Sarah Millsop’s Criss Cross Crystals
A perfect project for any crafter! Criss cross crystals are simple and a beautiful introduction to some jewellery making essentials. This necklace makes a statement but in a subtle and elegant effect. You could make it with smaller beads… but you will need to use a smaller jump ring also. Have a play and even make matching bracelets with the leftovers! – Sarah Millsop
- Rondelle Crystals 8x6mm
- Beading Wire
- Jump Rings
- Crimp Beads
- (You will find all the findings in this jewellery box)
- Jewellery Pliers
Thread a ‘pink’ Rondelle onto both strands of wire. From now on to the end of the necklace, we will be using the strands individually to thread beads. It makes it easier if you trim a small amount off the threading end of your wire to differentiate the strands.
Thread a ‘grey’ Rondelle onto the longer strand of wire and a jump ring onto both strands. Then thread a ‘pink’ Rondelle onto the shorter strand, and a jump ring onto both. Repeat this pattern until you achieve your desired length.
Finish the pattern on a ‘grey’ Rondelle and then a ‘pink’ Rondelle onto both strands, just like the start of the necklace. Thread both strands up into a calotte, crimp bead, then back down through the calotte, and thread the tails through the first few beads.
You can make matching bracelets using the same technique – play with colours and designs. Just remember that to achieve a good curve for your necklace, you will need to tighten the inside strand and have a slightly looser outside strand.