How to Make a Beaded Crochet Pendantcomments (5) June 23rd, 2008
Crocheting isn’t just for yarn anymore—you can use wire, raffia, plastic-bag strips, or anything you can turn into string. Crocheting with wire is a fun way to make impressive jewelry that won't cost a lot.
24-gauge (or thinner) craft wire
28 small faceted glass beads (make sure their center holes are big enough for wire to fit through)
1 jump ring
18-inch-long chain necklace with clasps (or as desired)
Size C crochet hook
To get started, thread all 32 beads onto the wire while the wire is still on the spool—you’ll be sliding each bead up as you need it. Wrap the wire end around a pen or other cylindrical object four times as shown above, leaving a bit of extra wire on the tail end.
Wrap the wire end around the four circles to make it one sturdy circle. Cut the wire end close to the circle, and crimp the wire end around the circle.
Round 1: Chain 2, slide one bead around the back of the hook, and make a third chain. This is your first double crochet. Make 13 more double crochets, but before your last yarn over (or should I say wire over?) of each dc, slide a bead up the wire as shown above. When you yarn over and pull the loop through, the bead will rest in just the right place. Once you’ve made all 14 dcs of the round, slipstitch in the turning chain to join. —14 dc.
Round 2: Make one beaded half double crochet (the first hdc) and one regular hdc in each dc of the previous round. Slide a bead up before the yarn over of the first hdc in the same way you did the dcs of round 1, then slipstitch in the turning chain to join. —28 dc.
Wrap the wire end around your hook three or four times, clip the wire, then wrap the wire end around the circles as you did with the ring at the start of the pendant, crimping to secure. With flat-nose pliers, open a jump ring. Slide the jump ring through the wrapped circle and through chain or ribbon for your necklace. Close the jump ring.
Now you have a lovely beaded pendant! Enjoy!
For more tips on crocheting with wire, check out this awesome flower tutorial by Sister Diane of Craftypod.