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5. 10 Minute Gemstone Bezel 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 round bezel setting. Setting the gemstone in the round bezel setting is relatively easy. You can view the setting, below-left and see a couple of the tabs in the setting that hold the gemstone in position. To set the stone in this setting, place the setting with the face down on a table. Place your 8mm round gemstone with the face down on top of the setting. The setting will be tight and will not allow the stone to fall to the bottom, so you will need to push the stone lightly but firmly until it falls into position. Once the stone is in position, pick up the combination gemstone and setting. Hold the combination between your thumb and fore-finger on your non-dominant hand. The point on the gemstone should be against your thumb and the pressure from your thumb will hold the gemstone in position. Now, with your bent chain nose pliers in your dominant hand, squeeze tab one with one jaw of your pliers so that it is partially against the gemstone. The opposite jaw of the pliers should rest against the face of the gemstone. Next, squeeze tab two. Follow, but squeezing tabs three then four. At this point all four tabs should be bent partially down. Use your bent chain nose pliers and go back to each tab in turn and squeeze it fully against the gemstone. When you are done, the gemstone should be held tightly in position by all four tabs.
With the gemstone set, you are ready to begin making the necklace chain. You can purchase one of our 18 inch chains with a lobster clasp and simply thread the end of the chain through the bezel finding or you can make your own chain. (You can view our selection of sterling silver chain here and gold-filled chain here. Please note that some of our chain is pre-cut to 18" and has a clasp soldered in place and other chain is 24" long with no clasp.) If you want to make your own chain, begin by cutting the chain to length (normally18" of fine commercial chain) and thread one end of the chain through the the opening at tab 1 and out the opening at tab 4 in the round bezel finding. Your chain should appear as shown above-right. Now add the clasp to one end of the chain. The clasp shown at left, connects to the chain via a jump ring. (Visit here for instructions on how to open a jump ring.) On the opposite end of the chain we need to add a split ring used as the catch for the clasp. Split rings work in the same way that you use when adding keys to a key ring. For those of us who find it very difficult to open these small split rings, there are splint ring pliers that make this task very easy. You can view split ring pliers here. Once you are done adding the split ring, this necklace is completed.
These 10 minute jewelry making projects continue on the following page, Page 9. All the gemstones and findings used for these projects can be found in our WigJig Store.
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