Bicone Crystal Beads
The best way to remember the shape of a Bicone-shaped bead is to remember it is viewed as two identical cones, joined together at the base. In jewelry-making, Bicone crystal beads can add three-dimensional quality, but they may be referred to as diamond-shaped crystals, depending on who is describing them. Bicone crystal beads are a popular way to create any type of jewelry, even if you are using smaller beads for spacers or accents.
Because they are faceted to reflect light, they lend a brilliant and sparkling appearance to any jewelry you make. For beginners, beaded jewelry made from Bicone crystal beads may appear more professionally-made and they are available in many colors and sizes. Swarovski is one of the most popular brands of these beads, but there are other makers, including the more-affordable, Chinese-crystals made by Thunder Polish and the Czech-cut, Preciosa Bicone crystal beads.
You may want to choose uniform sizes of Bicone crystal beads for earrings, but you can mix up the sizes, when designing a necklace. Experimenting with complementary colors, finishes or materials and sizes yield different results. Depending on what kind of jewelry you are making, you can choose from a consistent or random pattern, in your design.
Many beading enthusiasts use Bicone crystal beads to make interesting gifts, such as keychain embellishments or even, making mini-crystal balls, using a right-angle, bead-weaving technique. Because of their shapes, Bicone crystal beads are perfect for making a variety of things besides jewelry, but their reflective brilliance is why they are commonly used to make necklaces and earrings.
For beginners, it’s possible to experiment with simple designs, by using metallic wire and metallic Swarovski Bicone crystal beads, for example. Because crystals are known for adding a chic or elegant appearance to handmade jewelry, you can hardly make a mistake! The interesting shape of these beads will add reflective and sparkling qualities to any of your handmade projects, which is why they are a popular choice, over some other shapes.
Since they are available in a rainbow-spectrum of colors and they come in all sizes, it’s possible for all ages to use basic jewelry tools, designs and techniques to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings, using Bicone crystal beads. If you ask some of the more experienced beading enthusiasts about this type of bead, they are likely to tell you all kinds of ideas they have seen. Whether it’s a border on a store-bought scarf, handcrafted jewelry or unique magnets, there are projects that are specifically-designed for this shape.
When it comes to making handmade beaded jewelry, it’s easy to end up with sparkling, reflective results, regardless of which Bicone crystal beads you select. It’s a matter of using your creativity and some attractive jewelry wire. Differing lengths of strands yield a beautifully-crafted necklace and when laid-out in staggered rows of separated beads, a few beads can look sophisticated and classy.