Crystal and cylinder bead necklace

Use varying colors and sizes of crystals to bring texture to delicate pendants

chart

Surround individual crystals, pearls, gemstones, or other beads with Japanese cylinder beads or 15/0 seed beads using a modified daisy chain stitch. Connect them to create clusters of sparkling components. When strung on a strand of more crystals, they make a stunning neckpiece. Five crystal pendants are used in this necklace, but you could wear one singly on a chain or make a matching pair for earrings. The chart can help you determine how many cylinder or seed beads you'll need. 

 

SUPPLIES

necklace 16 in. (41cm)

  • Swarovski crystals
    • 6 10mm rounds
    • 21 6mm rounds
    • 26 6mm rondelles
    • 23 4mm rounds
    • 4 4mm bicones
    • 6 4mm cubes
  • 5 5mm Swarovski pearls
  • 5g Japanese cylinder beads or size 15/0 seed beads
  • clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • flexible beading wire ,.014
  • beading needles, #13
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Crystal and cylinder bead necklace Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Crystal and cylinder bead necklace Figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of Fireline, pick up a cylinder bead, a 4mm round crystal, and a cylinder. Leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, skip the last cylinder, and sew back through the 4mm round and the first cylinder (FIGURE 1, a–b). The cylinders at each end of the crystals will be referred to as “anchor beads.” 

 

2. Pick up five cylinders and sew through the second anchor bead (b–c). Pick up five cylinders and sew through the first anchor bead (c–d). Retrace the thread path through all the cylinders to reinforce the ring. Exit the third cylinder from the first anchor bead to offset where the next crystal will be added (d–e).

 

3. Pick up a cylinder, and sew back through both the cylinder the thread is exiting and the new cylinder (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a 6mm round crystal and a cylinder. Sew back through the 6mm and the first cylinder (b–c). 

4. Pick up seven cylinders, and sew through the second anchor bead. Pick up seven cylinders, and sew through the first anchor bead. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the ring (c–d), and exit the fifth cylinder from the second anchor (d–e).

 

Crystal and cylinder bead necklace Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Crystal and cylinder bead necklace Figure 4
FIGURE 4

5. Secure an anchor bead to the cylinder as in step 3 (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 4mm cube crystal and a cylinder. Sew back through the 4mm cube and the first anchor bead (b–c). Pick up seven cylinders, and sew through the second anchor bead (c–d). Pick up seven cylinders, and sew through the opposite anchor and the next cylinder (d–e). To form the ring of cylinders into a square, retrace the thread path, skipping the cylinders that sit at the corners of the cube (e–f). Continue sewing through the cylinders to exit the corner cylinder closest to the 4mm round (f–g).

 

6. Determine which 4mm round’s cylinder is closest to the cylinder the thread is exiting, and square stitch the cylinders together (g–h). Sew through the cube’s cylinders and exit a cylinder, which will offset the next crystal (h–i).

 

7. Continue adding crystals as above, referring to the chart (right) for bead counts. When using bicones, skip the center beads, as you did the cubes, to conform the cylinders to the crystal (FIGURE 4).

 

8. Once the desired shape is achieved, secure the working thread with half-hitch knots between a few cylinders, and trim. Thread a needle on the tail and secure an anchor bead to the top of the pendant for a bail. End the tail as you did the working thread. Make five pendants in various shapes and sizes.

 

9. Arrange the pendants on your work surface as they will be strung on the necklace. Center the middle pendant on 24 in. (61cm) of beading wire, and secure it in place by taping the wire on one side of the pendant. 

 

10. Working one side of the necklace at a time, string the desired pattern of crystals, cylinders, and pendants on the beading wire. For my necklace, I strung a cylinder, a 4mm round, a cylinder, a 6mm rondelle, a cylinder, a 6mm round crystal, a cylinder, a 6mm rondelle, a cylinder, a 4mm round, and a cylinder between the pendants.

 

11. String crystals and cylinders on each end of the necklace to achieve the desired length.

 

12. On each end, string a crimp bead and half of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead, crimp the crimp bead, and trim the excess wire.

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