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Bicone rock candy bracelet

Use top-drilled crystals in delicious bracelet, earrings

Several years ago I bought some rock candy swizzle sticks for my espresso and they reminded me of top-drilled bicone crystals. I made a bracelet with 6 mm and 8 mm Crystallized Swarovski Elements in crystal AB to duplicate the look of the candy. After that I started experimenting with different color and size combinations. I think all of these bracelets and earrings look delicious!

Read on for the project instructions, or click here to download the free project PDF.

Supplies

All bracelets

  • 6–10 4 mm bicone or Xilion crystals
  • flexible beading wire, .018 or.019
  • 4 crimp beads
  • 2 bell end-caps
  • teardrop clasp and crystal inset
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
  • two-part epoxy

8 mm-crystal bracelet

  • 40–48 8 mm top-drilled bicones

8 mm- and 6 mm-crystal bracelet

  • 24–27 8 mm top-drilled bicones
  • 32–36 6 mm top-drilled bicones

6 mm-crystal bracelet

  • 63–72 6 mm top-drilled bicones

Earrings

  • 10–14 6 or 8 mm top-drilled bicone crystals
  • 4 4 mm bicone or Xilion crystals
  • 2 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • pair of earring posts with cups, plus ear nuts
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • two-part epoxy

Crystals from Fusion Beads, 888.781.3559, fusionbeads.com. Clasps from Alacarte Clasps, 800.977.2825, alacarteclasps.com. Kits for the bracelet and earrings are available at alacarteclasps.com.

Instructions:

Bicone rock candy bracelet 1
Step 1
Bicone rock candy bracelet 2
Step 2

1. Cut a piece of beading wire. On one end, string a crimp bead. Crimp the crimp bead about 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the end. String: 4 mm bicone crystal, six top-drilled bicones, crimp bead, two top-drilled bicones, 4 mm bicone.

2. Position the six top-drilled bicones snugly between the crimp beads. Flatten the second crimp bead as close as possible to the bicone cluster. String a pattern of eight top-drilled bicones and a 4 mm bicone, repeating until the strand is within 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) of the finished length.

Tip!
The flattened crimps are optional but strongly encouraged. Keeping the correct tension maintains the clustered look from one end of the bracelet to the other without overtightening (and breaking) the crystals.
Bicone rock candy bracelet 3
Step 3
Bicone rock candy bracelet 4
Step 4

3. Hold the strand vertically and position the top-drilled crystals so they fit together snugly. Check the fit, and add or remove beads if necessary. Remove the last seven crystals strung, string a crimp bead, and flatten it. Restring the seven crystals and string another crimp bead. Position the crystals and crimp the crimp bead.

4. On each end, trim the wire to 1 mm. Mix two-part epoxy according to the package directions. Fill a bell end-cap 3⁄4 full of epoxy. Push the cap over an end crimp and onto the adjacent 4 mm bicone. Repeat on the other end. Wipe off the excess epoxy and let dry.

Tip!
Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol on a cotton swab will remove excess epoxy before it dries.
Bicone rock candy bracelet 5
Step 5
5. On each end, open the loop of the end-cap and attach half of a clasp. Close the loop.
Tip!
The teardrop clasp is sold without the crystal inset. Use two-party epoxy to adhere a #4300 (8 x 4.8 mm) Crystallized Swarovski Elements component.
Bicone rock candy earrings 1
Step 1
Bicone rock candy earrings 2
Step 2
Bicone rock candy earrings

1. On a head pin, string a 4 mm bicone crystal, four to six top-drilled bicones, and a 4 mm. Make the first half of a wrapped loop.

2. Mix two-part epoxy according to the package directions. Put a small amount of epoxy in the earring post cup and insert the drilled end of a top-drilled bicone. Let dry.

 

Bicone rock candy earrings 3
Step 3
Tip!
Make post earrings by following earring step 2 and clipping off the loop with diagonal wire cutters.

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