Some of the most beautiful designs and woven bead projects are made with Swarovski beads, and the maker has a reputation for greatness that many other glass bead companies do not stand up too. But what is so special about these beads? How can you use them in jewelry or other crafts? Here are a few answers to those questions, and a few great craft ideas for swarovski beads.
Raised a glass worker, it is no wonder Swarovski made some of the most beautiful glass beads available. Pioneer of a then new automated glass cutting machine, this genius craftsman pioneered the design of this particular type of glass bead. The crystal glass that he used reflects the full colors of rainbow spectrum, making them some of the most highly sought after beads for adornments and ornamental crafts. Swarovski’s model also pioneered the diamond cut crystal bead that is also highly sought after. Today, the company continues to be a strong force in the glass industry, and has many bead models and toys made out of the glass on display.
Some Swarovski Bead Craft Ideas
These beads are most commonly used for adornments to furniture and as coasters for ornamental pieces. You can make your own tassels and mats easily with some lace or wire, and some swarovski beads. These beads also are great for three dimensional models, because they can add an extra level of brilliance and light to a piece with its stunning reflective properties. Clothing adornments are also common. You can make these by attaching tasteful woven pieces to the front of dresses or shirts. Veils and masks that are beaded are usually made of Swarovski beads. If you want to make some of your own wedding attire, this is a good project for you.
Types Of Swarovski Beads
Most of these beads seem pretty similar on the surface, but there are a few distinct differences you may want to look at. The first is color. These beads are usually lightly dyed, so the inner brilliance shines, and come in a variety of colors. You can also get them undyed, which is especially shimmery. The second is the cut of the glass. There are two methods of cutting these beads. The first is known as flat back cutting, which produces the rounded and smooth beads that are most commonly used. The second cutting method, is the diamond cut, where the bead is shaped to have a multifaceted surface. This second cut enhances the bead’s natural brilliance.
Like most other bead projects, the things you can make with Swarovski beads is only limited by your imagination and drive. Experiment with these beads, and you are sure to find that not many other glass beads have the same brilliance or light as these. For any higher class project, these beads are the choice to make.