone Caribbean Blue Opal
Code: 5301-CBOP5
Length 5mm, Width 5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.14$0.12$0.11
Qty>
JBB Sterling Silver 2mm Capped Hook & Eye Crimp Clasp Set
Code: ISCL-0138
Total Length 22mm, Width 8-11mm 
1-34-78+
$5.79 $4.63$5.39 $4.31$5.01 $4.00
Qty>
Ultra Micro Fiber Suede Slate Blue by the Foot
Code: MSUEDE13
Length 1 foot, Width 3mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.28 $0.21$0.26 $0.19$0.23 $0.17
Qty>
Antique Brass Horseshoe Charm
Code: BBA-CH001
Height 15mm, Width 11.5mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.47 $0.37$0.43 $0.34$0.39 $0.31
Qty>
Nunn Design Silver-Plated Pewter Grande Rectangle Pendant
Code: S-PEND017
Height 47mm, Width 25mm 
1-34-78+
$7.39 $5.17$6.87 $4.80$6.39 $4.47
Qty>
Swarovski 2028 SS16 XILION Rose Flatback White Opal Sky Blue
Code: 2028-WOSB16
Diameter 3.8-4mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.13$0.11$0.10
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS16 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY16
Diameter 3.8-4mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.10 $0.09$0.09 $0.08$0.08 $0.07
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .230 inches (0.75 x 5.85mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-G
Diameter 5.8mm, 21 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.31 $0.27$0.29 $0.26$0.26 $0.23
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .270 inches (0.75 x 6.85mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-H
Diameter 6.8mm, 21 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.37 $0.33$0.34 $0.30$0.31 $0.27
Qty>
Sterling Silver Open Jump Ring - 0.030 x .160 inches (0.75 x 4.05mm)
Code: SS-OJR30-C
Diameter 4mm, 21 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.21 $0.18$0.19 $0.17$0.18 $0.16
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5328 6mm XILION Bicone Crystal AB
Code: 5328-CRYSAB6
Length 6mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.27 $0.24$0.25 $0.22$0.22 $0.19
Qty>
Ultra Micro Fiber Suede Brown by the Foot
Code: MSUEDE02
Length 1 foot, Width 3mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.28 $0.24$0.26 $0.22$0.23 $0.20
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Silver Cowboy Hat Charm
Code: SA-2283
Height 12mm, Width 14mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.15 $0.91$1.06 $0.84$0.98 $0.78
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Nunn Design Gel du Soleil 4oz
Code: GLAZE001
4 oz bottle 
1-12-34+
$66.80 $58.11$62.53 $54.40$58.53 $50.92
Qty>
20 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 6 Yard Spool
Code: AWR20SVR6
20 gauge, 6 yards 
1-23-45+
$4.99 $4.24$4.59 $3.90$4.19 $3.56
Qty>
20 Gauge Brass Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 6 Yard Spool
Code: AWR20BRS6
20 gauge, 6 yards 
1-23-45+
$2.79 $2.37$2.59 $2.20$2.39 $2.03
Qty>
Griffin Bead Cord 100% Silk - No. 8 (0.80mm) Beige
Code: GSILK8BG
Diameter .80mm, Length 2 meters 
1-910-1920+
$1.89 $1.51$1.79 $1.43$1.69 $1.35
Qty>
E6000 Glue 1oz Tube - Medium/Clear
Code: E6000-01
1oz 
Sale Price: $2.54
Price: $2.99
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.21
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Sale Price: $9.34
Price: $10.74
Qty>
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Code: TOOL-105
Sale Price: $15.06
Price: $17.32
Qty>
Nunn Design Sealant 2oz
Code: SEALANT01
2 oz bottle 
1-23-56+
$8.80 $7.04$8.20 $6.55$7.64 $6.11
Qty>

NOTE: This idea uses SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS which currently does not meet the requirements as set out in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).


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