Just like seed beads, bicone crystals are great building blocks for beadwork designs. They are beautiful and versatile, and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. But unlike seed beads, crystals require a lot of commitment when used in large quantities. Not only are they pricey, but creating an elaborate design that relies on crystals is an exercise in balance. It takes a lot of planning when you’re adding so much sparkle.
In my collection of unique acrylic and lucite beads, I have a little stash of crystal-like 4mm bicone beads. At first glance, it’s difficult to tell these inexpensive beauties from their more precious counterparts. I’ve always been particularly fond of a set of mixed bicones. Something about the variety of colors was instantly appealing, and I’ve held on to them just for the pleasure of their colors.
Now it’s time to find a good home for these beads. Apart from the distinctive sparkle and a vast difference in weight, they are actually a pretty good likeness of Austrian crystal bicones, and would work well in practice pieces. I think they would make an amazing sun catcher! I’m also giving away a handful of dusty blue 4mm bicones, and some purple 4mm rounds. There are about 20 grams of each type - enough to make something big, or a lot of little designs!
How to Enter
For a chance to win all of the beads shown, simply leave a comment on this post, and answer the following question:
What is your all time favorite Swarovski color?
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One lucky reader will be drawn on Tuesday, September 20th. This giveaway is open to readers in Canada and the US.
Good luck, and happy beading!
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