Aztec Secrets: Jewelry Set Project

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It is such a pleasure to be able to work with Swavorski crystals. They glisten! They shimmer! They radiate! This set of jewelry is inspired by Aztec treasures, in delectable hues of copper and teal.




What's The Plan, Stan?
We're going to use some lovely copper Swarovski beads, mixed with subtle turquoise hieshi beads and delicate fresh water pearls to create an Aztec Treasure of our own.

Ingredients:

Tools Of The Trade:
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Bent Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire snips
  • beadboard (not required but highly recommended)

Process:
  • First, you want to set out your beads on the beadboard. This necklace will have two main sections, each on eyepins. The first section: freshwater pearl, Swarovski cosmic copper bead, freshwater pearl. The second section: Swarovski copper faceted round, 3 turquoise hieshi beads, Swarovski copper faceted round.
    • Over all Pattern: Section 1 in the middle. Either side of necklace: Swarovski Smokey Topaz Ring Channel, Section 2, Swarovski Smoked Topaz Ring Channel, Section 1, Swarovski Smokey Topaz Ring Channel, Section 2, Section 1
    • End with a third section: fresh water pearl, Swarovski copper faceted round, freshwater pearl


  • Take all of your sections and place them on silver plated eyepins. Close eyepins with loop. Do not use a wrapped loop, since it will not match the opposite end.(Note that you will need to be extra careful, making sure that all of your loops are entirely closed so the necklace doesn't fall apart).


  • Attach a 4mm jumpring to either end of each section, including the Swarovski Smokey Topaz Ring Channels
  • Attach a 5mm jumpring to both 4mm jumprings on each section
  • Attach each section together using the 5mm jumprings


  • Attach the chain sections to either end of the necklace using two 4mm jumprings
  • Attach clasp with two oval jumprings
  • For the bracelet, follow this pattern:
    • Working left to right: 
      • 3 freshwater pearls 
      • 2 turquoise hieshi beads, 
      • 2 fresh water pearls, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round, 
      • 3 turquoise hieshi beads, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round, 
      • 2 freshwater pearls, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round, 
      • 3 turquoise hieshi beads, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round,
      • 2 fresh water pearls, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round, 
      • 3 turquoise hieshi beads, 
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round, 
      • 2 freshwater pearls
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round
      • 3 turquoise hieshi beads
      • 1 Swarovski copper faceted round
      • 2 fresh water pearls
      • 2 turquoise hieshi beads
      • 3 fresh water pearls
    •  End with a crimp bead, attaching a 5mm jumpring to either end. Use a silver plated crimp bead cover. Attach small toggle clasp to jumprings
  • For the earrings, first place a 2.5mm Swarovski dark indigo bicone on a silver plated headpin. Then the Swarovski cosmic copper bead, lastly the freshwater pearl. Close with a wrapped loop, attaching the silver plated french earwire.

C'est Fin!

Bead Artist Showcase
You work could be right here! Submit your own version of Aztec Secrets to Creativity In A Nutshell via email to cagarp@plymouth.edu. Feel free to include pictures, anything new you tried and suggestions you have for improvement.

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1 comments:

Hannah said...

This is a really great tutorial for a DIY jewelry treasure! Great post.