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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things.

I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. ...

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Lustro

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • peyote stitch
  • right angle weave
  • good needle and thread skills

Pattern Description:

For some reason these pendants with their ornate frames remind me of the Evil Queen's magic mirror from Snow White. They're not perfectly reflective, but they do have mysterious and secretive depths and are very shiny. Use a combination of beading stitches to bezel an oval Swarovski rivoli that's as pretty from the back as it is from the front.

This is a tricky project (so I'm told) and not for the faint of heart, but is well worth the slog.

Your size 11s will barely show in the front, so don't agonise over the colour, but you see a lot of the 15s, and I think they look best when contrasting well with the crystal stone. I also prefer the look of fire-polished bead with some sort of extra finish, like AB or half metallic, etc, but of course it is your choice.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Without the bail or the drop, pendant is about 1 3/4"
  • Bail is about 1/2" tall
  • Drop adds its length


  • Japanese size 11 seed beads (small amount)
  • Japanese size 15 seed beads (small amount)
  • 3mm fire-polished beads (26)
  • 4mm fire-polished beads (8)
  • Japanese fringe beads (small amount)
  • 18x15mm Swarovski stone (1)
  • Smallish side-drilled drop or briolette (1)
  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Your favourite beading thread

You Will Also Need:

  • Good lighting
  • thread conditioner (optional)
  • beading surface
  • scissors
  • magnifier!