What do you think about a small, DIY Swarovski Ball. You only need some pearls and a bit of Perlon string. I usually wear the Ball later on a Silver Necklace. I simply pull the Necklace through the Pearl Ball.

The Ball itself will be just 16mm diameter, which makes it a more subtle piece. (If you like things to be a bit more extravagant check out our tutorial for a Swarovski Cross)

The Pearls can be found in any color. My sister in law usually has a fitting one for every outfit ;) Today for my Ball I picked emerald, indicolite and fern green, but you might as well just choose one colour, two or maybe 5, all up to your creativity.

Now let’s start with the Tutorial.

Have fun and good luck by trying it out =)

 

You’ll need:        90cm of 0,25mm thick Perlonstring + 30 pieces of 4mm big Swarovski Doublecone Glaspearls

 

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Put four pearls on the Perlon string. Take the fifth pearl and insert both ends of the Perlon string through, so that they cross in the pearl and pull firmly. This is the first ring. The Ball consists of 12 rings.

 

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To add the other rings you first work with just one string end. Pull 4 new pearls through and then pull the end through the last pearl of the 1st ring. Now you pull the end through one more pearl to the left side, from where you will start your 3rd ring.

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Instead of four you will just pull 3 new pearls onto your string before pulling the end through the two pearls closest to your 3rd ring (one from each of the previous rings). I know this sounds mighty complicated, but once you start crafting, you will see, how everythings just falls into place. You just finished your 3rd ring and now again the end of the stings goes through one more pearl at to the left side.

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Again you just add 3 new pearls and then you go through the two closest pearls of two of your previous rings. Can you see how your constructions starts to show a round shape? Again the string goes through one more pearl to the left side.

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The 5th works the same way then the 4th ring did, but now you pull the string through two pearls to the left.

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To the 6th ring you just add two new pearls and then you pull the string through 3 of the closest pearls of  the 3 connecting rings. Be careful that you just work with one string end to this steps. Leave the other one alone ;) Now you are halfway through. Your rings should form the first half of your ball. Again the string goes through 1 more pearl to the left side.

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Now it will get even a bit more complicated.

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You take 3 new pearls for your 7th ring and then you pull the string again just through 2 of the closest pearls.

 

 

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For the ring number 8 you just take 2 new pearls and then the string goes through 3 of the touching ring pearls (again as before one pearl from each ring that touches).

 

 

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For the ring number 9 you just take 2 new pearls and then the string goes through 3 of the touching ring pearls (again as before one pearl from each ring that touches).

 

 

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For the ring number 10 you also take 2 new pearls and close the ring through 3 of the touching ring pearls.

 

 

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For the 11th ring you just add the last pearl and then you pull the string through 4 of the connecting ringpearls. Now the string goes again through the first pearl of the 11th ring, before you start the final 12th ring.

 

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You go left side and put the string through the 5 ringpearls already existing. This is the 12th ring.

Now you have to amplify the ball, so he will not deformed easily. I do it so: I practice always slight pressure on the ball. If it deforms to strong, I go with the string again through the beads. At the end you have to bring together the two string ends, and do them tie twice. Pass the ends of the strings by two other beads, pull it tight and cut off.

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Now you’ve done it and you can be really proud of your first threaded Swarovski Ball.

They can also be worn as earrings. More details in the next post.

 

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