When I first saw the cool shape of Swarovski’s crystal dome beads (from their Fall/Winter 2014/15 Innovations), two thoughts immediately came to my mind – bell and angel skirt.
This tutorial shows you how to use these sparkling faceted beads to make angel skirts for earring designs. The exact same combinations can also be used to make single angels for pendants, bookmarks, gift tags, and more!
There are two styles of Swarovski dome beads to choose from. The large dome beads give you a more elongated shape:
The small dome beads have a more rounded out bell shape:
The main components of any crystal angel design are: halos, heads, wing beads, and bodies:
TierraCast makes a variety of wing bead styles. Additional wing beads are also available in base metal and sterling silver.
Popular bead styles for halos include heishi, and beaded heishi beads as well as rhinestone rondelles.
Here are several combinations of halos, wings, and bodies in different colors and sizes. For a complete parts list of supplies ready to buy, click each image below! (Or browse our Rings & Things Design Gallery.)
Other popular shapes for body include the Teardrop bead and the cone-shaped Swarovski Crystal Artemis bead.
Keep in mind that angels can be any color! Choose whatever colors you like for whatever mood you’re in!
No matter whether you’re preparing for Christmas or you’re a year round angel aficionado, take inspiration from these designs and create your own heavenly host.