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 …

New Swarovski Stuff

This summer’s new colour from Swarovski was Mocca and new items in that colourway arrived today: 4mm bicones, 2 sizes of donuts, big 10mm rounds and pendant drops. Also picked up more colours of the 3-branch coral pendants. These will go nicely with the sterling coral pieces that we stock. One last item is several more colours of the new Swarovski pendant butterflies. Oh, and I almost forgot the new brown Swarovski pearls in 4, 6, 8 and 10mm. Nice colour – like melted dark chocolate. These will be showing up on the BeadFX website as soon as they are …