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3. 10 Minute Gemstone Pendant Necklace. This gemstone pendant necklace can be made with a gemstone and 18" of fine commercial chain, a split ring finding, a lobster clasp with jump ring finding, and a snap set pendant setting. Setting the gemstone in the pendant setting is merely a matter of placing the gemstone upside down on a cutting board and pushing down. When the pendant is ready, cut 18" of fine commercial chain and thread it through the loops in the finding. The clasp shown below-right, connects to the chain via a jump ring. (Visit here for instructions on how to open a jump ring.) The split ring is attached to the opposite end of the chain to act as the catch loop for the clasp. Split rings work in the same way that you use when adding keys to a key ring.
Please note that very rarely, the prongs in a snap type setting can be bent during shipping. This doesn't happen often, but it has happened. If this happens, in almost all cases, the prongs can be easily bent back into shape. If you have a pair of chain nose pliers, this is the preferred tool to use to straighten the prongs. If you don't have pliers, your fingers will work.
4. 10 Minute Bezel with Loop Lever Back Earrings. These are a very popular style of earrings and are made from a regular lever back ear wire finding and a round bezel setting for your gemstone. The round bezel setting is a special setting that has a loop built into it as shown below-left. Setting the gemstone in the bezel setting is accomplished by placing the bezel finding upside down on a firm surface like a cutting board, or on one of the sides of the Wire Press. Since the stone for this setting is set from the back of the setting, the face of the setting is down on your hard surface and the gemstone itself is placed on top of the setting, also with the face pointing down. A slight push with your thumb will cause the gemstone to drop into position as shown below-right. Once the gemstone is in position, you will need to pick up the combination gemstone and setting. Position the thumb of your non-dominant hand on the point of the gemstone to hold the gemstone in position. Using a pair of chain nose or bent chain nose pliers, gently squeeze one of the four tabs in the finding down on top of the gemstone. Work on opposite pairs first -- do tab 1 then tab 3, followed by tab 2 then tab 4. When all four tabs are pressed down, go back one more time in order to make sure that the tabs are as snugly against the gemstone as possible. Once the gemstone is set, then you are ready to connect the loop in the finding to the open loop at the bottom of your lever back ear wire. Use your bent chain nose pliers to open the loop in your ear wire and hang the loop in the round bezel finding from that loop, then close the loop in your ear wire.
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