Wire Wrapping Video Tutorial and Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Inspirations

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Swarovski Crystal 4439 Square Beads Wire Wrapped Earrings in Crystal Lilac Shadow

Today I wanted to celebrate one of the oldest jewelry making techniques in history – wire wrapping!

Wire wrapping is a skillful art form, or craft used in creating beautiful handmade jewelry.

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Swarovski Crystal 6090 Baroque Pendant Wire Wrapped Earrings in Crystal Silver Night

I like the, shall I say the “simplicity” or “effortlessness” the wire wrapping look gives to jewelry. I don’t mean to say the process is simple or effortless because there can be many complexities in wire wrapping. But because there is no soldering or heating of the wire, the end design gives a whimsical and natural look that I love.

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Swarovski Crystal Beaded and Wire Wrapped Earrings

Examples of wire wrapping and beading techniques date back thousands of years ago from the Sumerian Dynasty and Ancient Rome. In this day-in-age where the DIY market has exploded in popularity, wire wrapped jewelry is a wonderful technique that can be learned and all kinds of people can create beautiful and unique designs for themselves and as gifts.

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Wire Wrapped Earrings Featuring Swarovski Crystal 5000 Round Beads in Dark Sapphire 

People love to harness their desire and create something new and unique themselves. There’s a deep satisfaction that comes from learning, doing and creating something beautiful and that’s why I wanted to celebrate wire wrapping as a fabulous way to add your own special touch to a unique piece of jewelry.

Watch this Basic Wire Wrapping video Tutorial with Swarovski Crystal and Beadalon

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial and have been inspired by these beautiful handmade pieces of jewelry, wrapped in wire – of course!

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A Spectacularly Rock’n Trend!

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Fashionably edgy jewelry is all about the three S’s – Studs, Spikes and Skulls!People are embracing their inner rebel and incorporating a bohemian style into their look by bringing a startling edge to classic designs.

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Designed for the original style rebel, the edgy and darkly glam Skull Bead features an innovative and high-precision multi-layered cut to create its delicate features.

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The Skull Bead is available in dramatic and mysterious Blue and Black shades, to name a few, ​that can be mixed with natural materials for an authentic tribal look.

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Its top-down hole makes it so versatile—perfect for beading, but also great for applying with​ pins as a charm. Use as a single eye-catching centerpiece, or combine small and large skulls to turn heads!

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Skull Bead Necklace Free Design and Instructions

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Learn how easy it is to create brilliant designs by applying Swarovski Rivets, Jeans Buttons, Snaps Fasteners, and Rose Pins to a variety of materials. This is a fabulous way to add a touch of sparkle to your favorite fashion apparel and accessories.

(Please contact me for details on any style you don’t see listed on the website.)

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Crystal Applicator Hand Tool Video Tutorial and Instructions!

Everyone loves to shine, so don’t forget about your furry friends too! This is a great tool to beautify your dog or cat’s collar, leash or apparel.

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Stunning Hi-Glam Swarovski Crystal Riveted Bracelet Design Inspiration!

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Swarovski Necklace Design and Instructions

“Rock’n Roll Pearls”

Featuring 5540 Artemis BeadSwarovski Pearls and Cupchain Findings.

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Fashionable Mixed Metal Accessories

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A very stylish genre this 2014 fall season is to mix metals! Go ahead and break all the traditional rules – unite both gold, rose gold and silver tones together to maximize the season’s top trends as well as your personal style!

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Spice up your fashions with layers of bangles or chunky necklaces of mixed metal tones, textures and finishes for a versatile style that expresses a sophisticated and fashionably edgy look.

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This gorgeous and complex necklace design is using Swarovski Xilion Bicone Beads in Crystal and Crystal Silver Shade mixed with Swarovski Pearls in Light Grey and Copper with the stunning 6680 Cosmic Pendant accentuated with a 3700 Marguerite Beads in Crystal AB.

This fashionable necklace features a combination of metals, Swarovski crystals and pearls for a complex design that is uniquely stylish and on-point with the mixed metal theme.

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These Swarovski crystal earrings shine with a glamorously chic style, uniting the darker tones of gun metal and the brighter quality of gold accents and tassels.

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Have fun designing and expressing your unique style with eye-catching jewelry that plays with mixed plating’s!

Chic Fall and Winter 2014-2015 Fashion Accessory Trends!

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 There is an extensive diversity of accessory styles and trends this upcoming fall and winter, which is wonderful news for both designers and admirers alike. The general theme is heavily influenced by creativity and resourcefulness. This is fabulous because it gives us the freedom and flexibility to create and/or wear the styles that we are most drawn to and they will be compatible with many different looks.

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The number one overall predominant accessory style trend this fall and winter is massive, over-sized jewelry. Embrace this opportunity because it’s a perfect time to let your imagination run wild and to dream big!

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Swarovski Statement Necklaces Featuring 6670 De-Art Pendants and Crystalactite Pendants

This season the saying “the bigger the better” will ring especially true. No piece of jewelry will be too big or outlandish this season, so go on and adorn yourself with sizable sparkling accents from statement necklaces to bracelets and earrings.

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Chic Floral necklaces trend

Creative interpretations of necklace designs include the extra large and fantastically chic floral neckline. Imaginative and innovative floral designs can be combined with unique shapes for an impressive look.

Embellished Gloves Fall and Winter Trend

For an ultra posh look, lavishly ornamented gloves and purses will be in vogue this upcoming season.

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Embellish your own handbag or purse using Swarovski Sew-On Stones

The creative options are endless and this season allows you to think outside of the box and put your ingenuity to work.

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Beautifully embellished scarf using 2078 and 2088 Swarovski Flatbacks

I already envision myself embellishing scarves and Pashminas for an extra touch of glam. Wait a minute… I may be on to something… these would make perfect holiday gifts for my lovely friends and family! Everyone I know loves receiving something specially made just for them and this would be an easy, stylish accent I know they would wear and appreciate. I’ll have to get creative and think about the designs more. Once I make them I will post them for you to see!

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I hope these stylish trends spark your creative juices and stayed tuned for more fashionable Fall/Winter trends to come!

Stunning Metallic Effects and High-Sheen Jewelry Trends

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A very popular theme or trend this year in the fashion and jewelry industry has been the high-shine, standout appeal of Metallic’s. People are instantly drawn to the striking effects of gold, silver and copper tones and are wearing them in everything from clothing to shoes to purses and especially jewelry accessories such as this Crystal Metallic Light Gold heart ring made from “Crystal Rocks”.

Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Green Earrings

Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Green Pearl and Crystal Earrings Featuring the 5053 Mini Square Bead

The Swarovski Metallic Effects are the perfect dramatic coating that bring a provocative edge to the opulent shine of crystals. Shining out from the extensive Swarovski color assortment is the Crystal Iridescent Green, which was the first dual-tone Metallic Effect created.

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Swarovski Jewelry Highlighting Xilion Bicone Beads in Crystal Metallic Blue 2X and the 6100 Teardrop Pendant in Crystal Bermuda Blue.

Swarovski has created a few exceptionally unique Effects along with the complimentary 2X Coating. Generally the Effect is a two-toned look and the 2X counterpart is the fully coated brighter version. Completing this sensational Metallic trend for high-sheen designs are the following Effects. The Crystal Metallic Blue 2X is a bright and vibrant blue that dazzles.

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The Crystal Metallic Light Gold provides a solid gold  look on half of the bead and a dark grayish Black Diamond look on the other side, and the Crystal Metallic Light Gold 2X for a fully coated Light Gold Metallic shine like these Xilion Bicone Beaded earrings. This is similar to Crystal Dorado and Crystal Dorado 2X which has a little more copper influence. These Metallic finishes are both slightly darker than the bright 24K gold plated Crystal Aurum 2X.

Crystal CAL Silver Jewelry Swarovski Crystal

The Crystal CAL which stands for Crystal Comet Argent Light and the fully coated version the CAL 2X which is the closest color to a bright sterling silver look. Crystal CAL is a bead where half is clear crystal and the other half is a solid silver finish and the CAL 2X is a fully solid silver toned mirrored look. These earrings are made with the Swarovski 4139 Round Ring Bead in Crystal CAL with silver accents.

Swarovski Jet Hematite 2X Ring

The Jet Hematite and Jet Hematite 2X are extremely popular. They always have been and I suspect they always will be. Everyone loves black, it’s as simple as that. It will always be in style and compliments virtually everything. This stunning Hematite effect adds a sophisticated glamour to the regular color Jet. Create designs with this extraordinary Effect along with the two-toned Crystal Silver Night, which both provide a dramatic focus of fascination.

Have fun creating  stunning Swarovski jewelry with on trend Metallic Effects!

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2014 Fall and Winter Color Trends ~ Focusing on 5 Fashionable Hues

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This upcoming fall and winter color trends awaken an assortment of vintage influences from the past and infuses them into the present. Designers are fascinated with the exquisite beauty of the past and the spirit of the present.

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A ultramodern color featured this fall and winter season is Aluminum, which is described as a futuristic stainless steel shade that functions as a comprehensive neutral tone. This light grey, almost platinum shade pairs very well with virtually all of the top fashionable colors this upcoming season.

The excellent Aluminum color is expressed in the following SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal CAL, and Crystal CAL 2X, which blend well with Crystal Satin, Black Diamond, and Light Grey Opal and Crystal Silver Night. The Swarovski Pearls include Light Grey, Grey, and Platinum.

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The brown and green hues that we are used to seeing during the fall and winter months are expressed this year in the brown Pantone color called Cognac and the green color called Cypress.

The Cognac is a chic and sophisticated brown with a lavish quality.  This plush brown tone is expressed in the following SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: Crystal Bronze Shade, Smoked Topaz, Smoked Topaz SatinColorado Topaz, Light Colorado Topaz Satin,and  Light Smoked Topaz Satin that blend harmoniously with the Crystal Golden Shadow, Light Colorado Topaz and Light Smoked Topaz Champagne. The Swarovski Pearls include Brown, Deep Brown, Bronze and a lighter version with Powdered Almond.

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The Cypress green tone is stately and robust. There are many gorgeous green shades expressed in the following SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: Olivine, Olivine Satin, Emerald, Emerald Satin, Dark Moss Green, Green Turmaline AB and Turmaline AB. Comparable Swarovski Pearls include Light GreenDark Green, and Iridescent Green.

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The top red tones expressed this fall and winter season are Sangria and Aurora Red.

Sangria is lively almost fuchsia red that evokes a stylish adventurous quality, full of charisma. This magnetic color is expressed in the following SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: Fuchsia, Fuchsia Satin, Ruby and Ruby Satin.

The Aurora Red is a dynamic and sophisticated red that is expressed the following SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: Light SiamLight Siam Satin, Dark Red Coral and the Red Coral Pearl.

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Enjoy designing new and exciting fall fashions!