Review and Giveaway: Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Magazine, Issue Sound

 Swarovski recently contacted me about their in-house magazine, asking if I’d like to check it out.  And of course I said yes!  Anything that celebrates fashionable creativity – especially with the high-end name of Swarovski attached – is a must-see in my book!

See the beautiful heat-embossed texture on the crystals on the cover!

The Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements magazine, founded in 2007, is published once a year in Austria [the birthplace of Swarovski].  It typically includes new products in the Swarovski line, tons of tutorials using the crystal elements, ideas and tips, and interviews with artists and makers.  It is mainly available online here, but is also available in select Swarovski Elements retailers throughout the world.  With this fifth issue (Issue Sound), the editors have included the many instances of how Swarovski has collaborated with the music industry for show-stopping costumes, accessories, and stagewear in the past, as well as music-inspired projects that would get any crystal enthusiast excited.  Covering a wide range of techniques from stringing, bead-crimping, papercraft, resin-coating, sewing, and bead-ironing (!), the 10 step-by-step projects can easily be customized or adapted to your own personal taste, and feature large step-by-step photos that are easy to follow.  (You can also find some of these projects available at The Swarovski Create Your Style community celebrates DIY and crafts utilizing Swarovski Elements, including makers and crystal-lovers from all over the world.

I personally love Swarovski crystal (the brilliance, cut, sparkle, and quality is unmatched by any other crystal brand), and have used Swarovski items in many of my projects and DIYs before (see: Subversive Jewelry Sunken Treasure Necklace; Gossip Girl-Inspired Crochet-and-Bead Necklace for example)  Though not all the projects in the magazine are things I personally would try, I can easily follow the directions for some of the more unfamiliar techniques to apply them in different projects (can’t wait to try that Cocktail Decoration Bead-Ironing project (pictured above), for instance!)

Swarovski has generously sent me an extra copy of Issue Sound to give away to one lucky Chic Steals reader.  Here’s how to enter:

Win a Copy of the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Magazine Issue Sound!

How to Enter

Edited 5/26: The entry period is now over and the winner will be announced shortly.


1. Like Chic Steals on Facebook. (I have a “Like” button in my right sidebar, under “Never Miss a Post!”  Click it to “Like!”)

2. Leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ve used Swarovski crystal in a project before. (1 entry)  (Example: “I made a necklace with a big Swarovski pendant last year and I loved how it sparkled!” or “I’ve never used Swarovski crystal before but I really want to try out a project from this magazine” or something like that.)


3. Swarovski is also offering another copy of the magazine for giveaway on their Facebook page.  So visit their Facebook page and enter there (daily, if you like), to increase your chances of winning a copy of the magazine. (unlimited daily entries until May 31).  This giveaway chance is unaffiliated with Chic Steals.

Total: 1 entry per person for the Chic Steals giveaway, daily entries from now until May 31 on Swarovski’s Facebook page.

Giveaway open to U.S.-based readers only.

Giveaway period is open from now until Friday, May 25, 11:59 PM PST.

Winner chosen by and notified by email.


Good luck!
FTC Disclosure: I was sent 2 copies of Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements magazine; one as a review copy and one to give away to a reader. For more information, see my Disclosure Policy.
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