If you’ve been watching my jewelry videos for any time now, you’ve probably noticed that I love to use bicone beads. There’s just something about that different shape, especially the diamond shaped profile, that really draws me in.
When I first got into beading I was utterly amazed to discover that beads came in shapes other than round! The cubes especially entranced me.
The one subject I get the most questions on is that of bicone beads. So I put together this little video for you just explaining what they are and how they are used. I even found an interesting alternate name for them.Here are some of my favorite bicones:
An ombré blend of crystals makes them especially interesting. Because most of the work is already done for you with the findings it’s just simply stringing beads on the head pins and making loops, so these earrings go together very quickly.
Onto a headpin slide four 4mm Fuchsia crystals alternating with three 3mm spacer beads. Repeat once.
Onto a headpin slide three Rose crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
Onto a headpin slide three Crystal Clear crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
Use One Step Looper to make loops at the top of all headpins. Use chain nose pliers to open loops and add to chandelier findings, with Fuchsia dangles in the center and Crystal Clear dangles on the ends.
Use chain nose pliers to open loops of head pins and add to complete earrings.
In today’s earrings I show you how easy it is to not only make your own wire frames, but how you can construct your own chain. It’s so simple you’ll be amazed you didn’t think it of before!
These dangly earrings combine black wire with red and earthy colored Swarovski crystal beads for a look that makes me think of a volcano sending forth lava. Of course, you make yours in whatever colors work perfectly for you. 🙂
The muted earth tones in this necklace make me think of the soft light at dawn or dusk in the desert. I love the contrast between the earthy jasper beads and the sparkly Swarovski bicone crystals. Even though they contrast, it’s the colors that make them work together.
This design concept of adding smaller beaded sections to a necklace fascinates me.
Jude Wroblewski’s bib style necklace featured at FireMountainGems.com
Cut a 5-inch piece bead stringing wire. Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Slide the wire end back through the crimp and bring crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp with One Step Crimper or crimping pliers and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Trim shorter piece of wire close to crimp. If desired, cover crimp with a crimp cover by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimp and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape cover into a round bead shape if necessary.
String 20 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads onto bead stringing wire and repeat step 1 to finish end of wire. Repeat 2 more times to make 3 small strands of crystals.
Add a Bead Stopper to one end of a 20-inch piece of bead stringing wire. String on 5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>end of one crystal strand>jasper bead>5mm spacer>end of second crystal strand>jasper bead>end of first crystal strand>5mm spacer>end of third crystal strand>jasper bead>end of second crystal strand>5mm spacer>jasper bead>end of third crystal strand>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer.
To each end of stringing wire add 4 inches of 3mm brass spacers. Finish the ends as in step one, adding end link of a 4-inch piece of chain before bringing wire back through crimp.
Use a jump ring to add a lobster clasp to one end of chain. If needed, add a jump ring to other end of chain.