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Crystal mesh ribbon choker

Iron crystal mesh on a ribbon for a versatile wrap necklace or bracelet
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I’ve worked with silk ribbons for years. Combining them with crystal mesh just made good fashion sense. You can wear this as a choker, a bracelet, or even as a headband — channeling your inner gypsy, of course! The great thing is, the mesh comes with a Hot Fix adhesive, so there’s no sewing involved. Iron on!

SUPPLIES

choker/bracelet

  • 1 yd. (.9 m) silk ribbon
  • 3 in. (7.6 cm) crystal mesh, Hot Fix style
  • 2 6 mm rondelles
  • 6 3–6 mm crystals
  • 6 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8 cm) head pins
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) eye pins
  • 2 cones
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • craft glue
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • iron
  • felt or cardboard
  • parchment paper

Crystal mesh from Dreamtime Creations, dreamtimecreations.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Peel the adhesive backing from a piece of crystal mesh. Center the mesh on the ribbon.
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2. Set your iron to the silk setting. (See TIP below.) Place a piece of felt or cardboard on a flat surface. Place the mesh face down on the felt, then place the ribbon on top. Cover the ribbon with a piece of parchment paper. Using firm pressure, apply the iron for 25 to 30 seconds. Do not move the iron back and forth. Remove the iron and test the adhesion.
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3. String a crystal on a head pin and make a wrapped loop. Make six crystal units.
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4. Insert an eye pin near one end of the ribbon. Apply glue to the ribbon.
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5. On the eye pin, string a cone and a rondelle. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach three crystal units and complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end.
Tip!
  • Make sure the iron is hot before you begin.
  • After you remove the iron, apply additional pressure with a clean, soft cloth for 5 to 10 seconds or until the mesh has cooled to hand-warm. The adhesive should lightly penetrate the ribbon and be somewhat visible on the reverse side.
  • If the adhesive doesn’t hold, repeat the entire ironing process, holding the iron for 30 to 35 seconds.
  • Do not use an iron with steam vents.
  • Hot Fix adhesive requires a 24-hour curing time. You can hand wash the piece after this period, if necessary.


VERSATILE DESIGNS ARE SO WONDERFUL!
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