Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How to Make Bicone Bead Jewelry

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You'll Need:

  • Necklace:
  • Bead design board
  • Beading wire
  • 32 crimp beads
  • Crimpers
  • Clasp
  • 15 assorted bicone beads
  • Earrings:
  • 12 bicone beads
  • 6 headpins
  • Round nose pliers
  • 2 French ear wires
  • Chain nose pliers


  1. Step 1

    Design the layout of your bicone necklace on your bead board. Decide how long you would like your necklace to be. A necklace that dips right below your collar bone should measure 17 to 19 inches. Divide the bicone beads into three groups and lay them out in three staggered rows.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a length of wire 6 inches longer than you want the shortest strand on the necklace to be. Cut two more pieces of wire, one 7 inches longer and one 8 inches longer. The differing lengths will create a layered look in your finished piece.

  3. Step 3

    String a crimp bead onto the shortest piece of wire and run the wire end through one half of the clasp. Bring the end back through the crimp bead to create a loop around the clasp attachment point. Pull the loop tight and crimp the bead in place. Trim any excess wire and repeat with the other two lengths of wire.

  4. Step 4

    Situate the necklace so the end with the attached clasp is on your left-hand side. String a crimp bead onto the shortest wire and crimp it in place immediately to the left of where your first bicone will be. Add the bicone to the wire and pull it up against the crimp bead. String another crimp bead onto the wire and secure in place on the other side of the bicone. Repeat this process with all remaining bicone and crimp beads, working from the shortest strand to the longest.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat step 3 with the right-hand side of the necklace and the other side of the clasp.

  6. Earrings

  7. Step 1

    Divide your headpins into two groups of three each. Thread the bicone beads onto the headpins so that each group has a headpin with one bead, a headpin with two beads and a headpin with three beads.

  8. Step 2

    Grasp the tip of the first headpin with your round nose pliers. Wrap the headpin around the pliers to form a loop. Wrap each remaining headpin around the same part of the pliers to ensure loops of the same size.

  9. Step 3

    Open the loop on the bottom of the ear wire by holding each side of the opening with each pair of pliers and twisting them apart. String the group of three headpins onto the loop, making sure each headpin faces the same direction. Add the headpin with three bicones first, followed by the two-bead and single-bead headpins respectively.

  10. Step 4

    Close the ear wire by reversing the twisting motion with your pliers. Pinch the loop completely closed with your chain nose pliers. Repeat with the other earring.

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