Crystals are a favorite design element in the jewelry designer's toolbox. So why not use them to their full potential? The easy-to-download Create Jewelry: Crystals eBook comes from the editors of Beadwork Magazine and presents 20 designs that showcase beautiful 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.
If crystals are your top design choice, no matter your design style or skill level, you'll love the Create Jewelry: Crystals eBook—not only for the unique projects, but also to discover the many faces of crystals and the beads and findings that complement them.