Wire Wrapping Video Tutorial and Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Inspirations

Swarovski Square Beads Wire Wrapped

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.

Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Baroque Earrings wire wrapped

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.

Swarovski Crystal wire wrapped earrings

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.

Swarovski crystal and silver wire wrapped earrings

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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DIY Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet Design and Instructions

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DIY Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet Design and Instructions below.

I was sitting in the middle seat of an airplane the other day chatting with the people next to me and the gentleman to my left complimented me on my Swarovski crystal bracelets which grabbed the attention of the young lady to my right.

She perked up and said enthusiastically, oh yes gorgeous, I love Swarovski crystals!

It’s certainly wonderful to meet people who love and admire Swarovski Crystal Beads as much as I do. They were very impressed that I had made the jewelry myself, which I have to admit, felt really great that they appreciated my designs so much. It got me thinking about the status of the Swarovski brand. I suppose the age old saying “you get what you pay for” really applies to crystals. Yes, Swarovski is a higher end product because of its superior quality, clarity and faceting structure, yet it remains affordable to many people, of whom especially value excellence. People appreciate and are always drawn to exceptional products.

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People have also truly embraced the idea that they can do many things themselves. The DIY market has exploded in popularity recently and it’s because when you make something yourself, there is an added benefit of feeling talented, skillful and capable of achieving things on your own.

Self sufficiency, now that is universally a very powerful feeling!

There is a genuine sense of pride when you take the rains and accomplish things yourself! You automatically infuse more value into what you have done, you appreciate it more and the enthusiasm that comes from creating something beautiful is poured into your next project, the next and the next. You come to the realization that you yourself are creating a continuous cycle of creativity, joy and self expression that is fun and immensely rewarding!

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In the spirit of “Do It Yourself” here is a beautiful Swarovski Crystal Charm bracelet waiting to be made by you!

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SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

Sew-on Stones 3265-26×21 mm Crystal Silver Shade

Swarovski Beads
Art. 5000-4 mm Mint AlabasterArt. 5301-8 mm Pacific OpalArt. 5601-8 mmViolet Opal,

Swarovski Pendants
Art. 6401-8 mm Light RosePacific Opal, Art. 6401-12 mm Light RoseArt. 6650-22 mm Crystal Silver Shade Squaredelles Art. 5920-4mm Silver Crystal, or you can use; Squaredelles Art. 5920-4mm Gun Metal Crystal Or Squaredelles Art. 5920-8mm Silver Crystal

Materials

Toggle 18 mm, Silver, Jump Ring ø 5 mm, Silver Jump Ring ø 8 mm, Swarovski 5940 Silver Head Pins

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Have a sparkling summer!

Discover Designs and Applications for Swarovski Round and Fancy Stones

Swarovski Crystal Round Stones and Fancy Stones

Discover the distinction of the most brilliant cut on the market!

The stunning Swarovski Round Stones (aka Chatons) and Fancy Stones have exploded in popularity recently and I wanted to highlight the variety of applications that designers utilize, along with vast array of gorgeous styles, colors, and coatings you have to choose from.

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Most of the Swarovski Fancy Stones and Round Stones like the 1028 Xilion Chaton and the newest 1088 Xirius Chaton– one step closer to a diamond, feature brilliant faceting and have a pointed back that can be simply set into metal settings with prongs or into pre-cast settings which the stones can be glued into. Please contact me for more information on these settings.

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Free Poseidon Reef Bracelet Design and Instructions

Swarovski makes Fancy Stone settings in different shapes and sizes to fit the crystal stones exactly. There are a variety of options with Swarovski settings including a closed/open backs, one or two holes in the sides; options that allow you to easily string the settings into fashionable necklaces and bracelets such as the Poseidon Reef Bracelet made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

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Setting Swarovski stones into jewelry molds using an epoxy component is an easy and fun way to create unique designs for all kinds of sparkling projects. There are two great options to choose from: either Crystal Clay or the new product from Swarovski called Ceralun™ , a versatile and strong two-component, high performance ceramic epoxy composite that has been especially developed for the application using Swarovski crystals.

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Swarovski makes it a little too easy, providing you with an endless array of gorgeous color and coating options to choose from. The toughest part of it all is deciding on what colors you like best!

Crystal Clay ~DIY with Endless Creative Possibilities

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Crystal Clay is a unique and terrific product that opens up endless creative possibilities. Crystal Clay is a two part epoxy clay that can be easily mixed together and formed into any shape you would like and adheres to anything. With a large variety of color options you can cover molds and manipulate it into any jewelry or artistic design your heart desires!

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Incorporate your favorite SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS into your designs before the clay hardens in about 2 ½ to 3 hours. The clay is completely hardened in 14-16 hours. The most popular crystals to use are the Swarovski Round Stones or Fancy Stones, as these have pointed backs that allow for a solid setting along with a thin silver foil that is applied to the back of each stone concealing the clay behind the stone and all you see shining through is the brilliance of the stones faceting structure and color.

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Sparkling Crystal Clay Balls in every color of the rainbow!

Swarovski Flatbacks can also be used for stones that don’t need deep settings. With crystal clay there’s no baking or curing, simply set your stones and let it dry. You can quickly and easily create stunning one-of-a-kind professional looking jewelry in a flash.  You can even apply special sparkle dust to your crystal clay providing a perfect color match for all of your fashionable creations!

 

Celebrities Sparkling Style – You Too Can Shine Like the Stars!

Glenn Close wearing Jewelry made with Swarovski Elements

Actress Glenn Close attends the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation in New York City wearing stunning jewelry made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. She shines in a necklace made with Swarovski 3265 Cosmic Sew-on Stones in Clear Crystal.

Here’s a little secret… you too could have this amazing necklace.  All you need are these beautiful Swarovski crystals and a little needle and thread. Simply sew them onto your favorite material in the shape of a necklace, attach in the back and shine like the star you are!

Swarovski 3265 Cosmic Sew on stone Clear Crystal

Swarovski 3265 Cosmic Sew-on Stones are fantastically versatile in functionality and decorative possibilities. Often selected for fine embroidery, they can be sewn onto textiles, leather and a host of other materials by hand or machine. The variety of style and color options inspire artists to explore jewelry and accessory endeavors, creating exclusive customized designs.

Swarovski 2520 Cosmic Flatback Clear Crystal

Her dazzling earrings are made with Swarovski 2520 Cosmic Flatback Crystals.  Simply glue the Swarovski Flatbacks into your earring settings and you instantly have a stylish look  that radiates opulence and sophistication.

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You can also easily create brilliantly unique jewelry by simply linking your favorite Swarovski Sew-on Stones together with a fashionable chain and jump-ring.

Simple, stylish and stunning, what more could a girl want?