This week’s Mini-Make project is inspired by my favourite book as a child, The Secret Garden. Since then, I’ve always had a fascination with old-fashioned keys (and gardens!), so when the new little key charms arrived at Beads Direct I knew I had to make something with them! I love charm bracelets, but I find that sometimes they can look a bit too chunky and heavy. With this in mind, I only used the key charms with Swarovski bicones and repeated them across the design, to keep it light and delicate. The wrapped loops of the Swarovski bicones gives a more handmade finishing touch! This is also a really effective way to give the bicones much more movement when wearing your bracelet, so they gently sway and glisten in the light.
This week’s tutorial is part of the huge choker trend that continues to dominate jewellery fashion. I’ve been inspired by one of our latest products to create a different look from the all-too-familiar tattoo-style, elastic choker that’s back from the 90s goth/grunge trend. You see them everywhere right? Make your own using our new linen cord and delicate sterling silver feather charms, also featured in my Feather Wrap Bracelet project.
This week’s project designed by Vicki, proves that you don’t have to wear bold, floral prints to join the fashion trend! These delicate earrings are made using the NEW flower connectors and we just love how well the matte finish compliments the sparkly glass chain.
Give your look a pop of sparkling colour with an adjustable sterling silver ring, made with Swarovski crystal pro lacquer effect rivoli, as part of the NEW Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2018. I had trouble deciding on which colour was my favourite colour, so I made a ring with all of them! Tell us your favourite colour in the comments below.
Sterling Silver 925 Adjustable Ring Base (SS373)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Mint Green 12mm (AC1864)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Azure Blue 12mm (AC1862)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Light Coral 12mm (AC1863)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Summer Blue 12mm (AC1866)
Swarovski Crystal Rivoli Crystal Peony Pink 12mm (AC1865) Gem-Tac Glue (W481)
Beadalon Aluminium Ring Mandrel (W244)
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 BeadSwarovski 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
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!
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!
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.