How To Make The Best Swarovski Crystal Sun Catcher Gifts
Do you have a sun catcher memory? Mine goes back to my grandmothers living room. She had beautiful crystal sun catchers in almost every window. And since her living room faced east, each morning the sun would come bursting in filling the room with sparkles. It was beautiful!
Since each person seems to have a connection with crystal sun catchers, it only seems fitting to figure out a way to DIY them for great gifts.
Plus, I’ve found an easy way to create beautiful Swarovski crystal sun catchers that are not only very easy but super cheap too. #winwin
It all takes a little planning to catch a sale at your craft store, but it will be worth it once you find your deal. And even if you pay full price… it’s not very expensive, and totally worth it.
For these simple DIY crystal sun catchers, you can make them in under 20 minutes each. And once you get the hang of the process, it will take you considerably less time.
Plus, you can make one for only around $5 each. Isn’t that exciting?!!
Plus, this is a fun project that you can get the family involved. The kids can help to string the beads, and of course, help you pick them out.
This post is part of our 30 Days of Homemade Gifts Series. 30 gifts that are easy (and cheap) to make, but also something you’ll be proud to give.
Each Homemade Gift has to meet 5 stipulations in order to maximize your money and make it easy for a busy mom to do:
- Easy to obtain supplies – Supplies are things you might already have on hand or are easy to find at Walmart or a craft store so you can get them in the same day you want to make it.
- Easy to make – Supplies are easy to work with or use so that anyone could do it… not caustic… so you could do the craft with your kids.
- Quick to make – It can be made in 30 minutes or less so it’s possible to make this gift in the middle of the night with products most likely already have on hand. (Note: It takes extra dry time and baking time for this project.)
- Cheap to make – You should be able to make the project without spending more than $10.
- Substantial – Each gift is “big” enough that you’ll feel confident giving it alone and not having to add a gift card to it.
Multiple uses – Multiple gifts can be made out of the same supplies giving you options to use up all the supplies you buy.
Saving Money Double Bonus: Try to think about what you already have on hand to upcycled and save more money.
So are you excited about learning how to make these Swarovski crystal sun catchers? Let’s get to DIYing!
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Rumors have been swirling in the beading and jewelry communities for at least several months now about what is going to happen with Swarovski beads, pearls and fancy stones. Although we urged y’all not to panic buy since the dust had not settled yet, we now have a much clearer picture of the landscape and we’re sorry to say it is not looking too great for lovers of Swarovski.
We have received final word that our suppliers (official Swarovski importers) will not be allowed to sell any more Swarovski beads, stones and other components to us starting in September of 2021. Now we do know that the Swarovski family is not in full agreement in this decision and lawsuits are wending their way through European courts as we speak but for all intents and purposes as it stands right now, Swarovski beads, fancy stones and other components will only be available to the producers and designers of luxury finished products who sign an agreement with Swarovski.
What this means
Currently Eureka will only be able to purchase Swarovski products through the end of the summer (Click to see our current selection and stock). We are trying to stock up on a lot of staples so that we can continue to have stock for you all but after September all of our Swarovski beads, stones and pearls will be considered discontinued and will only be available while supplies last.
What we still don’t know
Although we will be allowed to continue to sell Swarovski products until we sell out of them, it is unclear if we will have to scrub the brand name “Swarovski” off of these items. It may be possible that Swarovski can require us to do this but so far they have not made this intention known. If we do have to remove the brand name, we will most likely substitute the generic “Austrian Crystal” for these products so that savvy beaders will know they are authentic Swarovski, even if we are not allowed to say so.
What you can do
First, if you are someone who uses a lot of Swarovski products for your business or hobby, take stock of what you have and see if you can plan what you will need over the next several months. For some designs, you just need the right component and nothing else will work – these are the items to stock up on now if you have not already. Basic colors like Crystal AB are also a good idea because they will work for so many different projects. Having this stash in place will give you the leeway to start playing with different products that you can use for substitutes in your designs once Swarovski beads and fancy stones are impossible to get.
Try our newly added Preciosa bicones to substitute for Swarovski bicones or Preciosa Maxima Pearls (coming to Eureka SOON!) for Swarovski Crystal Pearls. We have just launched our Exclusive line of Krakovski Crystal Fancy stones which can be substituted for your favorite Swarovski stones. We have had such a huge response to these new crystal fancy stones that all of our stock sold out right away! We are in the process of adding deeper stock and many new colors and shapes as well so stay tuned for more from Krakovski Crystal!
And most of all, don’t panic! Yes, Swarvoski will no longer be in the picture, but this time of upheaval is also a great time to look around and get inspired by all the new products that will come to fill the gap. It’s a great opportunity to fall in love with new items, create new designs and sharpen your creative skills!
What do you think about these big changes with Swarovski? Are you sad to see them leave the DIY sphere or are you ready to move on? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Many of you may already have heard a lot of chatter and rumor about the possibility Swarovski will soon stop making their iconic crystals. This will undoubtedly impact resellers and jewelry makers everywhere, and especially those who design tutorials and sell kits.
Fire Mountain Gems, as a large distributor, has been in touch with Swarovksi. In their latest newsletter, they said, "We do know Swarovski is streamlining the global distribution of their components division. The good news is Swarovski plans to maintain a limited number of affiliate distributors resulting in much closer partnerships. What this means for all of us is that Swarovski will be discontinuing a large amount of their product offerings by the end of 2020. They have assured us we will be able to purchase and supply Swarovski crystals to you through September 2021."Sam Wescott of Wescott Jewelryshared several mentions from other distributors in her blog post. So what happened to make Swarovski lose its business sparkle?
This family owned company, founded way back in 1895, has been in a tight corner for some years as it struggled to adapt to changing consumer tastes and global competition. The pandemic made things worse - 3,000 Swarovski boutiques in near empty malls. Revenues have fallen by a third this year. Their main historic manufacturing plant is also floundering. The company is in the process of reorganizing, shedding some 6,000 jobs or 20% of their workforce so far.
According to Bloomberg, the new CEO Robert Buchbauer, himself a member of the dynasty, is trying to push through plans to make the company slimmer by shrinking low margin mass market products and shift focus to more profitable ones. The turnaround plan is expected to take a few years. Not all the family are in agreement but Buchbauer is likely to prevail. He believes these steps are necessary for the long term survival of the company.
“It’s very painful for everybody, but we have to take the steps that we should have taken years ago,” said Buchbauer, 54. In the future, Swarovski will focus on higher quality products with unique designs rather than trying to offer everything for everybody, he said. “Swarovski crystals on a 10-euro T-shirt don’t add to our profitability and hurt our brand image.”
So if all goes to plan, we are going to see a greatly reduced range of loose crystals and beads after next year or so and from far fewer distributors. What that limited range remains to be seen.
Apart from that Swarovski name, we will not be out of our crystal staples. Their competitors are sure to fill the void once Swarovski withdraws from the craft market. And offer lower price points.
I can see 3 main sources of crystals as we go forward :
The Czech based Preciosa already produces a wide variety of great beads including these beautiful light amethyst AB bicones available from SussmansSupplyCo on Etsy.
The Chinese manufacturers whose crystals are available from many vendors are also in the game. They too produce good crystals which are difficult to tell apart from Swarovski crystals with the naked eye. I compared them using the macro function of my iPhone. The crystals below are slightly different tones of blue but can you tell which is which?
The Swarvoski bicone is the one above left.
I also took another photo with clear crystals. The Swarvoski is the one with the AB finish on the left. The Chinese crystals appear a little wider at the top and bottom but otherwise the faceting is similar.
So if you have favourite patterns you use again and again or if you are a tutorial designer, do check to make sure your patterns still work with substitutes or else they may need some adjustment.
At a normal viewing range, the Chinese crystals below are just as sparkly as the Swarvoski ones in my collection.
|Chinese made crystals|
The third source of crystals will likely be real Swarovski crystals hoarded by beadaholics everywhere! Yes, you! I can see many putting up their Swarovskis for sale in the coming months! I might well be one of those as I have some which are no longer of use to me.
Is having Swarovski products important to you? Or are alternatives okay? Do you plan to stock up in the coming months?
Please leave your comments below.
SEE UPDATE : Swarovski and Alternative Crystals Comparisons | Buying Swarovski Crystals in the Future | Brand Control Agreement
H/T to Aims of BigBlueBarnDesigns
I used my iPhone 8+ for final product photography in natural light. I used the Orangemonkie studio which comes equipped with LED lights - for artificial light photography in my windowless basement studio. The Foldio2 Plus is excellent . I use the Foldio3 because I need the room for tutorial photography.
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A Complete Guide to Crystals from SWAROVSKI® Assortment
As a Swarovski authorized wholesaler we have received thousands of questions over past twelve years. And we get it. Swarovski loose crystals assortment is extremly complex and difficult to navigate through. Without some basic understanding it is quite hard to choose and order the right crystals for your jewelry, fashion and craft projects. In order to make that process a little bit easier for you, we prepared this overview of Swarovski crystal categories.
Crystals from SWAROVSKI®, in past also known (and today still referred to) as Swarovski Elements, can be divided into two main groups: standard products and forward integrated items.
Standard Swarovski Crystals
These crystals have a 4-digit item number and fall under 6 main categories:
- Round Stones (a.k.a. Chatons)
- Flat Backs No Hotfix & Flat Backs Hotfix
- Sew-on Stones & Crystal Buttons
- Fancy Stones
- Pearls & Beads
- Pendants & BeCharmed Collection
These products are a part of “in stock program”. Generally speaking, this means that they are being manufactured regularly and consistently. Of course, each product in a particular size and color has its status:
- in program = being produced on a regular basis
- special production = being produced on demand with huge MOQ (minimum order quantity), usually 14 400 pcs
- out of program = being discontinued
- future out of program = being currently produced but going out of program soon
- out of program with discount, if available = discontinued with additional discount for remaining stocks
We always advise our customers to keep in mind the status of a certain product in a particular size and color. If you’re not sure whether your desired crystal is standard or not, you can always contact us. Read more about each of these categories below.
Swarovski Forward Integrated Items
On the other hand, these products are being produced upon customer’s wish and order. Since you first have to configurate them, i.e., you have to choose, for example, type, size and color of carrier material, plating, setting, stone etc., prices vary and there is no fix price list for them. These items usually have a 5-digit item number and can be also divided into 6 main categories:
- Cupchains and Findings
- Plastic Trimmings (Basic Bandings and Mini Rondelles)
- Metal Trimmings (Flat Back Bandings, Rivets, Rose Pins, 3D Studs, Roses Montées and Chaton Montées)
- Synthetics (Crystal Graphic, Crystal Rocks, Crystal Fine Rocks, Crystal Ultra Fine Rocks, Crystal Medley, Crystal Galuchat)
- Crystal Mesh
- Hotfix Transfers
6 Main Swarovski Crystal Categories
Swarovski Round Stones
Round Stones start with number 1 and have a pointed back. There are 17 shapes available in this category, but the most popular ones are 1088 and 1122. You might be wondering why some of these stones have a letter U or F next to their numbers. The letter F stands for Foiled, which means that the crystal has metal foiling on the back which reflects the light and produces that so much desirable shine and sparkle. Without the foiling the light just passes through the crystal and that’s what the letter U denotes – Unfoiled. Unfoiled crystals are, therefore, transparent, you can see the surface behind them, which limits their usage.
When talking about bestselling crystals in tis category there is one more thing we would like to point out. The round stone 1088 starts with the size PP14 (∅ 2 mm). If you need smaller size, then choose the cut 1028 which starts with PP2 (∅ 0,90 mm) and goes up to PP13 (∅ 1,90 mm). Generally speaking, round stones are most often used for jewelry design, but many fashion designers also use them for textile embellishment by sewing them on the garment with an appropriate sew-on setting. Another way to use these round stones is to glue them with Swarovski Ceralun 2-component clay which is available in 17 colors.
At the bottom of this category in our shop you will find the plastic color chart set with real stones which shows you all the colors that a particular product or product group comes in. Last year we wrote an article explaining Swarovski color variations. In that article you can download all color charts in PDF format so we’re not going to go into too much detail on that here.
Flat Backs Hotfix and No Hotfix
Flat Back crystals start with number 2 and have a flat reverse side so that you can glue them on to various surfaces. They come in 60 different shapes and in plenty of colors. For Flat Backs No Hotfix you need an external glue. People use them mainly for nailart, textile, shoes and home décor items. The 2 most popular cuts are 2058, which goes up to size SS 10 (∅ 2,70 – 2,90 mm), and 2088, which starts with SS12 (∅ 2 – 3,20 mm) and goes up to SS48 (∅ 10,90 – 11,30 mm).
Flat Backs Hotfix come with a thin layer of a heat sensitive glue on the reverse side. This glues is being activated by the heat of a household iron, hotfix applicator or heat press. This kind of application guarantees a long lasting crystal effect which is so much desirable when it comes embellishing of textile, dance dresses, gymnastic leotards, etc. The 2 most commonly used shapes of Flat Backs No HF are 2038 and 2078.
Depending on the shape, Swarovski sew-on crystals come with 1, 2 or 3 holes and are perfect for sewing onto clothes, wedding dresses, home accessories, etc. You can also combine them with other types of crystals to create one of a kind sparkling jewelry. These crystals start with number 3 and the most popular in this category are Swarovski 3288 Xirius and 3223 Navette Sew-on Stone.
Swarovski Fancy Stones come in a range of sizes, colors and cuts, from a classic gemstone shape to a tear, flower or heart shaped crystals. In this category we have 185 items, so make sure to go to the next page when browsing through our shop if you don’t find the item you’re looking for on the first page. The majority of fancy stones have a matching setting which allows you to create colorful sparkly earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces. Fancy stones will definitely make a great addition to any jewelry-making, beading or crafting project. Important to remember is that these crystals always start with number 4.0
Crystal Pearls and Beads
Although both of these start with number 5, they actually fall under 2 different categories.
Crystal Pearls are made of a unique crystal core covered with an innovative coating that creates a silky-smooth rounded surface. They are available in a variety of shapes sizes and colors with the 5810 being the most popular one. Unfortunately, in our B2B shop you cannot see the colors, so again, go to our previously mentioned blog post on Swarovski color charts.Or even better, order a physical color chart, which is not only showing you the colors, but also different shapes and sizes of Swarovski crystal pearls.
Swarovski Beads also come in a variety of shapes sizes and colors. From the classic round beads over hexagon and letter beads to special shapes like skull, heart, star, flower, butterfly, etc. Initially meant for jewelry, Swarovski beads are now even more popular among fashion designers who use them for stunning beading work. The most popular cut in this category is Swarovski 5328 Bicone Bead which comes in more than 200 color variations. As usual, a plastic color chart is also available for this product group.
These items start with number 6 and allow you to design effortlessly stunning necklaces or bracelets. Simply attach a bail and add it to a gold or silver chain to create a unique jewelry piecet. Swarovski pendants come in various shapes, but we would like to bring to your attention this beautiful 6228 Xilion Heart. It is available in more than 100 colors. Here is a 3-D view from our B2B shop which shows it in all of its beauty and sparkle.
It’s not that complicated after all, ha?
We hope that we’ve managed to simplify and explain Crystals from SWAROVSKI® assortment with this article. Should you still feel somehow lost in this “crystal labyrinth” do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to guide you and bring clarity. And if you want to order Swarovski Crystals from our B2B webshop, we’ve made a special tutorial for you. It explains how to find the items you’re looking for and place your order.
And now we want to hear you. Are you familiar with all these Swarovski categories and subcategories? Which crystals do you use most often?
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