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Cross pendants make beautiful and meaningful accents to necklaces. I've usually bought them before but I'd like to make my own in the future. So I went looking for the best free tutorials to inspire. Bear in mind, I will add to this list as I find more, so always check my hub page, Jewelry Making Tips where I link back to tutorial posts.
Eye Pin Cross
I personally like wire work crosses and was impressed with the simplicity of the Auntie's Beads' tutorial below which uses head pins. I adapted the idea using eye pins as shown in this trial cross. The extra wire can thus be used embellish and to strengthen the joined section.
I used soft 22G wire throughout which makes it easy for beginners to handle and 4 mm round gemstone beads (the blue ones here are sodalite). First make 3 long eye pins - how long will depend on the size of beads you are using and whether you want to do much wire wrapping. Make the middle loop larger as this is the bail. The other eye pin loops should be as small as possible. Add the beads - you could use just 2 beads instead of 3 for the upright section.
tutorial on using pin vises to twist wire together the easy way.
Here is the Auntie's Beads video tutorial which uses Swarovski crystals.Karla the instructor uses head pins and 6 mm bicones. If you choose smaller 4 mm bicones, you can easily make matching earrings. This is a simple but easy wire working project you just have to try!
Gailavira is an amazing wire work artisan. Shown here is her beaded wire cross on Jewelrylessons.com for those who have more experience with wire.
TATBit Tats has this gorgeous original bead and tatted cross tutorial. I know, I know. It looks beaded but it really is tatting with beads! Just go to the tutorial and see. So many of you loved the work of TotusMel with her amazing ankle corsets, so if you are inspired, you should check out my how-to post on tatting as a jewelry technique. Via
Maileof thedreamseeker has this relatively easy Full Persian chain maille cross pendant. You do need to know how to do this weave - check out my FP tutorial including a video to help you get the weave started - starting is usually the hardest part. Suggested ring sizes are also given.
Lenneheartly on DeviantArt has a lovely beaded cross that is not difficult. I will certainly give this one a try!!
beaded cross pattern by Lucy on 3Dbeading. This cross uses 4mm bicones and fishing line. You can certainly substitute with beading thread (I like Fireline). Easy right angle weaving!
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