Designer Spotlight: Kellie DeFries

Crystal Ninja owner and Award-Winning Master Designer Kellie DeFriesleads a team of highly skilled artists in today’s best crystallization processes. For years, Kellie has provided her creativity and expertise to the world’s best crystallization companies. Many have turned to Kellie for her amazing designs, flawless technique, and world-class customer service. An accomplished artist with exacting standards, Kellie is sets the industry standard for excellence in the use of flatback Swarovski crystals.  As the Chief Designer for the US division of Bling-My-Thing, Kellie received her crystallization certification after extensive training in BMT’s Berlin studios. BMT is the only company backed by Swarovski in Europe, and Kellie is the only licensed artist for BMT in the United States. She personally takes …

Sparkling Hearts Necklace for Mother’s Day

Sparkling Hearts Necklace Jewelry, designed by CREATE YOUR STYLE TEAM, Austria   If it takes just one heart to let the world know the wearer is loved, imagine the story told by a necklace featuring six rows of them! Let her feel the love this Mother’s Day with a waterfall of sparkling hearts in warm tonal shades of brand new Light Silk color and Crystal Rose Gold effect. A gift of hearts straight from the heart.   You can find the directions for this spectacular necklace at www.create-your-style.com  Supplies List: 6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls 18 mm Swarovski Heart Pendant Chain, silver, …

Heart Jewellery Videos from Swarovski

In keeping with my last blog about all the Swarovski crystal hearts that are available in the store, I thought I would bring you some videos made by Swarovski Create-Your-Style. Each of these videos show projects that incorporate hearts in the design. Packed with detailed step-by-step instructions, valuable trend information and useful tips on the best methods of application, an expert CREATE YOUR STYLE trainer demonstrates how to make beautiful designs using romantic Heart Pendants from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment. Key to My Heart Necklace Swinging Hearts Earrings

How To Crystallize Your Nails with Swarovski Elements

As Wednesday’s newsletter said “Well – we are always about instant glam, and long slow glam that takes weeks to make, and every kind of glam in-between!” Just how far can we take the glam? From the top of our head, to the tips of our toes – and spreading outwards from our fingertips. Nail art is very trendy right, and crystallized nails are so hot they are icy! You sometimes see Dwyn’s perfectly manicured nails in product shots with a funky black or deep burgundy nail polish on. This week, she’s rocking a French Manicure. I think she should …

Grab Your Sunglasses!

From the runway to the street, neon colours are blazing a trail across the world and burning up retinas everywhere! . While gathering items to merchandise the Fall/Winter Swarovski Innovations pre-launch neon pearls, I discovered that beadFX is full of neon coloured items. How do you wear or use these colours? In beadwork, you have a lot of options. You can go all in and use all neon colours like Dwyn’s eye searing inspiration bracelet Summer Party. You could also use them with a grounding colour such as black or white. I’m working on another Double Duty Spiral bracelet (Bead&Button, …

Make this dazzling bracelet in minutes!

I want to show you how to make either of these fabulous bracelets in just minutes!  The foundation or base for these is Ultra Suede. If the Ultra Suede you buy at the local fabric store seems sort of thin and flimsy – you can try laminating two pieces together using some fusible interfacing. Or you can just get it from us. 😉 Accessories – Narrow Ultra Suede Cuff Strip – Jet Black (1) Let’s do the Black bracelet first. Once you see how the snap closure is done, you’ll know how to do the Pink one too.   The …

More Swarovski Flag Eye Candy

I continue to be fascinated by these Swarovski sample flags. They are so beautifully made – all hand-done, stitched and layered and appliqued. They are made with beautiful fabrics, silks and velvets and leathers, and have buttons and toggles and snaps and ribbons and hidden pockets. Sort of like those educational toys for children where they can learn to do up buttons and tie bows. But much more wonderful.  😉 They also have the spirit of the scrumble – the random joyfulness of sheer, chaotic pleasure. I showed you some awhile back – here are the rest from the Swarovski …

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, …