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Latticework crystal necklace

Pearls anchor a simply woven necklace and earrings

Brought together in a easy lattice weave, modern materials can create an instant heirloom. As these pieces were inspired by an older piece of jewelry, I chose color schemes that evoked a timeless or nostalgic feeling. Cream pearls and crystal bicones are universally elegant. Vintage gold pearls pair well with chrysolite opal bicones, reminiscent of the green Depression glass of the 1930s.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17 in. (43 cm)

  • 21–25 10 mm round pearls
  • 130–134 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 6/0 seed bead
  • 8 lb. beading thread
  • 2 clamshell bead tips
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Earrings

  • 2 10 mm round pearls
  • 4 6 mm bicone crystals
  • 8 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 6 3 mm bicone crystals
  • 8 lb. beading thread
  • 2 clamshell bead tips
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • G-S Hypo Cement

INSTRUCTIONS

Latticework crystal necklace 1
Step 1
Cut two 4-ft. (1.2 m) pieces of beading thread. Over both threads, string a 6/0 seed bead and tie an overhand knot around it, leaving 7-in. (18 cm) tails. (You’ll remove the bead later.) Over both ends, string an alternating pattern of four pearls and four bicone crystals. On thread A, string one bicone. On thread B, string two bicones.
Latticework crystal necklace 2
Step 2
Bring thread A through the second bicone on thread B in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads.
Latticework crystal necklace 3
Step 3
On thread A, string two bicones. On thread B, string three bicones. Bring thread A through the third bicone on thread B in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads.
Latticework crystal necklace 4
Step 4
On thread A, string two bicones. On thread B, string two bicones and a pearl. Bring thread B through the second bicone on thread A in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads.
Latticework crystal necklace 5
Step 5
On thread A, string two bicones. On thread B, string three bicones. Bring thread B throughthe second bicone on thread A in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads.
Latticework crystal necklace 6
Step 6
Repeat steps 4 and 5 five times. On thread A, string two bicones and a pearl. On thread B, string two bicones. Bring thread B through the pearl in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads.
Latticework crystal necklace 7
Step 7
Bring threads A and B through the loops as shown.
Latticework crystal necklace 8
Step 8
Continue weaving to create a mirror image of the lattice weave.
Latticework crystal necklace 9
Step 9
On thread A, string a bicone. On thread B, string two bicones. Bring thread A through the second bicone on thread B in the opposite direction. Tighten the threads. Over both threads, string alternating bicones and pearls until the strand is within 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the finished length. Remove the seed bead. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary.
Latticework crystal necklace 10
Step 10
On each end, string a bead tip and tie two or three overhand knots. Trim the excess thread. Apply glue to the knot. Allow to dry. Use chainnose pliers to close the bead tip.

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