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Crystal collar necklace

Swarovski cosmic crystal squares and rings make for bold fringe in this high-fashion necklace

Adorn yourself with bold crystal components, peyote stitch bands and spiral rope. Bronze, red, copper and gold beads, crystal rings and crystal squares harmonize in this autumnal collar necklace.

In the instructions below, you’ll learn how to make the crystal ring bails. For full instructions, download the free project PDF.

Materials

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 5 20 mm crystal rings (Swarovski, crystal golden shadow)
  • 3 20 mm crystal squares (Swarovski, crystal copper CAL)
  • 60 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal copper)
  • 3-4 g 11/0 hex-cut seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads
  • 8 g color A (Miyuki DB0022L, metallic light bronze)
  • 5 g color B (Miyuki DB1202, dark cranberry silver-lined)
  • 1 in. (2.5 cm) 18-gauge craft wire
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
  • wire cutters
Crystal collar necklace Figure 1
Figure 1
[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread or Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick up a color A 11/0 cylinder bead, two color B 11/0 cylinder beads, and an A. These beads make up the first two rows of the peyote bail and will shift into position as you stitch row 3.

[2] Working in flat even-count peyote stitch, work row 3: Pick up an A, skip the last A picked up in step 1, and sew back through the previous B. Pick up a B, and sew through the first A picked up in step 1 (Figure 1, a-b).

[3] For the next row, pick up an A, and sew through the next up-bead. Pick up a B, and sew through the following up-bead (b-c).

[4] Repeat step 3 until you have a 24-row strip that is four beads wide with 12 As along each straight edge (c-d).

Crystal collar necklace Photo a
Photo A
Crystal collar necklace Photo b
Photo B

[5] Wrap the strip around a crystal ring, and add or remove two rows if needed to make the bail fit around the crystal (Photo A). Zip up the ends (Photo B), then retrace the thread path through the join. End the tail, but not the working thread. Set this component aside.

[6] Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining crystal rings, but use only 18 in. (46 cm) of thread for each, and end both threads when you’re done stitching the bail.

For full instructions, download the free project PDF.

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