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Heartbeat Necklace

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Heartbeat Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cynthia Kimura

Everything has a life force, a heartbeat. Contrasting elements must work together in support of a greater purpose, much like how we all must find balance in order to keep our planet beautiful. We've created this intricate necklace to help represent how unnatural components can come together and create an organic feel in jewelry.

Step one:
Prepare a small amount of DeCoRé crafters clay in Crystal Silver Shard according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Read our Handy Tip in the Learning Center on how to use epoxy clay if you need more help. Press the clay into the recess of the Nunn Design antique gold-plated heart picture pendant.

Step two:
Arrange the assortment of watch components and Swarovski flatbacks as desired to fit inside the heart. Press each piece into the clay and allow it to cure completely. Remember, you have 90 minutes to work with the clay before it will start to harden.

Step three:
Glue the Kabela Design antique brass filigree to the back of the heart pendant using epoxy. Make sure that the convex surface is facing toward the pendant and the pointed end is facing down. Allow to dry.

Step four:
Cut the antique brass-plated textured oval link chain into the following pieces: one 9 ½-inch strand, one 20-inch strand and two 1-inch strands.

Step five:
Attach one 5.5mm antique brass-plated 21 gauge open jump ring to each end of the 1-inch chains. Connect one jump ring from each chain to a TierraCast brass oxide pewter small love knot spacer. Attach both spacers to a single 8mm antique brass-plated open jump ring. Then, connect this jump ring to a second 8mm jump ring and attach it to the heart pendant. Watch our Handy Tip video if you need help with jump rings.

Step six:
Thread one 2-inch antique brass-plated 20 gauge eye pin with one TierraCast brass oxide pewter medium cube spacer Eurobead, three TierraCast 6mm black finish pewter plain heishi spacers and one more cube bead. Finish the open end with a simple loop. Repeat this process three more times.

Step seven:
Thread two more head pins with one 6mm black finish pewter plain heishi spacer, three TierraCast brass oxide pewter small love knot spacers and another plain spacer. Thread another head pin with one Kabela Design antique brass beauty bead. Finish them all with a simple loop.

Step eight:
Link three of the head pins from Step six and the two matching head pins from Step seven together in an alternating pattern. Attach one end to one of the 1-inch chains and the other to a new 5.5mm jump ring. Connect this jump ring to the 9 ½-inch chain.

Step nine:
Attach the open end of the 9 ½-inch chain to one 8mm jump ring and connect it to the 22.5mm antique brass clock and gears round button.

Step ten:
Link the two remaining head pins together. Connect the open loop of the beauty bead head pin to the other 1-inch chain and connect the open loop of the other head pin to a new 5.5mm jump ring. Fold the 19-inch chain in half and connect both ends to this new jump ring.
Approximate Size: 28 3/4 Inches
Estimated Time:Less That 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
DeCoRé Crafters Clay - Crystal Silver Shard (SUP-0008)
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Knotting Tweezers (TOOL-112)
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges (EPOXY-5)
List of Components:
TierraCast 6mm Black Finish Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer (BKO-0442, qty 16)
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Heart Picture Pendant (PGA-PEND002, qty 1)
Assorted Watch Components (.5 oz. Bag) (EMBMT-0162, qty 1)
Kabela Design Antique Brass Beauty Bead (BBA-BD03, qty 1)
Kabela Design Antique Brass Filigree (BBA-LX36, qty 1)
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Medium Cube Spacer EuroBead (BRO-5772, qty 8)
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Small Love Knot Spacer (BRO-5768, qty 8)
Antique Brass-Plated Textured Oval Link Chain (BBACH14, qty 3)
Swarovski 1028 PP32 XILION Chaton Chrysolite Opal (4mm) (1028-CHO32PP, qty 1)
Swarovski 1028 PP24 XILION Chaton Black Diamond (3mm) (1028-BKD24PP, qty 3)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal Silver Shade (2058-CSS12, qty 1)
Swarovski 2058 SS30 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal (2058-CRY30, qty 1)
22.5mm Antique Brass Clock and Gears Round Button (BTN-189, qty 1)
5.5mm Antique Brass-Plated 21 Gauge Open Jump Ring (BBA-OJR06-A, qty 6)
2-inch Antique Brass-Plated 20 Gauge Eye Pin (BBA-OJR06-A, qty 6)
8mm Antique Brass-Plated Open Jump Ring (BBA-EP20-22, qty 7)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Antique Brass Eternal Knot Button (BTN-032)
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Large Square Dotted Spacer Bead (PBA-BD003)
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Large Square Dotted Spacer Bead (PBA-BD003)
TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Medium Cube Spacer EuroBead (BKO-5772)
JBB Antique Brass-Plated Brass Teardrop Cut Out Hollow Round Bead (BEAD-0393)
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Grande Circle Pendant (PGA-PEND021)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

TierraCast 6mm Black Finish Pewter Plain Heishi Spacer
Code: BKO-0442
Length 2mm, Width 6mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.22$0.20$0.18
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Heart Picture Pendant
Code: PGA-PEND002
Height 31mm, Width 33mm 
1-34-78+
$6.77$6.30$5.86
Qty>
Assorted Watch Components (.5 oz. Bag)
Code: EMBMT-0162
Volume .5 oz/14.17 gr 
Price: $14.74
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Brass Beauty Bead
Code: BBA-BD03
Length 12mm, Width 9mm 
1-56-1112+
$4.57$4.12$3.72
Qty>
Kabela Design Antique Brass Filigree
Code: BBA-LX36
Length 38mm, Width 35mm 
1-34-78+
$4.49$4.17$3.87
Qty>
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Medium Cube Spacer EuroBead
Code: BRO-5772
Length 4.5mm, Width 6.5mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1920-3940+
$0.56$0.51$0.47
Qty>
TierraCast Brass Oxide Pewter Small Love Knot Spacer
Code: BRO-5768
Length 2.5mm, Diameter 9mm, Hole Size 3.5mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.83$0.76$0.70
Qty>
Antique Brass-Plated Textured Oval Link Chain
Code: BBACH14
Link 9mm x 5.5mm, Gauge 20 
1-56-1112+
$2.50$2.31$2.14
Qty>
Swarovski 1028 PP32 XILION Chaton Chrysolite Opal (4mm)
Code: 1028-CHO32PP
Diameter 4mm, Total Height 2.77mm, Bottom Height 2.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.11$0.10$0.09
Qty>
Swarovski 1028 PP24 XILION Chaton Black Diamond (3mm)
Code: 1028-BKD24PP
Diameter 3mm, Total Height 2.09mm, Bottom Height 1.8mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.08$0.07$0.06
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal Silver Shade
Code: 2058-CSS12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.10$0.09$0.08
Qty>

Alternate Components

Antique Brass Eternal Knot Button
Code: BTN-032
Diameter 15mm, Ligne 6.5mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.25$1.15$1.06
Qty>
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Large Square Dotted Spacer Bead
Code: PBA-BD003
Length 2mm, Width 7mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50$0.45$0.41
Qty>
JBB Antique Vintage Brass-Plated Pewter Large Square Dotted Spacer Bead
Code: PBA-BD003
Length 2mm, Width 7mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50$0.45$0.41
Qty>
TierraCast Black Finish Pewter Medium Cube Spacer EuroBead
Code: BKO-5772
Length 4.5mm, Width 6mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1920-3940+
$0.56$0.51$0.47
Qty>
JBB Antique Brass-Plated Brass Teardrop Cut Out Hollow Round Bead
Code: BEAD-0393
Length 10mm, Diameter 10mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-56-1112+
$2.41$2.23$2.07
Qty>
Nunn Design Antique Gold-Plated Pewter Grande Circle Pendant
Code: PGA-PEND021
Height 38mm, Width 34mm 
1-34-78+
$6.77$6.30$5.86
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

DeCoRé Crafters Clay - Crystal Silver Shard
Code: SUP-0008
Volume 20 grams 
Price: $9.19
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.74
Qty>
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Price: $2.48
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.28
Qty>
5-Minute Two-Part Epoxy, 28ml Dual Cartridges
Code: EPOXY-5
28ml 
Price: $5.62
Qty>



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