Beaded Bezels with Right-Angle Weave and More
Jean Cox dazzles and delights, always. This time, she is dazzling us through her latest design, “Corona.”
This beaded necklace is striking and elegant (in design and color). And like Jean, every bead has a place, every stitch is perfect, there’s a glint and sparkle no matter which way you look at it, and it’s flexible, delicate, yet clearly able to stand on it’s own. The only thing missing in this necklace is a sense of humor!
Corona is created through a combination of different stitches, and if they aren’t stitches you’ve mastered yet, don’t be discouraged! Jean’s expertly written instructions, which are full of wonderful illustrations, will take you along on the journey of creating a Corona necklace of your own. We’ll also help by looking at the design’s fundamentals.
When approaching a complex design – whether beading, wireworking, metal clay, or even approaching a new knitting pattern – you can usually break a design into fundamentals. There may be a lot of them, and there may be many stacked on top of each other (creating a complex look), but most designs can be seen in manageable layers.
Side note: In my house right now, we’d be quoting Donkey and Shrek’s exchange about onions, cakes, and parfaits – accent and all. “It’s like a parfait, it’s got layers.” (or however it goes). You get the picture, like a parfait, most complex designs are just tasty layers stacked on top of each other.
Back to the fundamentals. Here’s the breakdown:
The sidewalls of the beaded bezels, surrounding the Swarovski crystal fancy stones, were made by weaving size 11/0 seed beads with a 2-bead tubular right-angle weave stitch.
Here’s a look at how the right-angle weave thread path and beads are stitched together. Right-angle weave instructions can be found in “Right Angle Weave and Square Stitch Unite in Style.”
Using the right-angle weave illustration as a reference, 2-bead tubular right-angle weave is completed by following the same weaving pattern, changing the 1 bead of each wall of each unit, to 2 beads per wall. To make the weaving tubular, one end unit sidewall is woven to the other end-unit’s sidewall. Here’s a look at Corona’s first row of RAW and how the ends are woven together.
Just like in right-angle weave, subsequent beaded rows are added by beading new units off of the first row of beads.
Once complete, the top row of the tubular right-angle weave strip of beads is cinched down to hold the fancy stone in place. An elegant row of pearls is added to accent the bezel. Rizo beads are added using a bit of circular peyote.
A clear explanation of circular peyote can be found in “How To Do Circular, Peyote Stitch The Right Way.”
The straps of the necklace incorporate beaded bars.The bars are made with size 11/0 seed beads stitched together using cubic-right angle weave. Jennifer V. shared a great how-to on cubic right-angle weave in “How to Do the Cubic Right-Angle Weave Like a Pro.”
The bars lend to the design’s aesthetics, balancing the size of the bezeled fancy stones as the necklace transitions to the clasp. The beaded bars also offer some structure and will keep the necklace straps and the bezels from twisting when worn.
The bars are embellished with 3mm pearls, which are also used to connect the bars together when assembling the necklace. The beaded necklace straps transition to crystal beaded strands, which are simply strung together, connecting to a beautiful 2-strand clasp to complete the design.
Thank you, Jean – for pushing the boundaries, creating this amazingly stunning design, and giving us all we need (including our choice of 2 bead kits complete with all the beads, crystals, and fancy stones we need) to make this Corona necklace.
Have another way to approach a complex design? We’d love to hear from you at BeadingDaily.com.