Create Jewelry Crystals

Following in the footsteps of Create Jewelry: Pearls, Create Jewelry: Crystals presents 20 stunning designs from the editors of Beadwork magazine that showcase crystals.

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Crystals are a favorite design element in the jewelry designer's toolbox. Following in the footsteps of Create Jewelry: Pearls, Create Jewelry: Crystals presents 20 stunning designs from the editors of Beadwork magazine that showcase crystals. All projects are glamorous, fashionable, and represent a rich variety of ways to use these gemlike beads. In addition, they range in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to more challenging seed bead weaving designs.

Beautiful photos are accompanied by step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow so readers can create these original designs. Crystal lovers will also learn crystal basics, the difference between manmade glass crystals and rock crystal, plus entertaining tidbits about this specialty bead. The book is divided into three main sections. "Classic" features such pieces as a rich paisley brooch, a violet and topaz tapestry bracelet, and a midnight blue multistrand necklace for day or evening. From the "Special Occasion" section, beaders can choose a jewel-like bracelet, a showy cocktail ring, a necklace with pearly highlights, and much more. Finally, "Fashion Forward" designs mix trendy looks, such as a necklace pairing rock crystal and silver chunks, a layered necklace with a medieval spirit, and a lush bracelet dripping with crystal briolettes.

For most beaders, crystals are a top choice, no matter what their design style or skill level. The're going to love Create Jewelry: Crystals not only for the unique projects, but also to discover the many faces of crystals and the beads and findings that complement them.

Reviews: "Glamorous designs are sure to tempt bead workers of all abilities.... This stunning book is elegant beading at its best!"-Kliatt

"Beautiful photography, step-by-step instructions and interesting background.... [this book] is fun to look at and get inspired by."-South Jersey Bead Society

Table of Contents
  • Arabian Nights- Rich purple velvet crystals in five shapes are blended together to make this sophisticated necklace.
  • Purely Crystal- Herkimer diamonds are named after where they were first found in Herkimer County, New York, and their diamond-like crystal structure. Wear them and become open to new impressions and the surrounding world.
  • Royal Tapestry- Many textures and colors of seed beads and crystals are brick stitched together, causing this royal bracelet to drape like fabric around the wrist.
  • Nouveau Riche- Brass findings reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period, paired with the opalescent crystals in this necklace, are sure to make this a sought-after piece by the rich and famous.
  • Catch a Falling Star- Dangling earrings in silver and amethyst decrease in crystal and seed bead size before exploding with an organic star shape that tickles the neck.
  • Spring Thaw- Icy blue crystal rondelles and sterling silver accents seem to melt into spring when paired with bright green crystal bicones and leaves.
  • A Rani's Paisley- This colorful embroidered brooch sparkles with crystal sew-on stones and seed beads stitched to a felt backing.
  • Glittery Lariat- Three colors of crystals are mixed together and used at random in this sparkling right-angle weave lariat.
  • Cosmic Jewels- Swarovski's new cosmic crystals are the perfect starting point for these circular brick-stitch circles.
  • Filigree Drops- Filigrees with a custom crystal mix called Aquadesiac were the beginning of these dangly earrings.
  • Toujours Topaz- Crystals of numerous shapes, sizes, and wonderful warm colors blend together in this luxurious netted necklace.
  • Ring of Fire- Sharp points of bicone crystals and spiky fringe explode from a metal screen ring base, making this one hot cocktail ring.
  • Crystals in Camelot- With its shimmering wireworked crystal and silver pendant, this necklace brings to mind leisurely days in Camelot.
  • Brilliant Bangles- Three tubular herringbone tubes are accented with sparkling crystals, the placements of which give the tubes the appearance of being twisted.
  • Ruby Dreams- Three fancy stones in subtly different shades of red are secured with seed bead bezels and connected with turquoise bicones.
  • Medieval Mood- Three strands of pearls and crystals in royal purple and green shine like an artifact from ages past.
  • Blue-Green Reflections- Strands of blue and green crystals and seed beads attach to three crystal rings of silver and gold.
  • Mystic Crystal- In the Middle Ages, some people believed that gods and spirits lived in palaces made from rock crystal. To keep the focus on this powerful crystal, this necklace is simply strung with silver beads.
  • Lush Layers- Five simply strung strands of crystals feel exotic and opulent against your skin.
  • Azure Treasure- The romantic nature of this simple necklace is achieved with the blending of indicolite crystals and vintage-looking brass findings. The result is a magical treasure.
About the Author

Marlene Blessing has worked as an editorial director in western book publishing for two decades. Marlene is the editorial director for Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Beads magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Jamie Hogsett is the former editor of Stringing magazine and the special projects editor of Beadwork magazine, and the author of Stringing Style. Jamie has taught beading classes in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California. She lives in Kansas City, Kansas.

SKU: 07BD4

Author/Speaker/Editor: Marlene Blessing

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680227

Number Of Pages: 128