Be Yourself – Introducing Swarovski Fall/Winter 2019/20

Today Swarovski officially launches their latest collection.

Here is a brief look at the new innovations.

“When it comes to Swarovski’s innovations, our clients have always been among our biggest sources of inspiration. This season’s innovations express the desire for uniqueness. Individualism is a growing megatrend that is poised to impact the lifestyle of the future. More and more,  uniqueness, self-discovery and self-expression are becoming part of our DNA and a new measure of value in our society. Under the motto  
“Be Yourself,” we have translated this desire into crystal innovations reflecting four aspects of self-discovery: “Check Yourself,” 
“Find Yourself,” “Excess Yourself,” and “Dress Yourself”.  

NEW CRYSTAL PEARL COLOR – Crystal Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Innovations & Inspirations for Spring/Summer 2019 “Wanderlust” Flags

Wanderlust includes four trend themes: “Culture” reflects the contemporary desire to add creativity and color to the everyday by using cities as urban backdrops for a more inclusive artistic expression, rather than traditional galleries. “Freedom” recalls the 70s “take it easy” surfer mantra, seeking calming sensorial experience as a counterbalance to frenetic living. “Adventure” speaks to the quest for solitude, expressed in nomadic, off-the-beaten-track travel, and a life more in tune with nature. “Leisure” celebrates the new inclusivity of the seafaring world: previously the preserve of the elite, yachting is now the emblem of “barefoot luxury”—using leisure time to sail off to the next secret destination.

When Swarovski launches a new collection it is showcased within a series of flags created by the trends office in Austria.  These flags feature some of the most unique and inspired applications.  Here are some wonderful ideas!

Add thick cords and sew crystals in place with embroidery threads.  Add pearls and shells too.

Layer die cut leathers and embellish with iron-on flat backs to create stunning floral motifs.

Create gardens in leather and add crystals and pearls for 3D enhancements.

Create your own patterns with iron-on crystals.

Layer cut fabrics with iron-on crystals and use pearls for focal points.

Crystal waves are gorgeous, as are shapes which are easily recognizable.

These lines are fluid and colourful with iron-on crystals.

Big crystals framed by iron-on shapes stand out and look incredible.

The color options in iron-on crystals are endless.  Pairing them with woven fabrics is gorgeous.

Large shapes are easy to spot when thin lines point directly to them in crystal.

Collaging with pearls, crystals and metal.  This scattering effect is brilliant.

Placing shaped iron-on crystals between laced elements is showing attention to detail.

Braided embroidery thread rope and crystal is inspired.

Layering with both leather and then beads, pearls, cabs and iron-on crystals.  Impactful!

Another simple but stunning effect.

All of these elements combine to create a fun look.  This would be gorgeous on a jean jacket.

New way to add stripes.

Floral elements that stop traffic.

On this sample, the tiny pearls look wonderful sewn as a cross or just at either end of the stone.

Here we see unique ways to add leather so it becomes a component.

This tiny fringe makes a pocket shape.

Embroidery is enhanced with crystal always!

This is a gorgeous idea for attaching two peices together.

Take a peek at how fabulous crystal looks on something simple like burlap.

These flowers are laser cut plastic.  They look spectacular with crystal additions.

Stunning haute couture style.

Crystals magnified with sequins as a background.

More braided fiber with crystals in a setting.  Wonderful.

There is no way you could not see these flags without getting one or several great ideas!!

WANDERLUST – INNOVATIONS AND INSPIRATIONS SPRING/SUMMER 2019

Majestic Blue

Intense and evocative, an homage to vast cobalt skies and fathomless sapphire seas, and the color of happy memories, Swarovski presents new Majestic Blue (296) as part of its Innovations Spring/Summer 2019.

Which design choices are best suited for Majestic Blue?

This superbly pure blue has a deeper hue and more intense sparkle than any previous shade of blue. It’s a mesmerizing quality that makes it ideal for use in premium costume jewelry, statement timepieces, and high-end apparel and accessories, as well as for adding a touch of luxe to DIY projects, packaging and electronics.

It is particularly well suited to creating fashionable looks inspired by Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2019 trend theme, Wanderlust. This is a transformative Millennial mood that values Freedom, Leisure, Adventure and Culture above narrow-focused careerism and mere possessions. It also encourages following the open road, dreaming under the sky, and setting sail for adventure, preferring wealth of experience to material wealth.

What seperates Majestic Blue from other blue colors?

More intense, and with greater sparkle and depth than the existing Sapphire (206), Capri Blue (243) and Cobalt (369), the astonishingly brilliant Majestic Blue is the purest blue in the Swarovski spectrum. It has a scintillating presence that is reminiscent of a precious gemstone—indeed, as a true blue it has an ancient association with royalty. Blue is also recognized as the color of the divine and the infinite.

These vivid characteristics make it highly effective when creating bolder, fiercer and more eye-catching designs. Its color is very stable, too, appearing unchanged across different articles and geometries. You’ll also find that, like any of Swarovski’s crystal colors, Majestic Blue stands up well to plating and soldering.

Swarovski Halloween Inspiration and Step by Steps!

Leave it to Swarovski to design some stunning Halloween projects!  We have attached a PDF (end of post) which will provide you with instructions to make all of these pieces!

The Swarovski Halloween 2017 instructions PDF is linked here.

Hurray for Orange and Black – Swarovski Halloween

Instructions

Step 1:      Using one head pin slide on one skull bead and make a simple loop. Repeat once and set aside.

Step 2:      Using a round nose plier turn one end of the memory wire until you have a double turn.

Step 3:      Onto the memory wire slide on one 5328 6mm jet bicone, {two 6mm pearls, two 4mm pearls, two 3mm pearls, two 4mm pearls, 6mm pearls, one 5328 6mm jet bicone, one BeCharmed bead, and one 5328 6mm jet bicone. Repeat the pearl section and add one Pave Ball, repeat the pearl section and add one 5328 4mm bicone, one 5238 6mm bicone and one 5328 6mm bicone. Repeat the pearl section and add one 5328 6mm bicone.} Repeat the entire pattern in brackets one more time to finish bracelet.

Step 4:      Trim the memory wire to leave a 1” tail. Using the pliers turn the wire until it tightens to the last bead.

Step 5:      Using the skulls from Step 1, add onto each of the loops on the bracelet to complete.

Product Group Article No. Amount Size Color Color Code Available at John Bead
Crystal Pearls 5810 18 pcs 3mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758100032324
Crystal Pearls 5810 36 pcs 4mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758101032324
Crystal Pearls 5810 36 pcs 6mm Crystal Neon Orange 001 733 27758101096324
Beads 5750 2 pcs 13mm Jet 280 27757500010280
Beads 5328 10 pcs 6mm Jet 280 27753012017280
Beads 5328 4 pcs 4mm Jet 280 27753012017280
Pave Beads 86001 2 pcs 8mm Jet 280 No 8mm or jet but consider black diamond 6mm 277860010610215
BeCharmed Beads 80901 2 pcs 12mm Jet 280 No but maybe consider 14mm 27780101015280      

Supplies:

2 2” headpins       22601037

3½ rings of memory wire    25000769

 

Candy Corn Earrings With Swarovski

Instructions

Step 1: Cut wire into two equal pieces 18” long.

Step 2: Load onto one piece of wire 13 Swarovski XILION Beads art. 5328 4 mm Sunflower. Moving 6 Beads off to one side and keeping the 7 remaining Beads in the center of the wire, take the wire exiting from the 6 Beads and string the wire through all 7 Beads. (Note: the wire tails should be exiting in opposite directions from the 7 Beads.

The 6 Beads should be sitting on top of and in between the 7 Beads art. 5328 Sunflower. It is important to keep tension on the wire when weaving.)

Step 3: String onto one of the wire sides, 5 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth. Take the wire from the side with no Beads and string the wire through the 5 Beads. (Note: the wire tails should be exiting in opposite directions from the 5 Beads art. 5328 Hyacinth and the 5 Beads should be sitting on top and in between the 6 Beads art. 5328 Sunflower from the previous step.)

Step 4: Repeat step 3 using 4 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth.

Step 5: Repeat step 4 using 3 Beads art. 5328 4 mm Hyacinth.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 using 2 Beads art. 5328 4 mm White Alabaster.

Step 7: Repeat step 6 using one Bead art. 5328 4 mm White Alabaster.

(You can exchange Tangerine for Hyacinth if preferred or Light Topaz for Sunflower)

Swarovski Crystals

Product Group Article No. Amount Size Color Color Code  
Beads 5328 8 pcs 4mm White Alabaster 281 27753011339281
Beads 5328 24 pcs 4mm Hyacinth 236 27753011307236

tangerine: 27753011333259

Beads 5328 26 pcs 4mm Sunflower 292 27753011337292

 

Tierracast earwires or Earwires

Artistic wire or Wire 

Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration

NEW COLORS & EFFECTS: Scarlet (276)

An antidote to our increasingly uncertain future, Scarlet symbolizes passion and excitement, offering a decadent, elegant edge to sensuous designs, and reminding us that we should celebrate life in all its beauty.
Scarlett is an elegant, classic red crystal shade with a hint of blue that is more subdued than Light Siam (227) and brighter than Ruby (501) and Siam (208).
Exceptionally brilliant color.
Cadmium-free

Shimmer (971)

The new Shimmer effect speaks to our increasing desire for heightened sensory experiences by merging futuristic shimmer with bold crystal colors in nature-tech, boundary-transgressing hues.
Unique new effect inspired by AB.
Soft and elegant effect that radiates multiple shades of a single color.
Highest quality, durability, and glamor for optimal performance.

Pearl Coating: Crystal Velvet Brown Pearl

With its vintage antique luxury feel, Crystal Velvet Brown Pearl creates a decadent, elegant edge, reminding us to celebrate the finer things in life. Combined with the passion and radiance of the new Scarlet, designs are given added elegance and a sophisticated allure.
A velvety brown color with a hint of copper
The silky matte effect creates an interesting look – the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time
Crystal core
Consistent hole diameter, as per Crystal Pearl assortment

GROWING CRYSTAL: DESIGNER EDITION IRIS VAN HERPEN FOR SWAROVSKI

Iris van Herpen’s boldly envisions the future of fashion. For Swarovski’s Designer Edition Series, van Herpen imagined two pendants inspired by the creative power of nature. The first, ‘Growing Crystal Rhombus,’ pays homage to the fractured and fissured elegance of crystals shaped by tectonic forces. The second, ‘Growing Crystal Rectangle,’ resembles the cross section of a druse crystal in both brilliance and complexity.

Growing Crystal Rectangle Pendant

Growing Crystal Rhombus Pendant