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If you have spent any time looking at gemstone beads, you already know that there are a lot of options out there. They come in different colors, shapes and sizes, and the options are virtually limitless. If you are looking for something that is really unique, though, druzy beads could be just the ticket. Also known as druise, druse or drusy, these beads are stones that have formed a coating of small crystals. While the crystals are usually quartz, they could also be amethyst, agate or another type of gemstone. These stones occur naturally and they can be used to create various types of beads.
Druzy beads are gorgeous and incredibly eye-catching. However, many jewelry designers struggle when trying to figure out how to use them in their creations. Whether you are a novice jewelry maker, though, or an expert, there are several ways to use these unique stones. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use druzy beads in jewelry.
When you want to create jewelry that is sure to turn heads, consider making earrings out of druzy beads. When your ears are adorned with these sparkling gems, you are sure to grab attention everywhere you go. Because they are coated in countless crystals with multiple surfaces, druzy beads catch the light and shimmer like you would not believe. For this reason, they make amazing earrings.
If you have small druzy beads, you can make them into a pair of studs by simply gluing them onto stud earring findings. For beads that are bezel set, simply snip off the rings and sand the edges smooth. If the beads you are using are not bezel set, you can glam them up a bit by simply painting the outside of the stone using a gold, silver or bronze paint pen.
Dangly earrings more your style? There are plenty of ways to use druzy beads to create those, too. Druzy focal beads work well for dangly styles, but you can use any stones that catch your eye. If you have a small druzy bead, you can attach it to a scrap piece of leather along with a few accent beads to create one-of-a-kind designs that rival those that are available in high-end stores. Attach bails to the back and then use a chain to attach the earring wire to your creation.
If you love unique earrings, there are several ways to make them using druzy beads. Feel free to experiment to come up with your own designs. These stones are extremely versatile and pair well with a wide range of other stones and metals, so there is really no “wrong” way to use them.
One of the great things about how eye-catching druzy beads are is that it makes them excellent focal beads. These shimmering stones are so beautiful that using just a single one in a necklace or bracelet can make the entire piece.
If you want to use druzy focal beads to create necklaces, consider wire wrapping them. Wire-wrapped jewelry is “in” right now, and using druzy beads can make it is easier than you may think. In fact, you only need beads and a few basic supplies, including wire, needle nose pliers, jump rings, wire cutters and necklace chain. Check out the full tutorial on how to make wire-wrapped druzy pendants here.
You can also use focal druzies to create lovely statement bracelets. You can make one using a single focal bead on a chain or by pairing a focal druzy with several accent beads. Seed beads work well for this. If you want to create an especially bold piece, try mixing several druzy focal beads with coordinating accent beads. Use your accent beads to evenly space the focal beads to create a beautiful and eye-catching piece of jewelry.