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Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace

Have fun with variations of a repeating design element

Sparkling crystal cabochons are hard to resist, especially when they’re surrounded by more crystals. Stitch them together with seed beads to make an attention-grabbing necklace. 

SUPPLIES

Necklace 20 in. (51 cm)

  • 3 14 mm Swarovski rivolis 
  • 2 12 mm Swarovski rivolis 
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 74 color A
    • 24 color B
  • size 11/0 seed beads 
    • 5 g color C
    • 3 g color D
  • 5 g size 11/0 hex- or two-cut seed beads
  • clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test or nylon 
  • beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Pendant

Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace 1
Figure 1
Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace 2
Figure 2

1. With a needle on each end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread or Fireline, center a color A 4 mm bicone crystal. 

2. With the left-hand needle, pick up a color B 4 mm bicone crystal. With the right-hand needle, pick up a color C 11/0 seed bead. Working in cross-needle weave, pick up an A with one needle, and cross the other needle through it (figure 1, a–b and d–e).

3. Repeat step 2 10 times, but on the 10th repetition, cross your needles through the A picked up in step 1 (b–c and e–f).

4. With the left-hand needle, sew through the beadwork to exit a B (figure 2, a–b). 

5. Pick up a C, and sew through the next B (b–c). Repeat around the ring to add a C between each pair of Bs, and sew through the first C added (c–d).

Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace 3
Figure 3
Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace 4
Figure 4

6. Pick up two Cs, an A, and two Cs (figure 3, a–b), and sew back through the C you exited on the previous round plus the first two Cs and the A just added (b–c). 

7. Pick up a B, an A, and two Cs, and sew through the next C on the ring (c–d). Pick up two Cs, and sew through the A just picked up (d–e).

8. Repeat step 7 nine times (e–f). Pick up a B, and sew through the first A added in the round (f–g).

9. With each needle, sew through the beadwork to exit opposite sides of a B on the inner round of Bs (figure 4, points a and f).

10. With one needle, pick up four color D 110s. Guide them around the inside edge of the B your needles are exiting, and sew through the next B on the ring (a–b). With the other needle, sew through the fourth D picked up (f–g).

11. Continuing with the needle that’s now facing the center of the ring, pick up three Ds, guide them around the inner edge of the next B, and sew through the following B in the ring (g–h). With the other needle, sew through the third D just picked up (b–c). 

12. Repeat step 11 eight times (c–d and h–i). With the needle that’s facing the center of the ring, pick up two Ds, guide them around the next B, and sew through the first D added in this round (d–e). Cross the other needle through the same D (i–j), and step up through the next two Ds (j–k).

Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace a
Photo a
Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace b
Photo b

13. Insert a 14 mm rivoli with the back facing the Ds you just added. Using the needle you stepped up with, pick up a D, and sew through the following two Ds (photo a). Working in peyote stitch, repeat around the ring, enclosing the rivoli. Step up through the first D of this round.

14. Pick up two Ds, and sew through the next D of the previous round (photo b). Repeat around, pulling the thread snug. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

 

Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace 5
Figure 5
Sparkling crystal cabochons necklace d
Photo d

Accent rivolis

1. With a needle on each end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread or Fireline, center a D. 

2. On the right-hand needle, pick up two Ds. With the left-hand needle, pick up an A. Working in cross-needle weave, pick up a D with one needle, and cross the other needle through it (figure 5, a–b and d–e).

3. Repeat step 2 seven times if you’re embellishing a 12 mm rivoli or nine times if you’re embellishing a 14 mm rivoli. On the last repetition, sew through the first D you picked up in step 1 instead of picking up the final D (b–c and e–f).  

4. Sew through the beadwork so your needles exit opposite sides of an A.

5. Work as in steps 11 and 12 of the pendant, but go through an A instead of a B in each stitch.

6. Pick up a C, and sew through the next two middle Ds in the ring (photo c). Repeat around the ring, and step up through the first C added in this step. 

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