Meandering garden path bracelet
By Penny Dixon
Made up of crystals, seed beads, and two-hole tile beads, the cute domed components in this bracelet zigzag like textured stone in a cottage garden. Quick and easy to stitch, this design will put you on a path to (almost) instant gratification.
Rose petal posy
By Sandie Bachand
It's a no-brainer to make flowers with Czech glass rose petal beads, but the trick is structure. Several systems of hidden support, including two-hole Czech Mate tile beads, keep this posy perfectly arranged.
By Cary Bruner
This cuff-style bracelet is all elegance, from its ornate box clasp and wide, supple odd-count peyote band to the glittering rivolis that peek through rounds of bicones and layered loops of seed beads. Choose colors you wear the most for an all-occasion accessory!
Riveting geometric bracelet
By Lynne Soto
Square stitch never looked so good! Cylinder beads form the background of this geometric design, and peanut beads lend the look of small rivets.
Butterfly garden necklace
By Dessislava Vaughan
This necklace combines your favorite beading stitches: peyote, herringbone, bead weaving, and brick stitch. The butterfly and leaf components are versatile, so make the necklace as directed, or let your imagination take wing with a brambly bracelet or butterfly brooch.
By Cathy Lampole
Use modified right-angle weave to construct the sides of this bangle and connect them along their inside edges. Then get ready for a pop of color! Choose bright bicones or a more monochromatic hue to finish.
By Sylvie Camps
The ornate bead caps and netted bezels in this bracelet are reminiscent of the Victorian era. But when combined with gemstone beads, the piece takes on a modern appeal.
By Diane Fitzgerald
Get a sneak peek at the inspiring styles of the Swarovski ambassadors! This project is not available on our website. Please purchase this issue or visit Kalmbach Books to purchase Crystal Jewelry Inspiration for the step-by-step instructions. The book features how-to projects from some of the sparkliest names in the biz. The Stepping Stones Bracelet is made with African Circle Stitch, a very old and typical Zulu technique that Diane recreated by studying a piece found in the Russell-Coates Museum in Bournemouth, England.
Pretty bird earrings
By Julia Gerlach
Make your own bird charms with simple wirework skills, and assemble them into sweet, swingy earrings.
Artist Profile: Marcia DeCoster
By Stacy Werkheiser
Marcia DeCoster ditches the tedium that sometimes accompanies design by breathing new life into existing components. It's easier than you think!
By Robin Atkins
Using modified right-angle weave get the glow of diamonds with Swarovski cup chain, faceted briolettes, and few unexpected elements, like bugle beads and peanuts in this elegant necklace.
Bubble Wrap bangle
By Leslie Rogalski
Embellish a crossweave bangle that's flexible and easy to roll on. Large farfalle beads (sometimes called peanut beads) stitch up quickly to create the base for this bangle, and seed bead accents offer a pop of color. With a few adjustments, you can make this bracelet with a clasp.
Bead&Button, 2013, June