5 Free Crystal Bead Projects : Create Jewelry with Crystals

Feb 18, 2011

I am one lucky ducky; I've never wanted to change my name. No, not even once. (Okay, maybe once, when I was seven and couldn't find a cute little wall plaque at the store with my name on it. They always spelled it wrong!) Thanks, Mom. That said, my lifelong love for my namesake crystals has me adding them to anything and everything I can. I use all types of crystals and love hanging them from my rearview mirror as well as from my neck, wrists, and earlobes, which keeps me constantly surrounded by those lovely crystal bead beauties. It also helps being one of 37 worldwide Swarovski Ambassadors. Swarovski beads keep feeding my need to create crystal bead jewelry!  

From this love of crystals came my love for crystal jewelry designs, thus the eBook of 5 crystal bead projects was born. From Swarovski beads to fire polished rounds, I love how each designer has captured the essence of this dazzling type of rock. Crystal beads plus other unique elements combine for a set of designs that I cannot wait to get my hands on. I hate to bling and run, but I simply must dive into these crystal bead projects, I hope you do too!

So, what could be better than combining our loves, crystals, stringing, and bead stitching? Nibbling chocolate while making these projects-utter Utopia! Handpicked for their variety and glitz, these beauties are sure to please over-the-top fellow blingsters, as well as those who want just a touch of the sparkle. I find no matter my budget or occasion, a bit of bling always makes me smile, and nothing says fashion forward better than some twinkle in your crystal jewelry.

Crystal Edge Bracelet

Crystal Edge Bracelet
Crystal Bracelet Pattern

Top-drilled bicones are fun to work with and give your piece an interesting dimension! Once I started using top drilled bicones in my jewelry creations, I was hooked! This project whispers in my ear, "skip the laundry, who cares about the dirty dishes in the sink, make me NOW."

Crystal Bracelet with Heart

Bracelet with Heart
Crystal Bracelet Pattern

This heart-felt bracelet is perfect for any age from tween to grandmamma, they'd all love wearing this beautiful accessory, and the heart toggle is the icing on the cake (or on the crystal bracelet in this case). I have a heart collection and this one won't be missing from it much longer!

Romantic Ruffle
Crystal Bracelet Pattern

I love how Kelli mixed the Swarovski crystals and pearls together to give this bracelet an extra touch of glam. I might try a combination of colors (like 3 different blue-colored crystals) as a color variation on this project.

Montée Magic
Crystal Bracelet Pattern

This bracelet would be perfect to use up your bicone crystal bead stash. You could also substitute 6mm pearls for the 6mm bicones for added texture and variety. You could also glue on some flat back crystals onto the lobster clasp for additional bling!

Free Crystal Projects eBook

Totally Tubular
Crystal Bracelet Pattern

Yours truly created this crystal-rich necklace featuring my own Sassy Silkies, handcrafted silk beads and a removable clasp attaching the focal piece to the necklace. I filled plastic tubing with crystals. A walk down the plumbing aisle in your local hardware store, or pet stores provide you with this simple tubing.

Be sure to make two of each project, one for yourself and one for your BFF. You know she'll take these bracelets right off your wrist! I hate to bling and run, but I simply must dive into these projects, I hope you do, too. Enjoy!

 

Creatively,

 

 

The best is yet to bead!

Free Crystal Projects eBook


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MarieG10 wrote
on Feb 18, 2011 7:20 AM

Kristal,

I really enjoy your posts.  Your personality really shines through your writing.  Thanks so much for sharing the patterns.  I LOVE the heart clasp.  Can't wait to try it.

CryssT wrote
on Feb 18, 2011 4:21 PM

Kristal,

I have at both of us.  I was born in the 50's so when plates with our name came out in the mid 70's, it was not spelled correctly for me.  I didn't find them until the mid 80's.  I have seen them with your spelling.  Thanks for the patterns

[the other, older] Crystal

Kristal Wick wrote
on Feb 21, 2011 8:21 AM

Thanks you guys!

I love hearing your feedback.

Here's a question from one of our beady peeps:

Q: I love your  totally tubular necklace in the latest Beading Daily free booklet -but where did you find the 13x6 pressed glass disks?! I have been hunting high & low for them and have had absolutely no luck. Any help would be appreciated!

A: I originally got these Czech glass beads from Rings & Things a few years ago. These are the closest beads they currently have in stock:

shop.rings-things.com/.../viewPrd.asp

You could also use 8mm crystal bicones to fit into the ends of the tubes as well. That would be a nice effect!

Have fun!

Kristal

VickyWinn wrote
on Mar 7, 2011 5:32 PM

I love the bracelet with heart.  However, did anyone else have trouble with getting the clasp to come out right? I have started over twice and neither time did it work - I'm wondering of something was missing in the instructions or am I just overlooking something?  The instructions on how to join the first unit to the last unit are not entirely clear to me, but no matter how I do it, it doesn't come out right.  Any help you can give me would be appreciated!!