Let your heart shine
Every Valentine’s Day hearts become the motif of the moment but it is a incredibly beautiful shape to design with any time of the year. How many different heart shaped crystals do you know about? I’ve had a look see and decided to show you some of the different heart crystals available from Swarovski to help in your designs.
I used two sizes of heart shaped fancy stones to create this fabulous necklace.
These no-hole crystals have matching settings and you can order either with or without holes and in a range of finishes and in ‘Breaking news’ Swarovski have just added round stone settings to their range!
Settings with holes allow the DIY designer to make fabulous crystal jewellery without using a soldering iron. You just sit the stone level in the setting and bend the lugs down with pliers.
Wiring jewellery, like this fabulous Bollywood style necklace, is one of my favourite techniques and one that you should be able to do too. In this necklace the cupchain is wrapped with wire and then attached to the floral centre piece. The heart fancy stones are wired into the cupchain to create the beautiful flowing shape.
What crystals are heart shaped?
Plenty of crystals to choose in a range of heart shapes too! My favourite are the sew-on stones, perfect for that quick, easy to wear bracelet using macramé or switchback braid.
Check out this link to Beads Direct and Jilly Beads who both have lots of heart shapes.
- Pendants – made up to 37mm, these generally have a hole at the top, though one style has a heart shaped hole. Available in a range of shapes.
‘Devoted 2 You’ heart pendant available from I-Beads
- Sew-on stones – easy to use flat back foiled crystals that have a hole at both sides. Perfect for stitching onto a backing or attached with jump rings to designs.
- Be Charmed pendants – beautiful charms and pendants with tiny Swarovski crystals embedded into clay.
- Flat back crystals – available in hot fix or plain these little heart crystals are perfect for embellishing clothing. Try placing the hotfix on a bead shaped from Fimo and bake in the oven to stick.
- Buttons – beautiful heart shaped buttons are perfect for making a fastening for macramé and other styles of knotted jewellery. They also look stunning on an embroidered design.
Be inspired and buy some Swarovski Hearts for your next jewellery project!
It is perhaps inevitable that mistakes creep in to beading books as there are so many diagrams to check and double check. One error (see below) in a diagram flagged up when my Knotting and Braiding Bible was translated into French recently but over the Festive season I got a lovely message from a lady in the US telling me that she had found errors on two diagrams in the spin-off: The Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo is available as an e-book and a physical copy.
16 strand round braid
I tried out the two patterns for 16 strand kumihimo last night and thought she was right initially but I felt that I wasn’t concentrating (watching TV at the time!) so I started again and was relieved to find that the diagrams are both correct!
Rounded flat braid
This is the error on page 34 (p118 in the original paperback) – the instructions are correct but diagram 3 should look as the dark lines shown.
Design for Perlen Poesie December 2016
It seems such a long time since I made this pretty necklace for I-Beads to feature in this month’s issue of Perlen Poesie but it has just been published. Inspired by I-Beads Celestial Skies Competition I chose beautiful dark blue seed beads to create the stars in Right Angle Weave that surround the bezelled Swarovski Rivolis. I also amended the star design slightly so that you can make a pair of earrings to match.
Published in English too…
The magazine is published in English as well as German and is available on subscription from the Perlen Poesie website.
Beaded Christmas decorations
Every year I make some decorations for my tree and this year I’m making a few of these seed bead and pearl decorations to match my current colour scheme.
Christmas bead decorations
These designs are from my book Simply Sparkling Christmas Beading and are very easy to make. The delica spiral is worked on a bead loom using 0.4mm wire instead of warp threads with 0.2mm wire to weave across. The pearl spiral uses a thicker 0.7mm wire with bell cone findings to hide the ends.
Shaping the ends
Bead hanging loop
Wrapping to shape
- Begin in the middle of the wire warps and shade the beads gradually
- Shape the end by shortening the rows by one bead at a time
- Turn the loom round to complete the other end
- Make a hanging loop with delicas and sew in the wire tails
- Wrap the beading around a wooden spoon to shape
Swarovski Gender Symbols on a macramé cuff bracelet
Swarovski gender symbols
These new crystals from Swarovski seem to be a bit like marmite – you either love them or hate them. I personally love the shape of the crystals and find them very inspiring to work with. The macramé designs were commissioned by Swarovski to showcase innovative ways to attach the crystals. On the cuff bracelet and earrings, the macramé is completed before the crystals are stitched in place; the crystals are added into the pendant design as you go.
Swarovski Gender Symbols attached to the macramé as it is worked
First time nerves showing here! I’ve managed to get this far in my career without selling anything but this year having designed a range of crochet jewellery featuring Swarovski crystals and opened an ETSY shop, decided it was time to have a go!
The designs are presently available in five cord colours with toning Swarovski crystals.
Rose gold, graphite and black proved to be the most popular colours – perhaps neutrals are the safest bet for gifts? I’d love to hear what other people have found out about selling jewellery at craft shows and markets!
How would you describe these colours? Black, grey and beige? Or by their Swarovski crystal colours of Jet, graphite and rose gold. According to Pantones on trend guide to colours these are the fabulous Warm taupe, sharkskin and blackest black! Buy online or see you at the Handmade Show in Perth this Sunday
#createyourstyle #swarovskicrystal #crochet