Thursday, April 27, 2017

Swarovski crystal projects from Fire Mountain Gems

A little sparkle makes everything better, so why not add Swarovski Crystal Beads to your next design project? In addition to adding Swarovski crystal beads to jewelry designs, here a few more ways you can take your projects to the next level.
1. Embellish clothing - you can add Swarovski crystals to clothing for a unique design especially when you mix them with other media like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps. Create a one-of-a-kind design with Iron-On Crystal Transfers - Made with Swarovski Crystal Components, too.

2. Home decor - when it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals. Some of my favorite projects go from the simple (Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals) to the sublime (Flower Lampshade made with Swarovski crystals) and the Fire Mountain Gems website has even more project tutorials for every room in your house.

3. Dress up your gift bags - a simple gift bag is easily dressed up with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals but if you really want to make a statement, take a look at these beautiful Swarovski Embellished Gift Bags.
4. Projects for the teens - summer is almost here and crafty teens can express themselves by adding Swarovski crystals to many of their own designs. My daughters have blinged out everything from running shoes to their headbands. This fun Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals is perfect for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

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These projects contain affiliate links, just so you know!  But you also know that I use Swarovski crystals in many many of my pieces :-)



Monday, April 24, 2017

Bead stringing tutorials

Sunlit Seas

One of the first beading techniques that most people learn is how to string.  After moving on to bead weaving, bead embroidery, and mixed media techniques, some of us forget about that thrill that we got when we first learned how to string a pleasing necklace.  We forget how exciting it was to learn how to finish off a piece with a polished-looking closure.  Never forget the basics!



African Trade Beads
Here is a link to a master list of the stringing projects with tutorials that I've posted over the years.  Maybe you can find something fun that you'll enjoy stringing up for the new season!


Rock Candy

Making your beading designs unique - part one


Making your beading designs unique - part two

Making your beading designs unique - part three




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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Waves - a beaded necklace tutorial


Unfortunately, I do not have any step-out photos for this necklace.  I actually made it a long time ago, back before I was keeping a blog with tutorials.  But the theory behind making a necklace like this is simple enough, so I'll share with you how it came to be.

"Waves" features a lovely four-holed fused glass pendant by Jeanne Kent of New Terra Artifacts.  It also contains Chinese turquoise, green onxy, amazonite, sodalite, fresh water pearls, crystals, seed beads, and my own lampworked glass beads.  My glass beads provide the structure for the design.  I mentally spaced out the large-holed beads and created the necklace straps in several passes.

The first pass went from the clasp down through one outside hole, across the bottom to the next hole, and back up through that one, creating a second necklace strand up towards the staring point.  A third pass wove back and forth between the two strands, attaching them and adding more bulk to the almost finished first half.  The lampwork beads were particularly helpful since they had holes big enough to accomodate many thread passes.

A second set of strands was stitched on the other side.  After both halves looked fairly balanced (balanced but not identical), I began adding peyote stitched ruffles to each side and to the bottom.  These ruffles helped fill in gaps and make the entire design more coherent.  

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Friday, April 14, 2017

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