It’s After Labour Day…..Put Those White Shoes Away!

It may be the day after Labour Day but there are some whites you don’t have to put away!  I am not entirely sure who originally said you had to put your white shoes away after this holiday weekend.    It is a hard habit to break though.

I don’t think crystals should be included in that list.  And you definitely should not include this fabulous agate slab.

With the fall Pantone Trends report top of mind I noticed how great this necklace looked on purple.  You see lines and colours that would not be highlighted on a white background.

Clear crystal look fantastic against all colour backdrops.

I used a pre-finished stainless steel wire with lobster clasp to string my crystals.

I used Czech Crystal Twisted Cut beads.

The agate slice/slab has the finding already pre-attached.

Fire Polished Beads and Metal Complex Bezel

This necklace reflects light and changes colour as it moves.

I received this “grab bag” of Fire Polished Glass Beads from John Bead a few weeks ago and was looking for a good opportunity to show them off.

There are so many unique shapes in the bag.

I filled a Metal Complex Bezel  with some tiles, rhinestones and a brass charm.  I then encased it all in Jewelry Resin to create this beautiful glass-like component.  The bezels in this collection which feature a lip look especially beautiful.

I hope you like this finished necklace as much as I do!

John Bead has Jewelry Resin in stock!

Wrappers and Sapphire

This frame was so easy to wrap! The new Artistic Wire wrappers have grooves making wire wrapping a very simple technique.  No skills required!

The new wrappers are like mini blank canvases for jewelers.  There are endless ways to use them and they can become a wonderful addition to any of your design ideas.  These circle wraps are available in several sizes too.

My bead began with a wire wrap pendant that Nancy Donaldson made.  I wanted to add something to it.  I had sapphire firepolish glass beads in my collection that matched the big bead Nancy had added to her pendant.

I love how this turned out!  Just imagine using these wrappers as extra matching charms or for a matching set of earrings.

Wrappers are in stock!

Metal Complex Bezels and Jewelry Resin

The Metal Complex family of bezels are truly an opportunity to create your own wearable art.  Some of the hand made bezels feature a “lip” as you see in the sample above.  Later this week I’ll show you how to use that area too!

I used Jewelry Resin to create my pendant.  The clarity of this resin is easy to see here.

I also added some wonderful beads to complete my necklace.  I could not wait to use this red opal bead!  It is a Czech Fire Polished glass bead and it is available is many wonderful colours!

Dazzle-It has new CZECH F/P 4mm Bronze Metallic beads now.  A great bezel, a few beads and voila!  A new necklace!

Memory Wire Bracelet

Isn’t it wonderful when you can create something wearable in under 30 minutes? Especially something as pretty as this bracelet?

Memory wire is such a great way to learn how to bead.  For a lot of friends, I am certain that making a few memory wire bracelets is the reason they went down a whole jewelry making path.  John Bead has a lot of memory wire in their collection.  All you need to do is round off the ends of the wire with a loop to finish a piece.  What could be simpler?

This bracelet was an opportunity to use up some of the “left over” beads from last week’s project. I also added in:

1. Tube Facetted 20x8mm Crystal Blue Iris Half Coat

2.  Czech Fire Polished Beads

3.  Glass Peacock Dagger 17x7mm Black Vitrail

4. Grey Glass Pearls

5.  Silver Metallic 4mm Beads

I plan to wear this bracelet with the necklace I posted last week.

I am looking forward to seeing a few of our blog readers this Wednesday!

Dazzle-It Silk Thread and Glass Pearls & Beads

This is a little mountain of happy beads!

The Dazzle-It line has so many threads and accessories in it that I would need a whole month of posts to show it all to you.  I also want to showcase the glass pearls and other new components at John Bead.

So I made a few special felt balls to both test and highlight the silk thread and pearls.

I love to sew and any time I get an opportunity to use a needle and thread I am very happy.  The new Dazzle-It magnetic pin pal needle holder has two needles included which are perfect for this project.

I could make hundreds of these!  I hope you like some of the beads I used:

Pink Glass Pearls

Light Olivine Glass Pearls

Pink Luster Fire polished Bead

TURQUOISE MOONSHINE STRIPE/HALF CAPRI

Dazzle-It Silk Threads – Size D

Miyuki Bead Crochet Thread

Felt Balls – Carmi’s Stash