Crocheting With Beads

Have you tried crocheting with beads?  Nancy Donaldson completed this lightweight fiber necklace with our Lovely Knots cord.  She is an accomplished crocheter, so we wanted to give you a look at how quick it was for her to work on all the strands.  This makes me want to take a crochet class now!

The necklace looks wonderful when worn!

Nancy used Aqua Blue Lovely Knots cord for her necklace.

The beads are from our Czech Glass Mixed Bead box collection.  This is called Santorini Coast.

 

 

 

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration – Evil Eye

The comic reintegration of the Eye Fancy Stone wards off evil, injecting a quirky element to a serious symbol.

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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

 

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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 

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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

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration

NEW COLOR
Scarlet
NEW SHIMMER EFFECT
Light Topaz Shimmer
NEW CRYSTAL PEARL COLOR
Crystal Velvet Brown Pearl
NEW CRYSTAL ELEMENTS
Growing Crystal
Fancy Stones & Settings
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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Innovations and Inspiration

 

Swarovski Launch – FALL/WINTER 2018/2019

Join us here September 5, 2017 for a look at what is new.

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New Czech Glass Bead Mixes!

New Czech Bead mix pillow box collection.  4 of 17 projects by Nancy Donaldson are featured on this page.  Bookmark this page to see them all.

This is the Alps Black/White Czech Glass Pillow Box.  We wanted you to see how many beads are in the box.  You can make some very long necklaces and matching bracelets with one bos.

The Pillow box that was used to create the bracelet shown is a pink/red mix. We named it Berry Smooth.

The Pillow box that was used to create the crocheted wire bracelet shown is a pearls mix. We named it French Vanilla.

The Pillow box that was used to create the bracelet shown is a green mix. We named it Appletini.

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Euro Wood Beads!

Part of the necklace designed by Lena Gillespie for John Bead is featured in our current advertising for our Euro Wood bead collection.  We wanted you to see the entire piece so you can see the many ways wood beads were incorporated into this beautiful necklace.

 

Lena used round beads along with oval, spaghetti and large hole beads.  Chain was added to create even more unique links and dangles.  This lightweight necklace has movement.

 

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Wicked Witch of the West Earrings

These earrings are a Swarovski “Mini Project” and a wonderful design for the upcoming holiday season!  We’ll be posting many more over the next few weeks!

Step 1:
Using one head pin, slide on one pearl, one sew on (coated side up), one artemis bead, and one bicone. Make a simple loop and add ear wire.

Step 2:
Repeat Step 1 to make second earring.

What you need (substitutions made if we did not have the item)

Swarovski Crystals Used:
Crystal Iridescent Green Pearls
Jet Beads 12mm
Jet Beads 4mm
Sew-on Stones

Components:
2 ear wires
2 2” headpins

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