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12 Designs of Christmas Day 3 - How to make a 3D Star Pendant

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12 Designs of Christmas Day 3 - How to make a 3D Star Pendant

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On the 3rd Design Of Christmas my true love gave to me...a 3D Star Pendant!

Paula Banaszak invites you to a DIY tutorial in which she will show you how to wrap a rivoli. As you know, crystals are timeless and add charm to almost any stylization. In themselves, they are so unique that they do not require too much "motley" binding. There is another jewellery making course ahead of you. This time, a star-shaped pendant (3D open shape), whose central element is the crystal rivoli. 

Note - Knowing the Peyote stitch will be useful in this tutorial. 

Materials needed to make the necklace:
Bonny crystals - 12mm Rivoli.
Pinch Bail with Loop - Dimensions 15x7x6mm
Jewellery thread - I used monofilament 0.2mm
Jewellery chain - I used 2x3mm stainless steel
Jewellery needle - thin needle for threading beads, size 10/13
TOHO Seed Beads - Size 11/0 in two colors (I used Opaque Jet and Inside-Colour Grey / Gun Metal Lined) and one colour in size 15/0 (Inside-Colour Rainbow / Crystal / Grey Lined)
Split Rings - 8mm
Lobster Clasp - 12mm

Remember that the colours presented in this tutorial are just a suggestion - you can choose completely different colours to make it your way!

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I divided the instructions into 3 parts:

  1. Braiding Rivoli with bead
  2. 3D star
  3. Combining the two elements to finish. 

Let's start!

PART 1 (Beading the Rivoli) - We thread 28 TOHO beads in size 15/0.

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We thread through the first two strung beads, forming a circle. Leave a long tail.

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Now knowing the peyote stitch will be useful.  The thread comes out of the first bead. We take a new bead on the needle and go through the third bead in a row.

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The thread comes out of the third bead. We take a new one and go through the fifth bead.

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Continuing in this way means we will have worked the entire first lap.

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When adding the last bead in the first lap, we break through two beads (the next one and the first of the first lap).

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The second round is done with beads in size 11/0.

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Again, when adding the last bead, we go through two beads, as in the photo.

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Try the rivoli for size.

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We make the third round with beads in size 15/0.

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When you pull the thread a little tighter, you'll notice that the beads are starting to form in the so-called 'cap'. And again at the end of the lap, we go through two beads (as in the photo).

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I have now put the crystal in my cap, you can do it now or a little later. Hold the rivoli with your finger.

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Make the fourth round, again with size 15/0 beads.

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Pull the thread from time to time (in moderation).

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Add the last bead on the round, just like on the previous round ...

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Complete the fifth (last round) round with size 15/0's.

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Pull the thread a little tighter so that the beads secure the crystal well. If you think the rivoli "flies" between the beads, you can do one more lap.

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Now we pass the needle through the beads in such a way that the thread comes out of the size 11/0 bead.

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We weave beads in size 11/0 between them. Just like in the picture.

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In the meantime, pull the thread and correct the added beads so that they fit nicely.

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After doing this, go through the bead with the needle, heading to the tail of the thread (the beginning).

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Tie the threads.

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Hide the ends of the thread in the beads.

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Cut off any excess. 

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The rivoli beading is now done! 

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PART 2. 3D STAR (OPEN SHAPE)

Thread the TOHO beads in size 11/0 onto a piece of thread.

7 black, 2 grey - 5 times. Just like in the picture. (You may have different colours to me). 

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Then we pass the needle through the first strung beads to form a circle so that the thread comes out between two grey TOHO.

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Make sure you keep the thread slightly taught. We thread 2 grey beads.

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And push the needle into the second grey bead (the one next to which our thread comes out).

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We thread on the black bead.

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We will now use the peyote stitch again. Go through the second black bead, as in the photo.

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Again, we take the black toho and go through every second bead.

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Add more beads in the same way. 

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Between the grey beads we add 2 grey TOHO.

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We do the whole first lap in this way. 

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When adding the last black bead in a lap, we go through 2 grey TOHO.

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We start the second lap, just like the first. We add 2 grey TOHO between the grey beads.

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We add a black bead going through the first black TOHO.

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We add a second black bead (we go through the third).

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And now ATTENTION! We should add a third black bead BUT we don't do that! We pass the thread (without the bead) through the fifth bead.

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We add a third black bead.

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And the fourth bead (we go through the grey bead added in the first lap).

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And we start building the next side, just like the first (not forgetting about the third puncture with the same thread).

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And we add the last black bead in the second round, as before, going through 2 grey beads.

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This is more or less our star now.

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We start the third lap as before, adding two grey TOHO.

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We add the first black bead.

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And the second one.

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We add a third bead but beware, we go through the next bead that protrudes from the needle (counting from the bead from which our thread protrudes, in the fourth) Just like in the picture.

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The next bead is added without change.

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The next wall is added in the same way as the first, remembering about the "jump" of the third black bead.

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Add the last bead in the round by passing the needle through two grey TOHO.

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One side of the star is ready. Now we will go through the beads so that the thread comes out of the bead indicated by the needle in the photo.

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When our thread comes out of the above bead, we add 2 grey TOHO, sticking with the needle as in the picture.

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We add more beads as in the pictures.

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The next side is done identically, starting by adding two grey beads.

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When adding the last black bead in the lap, we go through 2 TOHO (black and grey) as in the picture.

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Next lap. We add two grey TOHO between the grey beads added in the previous lap.

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We add more beads without any change.

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Adding the last black bead in the lap - we go through two grey TOHO.

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We start the next round in the same way as the previous one. We add two grey TOHO.

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We add the first black bead.

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And the second bead ...

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And here again NOTE . We go to the next bead with the same thread. Just like in the picture. 


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Another bead normally added.

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And the last black bead in the lap, we add by going through two grey. Just like in the picture.

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Next lap. We add two grey...

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We add the first black bead ...

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And we add a second black TOHO.

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When adding the third black bead, we jump again three beads further. Just like in the picture.

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The next two beads are added without change.

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We do the same with the other sides of the star (remembering the "jump" of the third bead added). Adding the last black bead, we go through two grey TOHO (see photo).

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This is our star.

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We must now combine the front and back. To this end, we add one more lap. We add one bead in a given colour (grey on the tips, black on the sides).

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E.t.c…

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When we have all the beads added, we pass the thread through the grey bead on the tip of the star's arm.

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Then we stick to the left grey bead on the back wall of the star. Just like in the picture.

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We connect the front and back with each other passing diagonally through the protruding beads from the front and back walls. As seen in the photo.

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And another two. (Remember to pull the thread).

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And more ...

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At the corner of the star we go through the beads as in the picture.

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And on top.

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In this way we connect together all the walls of the star.

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When we have all the sides connected, we follow the needle (passing through the beads) to the protruding tail of the thread (beginning).

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We tie with a double knot.

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Thread ends are hidden in beads.

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Cut the excess.

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The Star and Rivoli are ready.

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Now we have to connect them together.

PART 3. COMBINATION OF THE TWO ELEMENTS. 

Thread a new piece of thread onto a needle.

Stick the needle into the beads so that the thread comes out of the bead indicated by the needle in the picture. 

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Here shows where the needle goes through. 

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Now we go through one of the protruding beads on the rivoli edge.

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This is what the thread looks like.

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Again, we push the needle into the star, through the bead indicated in the photo.

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And close-up.

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Passing through the beads, we head to the next place to attach the rivoli. Take care that the tail of the thread does not escape!

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We try the rivoli to see which bead we will pass through. Also pay attention to the other fastening points.

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We break through the selected bead.

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And as before, we are digging into the designated bead on the star again.

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And we go through the beads to the next attachment point. We do so on every dent of the star.

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We have all sides fixed.

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To make sure that nothing breaks, we again go through all the fastening places (with the same thread) making a lap.

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After making the round, we tie the ends of the thread with each other, and the excess thread is hidden in beads.

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We cut off the excess thread.

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Now we will connect the star with the bail. 

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I put pliers in the pinch part of the bail and slightly bend it.

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Put the bail on the top part of the star and lightly clamp together with your fingers.

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The bail is now attached! 

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Add the chain. 

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Attach the split rings and lobster clasp. 

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The fastener is ready!

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This is how your star pendant should now look! 

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Please don’t forget to rate it and please do visit any of our social media pages to share your finished piece. We would be delighted to see how you did it Your Way. 

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