Friday, October 7, 2011

Bead Spotlight: Bicones

When we think of bicone beads, crystals are often what comes to mind. The Swarovski bicone is one of the most common and versatile bead styles. They are wonderful as accent beads, but their unique shape is also ideal for bead weaving, and 3 dimensional beadwork.

The term bicone refers to beads or objects that are wide in the middle and tapered at both ends - officially the shape is that of two cones places base to base. This basic shape takes on many forms in different types of beads, and can be squarish, faceted, and elongated like a tube or pipe. The bicone shape is also found in other mediums - think vintage Christmas decorations, for example.

Assorted Bicone Beads

1. Turquoise Blue Apatite Swarovski Bicones, 2. Strawberry Fields Czech Crystal Bicones, 3. Golden Pond Pinch Bicones

4. Swarovski Elongated Bicone, 5. Red Jade Faceted Bicones, 6. Emerald Czech Glass Bicone

The unique shape of bicone beads allows them to be nestled together in a variety of patterns. Different stitches or variations on other bead additions can provide some very interesting beadwork. If you’re a fan of Czech pinch bicones, you’ll love Jewelry Supply’s beaded pinch bead tutorial video.

Bicone Bead Jewelry

1. Crystal Teardrop Earrings, 2. Pink Crystal and Pearl Earrings, 3. Lime Pearl Earrings

4. Blue Mabe Pearl Bracelet, 5. Fire Opal Pendant, 6. Red Pyramid Ring

For more fun bicone bead projects, check out these tutorials and inspirations:

Winter Candy Earrings by Auntie's Beads
Autumn Artistry Bracelet by
Pacific Blue Bicone and White Pearl Earrings by Beads Talk

Do you have a favorite type of bicone bead?

Copyright 2011 Inspirational Beading
Subscribe to Inspirational Beading
Get inspired on Facebook


  1. My favotite bicones: Swarovski crystal bicones of any size! They are my favorite Swarovski shape to use. As you said, they nestle so nicely in designs. Thank you, my friend, for including my lime green coin pearl/crystal earrings!

  2. Your photo of the red and pink crystals makes my heart all happy and fluttery. :) The photo of the dreamy blue ones too! Such an interesting article - I also love Swarovski bicones. They're so lovely to work with, so full of sparkle! And thank you so very much for including my pearl and pink crystal earrings here!

  3. Thanks for including my crystal teardrop earrings.

    I have to agree that bicones are versatile. For a long time, it was the main crystal shape in my stash - because the shape compliments everything! I agree with Shadow Dog Designs that the Swarovski sparkle is an attraction too.

  4. I love the first listing with the blue bicones. I don't use them a lot myself, but they are beautiful beads.

  5. I love the "beaded pinch bead" from the Jewelry Supply video and, sitting practically right next to me, were some "Luster Smoky Rose/Gold" 5x3mm pinch beads. Isn't that a great name? Anyway, they are pretty. I'm definitely going to dive in here. I originally bought them - well, I made an excuse to buy them largely for a chance to see them in person! - to form an interesting RAW base for a bracelet, but I didn't have another specific project for them. So thank you for the nudge over to the Jewelry Supply tutorial!

  6. Fabulous post, I love Swarovski! That elongated bicone crystal is gorgeous. LOVE those Fire Opal earrings! Thank you for including my Mabe Pearl and Swarovski Crystal bracelet.


  7. I also love to work with bicone crystals, especially with pearls. Thanks for including my Fireopal Pendant.

  8. Thank you for the bead-education! You've tempted me, too, to play with beading ~ like I need one more creative adventure to add to my lists! :D

  9. What a great post! I love those fire opal beads! One of my favs!

  10. I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing.


Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Inspiration Topics

accessories amulet Ancient Worlds Modern Beads animals April's Army art ArtFire astrology astronomy autumn awards awareness bangle beach Bead Inspired Bead Shops bead soup bead spotlight bead stash Bead Trays beaded beads beading theory beads belt bezel birthstones black blog spotlight blue boho bone book spotlight bracelet Bracelet A Week branch fringe brick stitch brown bugles buttons cabochon ceramic chain maille challenge charity chevron chain christmas collar Collections color Color Ideas color triads conservation craft shows crafts crochet crystals cuff Culled Beads current events Current Faves daggers Daily Sets daisy chain Delicas Destash drops Dutch spiral earrings Egypt Egyptian Gods embellishing embroidery environment etsy exotic fair trade fantasy fashion Favorite Beads Favorite Techniques feminine fibers film findings fire polish fixtures Flashback Test flickr inspiration flowers food found object free form fringe Geek Jewels geekery gemstones geography giveaway glass gold gray Greece green herringbone hex cuts history holiday home decor insects inspiration tip inspired beader Inspired by... Inspiring Links ivory Jewelry Stash knitting ladder stitch lampwork lariat leaf fringe leather lights literature loomwork macrame magatamas Master Class Medallions metal free metalwork Mini Collar a Week mixed media mixture Mood Board MOP multi-color multi-strand music natural beads nature necklace Necklace a Day Nepal chain netting New Beads ocean ombre orange paint paper patterns pearls pendant peyote photography Picasso finish pink Pinspiration PMC polymer clay poster sketch purple quick inspiration rainbow RAW red resin ring Ring a Day rivoli Rome Russian spiral scarf science seed beads shell silver soutache spiral rope spring square stitch St. Petersburg steampunk stringing stripes summer tagua TBT The Elements thread Tilas Time Capsule tools trade beads triangle weave tribal tropical turquoise tutorial two-hole beads Ugly vintage Wear it Twice weather white winter WIP wire wishlist wood World Beaders yellow
Blog Home * About * Beading Tutorials * Advertise

Learn About Sponsoring Inspirational Beading with Project Wonderful
Affiliated With and