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Double Bicone Crystal Pendant Free Beading Pattern

A free beading pattern using Swarovski crystal beads

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To make this pendant, you will need the following materials:

  • 14mm Swarovski Rivoli, jet black
  • 6 Swarovski bicone crystals, jet black, 3mm
  • 7 Swarovski top-drilled bicone crystals, jet black, 6mm
  • 1 Sterling silver closed jump ring, 6mm
  • 1 gram size 11 Delica beads, matte black
  • 1 gram size 15 seed beads, metallic silver
  • 1 gram size 15 seed beads, matte black
  • Beading thread of your choice - Nymo D or Wildfire 10 lb. test recommended
  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Scissors or thread cutter

1. Bezel the Rivoli

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Using the Delica beads, stitch a bezel around the Rivoli using even count tubular peyote stitch.  For a 14mm Rivoli, the initial ring should contain 30 Delica beads.  Depending on how tightly or loosely you stitch, you may need to adjust the number of Delicas needed in the initial ring

Use the size 15 metallic silver beads to stitch the last round on the top of the Rivoli and add a round of metallic silver beads on the back of the Rivoli as well.  Pull tightly to secure the bezel.

2. Get Into Position to Start Adding Bicones

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Weave in the thread tail on the back of the Rivoli.

Flip the Rivoli over, and using the working thread, stitch up through the next 3 beads going along the diagonal until you are at the edge of the Rivoli bezel.

3. Adding the Bicone Embellishments

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Begin by adding a top-drilled bicone:

Pick up 1 metallic silver, 1 top-drilled bicone, and 1 metallic silver.  Skip the space between Delicas and pass needle through the next Delica of the same round of the bezel.  (Remember that there will be spaces between Delicas of the same round when working in tubular peyote.)

Add a 3mm bicone:

Pick up 1 Delica bead, 1 3mm bicone and 1 metallic silver.  Skip the metallic silver, pass back through the bicone and the Delica, and then skip the space between Delicas and pass needle through the next Delica of the same round of the bezel.

4. Add Bicones Around the Bezel

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Continue to add bicones around the bezel, alternating a 6mm top-drilled bicone with a 3mm bicone.  You should have a few spaces left after you have added all 6 3mm bicones and all 7 6mm top-drilled bicones.

5. Adding the Jump Ring

Jennifer VanBenschoten

Stitch through the bezel until you are exiting the Delica bead of the same row that is centered between the first and last top-drilled bicone.

Pick up 8 matte black size 15 seed beads and the 6mm jump ring.  Pass through the Delica bead again and pull to form a loop.

Repeat the thread path two or three times, being careful not to break any beads, to strengthen the loop.

Weave the working thread into the bezel, tie a few knots, weave in a bit more, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.

6. The Completed Pendant and Variations

Jennifer VanBenschoten

The gold pendant in this photo was made with an 18mm Rivoli in Crystal Golden Shadow, 8mm topaz top-drilled bicones and 4mm topaz AB bicones.  A gold-filled jump ring and metallic gold seed beads completes the glowing pendant.

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