A Little Crystal bling!
I bought these crystals a while ago. (Update: You can now purchase these crystals in our store here.) More like, I’ve been collecting these crystals because it was more than just one buying moment. They are not Swarovski Crystals, although I can’t tell the difference between these and Swarovski. They are cheaper by 30%. They are called Kangfu Crystals and are made in China. They are leaded 4 mm bicones and hand cut (not sure how that happens! . . . sounds like a lot of work). I imagine a line of people picking up each crystal and hand cutting them? I tend to not believe these little bicones are hand cut. I assume there is some kind of machine that does it. I know that Swarovski Crystals are cut by machine. I am digressing. The bottom line is these lead (and crystals apparently have to be about 30% lead in order to have those great qualities we associate with crystals) crystals are very lovely and were begging to be woven on the loom.
I wove my piece five crystals wide on C-Long fine weight cord. No need for a warp coil.
Thirty-seven rows later, I was done. This made it long enough to fit on one of our 3/4 inch wide leather cuffs (five crystals wide). That equals 185 crystals. We will be uploading to our Mirrix store 15 gram packages of these crystals for $30. That equals about 240 crystals. I imagine these will look gorgeous on one of those dog collars we are expecting in any day now.
Below is a shot of those gorgeous crystals.
So simple to weave and only took a hour.
The cuff all decorated with its bling: