Blooming Stars Necklace Instructions Designed by Cynthia Kimura
The beauty of this necklace comes from the embellished Rivoli focals. Peyote bezels lay the foundation for impressive decorative edges that open up like blossoming petals around the stunning Rivoli centers. The kaleidoscope of color on display in this necklace is sure to leave everyone dazzled!
Make ten loopy links out of the 20 gauge Autumn Designer Wire Blend using multi-size looping pliers. For help making these links, please see our instructional Loopy Links MiniVid. You'll also find helpful techniques in our Multi-Sized Looping Pliers Handy Tip. Set these links aside for now. Do not link the loopy links together with jump rings yet. We will do that at the end of the project.
Make beaded bezels for the Swarovski 14mm Rivoli in Crystal Copper, the two Swarovski 18mm Rivolis in Crystal Vitrail Medium and the two Swarovski 18mm Rivolis in Amethyst. Our Open Back Peyote Bezel Handy Tip will provide you with further instruction on this technique. For the 18mm Rivolis, use 46 Miyuky 11/0 trans silver-lined brown Delicas for the starting rows on each stone. For the 14mm Rivoli, use 36 Delicas. The perfect fit will also depend on your tension when stitching, which is explained in the Handy Tip above. Use the TOHO 15/0 bead rounds in 24K gold lined crystal for the rows on the front of the bezel; these rows will also cinch up each bezel.
Bring your needle through the middle row of beads on the beaded bezel of the Crystal Copper Rivoli and attach one of the loopy links using ten TOHOs. Bring your needle back down through the next bead in the middle row.
Go through the next bead in the middle row and add a TOHO, a Swarovski 4mm XILION bicone in Crystal Vitrail Medium and one more TOHO to the thread. Bring your needle back down through the bicone, the first TOHO and the next bead in the middle row of the bezel.
Repeat step 4 five more times and then attach a loopy link to the other side of the bezel in the same manner as you did in step three. Finish the other side of the decorative edge until you come back around to the first loopy link. The number of beads in the decorative edge can vary if you used more or fewer beads for the bezel. We made nine decorative edges for the rest of our bezel. Keep in mind that the loopy links on the center bezel will be slightly higher on the sides of the bezel. This allows it to hang properly in the necklace.
Repeat steps three through five for the 18mm Rivolis. For the decorative edges on these stones, add one TOHO, a bicone and three more TOHOs.
Lay out your Rivolis so that they are side by side on your work surface, with the loop links on the sides next to each other. You should lay out your Rivolis in this pattern, from left to right:
One Amethyst Rivoli
One Crystal Vitrail Medium Rivoli
The Crystal Copper Rivoli
A Crystal Vitrail Medium Rivoli
An Amethyst Rivoli
Make 18 4mm jump rings out of your left over Designer Wire using the multi-sized looping pliers. Attach each loopy link laying side by side using three jump rings each. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video.
Fold a length of hand-dyed silk jewel tones ribbon with dark purple edges in half and cut in the middle of the fold. Place the cut end of one half into a JBB gold-plated pewter large crimp end cap with loop and crimp shut. For help using crimp ends, please see our Handy Tip. Attach the ribbon to one of the loopy links on the end of your Rivoli chain using three jump rings. Slide a JBB gold-plated pewter squiggle cylinder bead with large hole onto the ribbon and tie a knot in the end of the ribbon. Repeat for the other side of the necklace.
Approximate Size: 16 To 18 Inches Estimated Time: 8 To 10 Hours Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Tools & Supplies: The BeadSmith Smoke Grey Fireline - 125 Yards (6LB Test) (STRNG-0004)
Multi-Sized Looping Pliers (TOOL-0017)
Lindstrom Supreme Cutter Micro-Beveled Edge (TOOL-600)
German Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-504)
The BeadSmith 13 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-06)
List of Components: Swarovski 1122 14mm Rivoli Crystal Copper (1122-COP14, qty 1)
Swarovski 1122 18mm Rivoli Crystal Vitrail Medium (1122-CVM18, qty 2)
Swarovski 1122 18mm Rivoli Amethyst (1122-AMY18, qty 2)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Trans Silver-Lined Brown (DB0150, qty 1)
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 24K Gold Lined Crystal (TBRD15-701, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Vitrail Medium (5328-VMED4, qty 99)
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Large Crimp End Cap with Loop (PG-CREND003, qty 2)
Hand-Dyed Silk Jewel Tones with Dark Purple Edges (STRNG-0051, qty 1)
JBB Gold-Plated Pewter Squiggle Cylinder Bead with Large Hole (BEAD-0291, qty 2)
Autumn Designer Wire Blend - 20 Gauge (ADB0035, qty 1) Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Swarovski 1122 14mm Rivoli Crystal Vitrail Medium (1122-CVM14)
Swarovski 1122 18mm Rivoli Peridot (1122-PER18)
Swarovski 1122 18mm Rivoli Fuchsia (1122-FUS18)
Swarovski 5328 4mm XILION Bicone Crystal Iridescent Green (5328-CIG4)
Miyuki 8g 11/0 Trans Silver Lined Bronze Delicas (DB0184)
TOHO Bead Round 15/0 Silver-Lined Medium Gold (TBRD15-22B)
Hand-Dyed Silk Jewel Tones with Purple Metallic Edges (STRNG-0050)