Feel free to be comfortably ostentatious with emblems of royalty such as crowns, crosses and fleur-de-lys charms.
|Crown Dangle Brooch|
|Byzantine Cross Ring|
"I think I have something tonight that's not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes."
- Elvis Presley -
Materials for Crown Dangle Brooch :-
1 x larger silver “safety pin” with four soldered loops
2 x acrylic golden buttons with knot detail and pearl cabochon
1 x “fireball” crystal finding in clear AB
4 x 8mm faceted crystals in jet
4 x 6mm bicone crystals in grey (black diamond)
6 x small grey pearls
metallic blue seed pearls
1 x bead cap in antique brass
1 x antique brass round spacer
approx. 50cm of antique brass wire
1 x top-drilled round silver metal with floating “sapphire”
3 x 5mm faceted crystals in jet
1 x pewter bead cap
silver wire cut into lengths of 2 x 10cm
1 x 10mm bicone crystal in sapphire
1 x silver chain tassle
1 x 10mm glass pearl in cream
1 x 7mm glass pearl in cream
1 x round tube pewter spacer
1 x fleur-de-lys charm in antique brass
1 x pewter spacer
1 x antique brass spacer
2 x antique brass head pins
5 x 6mm jump rings in antique brass
8 x 5mm jump rings in antique brass
1. To make the crown dangle, thread a grey bicone crystal on to the center of the antique brass wire. Add a blue seed pearl on each wire end and cross in a jet faceted crystal. Next, blue seed pearl on left wire end; blue seed pearl, grey bicone and blue pearl on right wire end and cross in another jet crystal. Repeat the latter step once more and then add a blue pearl on each wire end and cross in grey bicone.
2. Thread two blue pearls, the crystal fireball and two blue pearls on to the bottom wire end and feed through the original grey bicone crystal at the start. Add three grey pearls on to each wire end and feed them through the adjacent grey bicones at the top of the motif. Add a blue pearl on each wire end and cross them in a jet crystal. Cross the two wire ends above this crystal and twist them together for approx. 2cm. Thread the antique brass bead cap and – round spacer and connect to the antique brass metal spacer before finishing with a wrapped loop. Trim excess wire.
3. Open a 6mm jump ring and connect with the metal spacer of the beaded crown motif plus a 5mm jump ring. Close the jump ring. Connect another 5mm jump ring to the previous one. Open a 6mm jump ring and connect to the previous jump ring plus the loop at the back of the pearl cabochon button. Open another 6mm jump ring and connect to the opposite side of the pearl cabochon loop. Use a 5mm jump ring to connect this dangle to the fourth soldered loop of the “safety pin” finding.
4. Open a 5mm jump ring, slide on the pewter metal spacer and connect to the second soldered loop of the safety pin. Use another 5mm jump ring to connect that same pewter spacer to the third soldered loop as well. Thread the floating sapphire metal on to the center of a 10cm piece of silver wire. Add a 5mm jet crystal on to both wire ends and cross in a third jet crystal. Feed both wire ends through the pewter bead cap and twist the wire ends together for approx. 2cm. Connect with the pewter spacer before finishing with a wrapped loop. Trim excess wire. Use the remaining 10cm piece of silver wire to make a wrapped loop below the round sapphire floating metal.
5. String the large glass pearl on to a head pin, followed by the pewter tube and the small glass pearl. Make a plain loop above and connect to the wrapped loop of the sapphire metal dangle. Use a 5mm jump ring to connect the fleur-de-lys charm to the bottom link of the pearl dangle. Attach the remaining acrylic golden button to the remaining soldered loop exactly the same way you did the pearl cabochon button. Follow with the sapphire bicone crystal on a slightly taller head pin. Open the loop of the silver tassel and attach to the bottom loop of the sapphire bicone dangle. Close the loop.
Materials for Byzantine Cross Ring :-
1 x 8mm bicone crystal in light sapphire AB
4 x 6mm bicone crystals in grey (black diamond)
4 x 6mm golden rhinestone rondelles
4 x white potato pearls
size 11 seed beads in metallic bronze
70cm of nylon thread
1. Thread a potato pearl on to the center of the nylon thread. Add two seed beads on each strand and cross in a grey bicone crystal. On any strand, thread a rhinestone rondelle, a grey bicone, two seed beads, a potato pearl and two seed beads. Feed back through the grey bicone. Repeat the same with the other strand as well.
2. Add a rhinestone rondelle on to each strand and cross in the final grey bicone. Then add two seed beads on to each strand and cross in the final potato pearl. Feed back through the adjacent seed beads and cross again in the grey bicone.
3. Add a seed bead on to each strand and feed both strands through the large light sapphire crystal. Add a seed bead to each strand again and cross in the original grey bicone at the start.
4. Feed through the entire motif exactly like you just weaved it (except for the large sapphire crystal in the center), but this time add a seed bead before and after you feed through each rhinestone rondelle. Cross again in the final potato pearl.
5. Finish the ring base by adding two seed beads on to each strand and crossing in a fifth seed bead. Continue with this sequence to fit the size of your finger (including the length of the ring top). For a ring with a circumreference of 6cm (the standard size), approximately six beaded loop in the ring base ought to do. After the final loop, cross in the potato pearl on the opposite end of the ring top. There is no need to finish this ring with a knot if you can manage to feed again through at least half of the beaded motif of the ring top before trimming the ends.