More New stuff from Swarovski

As I mentioned last week – Swarovski makes these lovely sample flags. They look like they would be a fun thing to make – I bet they would be way more effective if you were doing shows and wanted to show the available colours to your potential customers. A nice handmade flag of heavy silk or velvet, with short strands of the various colours stitched on – what an awesome sales tool that would be! Here is the next flag with more new stuff.  These are the new Crystal Mesh balls. These will be different from the existing Mesh balls …

Sneak Peek at the new items from Swarovski

Twice a year, Swarovski treats us to a preview of their new items, new colours, new shapes. They have these gorgeous “flags” – they call them – samplers with the new items put on them to give you some idea of the usage. They are truly stunning works of art – all hand made with beautiful fabrics, and just dripping with crystals. They are strictly limited in availability – going only to the major, direct importers. I think you have to kill someone to get on the list to get them. Anyway – here’s some pics for you to drool …

What I did on my Winter vacation – Tucson

I took a couple of courses at Swarovski as the vacation part of my Tucson trip. The first course involved rivetting large Swarovski fancy stones onto a bracelet blank. This involved the use of a new rivetting tool (which beadFX will be carrying in the near future, of course). It involves some careful measurement, but was very easy to use, especially with a table-top vise that you can get at any large hardware store. The next course was really fun. I got to embellish the top of a plain compact case with Swarovski flatbacks. I started with an argyle pattern, …

Rhinestone Lizard

Like a rhinestone lizard I’ll cover anything ya got with enough bling to make it glowLike a rhinestone lizard if its not moving fast enough, it’s gonna get stoned, ya knownext Imma gonna bling up yer phone with apols to Glen Campbell. Big apologies. This is another sight we saw at Swarovski. A Rhinestone iguana. Kewel, eh? I think it could have used a custom-made lampwork eye, though, don’t you agree?

More Swarovski Musings, cool products, and etc.

I’m going to take you for a little wander through some of my Swarovski trip photos. Wrap yourself around a mug of coffee and let’s go! We all arrive at the Swarovski headquarters in Rhode Island. Even though this is primarily an admin building, they have still taken pains to ensure that it reflects (no pun intended – but fully appreciated) the essence of the business. The entrance has a crystal-like shape. Near the entrance – there are tributes to the founder … and samples of the raw material. Pictures of celebs adorned with Crystallized by Swarovski fashions and fashion …

Changes – Swarovki Bicones – 5301 become 5328

Swarovski has announced changes to it’s Crystallized by Swarovski bicones. This classic faceted bicone is a staple of jewelry making and beading, as it is a both beautiful, highly versatile, and relatively inexpensive – as compared to other crystal beads. The old style – also often referred to as “5301” – which is it’s product number, is a faceted bicone with equal-sized and spaced facets. Swarovski is replacing them with the new Xilion cut 5328s – a bicone of the same size, but with alternating wide and narrow facets. Whether these will ultimately prove to be sparklier or not, it’s …

Got Crabs?

Are these not FABULOUS!?! These were made by Robin Wang – a customer and student here: She says: “Here are a few pictures of my Swarovski crabs. The small ones are quite small… mostly made of 3 mm bicones.” I think they are totally awesome – they actually were part of her contest entry to the big Swarovski competition one year! The entry was a big display and had to be driven to the contest headquarters. She thinks that she may be responsible for the change in the rules that stipulates that entries have to be “shippable.” 😉

Birdsnest Rings

Every now and again I teach a basic wire wrapped ring class called “Birdsnest Rings”. This is a fairly simple project, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping these out like crazy. Trust me, all of your friends will want one! Materials required: 22 gauge Artistic Wire, or 22 gauge dead soft sterling silver wire Fabulous assortment of Swarovski, or semi precious beads Wire cutters, and flat, or chain nose pliers Ring Mandrel Ring Sizer Needle File Coated flat nose pliers (optimal) Instructions: Cut a length of wire to 2.5 feet long, and gently straighten your …