Here we go, this is my first craft tutorial.
I will show you how to make a Swarovski Cross.
I love working with pearls and half of my jewellery are self-made pieces. The Cross I will be showing you today is about 6.5 cm long and 5cm wide. You will need quite some time, I usually need about 3-4 hours to finish it, but it is worth every minute. It is a real eye-catcher.
So get crafty and make your friends jealous ;)
I like to wear this cross together with uni-color clothes, to set the focus on the cross. You can pick pretty much any color you like, they offer a huge variety of the Doublecone pearls. Use as many colors as you like, I generally prefer to stick with a max of two colors, but it is all up to you ;)
Have fun and good luck with the tutorial =) !
116 Roccailles Beads 2-2,2 mm,
62 faceted Glass Beads 4 mm,
96 Swarovski-Doublecones 4 mm,
3 m Perlonstring with the strength 0,25 mm,
1 nice necklace loop in silver.
Like this one
Now we come to the complicated part, the pictures are here to help you with it. The upper picture will be your guide, to built the base…to make it easier I took pictures of the single steps. You will start the base of the cross like this:
You’ll start with one Rocaille Bead, then a glass bead, a rocaille, glass, rocaille, glass, rocaille, glass, rocaille and at the end you stick both ends of your string through one more glass bead, so that the ends cross. All in all you should have used 8 beads for this first part!
Now you put on each end of the strin one Rocaille and one Glass Pearl and another Rocaille and you stick both ends again through another Glass Pearl. You do this until you have four circles, now with the fifth one it gets a tiny bit trickier. You have to take a left turn. Which means you will put one Rocaille, one Glass, one Rocaille, another Glass and one more Rocaille on the RIGHT END of the string and just one Rocaille onto the left end. Then as before you’ll add the last Glass Pearl and pull both ends through the middle.
The pearl through which you pull both of the string ends, shows the direction into which you are going.
To connect the whole cross, you take the string which lies in the middle and and add one Rocaille to the string, then you pull it through the Glass Bead, which is already there and part of the connecting square. This way you just work your way from square to square.
You are nearly there, the Base is soon finished =)
Now you can start with building the upper part !
Finally we are working with the beautiful Svarowski Pearls. Again you can follow the template…I am sorry for it being just in German, I soon will sit down and edit it, so that it is easier to understand =)
Ok let’s follow the pictures shall we? You will start in the right corner. First step is to add one Swarovsky to each string and then you pull both ends to one of the Rocailles. (The strings cross as always) Now again one Swarovski to both ends and now you pull the string through the Glass Bead at your Base. Just look at the picture above. The left string gets pulled through the Glass Bead to the right side and vica versa…just remember you have to cross the ends.
Work your way up until you reach the top. Here you have to pull the string ends through the upper Glass Pearl at the left side, after first pulling it through the right side Glass Pearl. You need one end on each side of the left Glass Pearl. I know this is a tad complicated to explain but trust me when you start crafting it makes perfect sense =)
Now you work your way down the left side, the same way you did the right side. When you reach the bottom you have to take the ends of the string and pull them through the beads, so that they come out at the back of the cross. You don’t want the knots to be seen. At the back you tie the ends together, two firm knots should be OK. Before cutting the strings pull them through to more close pearls and now you can cut the leftover ends off.
For the left and right side you have to use two new strings. Each should be about 50cm long. You just do the same you did before for the central area. Remember to bring the ends to the back and make firm knots. WOW you are nearly done. Great Job =) The last part is amazingly easy…Just tie the necklace loop to the cross and there you go…your new amazing necklace =)
As you can see I made my cross with dark and light purple Swarovski Pearls.
But feel free to pick any color you like. Why not make one for every one of your outfits ;) Go for it and be creative!
I am just wishing you loads of fun!
If you have any questions because something is unclear, just write us and we will try to help you with it =)