Our 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!
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!
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.
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen