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Sparkly spiral necklace

Combine bicone crystals with seed beads for a herringbone rope that twists and turns

Sparkly spiral necklace

Take a basic twisted herringbone rope, add some crystals and create a dazzling piece that spirals around your neck. Use contrasting colors to distinguish the different textures and emphasize the spiral. Black, amethyst and amber can create a dramatic impact, while analogous hues highlighted by a metallic neutral make for a more subtle shimmer.

Tip!

For a daintier necklace, substitute 3 mm bicones for the 4 mms and 11/0 seed beads for the 8/0s, as shown here.

Materials

 Necklace 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm)

  • 32 4-8 mm accent beads
  • 150* 4 mm bicone crystals in each of 2 colors: A, B
  • 7 g 8/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors: C, D
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads
  • Clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12

* Editor’s Note: The tension you bead with affects both the size and shape of the spiral and the number of crystals you need. If you stitch tightly, you’ll need more seed beads and crystals to reach the desired length than if you stitch loosely.

 

Instructions

Sparkly spiral necklace Figure 1
Figure 1

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up four color C 8/0 seed beads, and sew through them again, leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail. Arrange the Cs into two stacks of two beads each (Figure 1, a-b).

2. Pick up two Cs, and sew through the previous stack of Cs and the new stack of Cs again (b-c). Working in ladder stitch, repeat three times for a total of six stacks (c-d). Sew through the first stack and the last stack again to form a ring (d-e).

Sparkly spiral necklace Figure 2
Figure 2
Sparkly spiral necklace Figure 3
Figure 3

3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).

 

4. Pick up a color D 8/0 seed bead and a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (b-c).

 

5. Pick up a C and a D, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through three beads in the following stack to complete the round and step up (c-d).

 

6. Repeat steps 3-5 to continue working in twisted tubular herringbone, following the established bead pattern, until the rope is 14 in. (36 cm) long, ending and adding thread as needed. You’ll notice a twist or spiral developing as you stitch.

 

7. Work a round of tubular herringbone, picking up two Cs in each stitch (Figure 3, a-b). Repeat (b-c), then sew through the last two rounds again, using a ladder stitch thread path (c-d). If your thread is shorter than 24 in. (61 cm), end the thread and add a new one.

3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).
3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).
3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).
3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).
3. Pick up a C and a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, sew down through the top bead in the next stack, and sew up through two beads in the following stack (Figure 2, a-b).
SparklysprialA
Photo A
Sparkly spiral necklace Photo b
Photo B

8. Pick up 16 4-8 mm accent beads, five 11/0 seed beads, half of the clasp, and five 11/0s. Sew back through the accent beads (Photo A). Sew down through a C on the end of the herringbone rope and up through the next C (Photo B). Retrace the thread path through the accent beads and clasp, and end the thread in the herringbone rope. Repeat on the other end of the rope.

 

To download the free project PDF, click here.

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