Swarovski crystals sparkle nicely when hit by light, which makes them nice decorative items. They come in small beads that look like diamonds that you can make into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants. You can also make small decorations out of Swarovski crystals. You need to come up with a design first, and then figure out a way to make that design by beading strings with Swarovski crystals.
If you want to make a Swarovski crystal angel, then follow these steps and practice making one.
- Create your own angel design. Keep in mind that Swarovski crystals come in beads with different shapes and sizes. There are diamond shaped ones, then there are also heart shaped, tear drops and ones that are almost round. There are also small Swarovski crystals that are almost flat that they look like tiny discs, and large ones that can be made into a single crystal pendant. With these available shapes and sizes, consider the ones that can be made into an angel. You can take a teardrop shaped Swarovski crystal and a heart shaped crystal that is smaller than the teardrop shaped one. With these crystals, you can take the teardrop as the angel’s body, and the heart shaped crystal as its wings. Another design consideration is to bead several crystals together.
- Prepare the materials. You will need a craft wire, preferably a 24 gauze craft wire, needle nose pliers and a wire cutter. Swarovski crystals that are top drilled and side drilled, depending on your design. You can also add other materials such as silver beads that have different shapes as well. Choose the appropriate Swarovski crystals based on your design. Swarovski crystals are a bit pricey compared to the other beads that hobbyists use for fancy bracelets and other bead work. This means you have to make sure your Swarovski crystal angel is made only with good quality wire and other materials. If you wish to add other beads, silver beads with designs are more appropriate. You can also add some pearls if you wish.
- Put your Swarovski crystal angel together. String the Swarovski crystals following your design. Make sure you are able to secure the wire ends. You may need several wires as the body and the wings of the angel may be beaded separately and then twist the wires together. Depending on whether the Swarovski crystal angel will be used as an earring, a pendant or a charm, attach the appropriate hook or lock.
- Create more designs. There is more than one way of making a Swarovski crystal angel. Design your own angel earrings, pendant, charm, and even a home décor, and use different sizes, shapes and colors of Swarovski crystals. You can even make Swarovski crystal angels as a Christmas tree décor.
Since Swarovski crystals are more expensive than plastic beads, then make sure you do not drop and lose a single bead. Work on a clean and orderly area and count your Swarovski crystals before and after working on your crystal angel.