Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski: 65 Sparkling Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones

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Creative Publishing international, Jan 4, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
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DIVElegant, old-world jewelry with modern style.

Working with world-famous Swarovski crystal beads, author Laura McCabe creates luminous necklaces, earrings, pendants, and rings for beaders of every skill level. The author provides complete step-by-step instruction for 20 projects (10 for beginners) -- and presents 45 more in a photo gallery of design variations, teaching readers how to vary colors and shapes to create custom effects. All 65 designs are made with only three simple beadwork techniques: flat peyote stitch, tubular peyote stitch, and spiral rope. Laura McCabe also provides a chapter on making decorative embellishments, such as bezels, picots, berry clusters, and branch fringe. The concise instructions are illustrated with easy-to-follow illustrations.

 

  • Beaders of any skill level can create their own high-end, boutique-style jewelry
  • Goes beyond stringing to teach readers three basic beadweaving techniques and principles of design
  • Only book on market endorsed by the worldÆs leading manufacturer of cut-crystal beads
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Lavish amounts of bling

User Review  - Carolyn O. - Borders

There's no question that the projects in this book are beautiful. Everything sparkles and shimmers with that glow that only Swarovski crystals and galvanized Delicas can bring. For fans of the bezeled ... Read full review

Drives demand for more Swarovskis in bead stash

User Review  - jillandria - Overstock.com

Since Ive had this book on my bead table ive increased my Swarovski bead stash with some guilt. Using them makes other non swarovski crystals pale by comparison. The finished products are beautiful ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 THE FASHION HISTORY OF CUT CRYSTAL
7
Chapter 2 SEED BEADS AND CRYSTALS
8
Chapter 3 TOOLS AND MATERIALS
12
Chapter 4 FOUR BASIC STITCHES
16
Chapter 5 TWO BEZELING TECHNIQUES
24
Chapter 6 CREATING CLOSURE
32
Chapter 7 EMBELLISHMENTS
38
The Projects
42
Conversion Charts
143
Sources of Supply
144
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About the author (2011)

Beadwork artist Laura McCabe, of Stonington, Connecticut, exhibits and sells her jewelry throughout the world -- and to more than 2,000 international clients through her own website www.lauramccabejewelry.com. She regularly teaches workshops in the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. She also participates in the Bead & Button Show, Beadwork International, and other large conferences and competitions.

Her work has appeared in Ornament magazine, Beadwork magazine, Lapidary Journal, and Bead & Button magazine. She is also one of the invited designers featured in QuarryÆs Creative Cloth Doll Beading book by Patti Medaris Culea.

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