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Celtic cross necklace

Plant a cross in a field of green

Combine peridot, green quartz, and coppery tones with silk ribbons to provide a lush backdrop for a Celtic cross. The range of textures adds depth to the necklace and the cluster earrings, which carry on the earthy theme.

SUPPLIES

Necklace

  • Celtic cross pendant, approximately 25 x 50mm (Clay River Designs, clayriverdesigns.com)
  • 20–24 8mm faceted round beads
  • 16–22 8mm large-hole round beads
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 3 x 6mm teardrop- shaped beads, top drilled
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 42-in. (1.1m) dyed silk ribbons, in two colors (Silk Painting is Fun, silkpaintingisfun.com)
  • 8 in. (20cm) 20-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 crimp beads
  • 2 cones, approximately 25mm
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)

Earrings

  • 2 8mm faceted round beads
  • 12 3 x 6mm teardrop- shaped beads, top drilled
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • 2 crimp beads
  • pair of earring wires
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Necklace

Celtic cross necklace 1
Step 1
Fold two ribbons in half and string the ends through a pendant. Pull the ends through the resulting loop.
Celtic cross necklace 2
Step 2
Cut a piece of beading wire. (My necklace is 19 in./48cm.) Center the knot on the wire.
Celtic cross necklace 3
Step 3
On each end of one ribbon, starting 1 in. (2.5cm) from the pendant, tie an overhand knot. String a large-hole bead and tie an overhand knot. String another large-hole bead and tie an overhand knot. Repeat the sequence twice, spacing each group 3–4 in. (7.6–10cm) apart.
Celtic cross necklace 4
Step 4
On each end of the second ribbon, starting 2 in. (5cm) from the pendant, tie an overhand knot. String a large-hole bead and tie an overhand knot. Repeat the sequence twice, spacing each bead 3–4 in. (7.6–10cm) apart.
Celtic cross necklace 5
Step 5
On each end of the beading wire, string 11 teardrop-shaped beads and two faceted beads. Repeat until the strand is within 3 in. (7.6cm) of the finished length.
Celtic cross necklace 6
Step 6
Cut two 4-in. (10cm) pieces of 20-gauge wire and make a wrapped loop on one end of each. On one end of the beading wire, string a crimp bead and a wrapped loop. Check the fit, allowing 2 in. (5cm) for finishing. Add or remove beads, if necessary. Go back through the last few beads strung and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Repeat on the other end.
Celtic cross necklace 7
Step 7
On each side, string the ends of both ribbons through the wrapped loop and tie a surgeon’s knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) from the knot.
Celtic cross necklace 8
Step 8
On one end, string a cone over the wire and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach a lobster claw clasp and complete the wraps. Repeat on the other end, omitting the clasp. 
Earrings
Celtic cross earrings
Earrings
Celtic cross necklace 1
Step 1
Cut a 5-in. (13cm) piece of beading wire. Center six teardrop-shaped beads on the wire.
Celtic cross earrings 2
Step 2
String a faceted bead over both ends of the wire.
Celtic cross necklace 3
Step 3
Over both ends, string a crimp bead and the loop of an earring wire. Go back through the crimp bead and the faceted bead. Crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess wire. Make a second earring to match the first. 
Tip!
DESIGN GUIDELINE: To maintain the round line of a choker-length necklace, use a circular pendant.
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