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Shakespeare's Starling Necklace

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Shakespeare's Starling Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

This antique-inspired necklace is perfect for those of us who wish to be free to fly like the birds. We used one of our favorite nature-themed craft sheets for the backgrounds in these vintage frames, but feel free to use any image you deem appropriate.

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 not 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 antique gold-plated pewter grande square link, and cut the egg image to fit the antique gold-plated pewter mini circle link. Coat the images in Mod Podge to prevent bleeding. Let dry completely. Repeat.

Step Two: Apply a coating of Mod Podge to the inside of both links. Position the background cutouts and gently press them into their respective frames, making sure they are smooth and without bubbles. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to the cut outs in the frames. Let dry completely.

Step Three: Mix together the ICE Resin® as indicated on the instructions. Pour the resin slowly into the frames or use a mixing stick to drizzle the resin into the frames. Because of the thickness of the resin, it tends to mound as you pour and then it settles, making it easy to overfill the frames. Let dry overnight. Please note that the ICE Resin® often takes several days to fully harden, so take care not to make indentations in the surface of your pendant.

Step Four: On a 1.5-inch antique brass-plated head pin, string a 6mm Swarovski faceted roundelle in mint alabaster and a 4mm Swarovski faceted roundelle in jet. Finish with a wrapped loop. For help with wrapped loops visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.

Step Five: Attach the head pin to the circle link using a 4mm antique brass-plated open jump ring. For help with jump rings visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. Attach the two links together using a 6mm antique brass-plated open jump ring. Attach a 4mm jump ring to the top of the square link and string the satin necklace in turquoise through the ring to complete the necklace.
Approximate size: 18 inches
Estimated time: Just minutes without drying time
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools Used:
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
Collage sheet - nature (STKR-0097, qty 1)
ICE Resin® (ICE-01, qty 1)
List of Components:
Antique gold-plated pewter grande square link (PGA-LX017, qty 1)
Antique gold-plated pewter mini circle link (PGA-LX015, qty 1)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5040 4mm faceted roundelle jet (5040-JET4, qty 1)
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5040 6mm faceted roundelle mint alabaster (5040-MAL6, qty 1)
6mm antique brass-plated open jump ring (BBA-OJR06, qty 1)
4mm antique brass-plated open jump ring (BBA-OJR04, qty 2)
18" 2.0mm satin necklace-turquoise(NS20-TURQ, qty 1)
1.5-inch antique brass-plated 23 gauge head pin (BBA-HP15-24, qty 1)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5040 4mm Briolette Bead Jet
Code: 5040-JET4
Length 2.5-3mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
6mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR06
Length 6mm, Width 6mm, 18 gauge 
Price: $0.05
5mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring
Code: BBA-OJR04
Length 5mm, Width 5mm, 18 gauge 
Price: $0.05
18-inch 2.0mm Satin Necklace - Turquoise with Sterling Silver Clasp
Code: NS20-TURQ
Diameter 2mm, Length 18 inches 
1.5-inch Antique Brass-Plated 23 Gauge Head Pin
Code: BBA-HP15-24
Length 1.5 inches, 23 gauge 
Price: $0.05

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.67
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.67
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $11.56
ICE Resin
Code: ICE-01
Resin 4 oz. bottle, Hardener 4 oz. bottle 
Price: $32.99

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