Making Jewellery Project 1

Monochrome Magic

Create this fabulous illusion Swarovski beaded ball necklet

Project Designer

Tansy is a professional jeweller and runs her business from beautiful rural Somerset. She also teaches a jewellery evening class at her local college. Tansy has a BA in 3-D Design and has been in the design industry for 20 years.

Cookson Precious Metals not only deal in fine metals and findings, they also have a wide variety of silver, glass and crystal beads as well as tools and specialist equipment all catered for the stringing enthusiast.

"In this design I have used some of their Swarovski crystals to make these fabulous beaded balls in different sizes, they have then been threaded onto lengths of illusion wire to create this magical floating crystal ball necklet."

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Step 1
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Thread 4 x 6mm Swarovski bicone crystals onto a 25cm length of 0.3mm nylon filament, centering them all in the middle of the length of nylon. Taking the right hand end of the nylon, thread it back through the hole of the far left crystal.

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Step 2
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Thread 2 x 6mm crystal on the left hand length of nylon and 1 x 6mm crystal on the right hand length of nylon.

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Step 3
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Take the right hand length of nylon and thread that back through the hole of the last crystal bead threaded on the left hand side.

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Step 4
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Take the right hand length of nylon and thread that back through the hole of the last crystal bead threaded on the left hand side.

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Step 5
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Again pull both ends of the nylon so that the crystals pull together to form two small circles at the centre of the length.

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Step 6
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Add two more beads on the left and one on the right, so now when you pull the two nylon ends you will have three small circles of crystal beads in the centre of the length. Now add one more bead on each side.

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Step 7
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You now need to thread the left hand end of nylon through the top bead of the first circle that you created. Also thread the right hand end of nylon through this same bead but going in the opposite direction.

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Step 8
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When you pull these two nylon ends together the crystals will curl up into a perfect small geometric beaded ball.

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Step 9
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Now you have your beaded ball but the ends of nylon are coming out of the same bead in different directions. So take one end of nylon (it doesn't matter which) and pass it through all the beads in that circle until it comes round to meet the other end. Tie the two ends in a double knot and add a small drop of glue for extra security. Then pass the ends through any bead next to the know and cut off excess nylon as close to that bead as possible, this means you are not cutting the nylon close to the knot where it could eventually come undone. Repeat steps to create 11 x 4mm and 5 x 6mm balls.

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Step 10
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Cut three lengths of nylon coated wire, 1 x 15.5", 1 x 16" and 1 x 16.6". Arrange your different sized beaded balls in 3 rows so they nicely mix together in varying colours and size. Aim to have 4 or 5 beaded balls on each row. When happy with the layout, take the shortest length of wire and thread your beaded ball on so that the wire passes through the very centre of the bead, add a dab of glue to keep them in place. Continue to thread the other balls onto the remaining wires.

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Step 11
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Place the three wires together and roughen the very tips either end with a piece of emery paper. This just textures the nylon coating of the wire to give good adhesion for the glue.

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Using a drop of glue, place the three ends of wire into a cable wire silver end cap. You may need to add a few more drops of glue to secure further. Leave to dry fully, as advised on the glue packaging. Finally add a 3mm jumpring and blot ring to one end and a 5mm jumpring to the other end to finish the necklet.

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You have completed the project. This is the finished Monochrome Magic necklet. You can get everything you need to design it by clicking here! Have fun making your own!

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Designer Tip

If you want to make a really big statement why not make crystal balls using larger beads? This would look amazing! For larger crystal ball beads use memory wire to thread the balls onto instead of the nylon coated wire as it is stronger or check out the thicker size of nylon coated wire as it can take quite a heavy weight too.

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