Winners of the “Bad Dreams” Bead & Button Show Swarovski Design Contest

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Passionate beaders from around the country flock to the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, where they discover numerous fun activities, take classes to learn new techniques, and be awestruck by stunning jewelry designs. Best of all, friends, colleagues and beading buddies can make the most of each other’s company while enjoying some of their favorite things in life…..Beads!

More than 9,000 beading fans attending 577 classes at this years’ Bead & Button Show scooped up their favorite goodies from 234 exhibitors. The annual jewelry artistry competition is one of the most anticipated events of the show. This years’ contest theme was entitled “Bad Dreams”. Designers from around the world were faced with steep competition, highlighting an exceptional level of beadwork. This made for an intense discussion among the jury members, whose job was tougher than ever this year.

Luckily, a decision was made and we can all breath easy. Drum role please…..Here are the Big Winners!

Bad Dreams

2017 Bead & Button Show Design Contest Winners

1st Place Winner

First Place went to Svetlana Kossman of Pennsylvania for her opulent bib necklace entitled;

The Last Day of Pompeii

Winners of the Bead and Button Show 2017 Swarovski Contest

Svetlana happily accepted a whopping $450.00 worth of Swarovski Crystals as her prize!

“The Last Day of Pompeii” was praised for its intricate and sophisticated use of beads. All agreed that the fiery intensity of molten lava flowing from an erupting volcano was spectacularly represented, creating a showstopper.

Her use of the new Crystal Royal Red Lacquer effect in the various Fancy Stone Styles, was stunning. That captivating coating paired beautifully with the Crystal Iridescent Red Pearl. This unique Swarovski Crystal necklace was balanced out with highlights of Crystal Silver Night, Topaz, and Fire Opal beads, for one remarkable statement piece!

2nd Place Winner

Second Place went to Kaori Nakakohji of Japan for her brilliant display of distinctive floral and figure eight patterns entitled;

Gloria

Winners of the Bead and Button Show 2017 Swarovski Contest Second Place

This radiant necklace design, features a color pallet of gold and blue hues, offset by lighter and darker tones. Her gorgeous necklace took the second prize of Swarovski Crystals worth $200.00.

The variety of Sapphire and Crystal Metallic Sunshine Fancy Stones pair beautifully together and the 4731 Kite Fancy Stones in Crystal Golden Shadow adds dimension and movement to floral the configurations. Crystal Iridescent Light Blue Pearls and Crystal Iridescent Dark Blue Pearls were superbly sprinkled throughout the necklace, creating an balanced look by bringing in a blend of matte and shimmer facade.

3rd Place Winner

Third place went to Nadezda Gerber from Germany for her graceful swan necklace entitled;

Under the Tuscan Sun

Winners of the Bead and Button Show 2017 Swarovski Contest Third Place

This whimsical necklace design emphasizes two graceful swans coming together accentuated by delicate features within a mixed media form. Assorted soft grey Swarovski Crystal beads mingle with Air Blue Opal highlights, as lovely heart pendants dance about.

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Swarovski’s Create Your Style Make & Take workshops, were also a big success. Participants learned new skills by creating unique projects and their donations raised a total of $3,086 for the Waukesha Women’s Shelter. Whoot-Whoot!! Amazing work beaders!!

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Harmony and Kashi
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“Gone to the Beach” DIY Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design & Instructions

DIY Free Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design and Instructions

“Gone to the Beach” Necklace Inspiration from SWAROVSKI’s Create Your Style

Create this DIY Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design with Instructions, that Incorporates the New Crystal Innovations.

Celebrate a sun-kissed summer with boho jewelry. This necklace is made using shell-like Mother of Pearl with Sea Snail Pendants and Jelly Fish Fancy Stones from Swarovski. Make and wear it with a sparkling megawatt smile!

Here are the Swarovski Crystals used in this necklace design:

Swarovski Crystal Fancy Stones 4195 – 14mm Cyrstal 3 pieces (please contact me for details)

Swarovski Crystal Fancy Stones 4195-22mm Crystal 2 pieces (please contact me for details)

Swarovski Settings 4195/S 1PH2OH  14mm Rhodium 3 pieces (please contact me for details)

Swarovski Settings 4195/S 1PH2OH 22mm Rhodium 2 pieces (please contact me for details)

Swarovski Crystal Beads 5000 – 3mm Crystal AB 52 pieces

Swarovski Crystal Pendants 6731 – 14mm Crystal AB 7 pieces

Supplies & Tools

Supplies

Chain, 10cm, 5x7mm, silver

Cord, 42cm, Ø 6mm, beige

2x Cord endings, Ø 6mm, silver

4x Head pins, 6cm, silver

8x Jump rings, 4mm, silver

7x Jump rings, 6mm, silver 1x Jump ring, 7mm, silver

4x Mother of pearl cockle pendants, 24mm, white

12x Mother of pearl disc pendants, 25mm, white

1x Spring ring, 7mm, silver Wire, 1m, 0.7mm, silver

Tools

Flat nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Scissors

Side cutter

Toothpick

Tweezers

There are step by step instructions after the picture instructions.

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STEP 1: Insert a 4mm jump ring and Swarovski Pendant art. 6731 14mm Crystal AB onto a 6mm jump ring. Repeat this process six more times, but on the last one just use the 6mm jump ring.

STEP 2: Cut 14 6cm long pieces of wire and make a loop at one end to form eye pins.

STEP 3: Insert Swarovski Fancy Stones art. 4195 Crystal F 14mm and 22mm into the Swarovski setting. Gently close prongs using tweezers. Thread the Swarovski Fancy Stones onto a head pin and form a loop at the other end. Cut off excess wire. Repeat this step four more times, but thread the last one onto an eye pin as shown in our illustrations with this step.

STEP 4: Insert the disk pendant and the 4mm jump ring including Swarovski Pendant into the loop of one of the eye pins made in step 2. Thread 4 Swarovski Bead art. 5000 3mm Crystal AB onto the eye pin and then add the shell pendant. Make a loop at the top of the shell pendant as shown.

STEP 5: Attach another eye pin and Swarovski Pendant onto the loop make at the top of the shell pendant in the previous step. Insert 4 more Swarovski Beads and the disk pendants. Repeat this step one more time – see illustrations for clarification.

STEP 6: Insert the Swarovski Fancy Stone art. 4195 14mm into the top most loop of the piece from step 5. Repeat steps 4-6 three more times to get three more similar pieces but of different structure. See illustrations for clarification.

STEP 7: Cut a 10cm long chain and a 42cm long cord. Glue the cord ends into the cord endings. Attach one of them to a spring ring and the second one to a 7mm jump ring.

STEP 8: Attach all the four pieces from steps 4-6 to the chain leaving a spare of 4cm to act as an extension. Attach the last Swarovski Pendant to the last link of this extension.

Have fun making this beautiful Swarovski Crystal jewelry design!

Harmony and Kashi

Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!

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