Caribbean Dreams

Designer Diane Zigabarra
Skill Level Intermediate/Advanced
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Materials

Copper Color .019 Diameter Soft Flex Metallics Wire
18 Gauge Brown Soft Flex Craft Wire
20 Gauge Brown Soft Flex Craft Wire
26 Gauge Brown Soft Flex Craft Wire
Antique Brass Key and Ring Toggle Clasp - 1 set
2mm x 2mm Gold Filled Crimp Tubes - 46 pcs
Brass Antique Chain - 10 inches
5mm brass jump rings - 5 pcs
18mm Brass Flat Metal Washers - 4 pcs
Brass Antique Quarter-size Coins - 2 pcs
Brass Antique Penny-size Coins - 2 pcs
28mm x 38mm Ruby Zoisite Flat Rectangle - 1 pc
6mm Ruby Zoisite Rounds - 4 pcs
6mm Blue Sapphire Rounds - 4 pcs
10mm Green/Blue Beryl Rounds - 4 pcs
3mm Iolite Faceted Rondelles - 24 pcs
12mm x 25mm Iolite Nuggets - 2 pcs
6mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Montana Crystal Bicones - 3 pcs
8mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements Champagne Crystal Bicones - 2 pcs

Tools

Cutters
Crimping Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Needle Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers

Instructions

Finished Size: 22"

Step 1: Use 8" of 18 gauge Craft Wire to form a frame that fits near the edge of one flat side of the ruby zoisite flat rectangle. Form spirals with the ends of the wire, then twist the wire ends together to secure the shape of the frame. Repeat to make a frame for the other flat side of the rectangle. Use 6" of 26 gauge Craft Wire to connect the two frames on one long side of the rectangle by wrapping the wire back and forth around the frames. Repeat for the other long side of the rectangle. Use 6" of 18 gauge wire to attach the frames at the top of the rectangle and form a simple loop/bail. Form spirals with the ends of the wire. Repeat three times to form a secure bail with several spirals clustered between the bail and the rectangle. Use 6" of 26 gauge wire to attach frames at the bottom of the rectangle by wrapped the wire back and forth around the frames. Use 4" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. String 1 beryl round, 1 champagne crystal bicone, the bail, 1 champagne crystal bicone, 1 beryl round, and 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp.



Step 2: Use 2" of Copper wire to string 1 crimp tube and the wires wrapped around the frame at the bottom of the rectangle. Pass the end of the wire through the crimp tube again to form a ring. Adjust the wire ends to form a 5mm ring and crimp the wire. Trim wire ends. Use 2" of wire to string 1 crimp tube and the 5mm copper ring. Pass back through the tube and crimp. Trim the short wire end. Use the long end of the wire to string 1 iolite rondelle and 1 crimp tube. Place the crimp tube near the end of the wire and crimp. Repeat six times for a total of seven fringe pieces, each about 1 1/2" in length. Attach one link of antique chain to the top of the fringe (To disassemble chain, open and close unsoldered chain links as you would a jump ring). Set aside.

Step 3: Use 8" of 20 gauge Craft Wire to form a frame that fits near the edge of one side of 1 iolite nugget. Form spirals with the ends of the wire, then twist the wire ends together to secure the shape of the frame. Use long lengths of 26 gauge wire to decoratively wrap around the frames, securing the frame to the iolite nugget and making sure to do most of the securing on the back side of the nugget. Form spirals with the wire ends and wrap all wire ends together. While wrapping, form loops of wire at the top and bottom of the nugget so that the nugget becomes a link. Repeat to form a second iolite nugget link. Set aside.



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Step 4: Repeat Step 3 using the penny-sized coins. Set aside.



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Back

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 using the quarter-sized coins. Set aside.



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Back

Step 6: Use round nose pliers to hold the center of 5" of 20 gauge wire. Bend the wire in half, leaving a loop of wire at the halfway point. Use the wire to wrap around 1 brass washer, placing the loop of wire at the top of the washer and wrapping the wire ends around the washer three times. Form spirals with the wire ends on the front of the washer. Repeat to add a second wire to the bottom of the washer. Repeat entire step three times for a total of four washer links.



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Step 7: Use 4" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. String 1 ruby zoisite round, 1 blue sapphire round, 1 ruby zoisite round, and 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Repeat to form a second ruby zoisite link. Set aside.



Step 8: Use 4" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. String 1 beryl round and 1 crimp tube. Pass back through the tube, leaving a small loop of wire, and crimp. Repeat to form a second beryl link. Set aside.



Step 9: Use 2" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube, 1 iolite rondelle, 1 link of antique chain, 1 Copper wire loop formed at the end of Step 1, and 1 iolite rondelle. Pass through the tube again, forming a ring of wire 8-10mm in size, and crimp.

Step 10: Use 2" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube, 1 iolite rondelle, the link of antique chain used in the previous step, and 1 iolite rondelle. Pass through the tube again, forming a ring of wire 8-10mm in size, and crimp.

Step 11: Use 1 jump ring to attach the previous ring of wire to the bottom loop of 1 iolite nugget link formed in Step 3. Use 1 jump ring to attach the top loop of the iolite nugget to 1 link of antique chain.

Step 12: Repeat Step 10. Use 1 link of antique chain to attach the previous ring of wire to the bottom loop of 1 penny-sized coin link formed in Step 4.



Step 13: Use 2" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube, 1 iolite rondelle, the top loop of the penny-sized coin link, the bottom loop of 1 washer link formed in Step 6, and one loop of wire from 1 ruby zoisite link formed in Step 7. Pass through the tube again, forming a ring of wire 8-10mm in size, and crimp.

Step 14: Use 2" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube, 1 iolite rondelle, the bottom loop of 1 quarter-sized coin link formed in Step 5, the top loop of the washer link used in the previous step, and the other loop of wire from 1 ruby zoisite link formed in Step 7. Pass through the tube again, forming a ring of wire 8-10mm in size, and crimp.

Step 15: Use 1 link of antique chain to attach the top loop of the quarter-sized coin link to the bottom loop of one washer link formed in Step 6 and one loop of wire from 1 beryl link formed in Step 8.

Step 16: Separate one single link and one 4-6 link length of antique chain and set aside. Divide the remaining chain into two equal lengths.

Step 17: Use 1 equal length of chain to attach the top loop of the quarter-sized coin link to the other loop of wire from the beryl link.



Step 18: Repeat Steps 9-15 and 17 for the other half of the necklace.



Step 19: To create the bar half of the toggle clasp: use about 8" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube and the key. Continue to wrap the wire around the key, adding 1 iolite rondelle, 2 blue sapphire rounds, and the 4-6 link length of chain to the wraps. Pass through the crimp tube again to secure all the wraps and beads, and crimp. Use 1 jump ring to attach the open end of 1 chain to 1 link of chain on the wrapped key. To create the ring half of the toggle clasp: Use 2" of wire to string 1 crimp tube and the brass ring. Pass through the tube again to form a ring of wire around the brass ring and crimp. Repeat three times for a total of four rings around the brass ring. Use 4" of Copper color wire to string 1 crimp tube, the open end of the other chain, 1 Montana crystal bicone, the four rings of Copper wire around the brass ring, and 1 Montana crystal bicone. Pass the wire through the chain link and the four rings around the brass ring again. Pass trhoguh the crimp tube again, and crimp. Attach the remaining single link of antique chain around the wire rings.



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