About the Rococo Crystal Pendant
I had been working in tubular herringbone, mixing bead sizes to create curved shapes and I realised that this would be perfect for a rococo theme.
This art movement started in France in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Flowing lines and soft colours are some of the elements that feature in the rococo style. So, I wanted to reflect that in my pendant design.
I also incorporated a gorgeous, sparkly Swarovski rivoli as the centrepiece of the design.
Techniques and Experience
You will use tubular herringbone to capture the Rivoli. Then, use the same technique to create the rococo swirls framing the pendant. I added pearls to finish the design.
The rococo crystal pendant pattern is suitable for anyone who is happy working tubular herringbone.
Don’t forget that you will need a step-up at the end of each row in your tube: this is usually the part that confuses people!
You will also need to maintain good tension as you work. This will cause the mixture of bead sizes to force your tube into a curved line. If your tension seems a bit loose, you can always pass through the columns of beads at the end to tighten everything up.
Colours and More Ideas
I had a rivoli in a beautiful green colouring. So, I used this to guide my choice of surrounding colours and pearls. You can just keep to more neutral colours or go for a complete contrast.
Although I incorporated the chain into the pendant construction, you could omit the chain completely. This design would make a lovely brooch. So, just add a brooch finding to the back of the Rivoli.
If you like the idea of beading inspired by art movements, then I have created some Art Deco designs as well. You can find both patterns just below.