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Beaded memory wire slides

Enhance a bead-crochet rope with a memory-wire slide
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Dress up bead-crochet ropes with eye-catching beaded slides. Ring-sized memory wire travels smoothly over the crochet and can accommodate an unlimited variety of beads. Dangle some sparkling crystals from a few inches of chain, and you’re ready to hit the town.

SUPPLIES

both projects

  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters

Editor’s Note: Don’t cut memory wire with your wire cutters or you’ll ruin them. Use memory-wire shears, or bend the wire back and forth with chainnose pliers until it snaps off.

slide 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm)

  • assortment of accent beads, spacers, bicone crystals, and charms for dangles
  • 10g size 6/0 seed beads to match any color in the crochet rope
  • head pins for dangles
  • memory wire, 3⁄4-in. (1.9cm) diameter
  • 5 1⁄2 in. (14cm) sterling silver link chain
  • 2 6mm unsoldered silver jump rings
  • memory-wire shears (optional, FireMountain Gems, firemountaingems.com) 

 

crochet rope 24 in. (61cm)

  • 2 6mm silver accent beads
  • 2 6mm bicone crystals
  • seed beads, size 6/0
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 silver cones with the wide opening at least 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) diameter
  • 2 3-in. (7.6cm) lengths of 20-gauge sterling silver wire, half-hard
  • Mastex or Conso cord, navy
  • crochet hook, size 7
  • Big Eye needle

INSTRUCTIONS

Dangles

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PHOTO A
1. Stack any combination of crystals, beads, charms, and spacers on head pins (PHOTO A) until you have the desired amount of dangles. My slide has 19 dangles, but make your piece as full as you’d like.
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PHOTO B
2. Cut one 2 1⁄2-in. (6.4cm) piece of chain and two 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) pieces. With the 2 1⁄2-in. chain in the middle, line up the top links of all three chains. Use jump rings to connect the shorter chains to one link on the 2 1⁄2-in. chain as shown in PHOTO B. Keep the top links aligned.
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PHOTO C
3. Make the first half of a wrapped loop on your largest dangle. Attach the dangle to the bottom link on the center chain (PHOTO C) and finish the wraps. Working from the bottom up, add dangles to the links on all three chains. Make sure to attach a dangle to the top link of each chain.

Slide
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FIGURE

1. Cut a piece of memory wire to the desired length. Mine is four loops wide and, with beads, measures 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm). Cut the wire so both ends line up with each other (FIGURE).

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PHOTO D
2. Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop at one end of the wire. String 6/0 seed beads in color A, B, C, or D (PHOTO D) and slide them to the middle of the coil.
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PHOTO E
3. Slide the top link of the 21⁄2-in. chain to the middle of the coil (PHOTO E). Continue stringing the same color 6/0s to the end of the wire. Start another loop at the end of the coil.
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PHOTO F
4. Slide the top link of a 1 1⁄2-in. chain onto an end loop. Roll the loop closed with roundnose pliers (PHOTO F). Repeat at the other end of the coil with the remaining 1 1⁄2-in. chain.

Crochet rope

My rope is 24 in. (61cm) long. I used approximately 54 beads per inch (2.5cm), so determine the number of beads you need to string based on the desired length of your rope.

1. Leaving the cord attached to the spool, thread a needle and pick up the following seed beads: a color A, a color B, a color C, and a color D. Repeat this pattern, loading approximately 14 ft. (4.3m) of beads onto the cord. Do not cut the cord.

2. Crochet six chain stitches and join the end to the beginning with a slip stitch.

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PHOTO G
3. Position the hook so it goes through the two loops on the first stitch from the inside of the ring (PHOTO G).
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PHOTO H
4. Slide the first bead down the cord to the ring. Make a bead slip stitch. One loop remains on the hook (PHOTO H).
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PHOTO I
5. Working counter-clockwise, insert the hook through the two loops of the next stitch. Slide a bead down the cord as before and make a slip stitch. Repeat until you have stitched six beads on the ring (PHOTO I).
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PHOTO J
6. To start the second row, insert the hook under the next bead (PHOTO J). Push the bead over the hook to the right. Position the cord between the bead and the ring. Slide a new bead into place and make a slip stitch. Repeat until the rope is the desired length.
7. To end the rope, work a slip stitch without a bead and pull the working thread through until you have an 8-in. (20cm) tail. Cut the cord from the spool.


Finish
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PHOTO K

1. Make a wrapped loop at one end of a length of 20-gauge wire. String the wrapped loop on the end of the crochet cord (PHOTO K).

2. Make two overhand knots around the loop in the wire. Rethread the needle and go through several nearby beads to reinforce the connection. Secure the cord and trim the tail.

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PHOTO L
3. On the wire, string a cone, a 6mm silver accent bead, and a 6mm bicone crystal. Pull the rope into the cone (PHOTO L).
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PHOTO M

4. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, slide half the clasp into the loop, and finish the wraps (PHOTO M).

5. Secure an 8-in. cord at the other end of the rope. Repeat steps 1–4 to finish the necklace. String the slide onto the rope. Your slide will fit easily over many sizes of cones and findings, so you can wear it with a variety of necklaces.

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