Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

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 just about anything you can think of!

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

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. They are really easy to make! See the materials list here on Fire Mountain Gems.

Check out all of the Celtic and Irish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

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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.

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!

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.

How to use cell phone charms

Cell phone charms used to be all the rage! That was a short-lived trend because newer cell phones have no place to hook them. Meanwhile crafters and bead suppliers have jillions of them left over.

Likewise, when I was trying to sell my wares at local craft shows years ago, I created some cell phone charms with an assortment of really nice sterling silver bead designs and Swarovski crystal.

Guess what? I still have some of them! They are nearly impossible to sell since no one is interested in them any longer.

So what do you do with them now?

Green Cell Phone Charm
Retired cell phone charm that I used to decorate an incense bottle

Great idea for cell phone charms

I love incense and have several types of incense burners in my home, including bottle incense holders.

They come with a large split ring and golden cord that hangs on the side. You put the incense stick into the split ring and then insert the stick in the bottle so that the smoke comes out of the top and the ventilation holes on the side.


Over the years the silver split ring had become blackened from the smoke and the little golden cord had become frayed. So I took one of those unwanted cell phone charms and attached it to a new split ring. See how nice it looks?!!

Phone charms are a great way to add a little beaded decor to just about anywhere. Check my Etsy shop to see which ones I have left 🙂

Other uses for cell phone charms

  • Purse Decoration
  • Zipper Pull
  • Ceiling Fan Pulls
  • Giveaways with orders
What great ideas for decorations with beads have you had lately? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your ideas!

Where is your American Spirit?

On this Memorial Day I want to ask everyone to show their American Spirit. I have heard different opinions about how patriotism isn’t as strong as it once was.

My own children were taught to think that the United States of America is a bully, going around the world taking over and getting involved in everyone’s business. They weren’t taught the reason why.

Red, White and Blue Earrings
Red, White and Blue Earrings

What is the American Spirit?

Simply put: to be free

Many people around the world would love to be free of oppressive governments and dictators. Over the past 240 years we have developed a great military with which to defend ourselves and help those who seek freedom.

But freedom comes at a price. Brave men and women have paid that price with their lives.

As we remember and honor those who have fallen and lost their lives serving the USA, please pay particular attention to the importance of not letting that fade from your memory.

Tatue of Liberty Bead
Statue of Liberty Landmark Bead

How do you show your American Spirit?

What are the symbols of the American Spirit of Freedom? There are many, and can be incorporated into any fashion:

  • The colors red, white and blue
  • Stars
  • Display the flag
  • Lady Liberty
  • The Liberty Bell
  • The Eagle

On this Memorial Day I will show my spirit and be somber, in honor of those we lost and in contemplation of the loss of more lives defending our flag and our right to be free people.

Whether you lean to the left, lean to the right or just stand straight, please remember that brave soldiers lost their lives so that you could stand wherever you want.

Make an extra effort to be proud of our country.

Pay respect to the souls of brave men and women who died protecting our flag, our country and our freedom.

Ideas and inspiration for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

You are special teacher appreciation
You Are Special Pendant by Green Girl Studios. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Looking for ideas and inspiration for teacher appreciation gifts or other unique gifts for special people? When I saw this jewelry making pendant from Green Girl Studios I was overcome with ideas for uses of this special little pendant.

I am sharing my thoughts since they might be just the right inspiration for someone to make a key chain, bookmark, necklace or other beaded jewelry with this You Are Special Pendant:

  • Special Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Regular Education Teacher Appreciation Gifts
  • Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Medallion for a Special Needs Child
  • Unique Gift for people who suffer from depression
  • Award Medal for participation in a special function
  • Gifts for Best Friends

These are just a few ideas for creating a meaningful keepsake for someone special

I raised children with ADHD (see my previous blog post on that subject) and met some very dedicated Special Education Teachers. This little pendant would have been perfect for making a unique gift for one of them.

Comment below if this gives you any special inspiration or ideas for creating unique handcrafted jewelry!

See other Green Girl Studios items in my Etsy Shop!