Crystal Bead Jewelry Projects

Free Beading Projects and Patterns that Use Crystal Beads

Crystal beads are faceted glass beads with special brilliance and reflectivity.

For each of these patterns, you can substitute different brands of crystal beads. For example, you can use Swarovski crystal bicones instead of Chinese crystal bicones. In some cases, you may even be able to use different crystal shapes or slightly different sizes. Be creative and experiment.

Please click on the title of each project below to go directly to the pattern.

Edited by Lisa Yang

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    Crystal Loom Bracelet

    Completed Loom Bracelet
    Crystal loom bead bracelet. Lisa Yang

     If you are new to looming, there can be no more satisfying way to get started than by using larger beads like these crystals.  It makes the looming process much quicker and the results are dazzling.

    Learn how to make this loom bracelet with ribbon clamp selvage edge finish.

    Difficulty level: Advanced Beginner

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    Easy Crystal Bead Tennis Bracelet

    Crystal Bead Tennis Bracelet DIY
    Sparkling crystal beads and size 11 cylinder beads strung together on this flash-tastic bracelet. © Lisa Yang

    Tennis bracelets are one of those things that will never go out of style. This classic bracelet design combines 4 mm crystal bicones and cylinder beads stitched up using single-needle right angle weave. The result is a substantial bracelet that is supple and full of sparkle.

    Use Swarovski clear AB finish crystals for the maximum light reflection.

    Difficulty level: Beginner

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    Queen of the Nile Cube and Crystal Bead Bracelet

    cube and crystal bead bracelet
    Queen of the Nile Cube and Crystal Bracelet. Jennifer VanBenschoten

     The Queen of the Nile is a gorgeous, sparkly eye catching bracelet that is super easy to make.  The only stitch you need to know is ladder stitch - and you can make this bracelet without even knowing you are doing ladder stitch!

    Cube beads and crystals combine for a one of a kind wide cuff bracelet that you'll want to make in several color combinations.

    Difficulty Level: Beginner

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    Crystal Ornament

    Crystal Ornament pattern
    Deborah Roberti. Crystal Ornament by Deborah Roberti

    Deborah Roberti's beadwork patterns are a favorite, and this little ornament is a great example of her creativity. Learn how to make it in this free pattern from Around the Beading Table.

    Difficulty level: Beginner

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    Garden Necklace

    Garden Necklace beading pattern
    Deborah Roberti. Garden Necklace by Deborah Roberti

    Also from Around the Beading Table, this sparkling necklace uses crystal bicones, round beads, and Delica cylinder beads. This project can easily be adapted for holidays, prom, or even weddings.

    Difficulty level: Beginner to Intermediate

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    Crystal Chain Bracelet

    Crystal Chain bracelet beading pattern
    Deborah Roberti. Crystal Chain Bracelet by Deborah Roberti

    This pattern takes a slightly different, lacy approach to bead weaving with crystals. I love it! It's also courtesy of Around the Beading Table.

    Difficulty level: Beginner

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    Triangle Weave Bracelet

    Triangle Weave Bracelet pattern
    Deborah Roberti. Triangle Weave Bracelet by Deborah Roberti

    Learn embellished triangle weave while stitching up this elegant bracelet. It's a nice example of how you can combine crystals with Czech fire polished beads.

    Difficulty level: Beginner to Intermediate

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    Double Bicone Crystal Earrings

    Double Bicone Rivoli Pendant
    Double Bicone Rivoli Pendant. Jennifer VanBenschoten

     This project uses bezeled rivoli crystals surrounded by 3mm and 6mm bicone crystals to form a decadent star shaped pendant. It is easy to substitute the colors and sizes of this project to scale it larger or smaller based on the size rivoli you have available.

    Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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    Crystal Snowflake Earrings

    Crystal Beaded Snowflake
    Crystal Bead Snowflake Tutorial. &C Chris Franchetti Michaels

     These earrings are a little challenging at first, but once you understand that it is a bunch of beaded figure eight shapes surrounding a center ring, it stitches together very quickly.

    Makes a great pair of earrings, pendant or small ornament or package decoration.

    Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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    Swarovski Elements Pearl Flower Pendant

    This tutorial from Fire Mountain Gems is a great way to learn the basics of making a multi-layered flower using a variety of top-drilled crystal drop beads. 

    The diagram can be a little confusing, but you are making two separate flowers using crystal drops and then attaching them with a pearl center to form a stunning crystal pendant. 

    Additional instructions tell you how to customize a chain by adding crystal beads with simple wire loops for a stunning necklace.

    Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate

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    Swarovski Elements Drop Pendant (PDF)

    This project directly from Swarovski uses a 24mm metal washer wrapped with what they call a textile band to cover the metal and then wire to add round and drop shaped crystals.

    Don't be confused by the term textile band, you can use ribbon or any finished 5mm wide material to cover the washer.  

    Difficulty level: Beginner with some basic wire skills

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    Swarovski Netted Bead Ring Pendant

    This stunning beaded ring pendant by Swarovski uses a two needle beaded netting stitch with 2mm, 3mm and 6mm crystal beads to weave a fabulous focal pendant.  Hung on a ribbon, the finished necklace is both elegant and feminine.

    Difficulty level: Beginner to Intermediate