Monday, August 03, 2009

Hanging the Moon


I picked out and received some Swarovski Crystal Beads recently from ArtBeads.com. They generously provided the crystal components and beads so that I could create a project to share with you. It was hard to make a choice, but I fell instantly in love with a new-to-me color called Bermuda Blue. I think that the ring components have only become available in this color pretty recently. Bermuda Blue has a metallic coating on one side that gives each bead and component an extra flash.


Materials & Tools:

2 lengths of gold SoftFlex beading wire, 24 inches each
4 - 5 inches of chain
Gold hook
18 bicones, 6mm
6 cubes, 8mm
20 mm square ring
14 mm triangle ring
14 mm square ring
14 mm round ring
Star charm
Moon charm
11/0 Delica seed beads, color-lined mixed green/blue
Nymo beading thread, black
8 jump rings, 9 mm
3 jump rings, 7 mm
11 jump rings, 4 mm
11 head pins
28 crimps, size #1
2 crimps, size #3

Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers,
Wire cutters
Tape measure
Beading needles
Scissors


1. Arrange charms and crystal components in the order you'd like them to hang. Use the largest jump rings to attach chain to the components, and the medium sized ones to hang the charms.



2. Create wrapped loops for each bicone you'll hang, using the head pins.



3. Attach bicones to the chain using the small jump rings.



4. Make a square stitch bail or any other style you want using the Delica beads. The pattern I followed for this bail was created by my friend Dulcey Heller, and was published in Bead & Button, December 2007. If you don't have that issue, you can get the pattern from Buy The Kit: select Dulcey's name in the "Designer" box and scroll down to "Simple Solutions Earrings".



5. String each piece of SoftFlex wire through two of the beads at the top of the bail. Use size #1 crimps to anchor the pendant and each of the cubes and bicones that you string on the wires. I used three of each shape on each side of the pendant.


6. Using size #3 crimp beads, attach a short length of chain and the hook to the ends of the beading wires. Add a bicone dangle to the loose end of the chain.


As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received Swarovski free of charge from Artbeads.com in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.  You have my pledge that I do not ever endorse products or services that I feel are not a good value.   

Copyright 2009 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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11 comments:

Dulcey said...

I love that! What a great combination of components. Thanks!

Nicki said...

Very beautiful! I like the colours very much! I love this necklace!
Many greetings,
Nicki

Cyndi L said...

Dulcey, thank *you* for the great way to construct the bail.

Thank you, Nicki! I'm so glad you stopped in to visit :-)

Jeannie said...

That square stitch bail is awesome and the necklace is outstanding. I was not aware of the new color.
Thanks

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Jeannie! This color is so much more spectacular IRL. The color shifts :-)

Beads said...

I love this, I will have to get some Swarovski crystals and give this project a go :) Thanks

Cyndi L said...

Go for it! I'm hoping that someone will be willing to share what they come up with :-)

Lisa said...

NICE design,I just LOVE that color!!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Lisa! Yeah, the color's GREAT!

Selena Gomez said...

Simple and beautiful. I like it. :0
Selena

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Selena :-)

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