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Use right angle weave to create a beautiful ring by stitching beads around a Swarovski Elements crystal stone!
Beads (We used 3mm Swarovski Elements Bicone beads - they fit nicely together)
Fancy stone or cabochon (We used a 18x13mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Oval Stone)
FireLine size B, 4lb.
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors, 1 1/4 inch Blade
We used an 18x13mm Crystal Swarovski Elements Crystal Oval Stone which needed 77 3mm bicones to create the bezel. Adjust the number of beads for larger or smaller fancy stones. Additional bicones will be needed for the ring band - ours used 68 and is approximately a size 7.
Create a section of right angle weave that is thirteen bead units long and two bead units wide. (See Basic Right Angle Weave Technique)
Set the stone inside. Check the fit of the strip of beadwork around the fancy stone. The beadwork should be one bead short of touching when wrapped around the stone.
Bring both ends of the beadwork together so the beads line up. With the needle exiting one of the two end beads headed toward the middle of the strip of beadwork, string one 3mm bicone.
Pass through the end bead on the opposite side of the beaded strip.
String one bicone. Pass back through the end bead on the opposite side.
Pass back through the bicone added in step 4 and continue into the end bicone on the other side.
Pass through the bead in the center, the end bead on one side, and the bead added in step 7. The thread will be exiting a bead along the side of the strip.
Pass back through the the bicones along one edge of the strip. Go through two or 3 beads at a time, and pull the tension snug.
Continue around until you go back through the bead exited in step 8.
Pull the tension tight. Pulling tension tight will form a cup shape as it pulls the crystals together.
Weave through the beadwork to the opposite side of the strip. Place the stone into the beaded cup with the crystal side up and the foiled side down.
Pass back through the the bicones along the front edge of the strip. Go through two or three beads at a time, and pull the tension snug. Pass back through the beads until you pass back through the first bead in the circle. This will tighten the bezel and keep the stone in place.
Weave back through the beadwork toward the foil side of the stone so the needle is exiting a bead on the back of the bezel.
To better illustrate the steps, only the bottom row of bicones in the bezel are shown in color. String three bicones.
Pass back through the bicone in the bezel, starting the first row of right angle weave that will be the ring band.
Pass through two bicones, back to the end bead of the row. String three bicones.
Pass back through the bead shared with the previous stitch unit.
Repeat steps 17 and 18 until the band is one bead short of the desired length.
String one bicone and pass the needle through the bezel directly across from where the other end of the ring band is attached.
String one bicone and pass back through the end bead on the strap.
Pass through the beadwork until the needle is exiting a side bead in the strap, next to the bezel.
String two bicones.
Pass through the bezel in the bead adjacent to the spot where the previous row is anchored. This begins a second row of the strap.
Continue through two more bicones, until the thread is exiting the bicone farthest from the bezel.
Pass through the next edge bead in the strap and the bicone shared with the previous stitch.
Pass through three beads, stitching toward the opposite end of the strap.
Pass through the bicone shared with the previous stitch, the bicone shared with the previous row, and one of the two bicones strung in the previous step.
Repeat steps 26-30 until the second row is one stitch shorter than the first row. The illustrations are shown from a flat, one-dimensional perspective. The actual band will be formed as a tight circle with the crystal stone facing outward.
Pass through the end bead of the second row, the bicone shared with the previous row, and the bicone in the bezel adjacent to where the previous row is attached.
String one bicone.
Pass through the bicone shared with the previous stitch, then through the bead shared with the previous row, then bead in the bezel, and the bead strung in step 33.
Pass through the end stitches of both rows several times to strengthen and reinforce the connection between the bezel and band.
Weave the thread back through the band to strengthen and to bury the thread.
Cut the thread close to the beadwork. Weave in any other thread tails in the same manner.
Congratulations, you have completed a right angle weave bezel ring!