DIY Star, Heart, Plique-a-Jour Raindrop Cascade Pendants
Modern romantic style, with just a touch of glamour.
Three pendants for the hands-on DIY woman.
If you have a little beading or wire-wrap experience, this is a great starter project to explore jewelry making the way jewelers do it.
The steps are simple:
1. cut the connecting wire between the pendants in four places, right next to each pendant
(Always wear eye protection when cutting metal (even with poultry shears, craft wire cutters or a jewelry saw))
2. smooth the nubs where you cut with a fine nail file, fine emery board, and fine nail shine pad
3. gently push a 5mm cubic zirconia, or ruby, or sapphire into the pre-notched setting in each earring.
(some gem pairs are offered separately here, others gems are available in most cities, and online)
4. gently squeeze the settings with small flat nose craft pliers to be sure the gems will stay in place
5. check that the gem top is parallel with the earring and the gem is in all four notches in the prongs with a magnifying glass
6. use medium weight chain (we recommend 1.6 mm thick curb chain for comfort) to wear the finished pendants
star pendant measures: 15 mm wide by 20 mm tall (includes a bail) by 5 mm deep
(0.59 in wide by 0.78 in tall by 0.20 in deep)
heart pendant measures: 13.6 mm wide by 20 mm tall (includes a bail) by 5 mm deep
(0.54 in wide by 0.79 in tall by 0.20 in deep)
cascade raindrop pendant measures: 12.7 mm wide by 32.5 mm tall (includes a bail) by 4 mm deep
(0.50 in wide by 1.28 in tall by 0.16 in deep).
Quantity: 3 pendants are cast as one unit for you to cut apart
Recommended gem size: faceted, calibrated 5 mm round (one per pendant)
Light to Medium weight chain is appropriate (but not included).
Optional: Recommended vitreous enamel type: transparent blues, reds and pinks, or rainbow colors
(Only try enameling: 18K yellow gold, natural silver, polished silver)
(If enameling silver, depletion guild and pickel twice before filling with enamel.)
Optional: Recommended resin type: transparent blues, reds and pinks, or rainbow colors
Cautionary note about the 'natural brass and natural silver' materials - they can be slightly rough, are exactly as they come from casting. If you are a jeweler with the proper finishing and polishing tools, that is fine, you will be able to do standard polishing. It is labor intensive and a little technical; so I do not recommend this finish for anyone who does not have standard jewelers studio polishing equipment.