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FREE Illusion Necklace Or Bracelet Pattern To Crochet... Or Not!
Warning - This Can Be A Very Addictive Hobby!
Do you love sparkle? Love to crochet (or want to learn)? Then crocheting illusion jewelry just may be your new "thing!" I got hooked on this about a year ago and have had more fun creating different necklaces and bracelets, playing with different gemstone and color combinations. It's a riot! You will need to do a very inexpensive shopping trip to get the few things you will need, unless you already make jewelry, or fish!
You'll also find out very quickly that you can be needing a present for someone fast, then sit down and design it and work it up in less than an hour!
Don't know how to crochet? No worries! All you need to know is chain stitch, and I've included YouTube tutorials to choose from!
If you don't care to learn to crochet right now, you can create a similar effect by simply tying knots around the gemstones on the fishing line!
Pattern and images SheilaSparkles 2012. Please do not reproduce or post this pattern anywhere online without my permission. Thank you!
A Bunch Of My Illusion Necklaces
Jewelry Box Shopping
Look through your old jewelry that you never wear. There may be a pendant in there that you could use as a focal for your new necklace! You can give new life to an old piece.
Necklace Disappears Against Light Backgrounds
Tired Of Wearing Your Pandora Or Other Charm Bracelet?
This is a great way to display all those charms in a fun and different way! And if you ever want them back on a charm bracelet, you don't have a lot of work or time invested, so just snip them off again!
See The Necklace On Dark Background
- Variety of beads, crystals or gemstones you want to use in your jewelry
- Jewelry glue
- Clover size 14 crochet hook
- Good quality clear fishing line (monofilament) in 3-4# test size.
- Small clothespin style clamp shown in above photo (optional but very helpful)
- Magnetic Jewelry Closures
Learn Crochet Chain Stitch On YouTube
How To Create Your Necklace Or Bracelet
Let Your Imagination Go Crazy!
I'm going to be very specific here based on my learning mishaps! First you want to put your spool of fishing line into a bowl or container just a bit larger than the spool. (This is so it won't roll away when you drop it on the floor). Do NOT cut the line anywhere yet.
String your beads, gemstones, pendant, etc. onto the line in the order it will go. Make the focal pendant the last object you string. Keep the strand wrapped around the spool with very little slack as you string, allowing the weight of the strand to be supported by the bowl. (This is so that in case you drop the strand, hopefully most of what you've done will stay in the bowl!)
Tie your beginning loop and chain 7 (or number of chains you wish between each bead). You can experiment until you find the number you like best.)
Chain around the pendant. Insert hook into pendant hanger loop and work one -three single crochets to give it extra reinforcement. Chain 7 (or whatever), grab thread after next bead and pull thru loop on hook. Continue in this manner until all the beads are crocheted on. After the final bead, insert hook in first chain, pull up a loop, thread over and pull through both loops on hook. Cut line about 4" away from work. Thread over, pull entire end through loop on hook, pull tight. This will stop your work from unraveling. Insert hook in previous chain, pull up a loop, thread over and pull end through loop, pulling tight. Do this until you are right next to the last bead before the pendant. Insert hook through bead and pull thread end through bead. Put a drop of glue in bead hole to provide extra security. Allow to dry overnight. Clip thread end even with bead hole to make it invisible.
Note: the clothespin clamp is very helpful, anytime you need to interrupt your work just clamp it over the last few stitches in progress and it will prevent them from unraveling.
Another note: these pendants hang better if they are stored hanging for awhile. You can also gently stretch the chain and it will help to straighten it out a little.
Enjoy your new custom necklace!
When you go to an estate sale or garage sale, watch for boxes full of what appears to be costume jewelry. There may be some gemstone finds mixed in there!
Using a heavy focal (large, point of interest) bead or pendant adds weight to the necklace which will help to pull the fishing line chain straight.
Cool Semi-Precious Gemstones On Amazon
I included the first item shown, the necklace, because it's a good value and you can just snip the necklace and remove the beads to use!
Real Gemstones - Where To Find Bargains!
They're Cheaper Than You May Think!
You probably have a bead store in your community. Most of them carry strands of semi-precious gemstones of many kinds. They will range widely in price, depending on the size and quality of the stones.
You can find hundreds of people or companies who sell gemstones online. Ebay is a goldmine for these. I have probably purchased about 90% of my gemstones online. If I go on there and enter a search for "moonstone faceted beads" I know I will turn up hundreds of them. I mention Moonstone because it's one of my favorite stones, and it is also a gemstone you have to be careful buying. If you see things like "Sri Lanka Moonstone," "opalite," "opal moonstone," etc., these are faux moonstone known as Opalite. Yes it's very pretty and I have lots of it, but it is NOT a real moonstone.
What you want to search for is "rainbow moonstone" and then weed out the fakes.
I believe I paid around $3 for the strand of freshwater pearls and $5 for a 16" strand of moonstones to make these earrings (and a lot of other projects).