Tuscon in February has got to be the center of the universe for beadaholics. Imagine a whole city filled with bead shows! Not all of us can go but one person who did was Kristin St Clair. She participated in the Crystallized Swarovski Elements workshop and learned how to make this utterly gorgeous Secret Garden Bracelet.
Thanks to modern technology, she was quick to write up and include her step-by step photos in her post appropriately called Make It! Live from Tuscon on the Martha Stewart site. It's not too difficult to figure out how it is done. The basic techniques include beaded twisted wire work, some coiling to create the bracelet base and wiring in all the components as you would a wreath. This is one of the best crystal tutorials I have seen in a long time! Highly recommended for those looking for super statement pieces. You could also consider converting the bracelet to a necklace by adding chain on either side.
another bead flower tutorial if you want a variation.
Also check out my past post for 3 awesome bead and wire flower tutorials.
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