This wire loop cross pendant and necklace is made as a single interconnected piece, and looks fabulous as a short necklace. It is made using bead stringing wire (0.015in, 0.38mm), crimp beads (6), 11/0 seed beads, 4mm and 6mm round beads, and 4 Superduo beads for the center of the cross. Instead of transcribing this pattern as a diagram, I decided to create more of a picture tutorial in hopes it would be easier to follow. This piece can be made fairly quickly, so I was able to make many of them to experiment with different color combinations. You can use crimping pliers to crimp the beads at steps 7, 8, and 11, but I found just pinching the crimps flat with needle-nose pliers worked just as well, and was easier to do. I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!
FREE beading pattern: Wire Loop Cross
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The following photos demonstrate how to make this piece, step by step.
Wire Loop Cross: steps 1 and 2
Wire Loop Cross: step 3
Wire Loop Cross: step 4
Wire Loop Cross: step 5
Wire Loop Cross: step 6
Wire Loop Cross: step 7
Wire Loop Cross: step 8
Wire Loop Cross: step 9
Wire Loop Cross: step 10
Wire Loop Cross: step 11
I really love how this pendant turned out! It comes in two flavors: Diamond-shaped and Cross-shaped. Both require Superduos, 4mm and 6mm round beads or pearls, and 11/0 seed beads. When experimenting with different color combinations, I found that a higher-contrast seed bead color accentuated the outline of the cross-shape better. Between the smaller Czech 11/0 seed beads and larger TOHO 11/0 seed beads, I found the smaller ones worked slightly better. However, larger TOHO beads still worked in this pattern (see the dark copper and bronze examples below). I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!
FREE beading pattern: Tudor Cross Pendant
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