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Crystal showers pendant

Right-angle weave transforms crystals and seed beads into sparkling snowflakes.

Take inspiration from the snowfalls blanketing the landscape, or if you live in a more tropical climate, dream of delicate flakes! 

SUPPLIES

pendant

  • 42 4 mm Swarovski bicone crystals
  • 66 size 15/0 seed beads
  • size D nylon beading thread conditioned with Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12

necklace 

  • Japanese seed beads
  • 3 g size 15/0
  • 3 g size 11/0
  • clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 -.015
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

 

PENDANT

Crystal showers pendant Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Crystal showers pendant Figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of conditioned thread, pick up an alternating pattern of a 4 mm crystal and a 15/0 seed bead three times. Tie the working thread and the tail together in a square knot. Sew through the first crystal picked up (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up an alternating pattern of a 15/0 and a 4 mm twice, then pick up a 15/0. Working in right-angle weave, sew back through the 4 mm your thread is exiting and through the next 15/0 and 4 mm (FIGURE 2, a–b).

Crystal showers pendant Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Crystal showers pendant Figure 4
FIGURE 4

3. Repeat step 2 for the next three stitches, but sew through the next 15/0 and 4 mm on the first and third stitches (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 15/0 and sew through the 4 mm from the first stitch (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0. Sew through the 4 mm from the last stitch, the first 15/0 added in this step, and the center ring of 15/0s (c–d) to reinforce it. Sew through a 4 mm, a 15/0, and a 4 mm to exit (d–e). This is the first crystal unit.

4. Add six crystal units to each of the six outer 4 mms from the first unit. To start the first unit of six, repeat step 2 (FIGURE 4, a–b).

Crystal showers pendant Figure 5
FIGURE 5
Crystal showers pendant Figure 6
FIGURE 6
Crystal showers pendant Figure 7
FIGURE 7

5. Repeat step 2, but sew through the next 15/0 and 4 mm (FIGURE 5, a–b).

6. Repeat step 2 (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0, and sew through the next outer 4 mm from the first crystal unit (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the beads added in this step. Reinforce the new center ring of 15/0s (c–d). Sew through a 4 mm, a 15/0, and a 4mm to get to an outer edge crystal (d–e).

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 and refer to FIGURE 7 to complete the remaining five crystal units. Secure the tails with half-hitch knots between beads, and trim. 

Crystal showers pendant Photo A
PHOTO A

NECKLACE 

1. On 24 in. (61 cm) of beading wire, center a 15/0, a 4 mm, and a 15/0. Find a spot on the outer edge of the pendant where there are three 15/0s between two 4 mms, and go through each 4 mm with a wire end (PHOTO A). Pull until the 15/0, 4 mm, and 15/0 sit between the two 4 mms. Secure one wire so that the pendant stays centered as you string the necklace.

Crystal showers pendant Photo B
PHOTO B
2. On one wire end, alternate 10 15/0s and 10 11/0s (PHOTO B). Repeat until you reach half of your desired length, minus the length of the clasp. String a crimp bead and half of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead, and trim the tail. Repeat on the other end with the other half of the clasp.
 

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