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Crossweave crystal ring

Crossweave technique and a variety of crystal shapes create a ring that demands attention.

Few crystal accessories go unnoticed — the sheer sparkle and play of light catches the eye. Whether you choose warm or cool tones, this ring is perfect for any season. Neutrals in warm or cool tones create rings that add sparkle to any outfit.

SUPPLIES

Ring 2 in. (5 cm) diameter

  • 7 11 x 5.5 – 15 x 8 mm crystal briolettes or drops, in each of 3 colors: A, B, C
  • 7 10 mm heart crystals
  • ring finding, filigree or bezel cup
  • Supplemax monofilament cord, or flexible beading wire, .010
  • E6000 adhesive (optional)
  • rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Centerpiece

Crossweave crystal ring figure 1
FIGURE 1
Crossweave crystal ring figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of monofilament cord or beading wire, center seven 10 mm hearts. With one end, go through all the hearts again. Go through the first heart once more so both ends are exiting the same heart (FIGURE 1). Snug up the hearts.

2. With the cord exiting the right side of the heart, pick up a color A briolette. With the other cord, pick up an A, a color B briolette, and a color C briolette, cross the cord through the first A picked up in this step, and continue through the next heart in the ring (FIGURE 2). Snug up the briolettes beneath the hearts.

3. With the cord on the right, pick up an A. With the cord on the left, pick up a B and a C, cross through the new A, and continue through the next heart in the ring (FIGURE 3). Snug up the briolettes beneath the hearts.

4. Repeat step 3 four times. Cross through the A from the first stitch with the right cord, so both cords are exiting As. With one end, pick up a B and a C, and cross the other end through them (FIGURE 4).

Crossweave crystal ring figure 3
FIGURE 3
Crossweave crystal ring figure 4
FIGURE 4
Crossweave crystal ring photo a
PHOTO A
Crossweave crystal ring photo b
PHOTO B
Crossweave crystal ring photo c
photo c
Crossweave crystal ring photo d
PHOTO D

Finishing

There are many different types of ring (or brooch) findings available, including cup and filigree findings. Use the best quality finding you can afford, and attach the centerpiece with the technique appropriate to your finding.

Cup finding

1. Weave the ends into the beadwork, and end the cords.

2. Wipe the ring finding with rubbing alcohol and let dry. Put a dab of E6000 adhesive on the top of the finding, and center the beadwork on it (PHOTO A). Let it dry overnight.

Filigree finding

1. Feed each cord end through a hole in the filigree finding, and pull the centerpiece tight to the ring (PHOTO B).

2. Cross the ends over the back of the finding, and feed each end through another hole in the finding (PHOTO C).

3. Weave each end through the beadwork, tying the ends together in an overhand knot (How-Tos), keeping the cord hidden between beads, and pulling the centerpiece tight to the finding (PHOTO D).

4. Repeat steps 1–3 until the centerpiece is secure. End the cords. If desired, apply E6000 adhesive around the edges of the finding, and let it dry overnight.

DESIGNER'S NOTES

  • There are many ways to change the shape and size of this ring. To make a smaller ring, I started with five hearts in the center circle.
  • Experimenting with different sizes and shapes of briolettes resulted in an interesting version of the ring top.
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