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Crystal rivoli earrings and pendant

Crystal rivolis shine when surrounded by SuperDuos and bicones in these earrings and coordinating pendant.
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Supplies

pair of earrings 2 in. (5 cm)

  • 2 14 mm rivolis (Swarovski, crystal volcano; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 2 11 x 5.5 mm crystal drops (Swarovski, light silk)
  • 22 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal purple haze)
  • 3 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (silky gold/violet iris)
  • 2 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0023, metallic gold iris hex-cut)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457, metallic dark bronze)
  • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 459, gold luster dark topaz)
  • pair of earring findings (antique copper)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11
pendant
  • 1 14 mm rivoli (Preciosa, Bermuda blue; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 1 11 x 5.5 mm crystal drop (Swarovski, lavender-chrysolite blend; www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 11 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal silver night)
  • 2 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (pastel petrol/teal; www.ariadesignstudio.com)
  • 1 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0111, transparent blue gray rainbow gold luster)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1457, dyed emerald silver- lined dark sapphire)
  • 1 g 15/0 Japanese seed beads (399H, amethyst/dark lined; www.beyondbeadery.com)
  • 12 mm hammered ring (TierraCast, gunmetal)
  • 36-in. (.9 m) dyed silk ribbon

Instructions
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Figure 1
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Figure 2

Earrings

Bezel front


1. Attach a stop bead at the center of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread. With one end of the thread, pick up 36 11/0 cylinder beads, and sew through the first six beads again to form a ring (figure 1, a–b). These beads will shift to form rounds 1 and 2 as the next round is added.

2. Work rounds of tubular peyote stitch as follows: 

Round 3: Work a round using cylinders, and step up (b–c).
Rounds 4 and 5: Work both rounds using 15/0 seed beads and a tight tension so the beadwork cups, stepping up at the end of each round (figure 2).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

Round 6: Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 15/0 in round 5, the following 15/0 in round 4, and the next 15/0 in round 5. Repeat this stitch to complete the round (figure 3). Tie a couple of half-hitch knots, but do not end the thread.

3. Remove the stop bead, and thread a needle on the other end of the thread. Place the rivoli face down into the beadwork so the front of the rivoli is against the 15/0s. 

Bezel back

Work in rounds as follows:

Rounds 1 and 2: Work both rounds in peyote stitch using 15/0s and a firm tension so the beadwork cups around the back of the rivoli.
Round 3: Pick up five 15/0s, skip the next two up-beads in the previous round, and sew through the following up-bead (figure 4, a–b). Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first three beads picked up in this round (b–c).
Round 4: Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the center bead in the next five-bead set. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first two beads picked up in this round (c–d).
Round 5: Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the center bead in the next three-bead set. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up (d–e). Sew through the six beads picked up in this round, and end the thread.

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Figure 5
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Figure 6

Embellishments

1. With the remaining thread, sew through the beadwork to exit a cylinder in round 2 of “Bezel front” (figure 5, point a). Pick up a 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead, a 15/0, and a SuperDuo, and sew through the next cylinder in the same round (a–b). Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next cylinder in the round (b–c). Repeat these two stitches to complete the round. Continue through the next SuperDuo, 15/0, and SuperDuo set, and then sew through the available hole of the SuperDuo your thread is exiting (c–d).

2. Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0, and sew through the available hole of the next two SuperDuos. Repeat this stitch to complete the round. Continue through the first 15/0, 4 mm, and 15/0 picked up in this round (figure 6).

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Figure 7

3. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 and 4 mm. Pick up a 4 mm, a 15/0, an 11 x 5.5 mm crystal drop, a 15/0, and a 4 mm. Skip the next 15/0 and two SuperDuos, and sew through the following 15/0 with the needle pointing back toward the start of this stitch. Continue through the two SuperDuos you just skipped and the adjacent 15/0 (figure 7, a–b). Sew through the beads picked up in this step, skip the next 15/0, and sew through the following 4 mm and 15/0 along the outer edge (b–c). 

4. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0, 4 mm, and 15/0. Repeat this stitch two times. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the following 15/0 and 4 mm opposite the drop (c–d).

5. Pick up three 15/0s, an earring finding, and three 15/0s, and sew through the 4 mm again in the same direction (d–e). Retrace the thread path through the loop, and exit the 15/0 after the 4 mm (e–f).

6. Work three more three-bead stitches (f–g), and end the thread.

7. Make a second earring.

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Pendant

Pendant

1. Work as you would to make an earring, but in step 5 of “Embellishments,” pick up 11 15/0s and a 12 mm hammered ring, and sew back through the 4 mm your thread exited at the start of this step in the opposite direction. Repeat this stitch to create a second 11-bead loop around the hammered ring. Retrace the thread path through both loops, and exit the 4 mm. Continue working three-bead stitches to complete the embellishment. 

2. Fold a 36-in. (.9 m) silk ribbon in half. String the fold through the hammered ring to form a loop, and then string the ends of the ribbon through the loop. Pull the ends to tighten the lark’s head knot.

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