10.12.2006

Swarovski Crystals

What is a Swarovski Crystal?

Swarovski Crystal is the brand name for the range of precision cut crystal glass produced by companies owned by Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, near Zurich, Switzerland. Austrian glass cutter and jeweller, Daniel Swarovski (1862-1956), began cutting multi-faceted crystals at the end of the 19th century creating new opportunities for jewelry makers everywhere. In 1892 he invented the automatic cutting machine creating new dimensions to raw crystals. Then in 1895, Daniel Swarovski established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens, which marks the beginning of the Swarovski Company.

How are Swarovski Crystals Made?
Swarovski Crystal is manufactured from a man made raw material and does not occur naturally. The formula for these man made crystals was perfected by Daniel Swarovski and his three sons. The crystals contain 32% lead to maximize refraction, which categorized Swarovski crystals as a "fully leaded crystal." Although lead can be a toxic substance, wearing leaded crystal jewelry does not pose a health risk
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When these raw materials are produced, they are cut and polished using the superior techniques invented by Daniel Swarovski. Swarovski Crystals are unmatched in quality and brilliance. No competitor has come close to the sharp facet angels, symmetry and exceptional sparkle of the Swarovski Crystal. They are considered the "Diamond of the Crystal Market."Swarovski Crystals

How are Swarovski Crystals used?
Swarovski Crystals are used in crystal sculptures and miniatures, jewelry and couture, home decor, chandeliers, beads and rhinestones. They are the most popular element and crystals used in jewelry today. Their increasing demand has lead to the hundreds of shapes, colors, sizes and finishes. The Swarovski company has been able to replicate the colors of semiprecious and precious gemstones such as Amethyst, Alexandrite, Aquamarine, Citrine, Emerald, Garnet, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, Topaz and many more. The abundance in selection available from Swarovski Crystals has paved the
way for unique handmade creations and jewelry everywhere.

Unique Handmade Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals-Kincaidesigns Handmade Jewelry

Kincaidesigns is proud to use Swarovski Crystals in their unique handmade jewelry designs. The Swarovski Crystal is a valuable and unique accent to the glass beads, semiprecious stones and pearls we use in our jewelry designs. We invite you to shop at the Glass Art and Handmade Jewelry Shop at Kincaidesigns for your Unique Swarovski Crystal embellished handmade jewelry.

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10.11.2006

Handcrafted Glass Beads

What is lampworking and how is a glass bead created?
Glass rods are melted and wound on a mandrel using either Moretti (Effetre) or Bullseye glass, there are other brands of glass, however these are the two types of art glass used in Kincaidesigns Handmade Jewelry. This glass comes in long rods and their diameters range, not usually exceeding a quarter inch for bead making. The glass begins to move at around 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, and the glass is workable (it can be shaped or molded) at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many different tools used in flameworking, usually made of stainless steel or graphite. Graphite tools are used because they don't stick to the hot glass. Stainless steel tools will stick to hot glass while in the flame or when its at it's hottest temperatures, however, they are very effective in shaping glass when properly used. Each of the glass beads are individually flameworked (torch-blown) and properly kiln-annealed overnight.

By annealing the glass beads, they are guaranteed hard as rocks, durable enough for everyday wear with long lasting heirloom quality. When a glass bead is finished, the hot bead (while still on the mandrel), is placed in a kiln heated at 960°F. The annealing process releases the stress from the glass and slowly cools the beads down to room temperature. Cooling the glass beads too quickly will cause them to crack.

Handcrafted Glass Frog Bead KeychainAll the handmade jewelry at Kincaidesigns is made using lampwork glass beads, which are handcrafted by the artist, Holly Kincaid. Also used in the handmade jewelry are Swarovski crystals, pearls, semiprecious stones, sterling silver and gold fill materials, which will be covered in posts to come.

To shop for your own unique handmade jewelry, visit www.kincaidesigns.com.


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