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, then put them all in to one course, Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop.

In this course, Kelly lays the foundation for creating beaded bezels, expands them in fun directions, then shares ideas on how to use these gems in finished beaded designs. First up, Kelly shows how to create bezels for round crystals.

beaded bezels for round stone, by Kelly Wiese

beaded bezles for round stones

From a smaller chaton to a rivoli, Kelly walks us through the steps, bead by bead, covering the tubular peyote base and netting she used for each size stone.

Along the way, Kelly works in a lot of tips and tricks so we are sure to have great success, whether creating just one bezeled crystal or a whole series for connecting into a bracelet, like we can see in her Delicate Details Bracelet.

Delicate Details bracelet, by Kelly Wiese

Delicate Details bracelet, by Kelly Wiese

One tip from the first lesson in the Crystal Beaded Bezels Online Workshop is, as your 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, and you watch Kelly weaving, 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. To have at the ready what she is using though, here are the materials utilized in the first chapter:

  • 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

Each lesson is offered in video format as well as includes written instructions with photos. The video and instructions are easily referred to later as they live in your “library.” During the actual course, you will also have access to Kelly and can ask her questions as you make progress. You sure can’t beat that!

In the second part of the first lesson, Kelly shows how to create a bezel for the Swarovski crystal vision stone. Once the base of the bezel is established, Kelly shows how to add herringbone “spokes,” and then how to transition back to peyote to finish. She then discusses embellishing. beaded flower bezel in progress

Materials needed for this section of the course:

  • 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)

In the 2nd lesson, Kelly shows how to create beaded bezels for rectangular crystals. These are not only beautiful they offer a completely different look.
Beaded bezels for rectangular crystals

For the first part of lesson two, Kelly uses

  • 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)

In the bezels for thinner rectangular stones, Kelly makes use of multiple stitches. She starts the base with peyote then transitions to brick stitch, and then to netting. Along the way she incorporates 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

In the second part, of lesson 2, Kelly uses:

  • 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)

She again incorporates multiple stitches in the beaded bezel tutorial, working with right-angle weave and netting. She further enhances the look with embellishments.

Embellished right-angle weave and netting beaded bezel

Embellished right-angle weave and netting beaded bezel

Kelly’s course is for sure going to get you creating beaded bezels for crystals and maybe even other stones. Kelly gives us great confidence in knowing we can modify the basics she offers to suit the stones we have on hand or those we fall in love with on our next shopping trip!

And as you progress and expand your skills – 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.

Have beaded bezel tips you can offer or something on beading in general? We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Enjoy Kelly’s beaded bezel tutorials then happy bezeling!
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