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Crystal bead caps

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 Weave a lovely crystal topper for a large pearl or gemstone, and then enclose the bead within a seed bead cage.
Crystal bead caps supplies
SUPPLIES

copper earrings, 2 in. (5 cm)

  • crystal pearls (Swarovski, bright gold)
  • 2 12 mm
  • 4 6 mm
  • 2 4 mm
  • 64 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal copper)
  • 18 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 318L, raspberry gold luster)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 318L, raspberry gold luster)
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins, 22-gauge (gold)
  • pair of earring findings (gold)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12 or #13
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters
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Figure 1
Crystal cap and seed bead cage

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline, pick up four 3 mm bicone crystals, and tie them into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. Sew through the first 3 mm in the ring (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. To begin round 1, pick up four 3 mms, and sew through the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step and the next 3 mm in the original ring (b–c).

3. Pick up three 3 mms, and sew through the nearest 3 mm in the previous stitch, the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, and the next 3 mm in the original ring (c–d). Repeat this step once (d–e). 

4. Sew through the nearest 3 mm in the first stitch, pick up two 3 mms, and sew through the nearest 3 mm in the previous stitch, the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, the nearest 3 mm in the first stitch, and the first 3 mm picked up in this step (e–f).

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FIGURE 2

5. To begin round 2, pick up three 3 mms, and sew through the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step and the first 3 mm picked up in this stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b).

6. Pick up two 3 mms, and sew back through the next edge 3 mm in the previous round, the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, the two 3 mms picked up in this step, and the next edge 3 mm (b–c).

7. Pick up two 3 mms, and sew through the nearest 3 mm in the previous stitch, the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, and the first 3 mm picked up in this step (c–d).

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 two times (d–e).

9. Pick up a 3 mm, and sew through the nearest 3 mm in the first stitch of this round, the next edge 3 mm in the previous round, the 3 mm your thread exited at the start of this step, and the 3 mm picked up in this step (e–f).

10. Using the tail, sew through the next 3 mm in the original ring. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, and sew through the next 3 mm in the ring. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and then sew through three 3 mms from a stitch in round 1. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next two outer 3 mms in the next stitch of round 1. Repeat to complete the round, and end the tail.

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF.

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