Beadweaving designs by Justine Gage

Swarovski Showstopper Necklace

This year I made an entry for the Beadworkers Guild Crystal Anniversary competition: The Swarovski Showstopper!. The brief was to make something stunning that featured mostly swarovski crystals. DSC02254sm

I used a combination of my ‘Windows and Arches’ design, with added ‘St Pete’s Pendant’ elements. For this design I decided to take windows and arches a step further, and make my first triple windows. This meant there would be three rows, each requiring a different colour.

For the St Pete’s pendants, I decided to make them a little finer by shrinking the beads to size 15/0 and adding swarovski ‘sequins’ or bicones around the edge. I also added more ‘drop’ sections.


Unexpectedly I found that it also makes a lovely headdress for my daughter!



So, it didn’t win, not least because of the very high standard of the other competitors.

Things that I would do differently? I now realize that because I used all of the same colour of duo beads, I missed out on the crossing over effect, that is the main point of this design.


Also there was a certain lack of finesse in the way that I incorporated the St Pete’s elements. Lessons learned for next time…


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I am a bead designer who especially enjoys making beaded beads.

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