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Crystal crossings choker

Cylinder beads and crystals cross paths in a dazzling choker

Perfect for an elegant evening or just adding sparkle to an everyday outfit, this versatile choker is as easy to make as it is to wear. Featuring three shades of crystals, this simple pattern is a great tool for exploring color.

 

SUPPLIES

necklace 15 in. (38 cm)

  • 6 x 18 mm cubic zirconia (CZ) or crystal drop pendant
  • crystals
    • 9 8 mm round
    • 10 6 mm round
    • 68 4 mm bicone
  • 7 g size 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads
  • clasp
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 crimp covers (optional)
  • flexible beading wire, .012–.014
  • chainnose pliers (optional)
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

 

Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo Ajpg
PHOTO A
Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo Bjpg
PHOTO B

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of flexible beading wire, center 10 11/0 cylinder beads, the drop pendant, and 10 cylinders. On one wire end, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, and cross the other wire end through it. Pull tight to form a ring (PHOTO A).

 

2. On each end, pick up a 4 mm. On one end, pick up a 4 mm, and cross the other end through it (PHOTO B).

Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo Cjpg
PHOTO C
Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo Djpg
PHOTO D

3. On one end, pick up three cylinders, an 8 mm round crystal, and three cylinders. On the other end, pick up four cylinders, a 6 mm round crystal, four cylinders, and a 4 mm. Cross the other end through the 4 mm (PHOTO C).

 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, reversing the placement of the 8 mm crystal and the 6 mm crystal. Repeat step 2 again (PHOTO D), then string six cylinder beads and a 4 mm on each end.

Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo Ejpg
PHOTO E

5. Cut a 30-in. (76 cm) piece of flexible beading wire, and center an 8 mm crystal. On each end of the new wire, pick up three cylinders. Cross one end through each 4 mm picked up at the end of step 4, going in the opposite direction (PHOTO E).

 

6. On one side of the necklace, pick up a 4 mm on each wire. On one end, pick up a 4 mm, and cross the other end through it, as in step 2.

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PHOTO F

7. On the top wire, pick up four cylinders, a 6 mm, four cylinders, and a 4 mm. On the bottom wire, pick up 12 cylinders, and cross through the 4 mm. Repeat step 6.

 

8. On the top wire, pick up three cylinders, an 8 mm, three cylinders, and a 4 mm. On the bottom wire, pick up 12 cylinders, and cross it through the 4 mm (PHOTO F). Repeat step 6.

 

Crystal crossings crossweave necklace Photo G
PHOTO G

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 twice. On each wire, pick up 12 cylinders. Over both wires, string a 6 mm. String approximately 11⁄4 in. (3.2 cm) of cylinders, a crimp bead, and half of the clasp over both wires. Go back through the crimp bead (PHOTO G).

 

10. Repeat steps 6–9 to complete the other side of the necklace. Check the fit, and add or remove cylinders from both ends, if necessary. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the tails. Use chainnose pliers to close a crimp cover over each crimp bead, if desired.

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