Beaded Bezel Tutorial for Crystals by Kelly Wiese

There are several ways and different stitches you can use to create beaded bezels for crystals. Kelly Wiese has put together beaded bezel tutorial after tutorial.

beaded bezels for round stone, by Kelly Wiese

beaded bezels for round stones

In them, Kelly takes the time to lay a foundation for creating beaded bezels, expands them in fun directions, then shares ideas on how to use these gems in finished designs.

These beautiful bezels for round crystals only begin to show all the potential variations. As you learn more, you can even create a whole series of bezeled crystals to connect into a bracelet, like we see in her Delicate Details Bracelet (shown as the featured image).

In one of her past courses, “Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop” (no longer available) Kelly provided these helpful tips.

Beaded Bezel Tips from Kelly

One tip is, as you’re beading, count out the beads needed for your next row, so as you work the tubular peyote you don’t lose track of where you are in your weaving. This is not a novel concept for many, but when you see it in practice, you can really see the benefit, especially when learning a new stitch.

Kelly Wiese's bead mat, counting out beads for each row

The wonderful thing about how Kelly approaches each technique is how she advises to make the bezels adaptable to different size stones and beads, so you are not limited to the specific beads and crystals she is using. For example, in her old course, these were the materials she utilized (you can see it was quite a range):

  • Size 11 Japanese seed beads
  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads
  • Size D Nymo thread or FireLine® 6lb
  • Beading needles
  • ss29 chatons Swarovski #1088
  • 12mm Swarovski crystal vision stone #1681
  • 12mm Swarovski rivoli #1122
  • 24x8mm rectangular Swarovski crystal #4547
  • 18x13mm Swarovski crystal #4610
  • Beading mat
  • Scissors

Here is a bezel Kelly made for the Swarovski crystal vision stone. Once the base of the bezel is established, you’d add herringbone “spokes,” and then transition back to peyote to finish. You can further embellish from there.beaded flower bezel in progress

These are the materials she used in this example:

  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for accent color (A)
  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for main color (B)
  • Size 11 Japanese seed beads for accent color (C)
  • Size 11 Japanese seed beads for main color (D)
  • 12mm Swarovski #1681 crystal vision stone (E)

For yet another variation, Kelly created these beaded bezels for rectangular crystals. These are not only beautiful they offer a completely different look.
Beaded bezels for rectangular crystals

These are the materials she used in this variation:

  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for main color
  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for an accent color 8—3mm bicone crystals
  • 2—4mm bicone crystals
  • 24x8mm rectangular crystal (Swarovski #4547)

For bezels for thinner rectangular stones, Kelly suggests making use of multiple stitches. Start the base with peyote then transition to brick stitch, and then to netting. Along the way you can incorporate complementary crystals which makes for a very unique and romantic look, something Kelly is known for around here.

Beaded Bezel for thinner rectangular bezels

Beaded Bezel for thinner rectangular bezels

These are the materials she used in this variation:

Embellished right-angle weave and netting beaded bezel

Embellished right-angle weave and netting beaded bezel

  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for a main color
  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for an accent color
  • Size 11 Japanese seed beads for a main color
  • Size 15 Japanese seed beads for an accent color
  • 18×13 rectangular crystal (Swarovski #4610)

Kelly will definitely get you creating beaded bezels for crystals and maybe even other stones.

Kelly has many other projects that use these foundation skills. Be sure to check out her book, A Beaded Romance, and A Little More Beaded Romance for some signature Kelly Wiese beadweaving patterns.

Happy Beading!
Tammy

Featured Image: Delicate Details bracelet, by Kelly Wiese


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