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Peacock fan

Bright colors make a bold statement in this fanciful necklace-and-earrings set

SUPPLIES

  • Fireline 6 or 8 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • wire cutters

Necklace 19 in. (48 cm)

  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 70 color A
    • 76 color B
  • 4 mm round or bicone crystal, color C
  • 76 3 mm bicone crystals, color D
  • 20 3 mm round crystals, color C
  • 4–5 g 15/0 seed beads
  • curved bar links*
    • 2 14 mm (from Beadaholique: 1 ft. of chain is adequate)
    • 38 9 mm (from Beadaholique; you need 2 ft. of chain to get enough links)
    • 38 7 mm (from Beadaholique; you need 2 ft. of chain to get enough links)
  • clasp
  • 2 4 mm jump rings

* The curved bar links are sold as chain. Cut the chain apart to separate the links. 

Pair of earrings

  • 8 4 mm bicone crystals, in each of 2 colors: A, B
  • 8 3 mm bicone crystals, color D
  • 2 3 mm round crystals, color C
  • 40 15/0 seed beads
  • curved bar links
  • 4 9 mm
  • 4 7 mm
  • pair of earring findings

INSTRUCTIONS

Peacock fan Photo A
Photo A
1. Thread a needle on each end of 4 ft. (1.2 m) of Fireline. Center a color C 4 mm round or bicone crystal, a 15/0 seed bead, a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, an A, a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0. Sew through the C 4 mm to form a ring (PHOTO A).
Peacock fan Photo B
Photo B
2. With one needle, pick up a 14 mm link, a 9 mm link, a 7 mm link, a 15/0, a color D 3 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, a D, and a 15/0. Sew through the remaining hole of the 7 mm link (PHOTO B). Pick up a 15/0, a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0.
Peacock fan Photo C
Photo C
Sew through the remaining hole of the 9 mm link (PHOTO C).
Peacock fan Photo D
Photo D
Pick up a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0, and sew through the remaining hole of the 14 mm link (PHOTO D). Repeat this step with the other needle.
 
Peacock fan Photo E
Photo E
3. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, a B, a 15/0, an A, a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the next 14 mm link, 15/0, and A (PHOTO E). With the other needle, sew through the beadwork to exit the same A in the opposite direction.
Peacock fan Photo F
Photo F
4. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0. Repeat with the other needle. With one needle, pick up a color C 3 mm round crystal, and cross the other needle through it (PHOTO F).
Peacock fan Photo G
Photo G
5. With one needle, pick up a 9 mm link, a 7 mm link, a 15/0, a D, a 15/0, a D, and a 15/0, and sew through the remaining hole of the 7 mm link (PHOTO G).
Peacock fan Photo H
Photo H
Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the remaining hole of the 9 mm link (PHOTO H). Pick up a 15/0 and a B. Repeat the entire step with the other needle. 
 
Peacock fan Photo I
Photo I
6. With one needle, pick up an A, and cross the other needle through it (PHOTO I).
Peacock fan Photo J
Photo J
7. Repeat steps 4 (PHOTO J), 5, and 6 until you have a total of nine units on one side of the necklace.

8. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0. Repeat with the other needle. With one needle, pick up a C 3 mm, and cross the other needle through it. With one needle, pick up a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0. Repeat with the other needle. With one needle, pick up an A, and cross the other needle through it. With one needle, pick up 10 15/0s, and cross the other needle through them. Retrace the thread path through the 15/0s to reinforce the loop, retrace the thread path through the last few units, and end the threads.

9. Thread a needle on each end of 4 ft. (1.2 m) of Fireline, and center it in the side A opposite the first half of the necklace. Repeat steps 4–8 to complete the second side of the necklace. 

10. Open a jump ring, attach half of the clasp and a loop of 15/0s on one end of the necklace, and close the jump ring. Repeat on the other end.

Earrings

1. Thread a needle on each end of 2 ft. (61 cm) of Fireline. Center a color C 3 mm round crystal, a 15/0 seed bead, a color A 4 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, an A, a 15/0, an A, and a 15/0. Sew through the C 3 mm to form a ring. 

2. With one needle, pick up a 9 mm link, a 7 mm link, a 15/0, a color D 3 mm bicone crystal, a 15/0, a D, and a 15/0. Sew through the remaining hole of the 7 mm link. Pick up a 15/0, a color B 4 mm bicone crystal, and a 15/0. Sew through the remaining hole of the 9 mm link. Pick up a 15/0 and a B. Repeat the entire step with the other needle. 

3. With one needle, pick up an A, and cross the other needle through it.

4. With one needle, pick up eight 15/0s, and cross the other needle through them. Continue with one needle through the A, and end the thread. Repeat with the other needle. 

5. Open the loop of an earring finding, attach it to the seed bead loop, and close the loop. 

6. Repeat steps 1–5 to make a second earring.

Editor’s note: Stitch up a band of small components for a bracelet to complete this sparkling set.
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