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Spiky crystal beaded necklace

Strung necklace with spiky crystal beaded beads
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Embellish a simple ladder stitch base with crystals to make spiky beads, then unite them with a strand of gemstones, crystals, or glass beads for a necklace that highlights a favorite pendant perfectly.

SUPPLIES

  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or Nymo D conditioned with bees-wax or Thread Heaven
  • flexible beading wire, .018
  • beading needles, #10
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

 blue-and-salmon necklace 18 in. (46cm)

  • glass pendant (this one is by James Yaun of TC Glass Arts, but use your favorite)
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 5mm kyanite beads
  • 150 3mm bicone crystals
  • 4 3mm gold beads
  • 25 1.5mm gold beads
  • 5g size 11/0 seed beads, in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
  • clasp
  • 2 crimp beads

 INSTRUCTIONS

Beaded beads

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FIGURE 1

 

 

1. Thread a needle on 1 yd. (.9m) of Fireline or conditioned Nymo, and, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, pick up six color A 11/0 seed beads. Sew through all six beads again, and pull tight so you have two stacks of three beads sitting side by side (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up three As, sew back through the previous stack of three As, and continue through the three As just added (b–c). Continue stitching a three-bead ladder until you have five stacks of three beads (c–d).

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FIGURE 2
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FIGURE 3

3. Bring the ends together, sew through the first stack of As, and continue through the last stack of As to join the ladder into a tube (FIGURE 2).

4. Sew through the first A of the next stack (FIGURE 3, a–b).

5. Pick up a color B 11/0, a 3mm crystal, and a color C 11/0 (b–c). Skip the C, and sew back through the 3mm crystal (c–d). Pick up a B, and, going in the same direction, sew back through the A your thread exited to begin this picot. Sew through the next A in the ladder (d–e).

6. Repeat step 5 to add picots over the other As in the ladder row.

7. Repeat steps 4–6 until you’ve made a picot over every A on the tube.

8. Sew into the beadwork, secure the thread tail with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim. Secure the other tail.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 to make a total of ten beaded beads.

Blue and salmon necklace

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PHOTO A

 

1. Cut a 24-in. (61cm) piece of beading wire. Center a 5mm kyanite bead, three 1.5mm beads, and a 5mm (PHOTO A). Center the pendant over the 1.5mms.

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PHOTO B
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PHOTO C

2. On one side of the pendant, string a beaded bead (PHOTO B).

3. String a 5mm, a 1.5mm, a 5mm, a 1.5mm, a 5mm, and a beaded bead (PHOTO C).

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PHOTO D

4. Repeat step 3 three times (PHOTO D).

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PHOTO E
5. String five 5mms and a 1.5mm three times, and then string three 5mms (PHOTO E).
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PHOTO F

6. String a 3mm bead, a crimp bead, a 3mm bead, and half of the clasp. Go back through the 3mm beads, the crimp bead, and the last three 5mms (PHOTO F), and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire.

7. Repeat steps 2–6 on the other side of the pendant.

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To create this stunning green and purple necklace, click here for further supplies and instruction!

   

Tip!
If you want to stitch your beaded beads with Fireline but are using light-colored beads, try using Crystal Fireline. It’s just as strong as the original, but, since it’s clear, it won’t diminish the sparkle of the crystals. As an added bonus, it won’t get your hands dirty.

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