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Crystal pearl scalloped necklace

Create an elegant necklace of scallops using crystal pearls in a variety of sizes. Add crystal teardrops for movement.
Crystal pearl scalloped necklace key

SUPPLIES

Bronze necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 10 13 x 6.5 mm crystal teardrops (Swarovski #6000, crystal champagne; Eclectica)
  • crystal pearls (Swarovski)
    • 1 8 mm (antique brass)
    • 56 6 mm, color A (antique brass)
    • 54 6 mm, color B (gold)
    • 54 4 mm, color C (light gold)
    • 62 3 mm, color D (cream rose light)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 22F, frosted silver-lined light topaz)
  • 4 g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

EDITOR'S NOTE: The 8 mm pearl and 3 mm pearls used for the toggle clasp can be any of the colors from the necklace.

INSTRUCTIONS

Crystal pearl scalloped necklace Figure 1
Figure 1

Necklace

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail.

2. Pick up a color B 6 mm pearl, four 15/0 seed beads, a color C 4 mm pearl, two 15/0s, a color D 3 mm pearl, and two 15/0s, and sew through the C again (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up four 15/0s, and sew through the B again (b–c).

3. Pick up two 15/0s, a color A 6 mm pearl, and three 15/0s, and sew back through the A, snugging up the beads (c–d). 

4. Pick up two 15/0s, a B, four 15/0s, and a C, and sew through the existing two 15/0s between the C and the D added in the previous step (d–e). 

5. Pick up a D and two 15/0s, and sew back through the C (e–f). Sew through the following four 15/0s and B (f–g). 

6. Repeat steps 3 (g–h), 4 (h–i), and 5 (i–j).

7. Pick up two 15/0s, an A, five 15/0s, a 13 x 6.5 mm crystal teardrop, and five 15/0s, and sew back through the A (j–k).

8. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 3, twice. Then repeat steps 4 and 5 once more.

Crystal pearl scalloped necklace Figure 2
Figure 2

9. Sew through the next four 15/0s and C (FIGURE 2, a–b).

10. Pick up two 15/0s, and sew through the next C, pulling tight (b–c). Repeat this stitch four more times (c–d).

11. Sew through the next four 15/0s and B (d–e). Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew through the next B (e–f). Repeat this stitch four more times (f–g). Pick up a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0 to be in position to create the next scallop.

12. Repeat steps 2–11 to add three more scallops. End and add thread as needed.

13. To work the center scallop, repeat steps 2–6, and then work step 7 as follows: Pick up two 15/0s, an A, a 15/0, an A, five 15/0s, a crystal teardrop, and five 15/0s, and sew back through the A, the 15/0, and the A. Continue with steps 8–11.

Crystal pearl scalloped necklace Figure 3
Figure 3

14. Repeat steps 2–11 four more times, ending and adding thread as needed.

Toggle ring

With the working thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a D and a 15/0 eight times, and sew through all the beads again except the last 15/0 added, forming the toggle ring. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the last A and 15/0 at this end of the necklace (FIGURE 3). Do not end the thread.

Crystal pearl scalloped necklace Figure 4
Figure 4

Toggle bead

1. Remove the stop bead. With the tail, pick up a 15/0, an A, four 15/0s, an 11/0, an 8 mm pearl, five 15/0s, a crystal teardrop, and five 15/0s (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew back through the 8 mm, and cross through the next 11/0 (b–c), pulling tight. Pick up four 15/0s, and sew back through the next A and 15/0 (c–d). Sew through the beadwork, and retrace the thread path through the toggle bead. End the tail.

2. Test the fit of the toggle bead with the toggle ring. Add or remove beads from the toggle ring if needed. 

3. With the working thread, retrace the thread path through the toggle ring, exiting the last 15/0, A, and 15/0 in the necklace with your needle pointing toward the other end of the necklace. 

4. Sew through the Bs and 11/0s in the next scallop, and continue through the following 15/0, A, and 15/0. Repeat this stitch for the remainder of the necklace, and end the thread.

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