Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

This week’s Bead Challenge is to use one of Swarovski’s newest products– the Victory Pendant! One of the simplest ways to include a crystal pendant in a project is to connect it to your piece with a jump ring. Adding metal to a perfectly faceted crystal always makes me nervous, so today’s tips are all about helping you use these pendants with the least amount of risk!

When adding a jump ring to your pendant, make sure to open the ring wide enough so that the metal ends don’t scrape against the crystal. Go slowly with this, since forcing a crystal against a metal surface is likely to crack, scratch or chip those beautiful facets!  If you’re using pliers when making a crystal piece take the time to add Tool Magic to the tips of your tools to prevent damage to the crystals.

Choosing the right jump ring for a pendant is nearly impossible when you don’t have the products in hand, so I’ve made a handy chart to help you pick the right size jump ring for each size of Victory Pendant.

18mm Victory Pendant6mm or 7mm jump ring
28mm Victory Pendant8mm or 9mm jump ring
38mm Victory Pendant10mm or larger jump ring

Don’t have a large jump ring or want a different look for your project? Try making a custom Wire Wrapped Bail or using cord or chain to secure your pendant with a Lark’s Head Knot. However you use the Victory Pendant this week, don’t forget to share an image of your finished project with us on Facebook!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

3 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • SuzyMcQ

    Perhaps it might have been a good idea to include an image of a victory pendant for those of us who are not familiar.

  • Thanx for the tip and the Wire Wrapped Bail tutorial! I’m also freaked every time I add a crystal to a jump ring … already broke a few

  • FusionBeads.com

    You’re right SuzyMcQ! Photos always help in a post like this, but sometimes we include links instead of images. Any time you see orange text on one of our blog posts you can click it and follow the link to more information and photos!
    -Gretchen

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