What is it about these hole-less beads that we love so much? My theory is that they are grown up versions of those big, gaudy plastic jewels that little girls wear when playing dress up. They have the sophistication of Liz Taylor’s emeralds, and the playfulness of costume jewelry. And even though they aren’t quite as versatile as bicones or rondelles, there are many fun and beautiful ways to use them - from metallic settings and bails, to beadweaving and even crochet.
1. Montanta Sapphire Fancy Pear from SoniaZ Bijoux
2. Bermuda Blue Cosmic Square Ring from Artbeads.com
3. Crystal Antique Pink Organic Cosmic Triangle from Beadaholique.com
4. Tanzanite Crystal Baguette Stone from Fusionbeads.com
Whether it’s a big fancy oval in a bezel, or a cosmic triangle on a chain, the chunky sparkle of these fancy crystals give the impression of precious jewels, with an added flair. They have a fantastic quality to them - like dragon’s treasure or mermaid’s baubles.
Here are a few simple projects you can try using Swarovski fancy stones:
Swarovski Modular Necklace with Ribbon
How to Use DeCoRe Clay with Fancy Stones
I've Got Sunshine Necklace
Peyote Stitch Bezel Tutorial
Do you like to use crystal components in your work? What’s your favorite shape?
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