A Free Crystal Bracelet With Heart and a Crystal Giveaway For Our Valentines!

Crystals and Valentine's Day go together like…chocolate and strawberries? For today's Valentine's Day blog, I thought it would be fun to share a free crystal bracelet project, Bracelet With Heart by bead artist Miwako Nara, from our Create Jewelry With Crystals eBook!

There's no reason why you can't show yourself a little love today and stitch up this fun free crystal bracelet project. Or make two and give one away to your best friend!

Materials

  • 4g blue luster size 15 Japanese seed beads (A)
  • 2g silver size 11 Japanese seed beads (B)
  • 80 aquamarine satin 4mm crystal bicones
  • 1 aquamarine satin 6mm crystal faceted round
  • 2 sterling silver 6mm filigree bead caps
  • Blue size B nylon beading thread, or beading thread of your choice
  • Thread conditioner

Tools

  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Scissors or thread cutter

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 Heart Toggle

Unit 1: Use 6' of conditioned thread to string 1B, 1 bicone, 1B, 1 bicone, 1A, 1B, 1A, and 1 bicone, leaving a 7" tail. Tie a knot to form a circle and pass through beads to exit through the first A strung. (Figure 1)

Units 2 and 3: String 2A; form a picot by passing back through the second bicone of the previous unit. String 1B, 1 bicone, 1A, and 3B. Pass through the last A of the picot and through beads to exit the last A strung. (Figure 2a)

Units 4 – 6: String 2A; pass back through the bicone of the previous unit. String 2B, 1 bicone, 1A, and 2B; pass through the last A of the picot and through beads to exit the last A strung. (Figure 2b)

Units 7 and 8: Repeat Unit 4, stringing 3B between the picots instead of 2B.

Units 9 – 11: Repeat Unit 4.

Units 12 and 13: Repeat Unit 2, connecting Unit 13 to Unit 1. Exit through Unit 1's first B. (Figure 3a)

Inner Round: String 4B; pass back through the third B just strung. String 2B; pass through the next 11B in the inside edge of Units 1 – 7. Pass down through the center bottom bicone, the 3A that form the picot, and the bicone again. Pass through the remaining 11B of Units 8 – 13 and weave in ends to secure. (Figure 3b)

Heart Embellishment

Loop 1: Begin 6' of conditioned thread and exit the second (inner) B of Unit 1. String 5A; pass through the center A of the next picot. String 5A, pass through the first (inner) B of the next unit. Pass back through the last 3A just strung.

Loop 2: String 2 A and pass through the center A of the next picot (Figure 4a). String 5A and pass through the first (inner) B of the next unit. Pass back through the last 3A just strung.

Loops 3 – 6: String 2A and pass through the center A of the next picot (Figure 4b). String 5A and pass through the first (inner) B of the next unit. Pass back through the last 3A just strung.

Loops 7 – 10: String 2A and pass through the center A of the next picot. String 5A and pass through the second (inner) B of the next unit. Pass back through the last 3A just strung.

Loops 11 and 12: Repeat Loop 2.

Loop 13: String 2A and pass through the center A of the next picot. String 5A and pass through the 1B on the inside of the next unit. Pass back through the last 3A just strung and the first 3A of Loop 1. Pass through beads to exit the middle B between Units 2 and 3 (Figure 4c). Trim the thread.

Bracelet Base

Row 1, Unit 1: Begin 6' of conditioned thread and string 1 bicone and 3A; pass back through the bicone and the next B to form a picot. String 1B, 1 bicone, 1A, and 2B. Pass through the last A of the picot and through beads to exit the last A strung.

Row 1, Unit 2: String 2A; pass back through the second bicone to form a picot. String 1B; pass through the B of the next unit of the toggle. String 1 bicone, 1A, and 2B; pass through the last A of the previous picot and through beads to exit the last A strung. String 2A; pass back through the bicone (Figure 5). Weave through the beads to exit the middle of Unit 1 (Figure 6).

Rows 2 – 22: Repeat Row 1. Weave thread into beads to secure; trim.

Bracelet Embellishment

Secure 6' of conditioned thread and exit the bracelet base from the first picot bead strung in Row 1.

Pass 1: String 3A; pass through the tip of the first picot of Row 1. String 6A and pass through the tip of the picot between Units 2 and 3 of the toggle. String 6A and pass through the tip of the second picot (between Units 1 and 2 of the base) of Row 1. String 3A and pass through the last 3A strung in the first set of 6A. Pass through the tip of the picot between Units 2 and 3 of the toggle again and the next 3A. String 3A and pass through the tip of Row 1's third picot. String 3A (Figure 7a); pass through the next (third picot) bead. Weave through beads to exist the last picot bead in the next row (Figure 7b).

Repeat Pass 1, working back and forth across the bracelet to embellish all 22 rows.

Figure 8
Figure 9

 Toggle Bar

Tube: Leaving a 12" tail, use 3' of conditioned thread, B beads, and two-drop peyote stitch to make a strip that is 12 beads wide and 6 rows long. Zip the first and last rows together to form a tube. Exit one end of the tube.

Embellish tube: Work 3-bead picots between each pair of end beads around both ends of the tube (Figure 8).

Attach toggle: Exit a bead in the middle of the tube. String 7B, 1 bead cap (small end first), the 6mm round, 1 bead cap (wide end first), and 6B. Pass through 1B, the bottom 2A of the picot, and the next B. String 6B; pass back through the bead caps and round. String 7B and pass through the middle beads on the toggle bar (Figure 9). Repeat thread path twice to secure; weave through beads and trim.


It's easy to get carried away by your love affair with beading books this Valentine's Day. One of the beading books that totally changed the way I look at the use of crystals in my beading projects was the ground-breaking Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith. With her innovative beading projects combining seed beads, crystals, and wire, I fell in love with 3mm crystal bicones — and my love is still going strong! Best of all, you can get your own copy of Seed Bead Fusion at a whopping 70% discount for a limited time in the Beading Daily Shop! You'll find new ways to love crystal beads!

Want to win a mystery pack of Swarovski crystal beads from our friends at Fusion Beads? Just leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us which type of crystal bead you have grown to love the most. We'll choose 5 winners at random on Monday, February 17, 2014, and each one will receive a mystery pack of crystal beads. (Due to customs regulations, this giveaway is only open to readers residing in the United States.)

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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About Jennifer VanBenschoten

Born in New Jersey in 1974, I escaped to the Adirondacks for the first time in 1995, making it my permanent home in 2000.Β  I have been interested in beads, buttons and making jewelry as long as I can remember.Β  It's probably my mother's fault - she was a fiber artist and crochet historian, and whenever she ordered supplies from one mail order source, she would order a huge bag of assorted buttons and beads for me and my sister! Β  Β 

235 thoughts on “A Free Crystal Bracelet With Heart and a Crystal Giveaway For Our Valentines!

  1. I’ve come to love the tiny 3mm bicones – I’ve found the larger bicones sometimes irritate my skin, but the small ones never do. You can also build a rich tapestry with them or just add little bits of sparkle. The fact that they are less expensive to their bigger counterparts doesn’t hurt as well. Now when I look at a 6mm it seems so HUGE

  2. ALL crystals are my favorite crystals.

    But, if I have to choose only one it would be 3 mm rounds, followed by bi-cones in 3, 4, 5, 6 mm sizes for elegant graduated jewelry.

    Oh, and 6 mm butterflies are fabulous, too.

    And I can’t wait to get my hands on those new faceted skulls!

  3. Tough choice! I guess I’m like most beaders here, crystal bicones are so sparkly and colorful. I’m starting to like the pearls though, too, for their satiny glow. Love the heart clasp on this bracelet.

  4. I like round beads. But, I buy bunches of 4mm cubes to use as spacers on bracelets. Just the right size and adds a touch of sparkle. They’re too small for necklaces, but really boost the look on bracelets.

  5. I recently walked into a bead shop and spotted a bracelet made with the Keystone crystals. They are not easy to find, but I’m hooked and have been tracking them down wherever I can!

  6. This is such a gorgeous bracelet! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing the pattern. And as for my favorite crystals to use, hands down bicones. Although I do use cubes and other shapes as well. Just got to love that sparkle!

    Elaine Allen

  7. I’m more a weaver than a beader, but I incorporate beading into most of my art quilts and textiles as well as jewelry, so I tend toward the smaller beads for bits of sparkle. Love anything iridescent, so that it picks up colors and goes with or blends the colors around it. As a part-time jewelry beader, I probably find cubes and bicones easiest to work with because it’s easier for me to get clean geometric structure, but as an artist, I tend more toward round or flat faceted beads and pearls and more organic, swirling patterns and designs.

  8. I love using the 4mm bicone because they are so versatile and can be added to almost all kinds of projects. I adore all the variety of colors and love to mix and match!

  9. I love the bicones, fire or borealis are my favorites. They add so much sparkle and trust me with four granddaughters who love getting MeMe’s handmade jewelry I can use lots of sparkle!

  10. I really love working with cubes. They add a little something extra to designs but aren’t scratchy like some of the bicones. I also would like to do something with the new avant-garde crystals.

  11. I absolutely love 5mm bicones. At first I found their odd measurement to be hard to work with but once I got used to them, I use them as often as I can. They aren’t as overpowering as a 6mm but offer a bit more bling than a 4mm. Love them!

  12. My favorite crystal beads would have to be rounds (in all sizes), rondelles (in all sizes), and bicones (in certain sizes). I also love some of the interesting shaped crystal beads they have out there also.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. I have used the bicones a lot and I do love them for their versatility. I also love the briolettes! It’s hard to say which I love most, but I guess it would be the bicones!

  14. Simply love to work with bicones, specialy Swarovski, it just give my project the extra shiny look… Thanks for sharing this wonderful project…. Happy valentine!

  15. I do love the bicones, mostly the 2’s, 3’s and 6’s. They add so much sparkle to a project. But I am starting to lean toward the pearls. Their luster makes projects look so regal.

  16. I do love the bicones, mostly the 2’s, 3’s and 6’s. They add so much sparkle to a project. But I am starting to lean toward the pearls. Their luster makes projects look so regal.

  17. It’s hard to pick just one type of crystal bead that I love. I really like to use Swarovski bicones and the Swarovski pearls in combination when I bead a project!

  18. OMG! I love any size bicone with the opal sparkles shining from within. It gives the jewelry I make with them a soul, just like mine. Sparkly and Dazzling!! πŸ™‚

  19. I love the bit ones, especially in fire and borealis. They sparkle in whatever I add them to, and with four granddaughters in their teens, sparkle is important! I enjoy working with them in any size, but the 3 & 4 mm sizes can be worked into so many patterns.

  20. I love the bit ones, especially in fire and borealis. They sparkle in whatever I add them to, and with four granddaughters in their teens, sparkle is important! I enjoy working with them in any size, but the 3 & 4 mm sizes can be worked into so many patterns.

  21. I LOVE ALL CRYSTALS! All shapes, sizes and colors! Fusion Beads is one of my favorite places to shop, when in town. I was raised in the “Fusion” neighborhood. After being married we lived in a cul de sac where this cute little blond headed girl became our youngest daughter’s best friend. We moved away and the girls lost contact! Imagine my joyful surprise, when one day I was shopping at Fusion and “the little blond headed girl” came up to me and re introduced her self. That little girl is Melissa Loudan and was one of the employees! They are now again in contact as well as my self. So Fusion, fused a missing part in my life and my daughter’s life! Thanks Fusion!!!!
    Arlene Hall

  22. I LOVE ALL CRYSTALS! All shapes, sizes and colors! Fusion Beads is one of my favorite places to shop, when in town. I was raised in the “Fusion” neighborhood. After being married we lived in a cul de sac where this cute little blond headed girl became our youngest daughter’s best friend. We moved away and the girls lost contact! Imagine my joyful surprise, when one day I was shopping at Fusion and “the little blond headed girl” came up to me and re introduced her self. That little girl is Melissa Loudan and was one of the employees! They are now again in contact as well as my self. So Fusion, fused a missing part in my life and my daughter’s life! Thanks Fusion!!!!
    Arlene Hall

  23. I don’t think I ever meet a crystal bead I didn’t like, even the green ones( and I really only like green if it’s on grass, trees pr other plants). But my favorite color is crystal copper and I really love the smaller sizes of rounds and bicones. I wish I could find the 2mm rounds in more colors.

  24. I am using crystal chatons in my current work but I have to say that my favorite and go to crystals are the 3mm and 4mm bicones. They work in so many of my designs. Don’t you just love the bling they add?! Traci

  25. I love the versatility of bicones. I think out of the thousands (ok, maybe millions? haha) of beads I have in my bead room, crystals are the ones I always go to for my next project. I have been dying to try some of the new shapes for my next project!

  26. I love the versatility of bicones. I think out of the thousands (ok, maybe millions? haha) of beads I have in my bead room, they are the ones I always go to for my next project. I have been dying to try some of the new shapes for my next project though!

  27. I love the bicones in all sizes. They seem to catch the light best. Can’t wait to make today’s bracelet, but I am having trouble with the directions. There should be a Figure 2a and 2b, but there is actually only one Figure 2. Same with the next two figures. Is there something I’m missing? I’m having a hard time coordinating the figures with the written instructions. Please help!

  28. I am a new crafter, so I am not familiar with all the different beads. I have been checking on the enternet and I like the crystal and the larger shapes to make necklaces. I have been learning with cheaper beads and making up my own patterns. I go to the library and get ideas from your magazine. I enjoy it very much.

  29. I’ve become addicted to using Swarovski crystals. I love the shape of bicones, but recently I’ve been playing with rivolis. Making my own bezels out of seed beads, of course, and sometimes combining them with either bicones or round beads. I wish the round ones weren’t so much more more expensive than bicones!

  30. My absolute favorite is Blue Zircon Swarovski Bicones! I use more 4mm than anything but I use all sizes and they are wonderful! I adore the new colors, tho I have not seen them up close and personal, I can’t wait till I can get some! This is an AWESOME blog!

  31. I was so pleased to read about Patrick Duggan of Australia. Having been raised there when I was younger, I know this could not have been easy choices for him. I am so glad he stuck with it because his work looks incredible. Seems like many great beading artists are coming from across the pond as they are well published. Great article.
    AussieJ

  32. Having just finished a pair of heart earrings using Swarovski crystal hearts, these are my new favorites. Each time I order Swarovski beads, that particular shape, size, color or facet becomes my new fav!!

  33. I love the bracelet pattern and cant wait to give it a try with Clear AB Swarovski crystals πŸ˜€ I would love to win the crystals instead though !!!

  34. I’ll join in with most other commenters and say the 3 and 4mm bicones…..They are just so versatile and fit into so many patterns. That’s one thing that I NEVER let get too low, my “bicone jar”! I order them by the thousands!

  35. My favorite is the Swarovski Briolette in Iridescent Green. I love the shape of this bead and this new color is so nice. A little green and a little blue. So soothing to look at but with so many possibilities.

  36. I’M A NEWBIE AND HAVENOT MADE ANYTHING BUT REALLY LIKE READING ABOUT MAKING JEWELRY AND STARTING SOON!!! πŸ™‚ THE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS LOOK SO PRETTY AND WILL USE THEM WHEN I START!!

  37. I must say I have never seen a crystal I don’t love. I do truly have a love affair with crystals and how much more appropriate than to share this on Valentine’s Day!

    I have used bicones the most, however, I love rondelles. I have just recently purchased 200 pcs. of Swarovski crystal rondelle spacer beads. I have loved these for quite some time; and I recently found them at an affordable price. What a happy camper I am! Next, I want to find the crystal rondelle beads at an affordable price because they are soooo beautiful. I must say I have never had these to work with as yet.

    Finally, I love the round crystals! I think they remind me of all the New Year’s Eves I spent as a child living across the river from Manhattan watching the Times Square Crystal Ball dropping down, counting out loud, and then going outside with pots and pans and making a whole lot of incredibly fun noise.

    Thanks! This was fun.

  38. Any Crystal added to Any Project giving Sparkle and “OOMPH” are the ones I love. But for preference 2x4mm ~ 4x6mm ~ 6x8mm Rondelle along with 4mm & 6mm Bicone are the ones I choose most often.

  39. It’s hard to choose just one! I think more than a particular shape, i would instead choose size– i love 2 and 3mm crystals! They can add so much light and movement to a piece, yet still be subtle. But then there are rivolis and marguarites and cup chain and briolettes and….

  40. My favorite(s) are whatever crystals I happen to be working with at the moment; and the tinier the better! I’m always more excited about the work in progress than the wearing of it.

  41. I use bicones more than anything else but that is partly because they are a little less expensive than rounds. I also love the crystal pearls. If it’s crystal you can’t go wrong!

  42. I really love the combination of the different crystals, and it is the colors that is usually what attracts me to the jewelry. I think that the bicones and drops looks best when mised with many other shapes and colors.

  43. If money were no object, I would use all of the new mini beads more often because they are so versatile in my beaded embroidery. I use the smaller sized bi-cones and pearls the most when trying to keep down costs on a new design.

  44. I love them all. I’m just finishing up a beautiful wedding necklace and used a lot of Swarovski 4mm bicones, some Swarovski pearls and Swarovski baroque. It looks amazing and sings with bling!!

  45. I love this design! I have a ton of Swarovski Crystal Beads leftover from Christmas ornaments, so I can’t wait to create this bracelet in several color combinations!

  46. Actually, I love all beads, but my favorite is the bicone crystal in all the Swarovski crystal colors and sizes. I love to add them to my crocheted beaded bracelet and necklace designs. Thank you for all the great information you provide for Beading Daily Readers.

    Respectfully, Cecilia Rodriguez, rodriguez.mariac@yahoo.com

  47. Actually, I love all beads, but my favorite is the bicone crystal in all the Swarovski crystal colors and sizes. I love to add them to my crocheted beaded bracelet and necklace designs. Thank you for all the great information you provide for Beading Daily Readers.

    Respectfully, Cecilia Rodriguez, rodriguez.mariac@yahoo.com

  48. Actually, I love all beads, but my favorite is the bicone crystal in all the Swarovski crystal colors and sizes. I love to add them to my crocheted beaded bracelet and necklace designs. Thank you for all the great information you provide for Beading Daily Readers.

    Respectfully, Cecilia Rodriguez, rodriguez.mariac@yahoo.com

  49. My favorite would probably be my giant offset rectangle that I bought from there a few years ago. Bicones, like everyone else tend to be my most commonly used; and a beautiful yellow butterfly that was a gift graces my collection always makes me smile.

  50. I love 3mm and 4mm bicones. I am mad about purple everything (clothing, purses, jewelry,etc. I even have dark purple hair!), and I adore purple iridescent or opalescent finishes.

  51. If I won the lottery I’d buy a ton of Swarovski crystals! My first love is 3mm bicones, especially those with AB and 2xAB finishes. A close second are the rivolis.

  52. I absolutely LOVE purple everything (my hair is even a dark purple!), and I totally love 3mm and 4mm crystal bicones in purple hues, especially opalescent and iridescent; they are my unquestionable favorites!

  53. DOH!!! I meant to say … I LOVE this bracelet!! πŸ˜› And I do love this website/blog! I learn a lot from this site and enjoy learning to make new jewelry pieces! πŸ˜€ Thanks!!

  54. Crystals, shiny crystals are all my favorite. But in particular, I love the faceted rounds the most, any size, any color, just love the way they feel and look in my creations. πŸ™‚

  55. My favorite Swarovski’s to work with are 4 mm bicones.They add just the right amount of sparkle without overwhelming the project. I also adore their crystal pearls and the fancy shapes make wonderful focals.

  56. My favorite crystals are 3mm and 4mm bicones. I incorporate them into my bead embroidered barrettes and hair pieces to make them sparkle, as well as necklaces, bracelets and Christmas ornaments. You just can’t go wrong with Swarovski for a bit of bling!

  57. I gotta go with bicone beads as well because they have so many uses, but unfortunately they’re often outside my price range or locally unavailable. Would love to have a pack to do done new designs with or add beads to new crocheted pieces!

  58. I’m new to creative beading and find all the zillions of beautiful beads and pearls breathtaking. Currently I am particularly found of bicones and crystal pearls. I have combined them in ways I never thought possible and have been getting rave reviews. I use to do a lot of bead embroidery in my costume designing, but my new love is creating jewelry, in some cases to go with specific costumes! Love it!

  59. I personally love all sizes and colors of bicones. It’s eye candy to the max! It’s like having diamonds of all colors to play with. I would love to win your mystery pack of bicones!! my favorite color though… if there is one? Would be dark pink. I never win to often at anything but I’m sure hoping I win this time. But if not.. I’m still a winner because I get to go to the Beading daily site when ever I wish. Good luck all.

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