Monday, January 14, 2013

Crystal Jewelry Inspiration Blog Hop and Giveaway

It is not a big secret that I am a fan of sparkle, and what better way to create it then with lots and lots of Swarovski Elements.
When Kalmbach publishing invited each of the Swarovski Ambassadors to contribute to book about jewelry using crystal, it was the perfect opportunity to put together my beadweaving skills with my wire wrapping skills.
First I created the base of this piece with crystals in the corners of each diamond for maximum sparkle, and built up each diamond for some excellent texture.
And it was pretty, but it was plain....Each of those intersections was an opportunity to add more crystal!  So with a nice bold jumpring and a stockpile of Swarovski pendants and pearls, I wire wrapped up a few dangles.
Now the bracelet has not only a lot of bling, but it has wonderful movement as well!



Two by Two the base






Two by Two Adorned




The book, Crystal Jewelry Inspiration  , is as diverse as the group of women and men who make up the Swarovski ambassador team. I invite you to read up on each of their stories at the links below.
Leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a prize from me (Swarovski maybe....???) and that name will also be provided to Kalmbach publishing who will be drawing a winner who will receive their very own copy of Crystal Jewelry Inspiration!

Monday, 1/14June BeachBeach Haus Designswww.beachhausdesigns.blogspot.com
Lilian ChenGold Gatsby Designwww.liliangoldgatsby.blogspot.com
Fernando daSilvaModern Expressionswww.modern-expressions.blogspot.com
Marcia DeCosterMad Designswww.maddesignsbeads.blogspot.com
Stephanie DixonThe Dixon Chickwww.thedixonchick.blogspot.com
Tuesday, 1/15


Katie HackerKatie's Beading Blogwww.katiehacker.blogspot.com
Monica HanCYS Dreambeadswww.cysdreambeads.blogspot.com
Wednesday,1/16
Diane HertzlerDiane Hertzler Beading Experienceswww.dianehertzler.blogspot.com
Val HirataCBY Sparklewww.cbysparkle.com/blog
Jamie HogsettJamie Hogsettwww.jamiehogsett.blogspot.com
Tamara HonomanArtfully Inspiredwww.thonaman.com/Tams_blog_dir/blogs/index.php



Thursday, 1/17Lisa PavelkaLisa Pavelka's Creative Musingswww.lisapavelka.typepad.com
Margot PotterMargot Potterwww.margotpottertheimpatientcrafter.blogspot.com
Pat RiesenburgerUrban Stitch Studiowww.urbanstitchstudio.blogspot.com
Leslie RogalskiSleepless Beaderwww.sleeplessbeader.blogspot.com
Nadia Sanchez RamosFou Fou Chat by the Terror Sisterswww.foufouchat.blogspot.com
Renata Sanchez RamosFou Fou Chat by the Terror Sisterswww.foufouchat.blogspot.com
Debra SaucierDebra Saucier As The Crystal Turnswww.debrasaucier.blogspot.com
Friday, 1/18Brenda SchwederBrenda Schwederwww.BrendaSchweder.com
Debbi SimonDebbie Simonwww.debbisimon.blogspot.com
Kim St. JeanStudio St. Jeanwww.kimstjean.blogspot.com
Laura TimmonsTherabeadingwww.therabeading.blogspot.com
Kristal WickKristal Wickwww.kristalwick.wordpress.com
Diane WhitingSparkles and Smileswww.sparklesandsmiles.blogspot.com




72 comments:

Helen said...

Love it!

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VĂ©ronique Beker said...

As always the colours and the design are perfect. I love your work, a real source of inspiration.
Nicky

newbeader said...

Love your work!
Irina

Nancy said...

BLING ROCKS! 8)

skittle's mom said...

I would really like to win! I am inspired by your work.

Mandy Duffy said...

Wow, you are the queen of bling! I love your Master's book, and love the colors used in your designs here.

Leora said...

Just my colors! Love it...

Nancy said...

Just received this book - can't wait to start! As always I'll start with your design. I know I can count on understanding the instructions!

VanBeads said...

Amazing, as always! I love the way you used those large Swarovski crystal components/pendants like charms. Structurally perfect! (And pretty to look at, too!)

Cindy said...

i have admired this piece for quite a while! Thanks for sharing it :D....I am slowly working through your book and love your designs and color choices :D !!

Becky Pancake said...

Your bracelet is exquisite. Thanx for a chance to win.

Beth said...

Beautiful work.

Amy Mark said...

I love how you created the base design and that was your original goal, but then amped it up and made it a work of art. I must remember this when I make something and it's not quite "right", so it then sits in a drawer incomplete or taken apart.

Tanya said...

Marcia, I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book, and I agree, it is stunning. I love how so many techniques are included and the bead weaving projects are amazing. (Leslie's loom project has me almost made me forget about those dreaded warp threads.)

I'd love to be considered for your giveaway, but please don't forward my name to Kalmbach. I don't need two copies. :)

lynnd said...

I love your work. I would love to win as you are an inspiration to all that sparkles.

Sharon K said...

The authors in this book are such an inspiration to all beaders. Your talent never ceases to amaze me as well as others.

Thank you for being a part of the book!

Michelle W said...

What a beautiful bracelet! I love sparkle and shine as well!

Cindy Holsclaw said...

It's a great book and a great piece, but what I really like about it is how you've combined the beadweaving and wirework in a way that isn't too difficult, yet it results in such a stunner of a bracelet!

cjvierow said...

Nothing perks me up like some "bling" and this is truly beautiful. As is all of your work!

CoBeads said...

Would love to get your book. Admiration ;-)
Cornelia

AliMc said...

Stunning work! Found my way to you via Tanya at A Work in Progress and am so glad she referenced your blog.

Kristen said...

You are so inspiring with all your bling! I know that they are so so lucky to have you as an ambassador!

Jamie Lubin said...

Just beautiful Marcia....how on earth could I not have this book already? Hehehe....something to hunt for...hope you are well....I need to send you a pic of my bracelet with the Druzy. Your blog, as usual, gives me so much inspiration. Looking forward to check out everyone else's blogs to see what they are doing!

Maureen said...

Love your bracelet and the colors of course!

Patti Van said...

My jaw hit the floor when I scrolled down to to see the embelished bracelet - beautifu!

Manola Maria said...

I have always admired and loved your work, but to tell you the truth I had never used Swarovski crystals in my designs. At least not until recently. Then came the day, when I desided to give it a try. These crystals are just gorgeous and I will certainly try to use them more and more to make my pieces.

Carolyn Dibble said...

love your work and i totally love crystals Awesome!!

Kathleen Copeland said...

love me some sparkle!

Kathleen Copeland said...

love me some sparkle!

kim Idalski said...

Gorgeous. I love bling. Creating with your heart, love, color and bling is my motto. Bling makes veverything look delightfully magical.

czecher1 said...

I thank you for sharing your talent with us....and I LOVE sparkle too!

Ladygem said...

Thank you for sharing your talent and craft with us. I am always so amazed at all the talented bead artists out there. My passion is bead weaving and I love that you are willing to share with us. Thank you.

Jessica said...

Your work inspires me. Thank you!

stitchkat said...

Terrific - what a beautiful bracelet!
Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Petra said...

You've used beautiful colors!! And I love all this bling.

Judibeads said...

The bracelet is beautiful! You can't have too many sparkles, and I LOVE every design of yours I have ever seen!

Jingle Nephew said...

loving the color and designs! thanks for sharing :-) xoxo

Marbos said...

I love Swarovski too, my friends call me "magpie". Wonderful bracelet and wonderful colors.

Pegnard said...

Beautiful bracelet! I'd love to win a prize, I rarely do. Thanks for the great links list, too.

Alicia Hartley said...

Love your designs and work! I've been a fan for a very long time!

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

The crystal dangles add just the right touch - brilliant!

Mandi said...

Wow, it's going to be a seriously sparkly book! Can't wait to check it out :) Love the movement of your design.

Jean Hutter said...

I didn't realize I loved bling too until I started beading your Dreamcatcher. Love this bracelet amazing.

moonlitfantaseas said...

the bracelet is beautiful! As it should be coming from the queen of bling.....I love your creations!

Diane Ingle said...

Have already ordered. So many talented folks, including you!!

Stephany said...

Love the design of this bracelet and the colors too. Just beautiful!

June Moore said...

Great work. I am saving up for your kit Rings of Saturn. Thanks for all your great designs.

Luxorhouse said...

Gorgeous...like always with your designs...this one takes me back to Greece and its beautiful Aegean waters!!!

neera said...

what a gorgeous bracelet! looking forward to your new book(s)!

WandaIvette said...

Love it, love it, love it, amazing sparkles love it. Like always you do amazing work.

ACBeads said...

Your bracelet for the book is exquisite. An admirer of your work.

Donna said...

The bracelet is absolutely gorgeous!

ktdid1 said...

What a beautiful bracelet!

Unknown said...

Lovely bracelet! Like your blog and your beading

Rose Red said...

I like the first version but the second one has that certain Bling, Bling about it ;) Looking forward to meeting you later in the year here in the UK.

karin motschko said...

I love the bracelet, both plain and adorned.....just bought your book, Beaded Opulence- my husband is bringing it home tomorrow. I am so excited- you inspire me!

karin motschko said...

I love the bracelet, both plain and adorned.....just bought your book, Beaded Opulence- my husband is bringing it home tomorrow. I am so excited- you inspire me!

KayzKreationz said...

That is a gorgeous bracelet. I've never done any bead work like that, but you make it look so pretty. The book looks very interesting, too.

Pepita said...

Beautiful colours and a beautiful bracelet! Love it!

ChrisD said...

Who can resist sparkle in their lives? As ever your work is irresistible.

ChrisD said...

Who can resist sparkle in their lives? As ever your work is irresistible.

Biene said...

I love. love, love it <3

omicron700 said...
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omicron700 said...

Absolutely stunningly beautiful bracelet! This crystal junkie would love to win.

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

So beautiful....I would love to win!
Sonya

Sue said...

Hoping to win lots of sparkle and a book. Thanks for the chance

TByrdDesign said...

I am a novice when it comes to anything with seed beads but I am now trying it. I am so inspired by how you mix the perfect colors and sooo many layers.

Tammy

Cynthia said...

absolutely gorgeous, love the sparkle.

dolla said...

I really liked the before picture and then when you added the elements that added movement I was really impressed.

Hannelore Hoffmann said...

Perfect job!!

roman hossain said...

Marcia, I was lucky enough to win a copy of the book, and I agree, it is stunning. I love how so many techniques are included and the bead weaving projects are amazing.
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