Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210Our new Swarovski Fancy Stones have really gotten me interested in beaded bezels. The Spring Bling Ring in particular has been calling to me, so I decided to make my own version! One of the great things about our Inspiration Projects is that they come with detailed instructions that tell you exactly how many beads to string when starting your bezel. But what do you do if you’re making something slightly different? My co-worker Rebecca shared today’s tip for getting a beaded bezel started off right!

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First lay your stone flat. If you’re bezeling a pointed back stone, like my 4120 18x13mm Crystal Blue Shade Swarovski Elements Crystal Oval Stone, set the stone down in a cup of rice or a piece of photo wax to keep it from shifting while you work.

Take a Post-It note and wrap it sticky side down around the edge of your bezel. I had an easier time with this step after cutting my Post-It in half. Mark the Post-It where it overlaps. That will be the length of beads you need to circle your stone!

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Start your bezel according to the Post-It. Keep in mind that even with Rebecca’s tip you’ll still have to test the size and maybe make adjustments.

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For more tips on making beaded bezels, be sure to check out our peyoteright angle weave and netted bezel techniques!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen


2 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Marge

    I tried the Spring Bling and followed the instructions minus the suede backing. It came out too large. I guess the backing would have helped. I’m new at making Bezels soI’m not sure.

  • FusionBeads.com

    Hi Marge!

    Adding a suede backing to the Spring Bling Ring takes up a little space, but it’s even more important for protecting the foil backing of your crystal. Without a backing, the friction of the crystal against your finger will wear away the foiling over time and create a spotted or scratched effect that shows through the front of the crystal.

    Beaded bezels can be tricky to size, so I recommend checking the fit of your crystal in the bezel repeatedly as you work. That way you can add or take away beads as needed to get the best results!

    Happy beading!

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