Crystal criss-cross cuff

String multiple strands of crystals into a sparkling cuff.
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Use an easy twisting technique to produce a stunning and sophisticated bracelet.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • Swarovski bicone crystals
    • 48 6mm
    • 75 4mm, colors A and B
  • 6 4-hole spacer bars
  • 4-strand clasp
  • flexible beading wire, .014
  • 24 crimp beads
  • 8 crimp covers
  • 20 micro crimp beads (optional)
  • crimping pliers
  • micro crimping pliers (optional)
  • chainnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Make sure the holes in the spacer bars are big enough to accommodate the crimp beads. Otherwise you may have to use micro crimps.

1. Cut six 12-in. (30cm) pieces of beading wire. String a crimp bead on the end of one piece and go through the first loop of the clasp. Go back through the crimp bead and crimp it. Trim the tails close to the crimp bead. Repeat on the fourth loop of the clasp.

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PHOTO A
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PHOTO B

2. Repeat on each of the middle two loops, using two wires instead of one (PHOTO A).

3. String one 6mm bicone crystal over the first wire, one 6mm bicone over the first pair of wires, one 6mm bicone over the second pair of wires, and one 6mm bicone over the last wire.

4. String a spacer bar over the wires, then string 6mm bicones over the wires as before (PHOTO B).

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D

5. String five color A 4mm bicone crystals on the first, third, and fifth wires. String five color B 4mm bicone crystals on the second, fourth, and sixth wires (PHOTO C).

6. Group the first and fourth wires, and string a 6mm bicone over both. Repeat with the third and sixth wires. String one 6mm bicone on the second wire and one on the fifth (PHOTO D). The Bs will cross over the As.

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PHOTO E
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PHOTO F

7. String one crimp bead next to each 6mm bicone. Tighten any slack between the bicones and crimp the crimp beads (PHOTO E).

8. String a spacer bar over the wires (PHOTO F).

9. Repeat steps 3–8, alternating As and Bs, until you reach your desired length. End with step 4.

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PHOTO G
10. String a crimp bead after each 6mm bicone, go through the corresponding loops on the clasp, and go back through the crimp beads. Crimp the crimp beads. Cover the crimp beads with crimp covers (PHOTO G).
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