A Useful & Sparkling DIY Customized Gift Inspiration!

When dreams come true, it’s fun to celebrate with sparkles & smiles!

Recently my friend graduated culinary school and she now has the wonderful opportunity to take her skills to the gorgeous wonders of Spain! She’ll be living there for a few months, training under a 5 star chef. With incredible hard work and determination, her dreams are really and truly, coming to fruition. I couldn’t be happier for her!

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She threw a fabulous tapas themed fiesta to celebrate and I wanted to give her something fun, special and sparkly (of course) to commemorate her BIG accomplishment! Here’s what I made her….

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A customized sparkling apron featuring Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Flatbacks!

I found a colorful apron from World Market. I just swoon over everything in that darn store, so I had to go in with a mission and not stray, because if I did, I would have been tempted to take home one of everything. Mission successfully completed!

I imagine aprons can take a beating with all that is going on in the kitchen and I wanted to be sure the Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks would stay secure and last a very long time. In order to do this, I glued each crystal using E6000 glue.

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I used the Swarovski Crystal 2088-12ss (~3mm) Clear Crystal Flatbacks

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I also used my handy-dandy Flatback Rhinestone tool, the Crystal Katana! This helps to pick up the stones, place them exactly where I want them and secure them in place. I couldn’t do this project with out it! That’s GOLD Jerry… GOLD! (haha…if you’re a long-time Seinfeld fan like myself, you’ll appreciate that reference 😉

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I arranged the Swarovski Crystals in little flower formations, with different quantities in each floret, randomly on the belt of the apron. I wanted to compliment the flower pattern on the apron, as well as accentuating hints of sparkle.

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It’s simple and sweet, and complimented her style beautifully!

Thankfully, she Loved it! She put it on and wore it around, showing all her friends, which warmed my heart & was very sweet of her!

If you’re thinking of a little gift for someone in your life, keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be much, but it’s always much more appreciated when you add a personal touch. When you put a little extra time and effort into making something handmade from your heart, it demonstrates how much you care, which is touching in and of itself.

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“Hacked Nature” Spring and Summer Jewelry, Color and Design Trends!

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HACKED NATURE

“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

Spring and Summer Jewelry, Color and Design Trends with Swarovski Crystals

Today we explore the New Spring and Summer trends for your jewelry designs and see what color combinations will be gaining in popularity, to keep you in the know!

With the advancement of technology spreading around the world and moving at an ever increasing speed, it is as much a part of our daily lives as the air we breath. As our perception continues to expand due to technological advancements, we are collectively broadening our horizons into what is possible.

Virtual Reality especially, will continue to impact our experiences, blending the real with the fantastic in order to hyper-stimulate our senses.

At the HEART of all design, lies a thriving value for sustainability.

Technology forges on, and advancement does not cease.

The natural progression of design has been moving towards a joining of these two ostensibly polar opposites.

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TREND INFLUENCES for the HACKED NATURE Spring/Summer Color Combinations

HYPER-REAL TREND

Overstated & garnished surfaces with innovative materials will showcase their plenty. Embrace ENLIVENING COLORS for your Spring and Summer looks, with Funked-Up Tropical Fashions and Hyper-Natural Swarovski Crystal colors.

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PHYGITAL TREND

In this new era of hyper-realism, unique design ideas are being born out of the merging of two worlds, the Physical + Digital into “Phygital” where grandiose imaginings of what could be, become realized when tech scientists become designers and designers become tech scientists. This crossover is creating trans-natural products that captivate and inspire.

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SENSORY TREND

As our senses become heightened with the desire for ultra influence, designers are trying more than ever to alter people’s realities, minds and emotions through audacious shapes, colors and constructions. This daring approach in designing unique and influential jewelry designs, hopes to touch wearer’s and admirers inner idealism, just as much as their outer reality.

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STIMULATION TREND

The paramount ideal for this new age of jewelry and fashion design, embraces a core value of exaggerated surfaces created with bold, bright, synthetic colors and clustered crystals to invoke emotional responses to your products.

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BOLD TREND

More and more, we are collectively seeking to experience bold impressions in our everyday life and jewelry designs can fulfill this desire, as well as bring generate a surplus of emotionally compelling indulgences.

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Lively, effervescent colors highlighted in this “Hacked Nature” trend express vivacious qualities to dazzle the senses.

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New trend colors to incorporate into your innovative Spring and Summer jewelry creations include the following Swarovski Crystal Lacquer Effects:

The Swarovski Crystal Yellow Opal is a vivid and cheerful yellow hue mixed with a milky, opaque influence that is perfect for making a euphoric and optimistic statement.

The Swarovski Crystal Light Coral Lacquer Effect expresses an exclusive blend of orange influences including carroty oranges, tangerines, and coral hues that is slightly opaque with a cultured modishness.

The Swarovski Crystal Peony Pink Lacquer Effect exudes a royal and graceful quality, incorporating a beautiful ruby, berry blend of imperial extravagance, perfect for lavish designs.

The Swarovski Crystal Summer Blue Lacquer Effect radiates soft sparkling sea blue tones with hints of lighter and darker sapphire styles of blues to captivate your imagination.

The intriguing jade hues in Swarovski’s Crystal Mint Green Lacquer Effect, gently shines with an effortless blend of sea green and opal tones for a modern take on your classic pastel green.

The greenish-blue blending exuding from the Swarovski Crystal Azure Blue Lacquer Effect fills our imagination of travel and sea life. Deep blue tones similar to those found in Greece, playfully mingle with dashes of Zircon greens for a matchless stunning elegance.

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Swarovski’s Yellow Opal is similar to the PANTONE Color 12-0752 TPX

Swarovski’s Crystal Light Coral is similar to the PANTONE Color 16-1451 TPX

Swarovski’s Crystal Peony Pink is similar to the PANTONE Color 18-2336 TPX

Swarovski’s Crystal Summer Blue is similar to the PANTONE Color 16-4134 TPX

Swarovski’s Crystal Mint Green is similar to the PANTONE Color 14-5413 TPX

Swarovski’s Crystal Azure Blue is similar to the PANTONE Color 17-4735 TPX

Jewelry Design Directions

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“My focus on this piece was to make something for the upper body/neck/shoulder, playing with an exaggerated floral surface and replacing the randomness of nature with the use of both color and shape intertwined, the “hacking” is represented by the manipulation of the base metal, as brass is manipulated into 3D forms” – Andy Farrow Jewelry Designer

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With our world becoming increasingly digital, we find ourselves craving a balancing effect, one that increases a deeper connection to our natural world.

Millennials and Gen Z value sustainability as a crucial element in their products and will have an impact on their purchasing decisions. Therefor as beaders and jewelry designers, it’s very important to bring to life the back story of your pieces in order to gain a real connection with what people are drawn to physically and why they will support you morally. 

Swarovski supports this crucial element with their Four Main Principles:

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Create, Protect, Respect, and Care

Swarovski Crystals are not only stunning, there is a long history of valuing sustainability on every level, from social to environmental responsibility. Swarovski has a longstanding commitment to create products that are both innovative and environmentally conscientious. This appreciation and pioneering spirit distinguishes them apart from their competitors. For over 120 years Swarovski has placed great importance on respecting people and the planet, along with quality craftsmanship to bring the world gorgeous one-of-a-kind crystals that everyone can admire and respect.

Since Swarovski’s inception in 1895, Daniel Swarovski was unwavering in his idealism that business needs to assist communities in flourishing as well as conserving the natural resources we all need to thrive.

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An increase interest in fabric manipulation along with intense high-definition colors with super tactile surfaces such as this Swarovski Pearl blouse, create engineered organic surfaces are at the core for new fashion directions.

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Versatile Designs Trend  

Irregular patterns, smaller beads mixed with larger crystals, bright color combinations and tassels, create exotic, almost tropical influences.

I certainly hope these fashion and jewelry design trends have inspired you to move forward in innovating fresh creations for your Spring and Summer days ahead!

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Free Crystal “Summer Blue”Necklace Design & Instructions

Free Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design and Instructions

Free Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design and Instructions

Create this look: high-tech meets Modernist

This new Swarovski Crystal Necklace design inspiration has very unique embellishments, Crystals on top of Crystals; now that’s a unique concept! This pendant necklace fuses new Shiny LacquerPRO Fancy Stones onto the Square Fancy Stones, creating a design that fuses nature-tech hues with a futuristic glam.

Asymmetric and graphic, Summer Blue will give an artistic edge to any outfit, whether you’re dressed up or dressed down.

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SWAROVSKI Crystals Used in this Free Jewelry Design Project

Article Product Group Article No. Amount Size Color Color Code Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4139 2pcs. 14mm Crystal 001 Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4320 1pc. 14x10mm Azure Blue 001 L112S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4320 1pc. 14x10mm Peony Pink 001 L113S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4320 1pc. 14x10mm Summer Blue 001 L114S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4439 6pcs. 14mm Crystal 001 Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4439 5pcs. 20mm Crystal 001 Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4470 1pc. 10mm Azure Blue 001 L112S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4470 2pcs. 10mm Light Coral 001 L116S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4470 2pcs. 10mm Mint Green 001 L115S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4470 2pcs. 10mm Peony Pink 001 L113S Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal 4470 1pc. 10mm Summer Blue 001 L114S

Supplies and Tools

Supplies

Chain, silver, 80cm

2x Jump rings, silver, 4mm

1x Jump ring, silver, 6mm

1x Jump ring, silver, 8mm

1x Lobster clasp, silver

UV Glue

Tools

Flat nose pliers

Side cutter

Toothpick

UV glue lamp

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STEP 1: Arrange Swarovski Fancy Stones art.4320 and 4470 with back side up as shown. Apply the UV glue onto the Swarovski Fancy Stone art.4439 and place it on top of the arranged Fancy Stones. Activate glue with a UV light to fix them firmly. Repeat this step 6 more times as shown in our illustrations with this step.

STEP 2: Glue and attach all the pieces together using the UV glue and light.

STEP 3: Cut an 80cm long chain. Attach it to the piece prepared in the previous steps using an 8mm jump ring as shown. Attach one end of the chain to a lobster clasp using a 4mm jump ring and attach the other end of the chain to a 6mm jump ring with a 4mm jump rings.

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Watch This Informative Video to See the New Swarovski Crystals Up Close & Personal!

Watch this informative video on the New Swarovski Crystal

Spring/Summer 2018 Innovations!

Beaders, Jewelry Designers and DIY Enthusiasts ~

Enhance your Spring and Summer jewelry designs using these GORGEOUS New Colors and Styles! Here are the highlights and most popular items from this launch.

You will not be disappointed with this elegant and classic shape from Swarovski! The new 5058 Crystal Baroque Bead is really quite exceptional, featuring an intricate contour with graceful rounding edges and a variety of sparkling facets.

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Incorporating this exquisite crystal bead into your beaded designs, will bring depth and style to your jewelry. With two size options, you can string them into interesting beading flows in necklaces and bracelets, or use them as a pendant focal point. They also make beautiful earrings by simply threading a headpin through the vertical hole, or wire wrapping the ends. Let your inspiration be you guide! 

The New Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Light Blue Pearls bring you more design and color combinations to choose from with their two-toned hues.

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This new Swarovski Pearl Coating features a flawless combination of Light Sapphire and Aquamarine Blues in the center, mixed with a soft Violet on the outside.

Merging these two popular colors together provides you with perfect spring and summer styles that are soft and dreamy.

The New Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Dark Blue Pearls offers you a truly unique style for your fashionable designs.

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This new Swarovski Pearl Effect presents an exquisite blend of deep Sapphire Blue in the center combined with a Tanzanite type of purple on the outside.

The bold and vibrant tones of this pearl offers you refreshing color combinations utilizing these two extremely popular colors for your new designs.

It’s always nice to bring NEW PERSPECTIVES to your jewelry making!

Thanks to Swarovski’s new innovations, you have more creative options at your fingertips! Now go out there, get your creativity flowing & above all, Have FUN!

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We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
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See the Stunning NEW Swarovski Crystal Spring/Summer 2018 Innovations!

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New Swarovski Crystal Spring/Summer 2018 Innovations

NEW PERSPECTIVES

It’s quite an exciting day for all you Swarovski Crystal Lovers, the New Spring/Summer 2018 Innovations are revealed! I hope you love them as much as I do and I hope they get your creative juices flowing to make gorgeous new jewelry for the warmer Spring and Summer days ahead!

This is not everything! Please stay tuned for more innovations, as we are quickly adding these beautiful new Swarovski styles to the website along with more fashion and trend information to come!

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New Swarovski Crystal 5058 Baroque Bead

The 5058 Baroque Bead is Swarovski’s newest bead innovation from the Spring/Summer 2018 Crystal Launch and is available in the 10mm & 14mm. This Elegant and timeless bead style is a flat pear shape with a multi-curved outer contour that displays a detailed faceting structure, which increases its brilliance and shine. This vintage design pays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing.

DESIGN FEATURES

Very Flat and light in weight, which adds a beautiful design element to your jewelry pieces with little extra weight to your finished product.

The Baroque  Crystal Beads are available in a variety of popular Colors and Effects for versatile design applications.

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Design possibilities include creating interesting bead string flows (back on back, tip on tip, etc) providing you with graceful patterns that flow and blend nicely together.

This vintage baroque shape is ideal for creating romantic designs  and perfectly compliments the Baroque Fancy Stones and Pendants. These can also be sewn on to fabric or textile surfaces in radiant floral designs.

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New Swarovski Crystal Pearl Colors and Flatback Styles

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New 5810 Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Light Blue Pearl

The Crystal Iridescent Light Blue is the newest color innovation from Swarovski’s Spring Summer 2018 launch. The Iridescent Effect continues to be very popular in the fashion and jewelry industry, providing a complex coloring structure that blends beautifully with various Crystal colors and effects, helping you to create dynamic looks for all kinds of designs.

DESIGN FEATURES

Iridescent look – Iridescent Light Blue has been created by smoothly blending two colors: light blue in the center and light violet on the outside.

Extension of the successful crystal iridescent pearl effect line, helping to facilitate additional designs with added color options.

The silky matte effect creates an interesting look, the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time

The Swarovski Crystal Pearls are extremely durable with the highest quality standard and appearance (smooth and plane surfaces due to unique coloring process). The hole size is always consistent, the pearlescent coating is perfume, UV, and sweat resistant.

DESIGN POSSIBILITIES

The Crystal Iridescent Light Blue compliments the New Crystal Shiny LacquerPRO effect in Crystal Summer Blue.

This lovely new effect is ideal for creating romantic and modern looks.

Blue hues are one of the most widely popular colors available and this new Iridescent Blue tone is a classic and timeless shade that is suitable for all seasons.

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New 5810 Swarovski Crystal Iridescent Dark Blue Pearl

The Crystal Iridescent Dark Blue has been created by smoothly blending sapphire blue in the center and purple on the outside.

DESIGN FEATURES

The silky matte effect creates an interesting look, the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time.

Swarovski Pearls are made with a Crystal Core, giving them weight.

The Swarovski Crystal Pearls are extremely durable with the highest quality standard and appearance (smooth and plane surfaces due to unique coloring process). The hole size is always consistent, the pearlescent coating is perfume, UV, and sweat resistant.

DESIGN POSSIBILITIES

Iridescent Dark Blue Pearl complements the Royal Blue.

Crystal Pearls are developed primarily for use on jewelry and accessories. They perfectly complement other Swarovski crystals, such as Crystal Beads and Pendants. A range of further creative application techniques can be used in addition to sewing, such as knitting, crocheting, beading, threading, weaving, knotting, and wire working.

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New 2856 Swarovski Crystal Skull Flatback Rhinestones

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New Swarovski Crystal 3211 Lemon Sew-On Stone

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New Swarovski Crystal Flatbacks and Unique Styles by Designed by Chris Bangle

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New Swarovski Crystal 6763 Pave Drop Pendants

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New 2400 Swarovski Crystal Square Flatback Rhinestone

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New 2402 Swarovski Crystal Base Flatback Rhinestone

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New 2403 Swarovski Crystal Pyramid Flatback Rhinestone

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The Chris Bangle Designer Edition, featuring the new Tilted Chaton, Tilted Spike and Tilted Dice Fancy Stones, can be used as a pendant centerpiece for rings or earrings, or as part of an elaborate futuristic textile design.

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New Swarovski Crystal 4928 Tilted Chaton Fancy Stone Chris Bangle Designer Edition

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New Swarovski Crystal 492 Tilted Spike Fancy Stone Chris Bangle Designer Edition

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New Swarovski Crystal 4933 Tilted Dice Fancy Stone Chris Bangle Designer Edition

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Crystallized surface fabrics add opulence and dimension to lightweight textiles, while drama is added through fairy-tale-inspired jewelry pieces.

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New Swarovski Crystal 4142 Baroque Mirror Fancy Stone and Setting

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New Swarovski Crystal Shiny Lacquer Effects

As we seek intense sensory experiences due to the collide of the virtual and offline world, the new range of Shiny LacquerPRO effects updates classic summer tones with a hyper-real edge for summer styles with bold expression.

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New Swarovski Crystal Azure Blue Shiny Lacquer Effect

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New Swarovski Crystal Light Coral Shiny Lacquer Effect

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New Swarovski Crystal Mint Green Shiny Lacquer Effect

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New Swarovski Crystal Peony Pink Shiny Lacquer Effect

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New Swarovski Crystal Summer Blue Shiny Lacquer Effect

I Look forward to providing you with much more information to come on fashionable Jewelry styles, colors, and trends!

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We can order anything Swarovski makes within the components division – even if it’s not listed on our website rainbowsoflight.com. Please contact us for anything you’re interested in, as we are ALWAYS happy to help!
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2 DIY Tips You Need to Know When Embellishing Your Winter Hat with Swarovski Crystals!

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Free DIY Design on Embellishing Your Winter Hat with Swarovski Crystals 

For those of you enjoy winter outdoor adventures, this cozy Après Ski hat DIY design inspiration is chic as well as warm. Simply glue or sew Swarovski Crystal Pearls and Flat Back Hotfix Rhinestones around the turn-up, and you’ll sparkle on the slopes!

It doesn’t matter whether you ski (or snowboard) like an Olympian, flop around like a snow bunny, or stick strictly to “meet me by the fire” for fun social encounters, you’ll still need to defrost with cozy knits that are chic and practical.

Winter pom-pom hats are very popular these days to keep your head warm and cozy. It’s a whole lot more fun to wear things that have your own personalized style infused in them. Put your fashion stamp on your winter hat by sprinkling it with Swarovski Crystals to stand out from the crowd.

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This DIY fashion design is easy as pie to make…easier than making pie, really. Swarovski makes Flatback Crystals that have glue that has been pre-applied to the back for easy application. These Flatback Crystals are called Hot Fix Stones. Simply create a design by placing the Hot Fix Crystals where you want them and apply your heated Bejeweler Pro Hot Fix Tool directly on top of the stones for a minute. Simple as that!

2 Handy Application Tips: 

1. Don’t Get Stuck Doing This – Place a piece of cardboard underneath the the portion of the fabric where the Crystals will be glued to. This way you don’t glue both sides of the hat together 🙂

2.  Don’t Ruin Your Fabric – The Bejewler Pro Hot Fix Tool has different interchangeable size tips for the various size Flatbacks. Use a one size smaller tip than the Flatback Stone itself, this way you won’t burn the edges of your fabric. (you probably won’t burn the fabric, but I always like to let people know about this encase they are using the Bejewler Pro Hot Fix tool on nice or sensitive fabric such as a wedding dress).

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Click here to find all of the Round Swarovski Crystal Flatback Hot Fix Colors.

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Click here to discover the extensive variety of Swarovski Crystal Flatback shapes

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Click here to see a full Color Chart of Hot Fix Stones

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Click here for a handy-dandy Stone Size Chart

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How One Creative Christmas Became a Celebration in Giving!

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Aaaahhh Christmas, how I love thee! You bring joy, cheer and magic into our lives. You warm our hearts and inspire us to give. You remind us that it truly does feel better to give, than to receive and this year especially, I was touched by this enchanting feeling more deeply than ever.

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Kashi’s all smiles next to this homemade giving tree!

We’re lucky enough to be able to walk to the post office each day to ship the packages full of sparkles to all of our wonderful customers. While we were on our way back, we passed by a house in our neighborhood who had created a giving tree. This absolutely warmed my heart! What a fabulous idea! There were hats, gloves, treats and knick-knacks hanging from the tree and more goodies in the box below. “The Giving Tree” was my favorite book growing up and I instantly felt like a kid again!

As we walked home, my heart was full and I was inspired to give more this year!

I thought about what I could do to bring a smile to someones face and infuse a little more joy into their hearts… and then it hit me…

I could give the gift of SPARKLES – SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS OF COURSE!

I actually make and give Swarovski Crystal jewelry and sun catchers beaded to hang in windows every year to friends and family, so I thought, how can I get a little more creative this year?

How about, instead of me making the crystals for my friends (who lived in town), what if we all got together and had a Crystal Creating Celebration?! (P.S. If you mention Crystals and Celebration in the same sentence, you’ve got a winner & people will flock!)

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to do this with your friends. This is a fun and unique idea to celebrate any occasion, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Promotions, Graduations, New Homes, Thank You/Appreciations, and/or just because you want to spend time with the ones you care about!

Needless to say…we had a ball!

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It can certainly get very busy around this time of year and spending time with the ones you care about (and who care about you) well, there’s really nothing better!

So I gathered up a variety of Swarovski Crystal Beads, Pendants, Pearls, along with tools, and findings from Harmony’s little Crystal work shop ;-)…and away I flew!

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It’s a Christmas Crystal Creating Celebration! This amount of fun seems downright criminal!  🙂

I landed at one of my best girlfriends house and just look at all this Christmas cheer!

We set our Christmas Crystal Crafting table up…

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Cheerful holiday music on to fill our spirits   check-mark

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Let the creativity begin…

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With so many beautiful Swarovski sparkles, it’s hard to know where to begin!

I learned that this can actually be quite a daunting task for some people who don’t bead regularly. I suggested a couple of tactics;

Choose Your Favorite Styles

Look at every style you see and choose your absolute favorites. What jumps out to you? Grab it and set it aside to create a pile in front of your own work station. This way, you won’t be so overwhelmed and you can begin with your most beloved.

You may hear things like, they’re just to pretty, they’re ALL my favorite! I hear you ladies! I’m in the same boat! So if that’s the case, then…

Choose your Favorite Styles Within Similar Color Combinations

Think about who you are making your gift for, (or for yourself). Feel their personality, think about where they might want to hang it in their house and what colors would represent them and/or their home the best. Then choose colors that express their personality. This helps tremendously and it’s extra special to think about that person, hold them in your heart while you’re creating something for them that you know they will LOVE!

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Helpful Tip: Arrange Your Boxes of Crystal Beads and Pearls in Similar Color Combinations

I store my crafting supplies in these easy to use bins. I find it so helpful to easily move them from room to room (or house to house). Wherever I will be doing my projects for that time, whether it’s outside on a nice sunny day, on the couch watching a movie with my hubby or at my girlfriends house. Wherever I go, my Crystals go with me….do I have a problem?? Nah …we’ll call it passion…I’m just extremely passionate 🙂

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Making Swarovski Crystal Sun Catchers

The gorgeous rainbows created by a Swarovski Crystal is what inspired my parents to call our family business “Rainbows of Light” Hang your Swarovski Crystal Pendants or Prisms in the window or car and watch the Rainbows of Light dance about. One of my best girlfriends refers to that special time of day when the sun catches the crystal just right, she calls it “Rainbow Power Hour!”

It brightens her life and makes a sunny day even more special!

This warms my heart beyond measure, to know that every day she is uplifted. Some of my earliest memories is helping my parents make beaded Crystal Sun Catchers. As a family, we would sell these at arts and craft fairs. My absolute favorite memories would be to watch peoples eyes instantly Light Up from all the rainbows!

It’s pure joy and completely infectious!

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Here’s my Dad with his Dad at his Crystal booth. Those smiles say it all!

I wanted to shar with you the deep rooted history I have with all of this because this day with my girlfriends, making sun catchers and seeing their faces and hearts light up, brought back so many special memories for me. I felt as though everything was coming full circle. The loving spirit in which my parents started this business, it wasn’t just a business, it was a way of life for all of us. Our whole family nurtured it in different ways. It has been this magical source of energy, always growing, evolving and above all, continually giving. This was the powerful energy that was instantly renewed in me that day.

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As we continued to create, the hours flew by, filling the house and our hearts with laughter and friendship. Before we knew it, her hubby came home and brought a few friends home with him. One girl, who I met for the first time, saw our craft table and was naturally intrigued. We said, come join us! She said, no that’s OK I’ve never beaded before so I’ll just sit a watch you. Well… I told you it’s infectious, the crystals are just too magnetic because literally not 5 minutes passed before she said , wow this looks like so much fun, I would LOVE to try and make one! My heart leapt for joy (again)

Then I hear a hubby say “I wish we were having as much fun as you ladies are!” Can you say, music to my ears!

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A Newbie to Beading, and Now She’s a Lifer!

Here’s the Sun Catcher that she made and I always love to see how unique everyone’s creative is. I would have never thought to combine these colors together and it’s beautiful! She kept holding it in the light and each time her smile would grow. As her smile grew, my my heart grew!

She used various Swarovski Crystal Beads in Erinite, Emerald, Jet and Crystal Golden Shadow. The larger Crystals include the 5556 Galactic Beads in Crystal Golden Shadow and Crystal Copper. The 5650-16mm Cubist Bead, along with many 5810 6mm  and 8mm Swarovski Pearls in Brown and Bronze. She ended it very creatively by using the 3231-28mm two hole Oval Sew On Stone in Emerald attached to the 6620-40mm Avant Garde Pendant in Crystal Copper.

She showed her hubby and it was so cute to see how much he lit up too! (Yes, even the toughest of men can enjoy beautiful sparkles). I could hear them saying, WOW where should we hang it? It would look great in our kitchen window…or maybe in our dinning room with all the natural light. My girlfriends’ hubby chimes in and says, we have one hanging in our kitchen window and I love it because every morning I come down and see all the rainbows shining in the room and it’s a great way to start the day. I was actually shocked, I’ll reiterate…this was a GROWN MAN who loves football, grilling out and all kinds of manly things, saying this! I LOVED it!

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New Sparkling Swarovski Designs

A very popular home, jewelry and fashion trend is the color gray. They say, gray is the new black. This is a sun catcher another friend made with gray tones such as Swarovski  Crystal Silver Shade and Black Diamond crystals, along with Light Grey, Platinum and she threw in a few Brown Pearls for a little contrast. It turned out beautifully!

The larger stones include the Swarovski Crystal 5523-12mm Cosmic Beads, the 5590-10mm wing Bead, 5650-16mm Cubist Bead, 5328-4mm Xilion Bicone Beads and the large Crystal at the bottom is the 6680-40mm Cosmic Pendant in Crystal Silver Shade. I used a Clear Crystal Rhodium Head Pin to put through the hole at the top then looped it around to hold in place. This gave it a gorgeous finishing touch.

Swarovski Pearls are an excellent product to bring to your Crystal Creating Party because of so many reasons. They are beautiful, their pearlescent coating is extremely durable, they have a crystal center that gives them weight, there are a huge variety of color options and they are (whisper this next word) inexpensive! (SSSHHH, that’s our little secret. They’ll never know)

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Giving Truly is Receiving!

Here is the sun catcher that my friend made for her Mom. It was so long that the actual Prism at the bottom was cut off, but I’m sure you can imagine the beauty  🙂 Her Mom collects Swarovski Ornaments and she had so much fun giving it to her the next week she visited. Her Mom Absolutely LOVED it!

Here is one of the nicest thank you’s I’ve ever received…

“I just wanted you to know the joy you have spread. My mom pretty much peed her pants with the gift of sparkles. She keeps sending me texts to show how pretty it is throughout the day. Here’s a pic for you. Thank you again for this precious gift of time and generosity with these amazing crystals. You da best! Much Love!”

Doesn’t this just warm your heart!

When you give from your heart, people feel it and appreciate the time and energy you put into making something special just for them. It doesn’t have to be much, it just needs to come from your heart.

I didn’t want, or expect anything in return because I had already been given the gift of giving, but look at this beautiful platter that magically appeared on my doorstep the next day…

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How sweet is this?! She knows me too well, I just LOVE it so much!

I found a special place for it in my kitchen and now her gift is the one that brightens my day!

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The gift of genuine friendships, is certainly a gift that keeps on giving!

This Christmas I wanted to give gifts with a lasting nature. Gifts that warm your heart and remind us of special times. Gifts that keep on giving. In turn, I received some of the greatest gifts of all. The warm and delightful gift of giving.

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Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!
Harmony and Wonder Girl, Kashi