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How to wrap a rivoli crystal - DIY beading tutorial

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How to wrap a rivoli crystal - DIY beading tutorial

Designed by: Weronika Kaczor

Difficulty: Intermediate

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I present to you a new jewellery making tutorial in which I will show you, step by step, how to wrap a rivoli using seed beads in two sizes. This is another alternative to bead embroidery - no sewing primer or glue is used. I have tried to explain all stages in a simple way, using diagrams and photos. The entire braid is based on a tubular peyote stitch.

A beaded crystal can be attached to an earring, a pendant or maybe a keyring!

 Materials:
Toho beads 15/0 - in green shades,
Toho beads 11/0 - in orange shades
Bonny™ Rivoli crystal size 12mm (optional 10mm or 8mm),
Jewellery Wire/beading thread - I use Jaxon Crocodile Premium 0.18mm (suitable from 0.12 to 0.18),
Needle - size 12 needle - it is important for them to pass through a size 15/0 seed bead.
Beading mat or felt sheet - something from which the beads will not escape,
Scissors,
Earwires / studs
Any other bead types you wish to use e.g daggers, fire polish etc.

Main rules:
1. We try to pull the thread quite tight so that the beads are arranged snuggly, with no free spaces.
2. Braiding with size 15/0 is not the simplest - these beads are very small, they also have narrow holes, so you should work with them carefully. The largest holes are opaque and transparent beads. The narrowest - silver lined, inside-colour and metallic.
3. Let's always go through the first bead added in the given row again to move to the next row.

Get Ready!

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Step 1

We thread exactly 32 x 15/0 beads onto a needle about a metre long. We leave about 10-15cm "tail" and go once again through the first two added beads, gently pulling into the shape of a circle.

Here is a table for other popular sizes, the principle of braiding remains the same;

Rivoli size - Initial number of beads
12mm       - 32
10mm       - 28
8mm         - 24

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We add one 15/0 onto every other bead from the circle. 


After adding 16 beads, the braid looks like the second image below. Thus, three rows of tubular peyote have already been made.

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In the next row we add one 11/0 bead between those 15/0 which we added in the previous row.


The whole row after adding 16 x 11/0's looks like the second image below.

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We are coming back to 15/0. We add one 15/0 bead between the 11/0 beads added in the previous row. Gently the basket begins to form.

The whole row looks schematically like the second picture below (in fact, it has a slightly different shape)

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Then we add one 15/0 bead between those added in the previous row. At the end of this row we put the rivoli inside the braid. It will not stick tightly to the crystal, but don't worry! The size 15/0 rows that form the back of the braid I have marked in a lighter colour. 


The added beads will form the inside of the circle.

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Go with the beads to the row from 11/0 (from point 3). Now we add one 11/0 bead between the 11/0's. This will make the braid cling to the rivoli.

At this point, if the braid has matched, you can finish your work. You should go with the beads to the place where the "tail" comes out, tie two knots and pass the thread a few beads further through your design, and then cut the thread. Do the same with the "tail". We never the thread near the knot.

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I will now show how you can diversify the beaded shape.
A. Starry pattern. 

Rivoli size - Number of star arms
12mm      - 8
10mm      - 7
8mm        - 6

We return from the external 11/0's to 15/0 from point 5. We add one 15/0 bead every second place. I think this is better illustrated by the diagram. It is important to choose very even beads so that the star has nice, symmetrical arms.

Picture two shows the example effect - a six-pointed star in the upper crystal. 

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B. Flower.

We add two 11/0 beads between every other 11/0 beads from point 6.

An example of the effect - an emerald flower.

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C. Outer asterisk.  

We add the sequence 11/0, 15/0, 11/0 between every second bead 11/0 from point 6.

Example effect is in the second image below. 

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D. Aster.

We add three 15/0 beads between the 11/0 beads from point 6.


Example effect in the second image below. 

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Of course, variations can be infinite! I look forward to your ideas on our Facebook Page!