Dazzle-it Kumihimo Braid With New Aluminum Chain

This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.

The braid is a unique one.

It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.

I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.

Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap.  Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.

The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward.  To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.

Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.

You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.

I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable.  The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.

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Showroom Jewels by Adela Kodonova

We love to share some of the pieces of jewelry that you would see during a visit to our showroom.  If you shop online, you can see them here on the blog.  Designer Adela Kodonova has created quite a few of our samples.  This necklace series was designed to demonstrate how you could incorporate wire spirals into your projects.

Spiral Makers create perfect spirals out of Artistic Wire, German Style Wire and any other soft wire 20 ga (0.81 mm) and smaller. Use colorful spirals to embellish jewelry, scrapbooks and paper crafts. 

 

Tip: count the number of turns to re-create the same size coils for multiple coils, or perfectly matching earring dangles.

This second necklace is simple and elegant.   You could easily make earring to match.

 

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Miyuki Upcycled Button Pendants

With so many Miyuki beads in our catalog it is easy to colour match virtually any project.

These necklaces begin with vintage linens.  So many old linens have hand embroidery that is exceptional.  Saving the hand sewn portions of a piece of damaged antique linen is a passion.  Many of these items end up in the landfill because they are stained or torn.

I use button covers to repurpose parts of the linens I find.

Once my buttons are made, I select beads that will highlight the hand embroidery.

I did say colours were limitless!

I simply beaded around the edge of my button to create a frame.  They turned out so pretty.

My next step was to gather some Klik supplies.

I glued a KLIK snap base to each of my beaded buttons.

The snap bases allow you to klik the button onto the pendant base with ease.

 

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Fire Polished Blue Beauty

This necklace by Fernando DaSilva beautifully showcases a bead we call “fire polished metallic matte”  which also goes occasionally by the name “Czech Snake bead.”  (A quick google search confirmed this.)

The regular Czech fire polished beads in this necklace are eye catching however the metallic bead really catches the eye.

This turquoise metallic matte bead is available in 6mm and 8mm strands.

 

These are a few other colours in this collection.

The “Metal Effect” bicones appear in this category of our catalog.  They also add a special touch to jewelry projects.

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Acrylic Hairbone Pipe Necklace and Earrings by Fernando DaSilva

This stunning new set of jewelry designed by Fernando DaSilva features an elegant and commonly used component used in crafts inspired by Aboriginal Cultures.

Our hairbone pipes are made to match real animal bone with a durable acrylic base, which ensures a premium quality and invisible seams.

“Acrylic hairbone pipes can be used to create trendy accessories as seen in this photograph.  Gold plated components, crystal  accents and wired links were turned into a cascade of luscious beads” from Fernando.

Here is a look at everything else Fernando used.

The fancy chain is ready to use and the leaves are already attached.

The use of piggy beads as a hairbone pipe bead cap was just brilliant!

This toggle set finished the necklace.

Swarovski oval pendants.

 Pewter scroll connectors.

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Chain Necklace by Thanh Tran

This exquisite necklace by Thanh Tran brilliantly showcases our new aluminum chain in a high end designer sample.

The chain is available in seven sizes and in ten colours.  Thanh choose the gold family including the new cut chain available in gold and silver.

 She wove soft goat suede through the cut chain and finished it with a sweet bow.

Aluminum chain.  Not just for costumes.

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Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

 

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

 

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace! 

Supplies Used

Dazzle-it Pastella Czech Glass Beads 8in Strands Vintage Pink 

4mm    6mm    8mm 

John Bead Rhinestone Beads

8mm    10mm    12mm 

Metal Complex Instant Glam Tuscany

Diamond Bezel 70mm Silver

Jewelry Making Components

Dazzle-It Classic Slim Tool Set

Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and EZ Crimps

Pewter Toggle Clasp Set and Jump Rings

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Beading Board

 

 

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Pearlvine Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

The Pearlvine necklace by Fernando Dasilva features pearls as the highlighted component. We have so many pearls in our catalog to select from.  For this post, we have attached information to a special collection of Czech glass pearls.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.For those of you who can’t visit in person we have been showcasing his design work here on the John Bead blog.  

 

Instructions:

1. Using chain nose pliers take apart 2 equal pieces of 5 oval links sections off the silver matte chain. Set them aside.

2. Repeat previous step to take apart 2 equal sections of round links section of same chain with connectors in.

3. Using a 5 inches piece of satin gold stringing wire string beads as follows:

one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one square bead cap + one crystal cube + one bead  cap . Repeat in reverse and then add one crimp tube.

4. Add one section of chain cut in step 1 attaching it through oval link. Pass opposite end of stringing wire through same crimp tube. Pull them together and with crimper tool secure it in place making sure each wire is sitting parallel to each other.

5. Repeat step 3 to create 4 more pearl circles in same fashion, adding another section of chain before you crimp the last pearl circle.

6. Open connector of small section of chain and attach to oval links of both ends. Repeat the same on the other half of your necklace. This will give a more substantial look to the structure of your piece.

7. Open two small jump rings to attach clasps to both sides of necklace.

Tips:

Please read the instructions before you start making your piece.

* If you desire to add more dimension and drama to your piece build pearl circles with 2 more sizes of pearls. You can have circles made with any bead sizes you want.

 **To make it funkier you can hung several pieces of small Figaro style chain to every circle. Think: luscious!!!

Materials Used

Several strand of pearls – your favorite colours

5 Swarovski 8mm crystal golden shadow cube beads

40 bead bumpers

10 brass bead cap squares

5 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 small gold plated round jump rings

2ft of white matte silver chain

2ft of 19 strands Beadalon .018” gold satin stringing wire

1 bronze hook and eye clasp

Tools 

Side Cutter   Flat Nose Crimper tool

 

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The Vitoria-Regia Necklace by Fernando

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published. For those of you who can’t visit in person we have been showcasing his design work here on the John Bead blog.  

Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of chain 10 1.2″, find the center of the chain.

2.  Unravel one of the #8 silk strands and pull it until the bend marks are removed.

3.  Tie a knot at the end and string on one of the peacock blue azuro dagger beads. String the green silk through the center link of the piece of chain, then string on another of the same dagger bead.

4. Carefully tie a knot using the knotter tool.  Tie the knot tightly so that the beads push together with the chain in-between the beads.  Cut the silk leaving approximately 1/4″ of silk.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 to add 4 more beads onto the same link of chain. Each link will have 6 dagger beads. Continue until you have 15 of the blue dagger beads attached through the chain section.

6. Use blue silk to continue attaching a second group of green azuro dagger beads on similar fashion the first section was attached to the chain. String beads as in steps 3-4, as you work your way out from the center now alternating blue and green beads.

Use one strand of each color of beads on each side of necklace.

7. Repeat the pattern on the other side of the necklace to create center beaded section.

8. Create safety eye pins made with German style wire by forming a loop at the end of a 3″ piece of wire and wrap the end back around the wire.  Feed one Tierra Cast spacer bead, blue crystal bead and another spacer bead onto the wire and form another loop and wrap the wire back around itself three times forming almost a second wired cap against the blue crystal bead. Trim excess wire and set it aside. Repeat this step using the other five crystal beads left.

12. Open a jump ring, attach to one end of beaded section followed by one TC flat oval connector and then close it gently. Open a second jump ring, thread to the opposite hole of same connector and attach one blue crystal link created on step 8,  and then close it gently.  Repeat steps until you have four TC connectors attached to crystal links.

13. Open a 4mm jump ring and attach to previous piece. Add a second 4mm jump ring attach to previous piece and then to a circle side of toggle. Close it gently.

14. Repeat steps to finish the other half of necklace in the same manner.

Materials:

 

2 strands of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm blue azuro

2 str of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm green azuro

6  round 10 mm olive AB Swarovski Elements beads (out of stock)

12 rhodium TC spacer beads (out of stock)  (see options)

8 rhodium oval TC connectors

16 silver plated 6mm jump rings

1 sterling silver toggle round floral 2mm

4 sterling silver 4mm jump rings

7 ½ inches of silver plated chain link 8x3mm

3ft silver plated 20 gauge German-style round wire

2 carded # 8 cobalt blue silk thread

2 carded #8 emerald green silk thread

Tools:

flush cutter, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers

Beadalon knotter tool

All of Fernando’s projects for the Atelier are linked here.

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Beaded Fashion Appliques Make a Dull Sweater a Sassy One!

This sequined beaded sweater began as an inexpensive bargain at Target.

 

What makes the sweater SASSY is the addition of six beaded applique motifs from our Fashion Embellishment category.

The sweater is then lined with wax paper.

There were several ideas for placement.  In the end the “collar” idea was the most popular.

Even though the appliques are glued in place, it is a good idea to do a little extra hand stitching.  This ensures that the applique edges do not catch on anything.  You can also add a few extra beads to your design while hand stitching.

 

The appliques are available in several colours including gold.

 

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