Beading Patterns: RAW Crystals Necklace


For this project you will need size 8 seed beads, 3mm Xilions, four 4mm pearls, eye pins, chain and a clasp. You will be working in basic Right Angle Weave with a little odd count Peyote and some basic jewellery making techniques thrown in! This beading pattern is suitable for improvers and beyond.

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RAW Crystals Necklace

I often find myself in need of a quick project, whether it’s jewellery to wear or an article for a magazine. This is one of the beading patterns that came out of a scenario like this. I was writing an article about clever ways to use crystals if you’re working on a budget and this idea popped into my head. I grabbed my beads and ended up completing the entire necklace in about 2 hours, so this definitely qualifies for the ‘quick beading patterns’ definition!

The necklace is made using basic Right Angle Weave to create a V-shaped base. I used size 8 seed beads as these will work up very quickly and they are inexpensive. Pick a matte finish and you will really make the crystals sparkle! A little bit of Peyote stitch is used to add the fastenings to accommodate the chain. The base is then embellished with 3mm crystals. As I was trying to create a design that worked with Swarovski crystals as inexpensively as possible, I used Xilions for the project. As with all my beading patterns, I have included detailed diagrams and photos and also links to some free technique sheets that will help you if you need a reminder of the basics.

Once you have completed the bead-weaving, the chain is fixed in place using a clever little design that requires only a couple of simple wire loops. Your necklace will then be ready to wear. It’s perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to an ordinary outfit. You could develop the technique to create a cuff bracelet to finish off the ensemble. Pair these with some simple earrings and you’re all ready to go!