Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

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A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!

Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!
Project ideas to add sparkle and Bling to everything!

Add some bling to clothing

Bling out clothing
Bling out clothing with designs made of Swarovski crystal

When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!

Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.

Iron on bling
Use iron on crystal on the back of a jacket

Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!

Embellish everything in the house

When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

blingy wine charms lampshade and gifts

Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.

My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.

Fire Mountain Gems website has a variety of project tutorials for every room in your house.

Summer projects for teens

Summer will be here soon and crafty teens can spend free time expressing themselves by adding crystals to all their gear!

Blingy cat on phone
Create designs on cell phone covers with Swarovski crystal and glitter

My daughters have blinged out their shoes, headbands, notebooks and their Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals! These are perfect crafts for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

What is the most unusual way you have used Swarovski crystals in a design project?

St Patricks Day Irish jewelry ideas

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St Patricks Day is coming in March and I wanted to share a few Irish Celtic Jewelry ideas! Even though this is right around the corner on March 17, there is still time to make something – in fact, if you love beads, there is ALWAYS time to create!

Irish jewelry ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

First of all, anything green or with a clover will work, but below are a few jewelry making ideas for inspiration!

Irish Celtic Earrings
Irish Celtic Earrings with Swarovski Crystal

There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. See the materials list here:

Design Idea – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Celtic Drops
Irish Clover Earrings

These Irish Clover earrings in green and gold are another fun design to make and wear! Click below for a supplies list and instructions:

Learn how to make – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal, Gold-Plated Brass Beads and Gold-Finished Brass Chain

These are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Check out all of the Celtic and Itish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

Celtic and Irish Jewelry Supplies

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Tiger bead charms for bracelets

This Sterling Silver Tiger Bead from Carlo Biagi (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!) is the perfect charm for bracelets themed around a sports team, spiritual energies or for animal lovers. The large diameter hole has no threading and it is compatible with many popular bracelets.

Over the years this European charm has been very popular due to its symbolism of this ferocious animal.

Tiger bead charm
Carlo Biagi sterling silver Tiger bead (side view)

Tiger beads and symbolism

The tiger has always been an important symbol, and throughout history you see it’s influence in art, literature, or as a mascot.

Here are just a few interesting facts:

  • The tiger is the largest cat! For those of us who love cats, it is a dream to own such a huge kitty.
  • It is one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the next year of the Tiger is 2022.
  • The Detroit Tigers football team was named after the nickname of the Detroit Light Guard Military Unit
  • There are 9 different sub species: three are extinct and the remaining six are endangered

This popular sterling silver bead is also on my bead “endangered list”. There are only a handful of these beads available and they will not be restocked. (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!)

If you are waiting for just the right time to buy this bead, then NOW would be the time. (When they are all gone, and officially extinct, I will update this page.)

 

To answer the most asked question – yes they will fit on PANDORA bracelets and are also compatible with Troll, Chamilia, and other trendy charm bead bracelets.

The bead hole is 5mm and is smooth (no threading) making them easy to slip on an off any bracelet chain.

Begal Tiger Glass bead
Carlo Biagi Murano Glass Bengal Tiger Stripe

This Murano glass bead is fashioned after the colors of the Bengal Tiger. Together these two beads are a great combo to represent this charismatic cat.

Christmas crafts and holiday DIY projects

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Christmas crafts and DIY projects for the holidays are fun to make for yourself or to give as gifts. Click through the projects below for step-by-step directions and lists of materials needed.

The tutorials below can be followed exactly or use your imagination and creativity to make them a special custom creation.

Everyone loves handmade gifts, and these tutorials serve to fuel your inspiration.

DIY Holiday projects and Christmas crafts

Christmas Tree Earrings
Christmas Tree Earrings

Tutorial: Christmas Tree Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads

Super easy to make Christmas Tree earrings that can be made in any color! Also known as “Yule Trees”, they are a popular symbol for the Christmas holiday.

Dreidel Earrings
Dreidel Earrings

Tutorial: Sterling Silver and Swarovski Dreidel Earrings

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. These adorable sterling silver earrings are a great holiday jewelry project to make and share with others.

Snowflad ornament
Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Tutorial: Steel Snowflake Ornament

Make several of these beautiful snowflake Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends! Experiment with other beads and components to make a truly special holiday decoration.

Check out the great selection of beads, charms and components shown below to add to other Christmas crafts!

Shop below for holiday charms and components

Easy to make black leather bracelets or necklace

Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatile Carlo Biagi black leather cord.



How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces

  1. Pick out your favorite beads or charms
  2. Slide them onto the leather cord
  3. Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
  4. Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
  5. Easy Peasy


The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.

Leather bracelets example with charm
Example of how you can add beads or charms, tie knots and create a leather bracelet

String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!

black-leather-necklace
Example of an easy slide necklace with just a few beads

Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!

Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.

Halloween costumes accessories add spooky fun!

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Halloween costumes accessories and jewelry put you at the top for contests, parties, or trick or treating.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of fun and frightening items to put the finishing touches on your costume.

Resin dragon eyes, gemstone skulls, crystal spiders and more. They have everything you need to add a creative, personalized touch to your costume.

Sew beads or charms onto costume, glue on cabochons, dangle spiders, create a bracelet or earrings. There are so many ways to have ghostly fun with this assortment of Halloween costumes accessories.

Another great idea is to buy several charms to hand out in lieu of candy.

Love Halloween and all things spooky? Then check out these items below!

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Click here to see the whole selection of beads, charms, findings and more.

Our favorite Halloween costumes accessories for the best costume ever!

Breast Cancer beads that give back

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the United States, a cause that people are very passionate about! Many women and their loved ones have had this form of cancer affect their life in one way or the other.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s a pretty scary number! But regular screening and higher awareness can help with early detection and treatment.

Show support for Breast Cancer

Purchase and wear one of the beautiful awareness ribbon pins below to show your support. Fire Mountain Gems donates 100% of the sale to research! These also make great gift ideas for women and healthcare providers.


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

European beads for awareness

Below are high quality charm beads that 10% of each sale goes towards cancer research. These beads are compatible with Pandora and other trendy charm bead bracelets, they also make great gifts!

Beading supplies and charms

There are a variety of options for beading and jewelry design if you are making a gift for someone or preparing for a fundraiser. So be sure to check them out!