Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! This week’s project uses one Swarovski new innovations – the crystal tilt fancy chaton – and it’s become one of my all-time favourite necklaces! You might have spotted me wearing it on Instagram a few weeks ago. Why do I love it so much? Well, I’m a huge fan of geometric shapes (as you might have noticed in my other projects!) and I love that you can wear this simple necklace with any outfit and any time of day. It’s small and elegant but still radiates a beautiful, blue sparkle for a glamorous look.
Swarovski crystal tilt fancy chaton Bermuda blue (AC1893)
Swarovski charm setting rhodium plated tilt chaton (F0743)
Sterling silver snake chain with clasp 16 inches (CH34)
Sterling silver 925 large loop bail with ring (SS209)
Gem-Tac glue (W481)
This one really is easy! Carefully open the loop on the bail and close it onto the Swarovski setting. Thread you chain through the bail. Apply a drop of glue in the setting and press the crystal into place. Allow to fully dry for 24 hours before wearing your necklace.
Welcome back to another Mini-Make Monday! Since today is the first day of Spring, this week’s project is inspired by fresh blue skies and light breeze of the season. Don’t you just love this time of year? To keep the bracelet design light and delicate, I chose to use the blue glass rosary beaded chain with pretty sterling silver feather charms for a boho finish.
2x Sterling silver 925 small feather charms (SS394)
Antique silver zamak toggle clasp (F0138)
Aqua blue glass silver plated rosary bead chain (CH389)
Silver plated split rings 4mm (F1020)
- Measure the chain to your desired length so that it comfortably wraps around your wrist 3 or 4 times, remember to save 2cm for your clasp.
- Space out the feather charms evenly across the chain every 6 or 7 inches.
- Wrap the chain around your wrist to check the spacing of your charms.
- Attach the clasp to either end of the chain with a pair of jumprings.
This week we’re using the NEW Baroque Bead Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018 to make a gorgeous pair of chandelier earrings! Florals, filigree and lace patterns are making a big trend for Spring/Summer 2017, so this quick but magnificent project is a must have accessory in your jewellery collection!
“Harken back to an era of filigree and lace! The Baroque Bead pays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing.” – Swarovski
Swarovski Baroque Bead 10mm Crystal Golden Shadow Pk2 (AC1911)
Swarovski 4mm Cream Pearls (HH23)
Gold Plated Filigree Flower Connector 20mm Pk2 (CR0026)
Gold Plated Brass Ear Wire Base (F0327)
Gold Plated Headpin (F0573)
- Open the loop on the back of the ear wires and close it onto one of the small holes of the filigree connector
- Put a Swarovski baroque bead onto a headpin followed by a 4mm Swarovski pearl and turn a loop.
- Close the loop onto a small hole of the filigree connector to it sits directly opposite the ear wire.
- Put a 4mm Swarovski pearl onto a headpin and turn a loop. Close this loop two holes away from the centre beads. Repeat this step for the opposite side.
- Repeat all of the steps above to make your second earring.
For this week’s Mini-make tutorial we’re keeping things super simple! As Spring and summer approaches you’ll see a lot more of these single strand bracelets on the high street with either a cute connector or charm in the middle. In keeping with the Spring theme, I’ve handpicked a beautiful new filigree tube as the main feature for these leather bracelets!
Pink Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC700)
Grey Round Leather 2mm Cord 5m (TC518)
Silver Plated Filigree Tube Pk5 (MB815)
Silver Plated Large Toggle Clasp (F0694) x2
Antique Silver Zamak Cord Ends 2mm (F0141)
Fevi Kwik (W311)
Cut a length of leather approx 6 inches and cut the ends at a sharp angle to make a point. Put the filigree tube onto the leather. Glue each end of the leather into the cord ends and allow to dry. Attach the cord ends to the clasp with a jumpring on either end.
This week’s Mini-Make tutorial combines two trends in one, geometric shapes and mixed metals! These two trends were so big in 2016 that geometric patterns and metallic finishes continue to lead fashion industries and home decor designs. I’ve made two styles of earrings using the geometric soldered ring shapes that can be worn as a matching pair, or asymmetrically for an edgy look!
For this project I used a silver plated findings kit however, you can also purchase the following findings individually.
Rose gold plated small square soldered ring 10mm (F0630)
Titanium plated hexagon (F0632)
Sterling silver 925 ear wires with coil and ball (SS77)
Silver plated jump rings 6mm (F0720)
Connect your two rose gold squares together with a jump ring, then attach these to the hexagon shape with another jump ring. Take your ear wire and attach the top of the hexagon to it with a jump ring! To create the second style, hold a square shape over a corner of the hexagon and connect them together with a jump ring. Then attach this jump ring to another square, and attach the square to the ear wire.
This week’s Mini-Make tutorial is so easy, making it the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers. I’ve picked out the NEW drop earring findings, a delicate earring base with a post in the middle to showcase your favourite beads! Swarovski crystals and semi-precious beads are perfect for this, and we would recommend choosing a bead that’s 6-8mm in size. If you want to use half-drilled pearls you might need a Beadalon bead reamer tool to widen the hole of the pearl first.
Titanium Plated Drop Earring Finding with Post (F0689)
Gold Plated Drop Earring Finding with Post (F0688)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Round 8mm Crystal AB (AC585)
Natural Ametrine Semi-Precious Round Beads 8mm (EX323)
Swarovski Crystal Love Bead 8mm Blush Rose (AC1528)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Rounds 8mm (AC613)
Fevi Kwik Glue (W311)
Simply apply a small drop of glue to the post of the earring drop and pop on your bead! It’s that easy 🙂 Just make sure that you allow the glue to fully dry before wearing your gorgeous earrings.
This week’s Mini-Make has been designed by Jo, our warehouse manager! It’s a really sweet project that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, special occasions or just adding a little love and sparkle to your outfit. Swarovski’s 3mm faceted round crystals fit perfectly inside the cute heart spacer beads, and the blush rose colour is a subtle tone that’s perfect for Spring. We love how these earrings dangle and sparkle the light!
Silver Plated 6mm Heart Spacer Beads x2 Packs (MB820)
Swarovski Crystal Faceted Rounds 3mm Blush Rose (AC1495)
Silver Plated Brass Headpins 50mm (F0043)
Sterling Silver 925 Jumprings 6mm (SS97)
Sterling Silver 925 Earwires (SS77)
- Place a crystal bead inside a heart spacer bead and thread the two onto a headpin.
- Turn a loop at the end of the headpin.
- Create two more of these, one that measures 1.5inches and the other 1 inch.
- Open a jumpring, loop it through the ear wire and attach the three headpin hearts.
- Close the jumpring and repeat the previous steps to make your second earring!
Today’s Mini-Make are these beautiful Sky Blue bracelets, using aqua blue jade beads and a stunning rose gold angel wing charm. Blue is my favourite colour and I couldn’t resist the beautiful tones of these semi-precious aqua blue jade tones. I used rose gold with the blue tones as it works really well together, it also matches with my rose gold watch which is a bonus. You could also try creating this design using silver coloured components. I hope you like this week’s Mini-Make.
1x Dyed Aqua Blue Jade Semi-Precious Round Beads 6mm 15″ Strand (EX278)
1x Toho size 11 Round Seed Beads Silver-Lined Rosaline 10g (11TR31)
1x Rose Gold Plated Brass Hollow Angel Wing Charm 7x15mm (CR450)
1x Stretch Magic Elastic Bead Cord 0.5mm Clear (TC381)
1x Rose Gold Plated Brass Jump Rings 4.5mm 0.8mm gauge pk100 (F0101)
ORDER ALL MATERIALS
Cut 1x 30cm of 0.5mm elastic, thread on 26 aqua jade beads to create a 6.5″ bracelet. Link three jump rings together, attach the wing charm and thread onto the elastic. This will create a 6.5″ bracelet.
Tie a double knot to secure your bracelet, you may want to place a small amount of glue or nail varnish onto the knot.
Cut 1x 30cm of 0.5mm elastic cord, thread on one seed bead and one aqua jade and continue until you have placed 23 aqua jade beads and 22 seed beads. This will create a 6.5″ bracelet. Finish this bracelet as above.
For this week’s Mini-Make we are using Swarovski Iridescent purple pearls with Long Magatama beads. We have used our brand new earring drop frames for this design and you can use any choice of beads to add to this frame, simply unclip the wire from the drop frames and start adding your beads!
1x 5810 Swarovski Glass Pearls 4mm Cry Iridescent Purple Pk50 (HH266)
2x 5540 Crystal Swarovski 12mm artemis amethyst pendant (AC766)
1x Gold Plated Wire Ear Drop Frames 26x53mm Pack of 2 (F0708)
1x Earwires gold plated with ball & coil 10 pairs (F1082)
1x Gold Plated Brass Headpins 50mm Pk100 (F0044)
1x Miyuki Long Magatama 4x7mm Duracoat Galvanized Silver 10g (LMA4201)
ORDER ALL MATERIALS
To make these earrings, unclip the wire from the drop frame and thread the below onto the frame:
1x Long Magatama
1x 4mm Pearl
1x Long Magatama
1x 4mm Pearl
1x Long Magatama
1x 4mm Pearl
Attach the Swarovski drop using a headpin and repeat the above process. Clip the wire back into the frame and attach your earwire.
Showcase your favourite gemstones on the brand new gold plated ring base! This is the perfect project for beginner jewellery makers and gemstone lovers. You can easily interchange the feature bead to match your mood and outfit. Why not choose a gemstone to match your personality or one that holds a special meaning to you. What your favourite gemstone? Tell us in the comments below! Mine would have to be Fluorite 🙂
Gold Plated Interchangeable ring 20mm Pk1 (F0709)
Your choice of 8mm semi-precious beads
Fevi Kwik glue (optional)
Pink Jade 8mm Beads Pk10 (EX287)
Amethyst Faceted 8mm Rounds Pk20 (EX516)
Brown Goldstone 8mm Beads Pk10 (EX439)
Gold Druzy Agate 8mm Beads Pk10 (EX450)
Purple Jade 8 mm Beads Pk10 (EX275)
ORDER ALL YOUR MATERIALS
To make an interchangeable ring, gently open the ring base and slot the prongs into either hole of the bead and press to secure. If you want your ring to be permanent, apply a small drop of Fevi Kwik glue to each prong before pressing them into either hole of the bead. Allow the glue to fully dry before wearing your ring!