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Twisted crystals wire necklace

It’s easy to braid chains of wire crochet into a stylish necklace

Wire crochet jewelry gives the impression of crystals suspended in midair. The sparkle of gold-tone wire sets off the glitter of large cube, round, and bicone crystals.

SUPPLIES

  • 14 8 mm cubes (jewelrysupply.com, 866-380-7464)
  • 2 8 mm round crystals
  • 16 6 mm round crystals
  • 16 6 mm bicone crystals
  • clasp
  • 6 yd. (5.5 m) 28-gauge craft wire
  • crochet hook, size I (5.5 mm) or J (6 mm)
  • bentnose pliers 
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Wire crochet chains

Twisted crystals wire necklace 1
Photo a
Twisted crystals wire necklace 2
Photo b

1. Unwind 1 yd. (.9 m) of craft wire, leaving it attached to the spool. To remove the curl from the wire, gently pull the wire between your thumb and index finger. Avoid bending the wire.

2. String the 8 mm cubes on the wire.

3. Loop the wire around the crochet hook 6 in. (15 cm) from the end of the wire. Cross the tail end over the wire attached to the spool (photo a). Chain (Basics, p. 68) 10 stitches (photo b), forming loose loops approximately 3⁄8–1⁄2 in. (1–1.3 cm) in size.

 
Twisted crystals wire necklace 3
Photo c
Twisted crystals wire necklace 4
Photo d

4. Snug a cube to the last chain, and chain one stitch (photo c). Chain a stitch without a cube.

5. Repeat step 4 to add the remaining cubes to the crocheted chain.

6. Chain nine stitches. Leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, cut the wire. Make one more chain stitch, and pull the wire through the last stitch. Flatten the end chain loops slightly.

7. Repeat steps 1–6 to crochet a chain using the 6 mm round crystals. Repeat again with the 6 mm bicone crystals.

Assembly

1. Lay the three chains next to each other, aligning the beads (photo d).

Twisted crystals wire necklace 5
Photo e
Twisted crystals wire necklace 6
Photo f

2. Twist the 6-in. (15 cm) wire ends together at the base of the chain loops on one end (photo e).

3. Braid the chains together, first crossing the right-hand chain over the center chain, and then crossing the left-hand chain over the middle chain (photo f). Repeat for the length of the chains. Bend the crocheted wire loops to position the crystals next to each other. Twist the wire ends together at the base of the chain loops on the other end of the necklace.

4.  Slide the twisted wire at one end through an 8 mm round crystal and half of the clasp. Bend the wire around the clasp loop, and twist it around the necklace wire, leaving a 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) gap between the clasp and the 8 mm. Trim the wires, and use the bentnose pliers to smooth down the ends. Repeat on the other end of the necklace.

5. Gently curve the necklace to fit your neck.

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