Wired and Wild Beaded Nest!

 

Wired Flower By Nancy Donaldson

The fabulous wired nest was created by Nancy Donaldson.  It really is a shape that does not need a name.  It is all curves and twists and wild.

Wired Flower By Nancy Donaldson

It started out with some wire and beads.  What makes it unique is the component Nancy wired everything to.

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Nancy used one of our flower maker components so this piece can immediately be strung onto a necklace.  She also used on of our unique cabochons (more information about hose soon) for the flower centre.

Rings by Giovanna Blog Hop!

We have been sharing with you some of the projects featured in the new “Rings by Giovanna” beading manual just released by Dazzle-it.    This manual is the first of a series that will showcase projects featuring Czech seed beads from the Dazzle-it Collection.  For our debut issue, we commissioned bead weaving artist Giovanna Fiume to create a collection inspired by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Now that the manual is published, it was time to put it into the hands of jewelry makers. We sent a blog hop kit to mostly inexperienced beaders to see if they were up to the challenge of creating a ring with seed beads.  We were sure that the big step-by-step photos and instructions would make them feel like there were in a classroom with Giovanna herself!

All the blog hoppers received a similar kit.  Various Czech seed beads, Wildfire beading thread, Dazzle-it beading needles and our new publication.  Not one project came back looking the same.  Here are their results.

Lisa Pace has a blog title that really matches this project; Its In The Details.  Her project looks like it came right out of our manual.  In her words; “after view­ing the tech­nique book­let included along with the prod­ucts needed, I decided to give a try at mak­ing the Dot­ted Ring. The Dazzle-It Rings by Gio­vanna book­let has very easy to fol­low step by step instruc­tions which pretty much guar­an­tees a suc­cess­ful project every time.”   Lisa’s blog post is here.

Tammy Powley is also known as the Crafty Princess through her blog:  The Crafty Princess Diaries.   She is currently obsessed with green and purple so I am pleased her kit for the blog hop contained the colours she loves.  After reviewing her project options she noted “I had to decide on the stitch and the project. I decided to go with peyote and create an adaptation of the “Sinuous Ring” design from the book.”  Like several other blog hop participant she now has “some ideas for other ring-related bead designs.”

Nancy Donaldson shared an image of her supplies, the ring in progress and her finished submission that made it easy for me to show you what she created.  She managed to create something instantly wearable. “in  this wonderful kit from dazzle-itinstruction booklet –Rings by Giovanna, tons of Czech seed beads and beading needles and thermally bonded bead weaving thread which i have never used (not sure why) and totally love!”  Nancy’s blog post is here.

Marisa Decidepa-Wong has a blog she calls MDW’s Love.   I know her to be very busy in her day job so when she has time to work on jewelry it is usually in the evening and wee hours of the morning.  The new Rings by Giovanna manual gave her permission to start a new project.  “I had a blast making this ring. It’s been awhile since I’ve done peyote stitch and I had to restart a couple of times but finally got the hang of it.”  If you head over to Marissa’s blog you’ll see several more rings that she continued to make after Midnight.  Marissa’s blog post is here.

Cyndi Lavin from the blog Beading Arts is exactly who we wanted to send our new manual too.  She had never made a ring before.  She used this blog hop as an opportunity to experiment with new products.  In her own words “what I learned was that the beading thread matters too.  I did not like the WildFire at first.  I found it difficult to thread the needle, hard to coax the beads into place, and really a pain in the neck when you wanted to remove a bead.  But the more I worked with it, the more I saw the value.”  The link to her blog post is here.

Jennifer Tryon has a blog called Tryon a Homemade Life.   I know that she has never worked with a seed bead so this would be a great introduction for her.  There is always a learning curve to starting a new craft and Jennifer commented: “Thankfully the pictures in the instructions were large, because the beads are tiny. Literally seed beads. This was my first time string beading with such tiny beads, I broke 3 needle threaders and the head off two pins just threading the darn needles.”  Her ring was completed and we just need to post a picture of it for you to see as well.  Link to her blog post is here.

Eileen Bergen has a blog called The Artful Crafter.  I love her blog description of the new booklet: “WHAAM”, was I ever surprised! The Dazzle-It rings designed by Giovanna all evoke the 1960s comic book art of the master in one way or another. The book is sprinkled with talk bubbles for the directions and a few BAMs, WOWs and POWs. Very clever. The booklet alone is a collector’s item.”  This is Eileen’s first bead weaving project and I do believe she will be making a lot more items in the future.  Her ring is perfect!  Link to her blog post is here.

If you are looking for the book it is just going into online stores now.

Here are some immediate sources:  

BeadFX

The Northern Bead Company

 

Thank you again to everyone who joined the hop!  I have one or two more contributors to post over the next month.

Cyndi Lavin Post linked here.

Marissa Decipeda-Wong linked here.

Tammy Powley linked here.

Jennifer Tryon linked here.

Lisa Pace linked here.

Nancy Donaldson linked here.

Eileen Bergen linked here.

 

Our New Publication – Rings by Giovanna

 

In our first post about Rings by Giovanna we told you a little bit about the inspiration for the colour palette in our newest manual.  Giovanna was inspired by the colours of Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings.

In this new manual you will find designs  from Giovanna that truly inspire any seed bead lover to re-create her universe following her techniques.  When you flip the pages of this gorgeous step by step guide you will see for yourself how Czech seed beads can be fashionable, architectural and above all easy to wear.

Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein (1963). On display at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

More About Our Newest Beading Manual

In our first post about Rings by Giovanna we told you a little bit about the inspiration for the colour palette in our newest manual.  Here is a look at what you will learn to make.

In this new manual you will find designs from Giovanna that truly inspire any seed bead lover to re-create her universe following her techniques.  When you flip the pages of this gorgeous step by step guide you will see for yourself how Czech seed beads can be fashionable, architectural and above all easy to wear.

This is the Punk Ring using trendy and lovely Thorn (c) beads from Preciosa.

New Beading Manual – Rings by Giovanna

We are excited to announce our latest publication:

“Rings by Giovanna”

This manual is the first of a series that will showcase projects featuring seed beads from Dazzle-it Collection.

For our debut issue, we commissioned bead weaving artist Giovanna Fiume to create a collection inspired by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Step by step instructions and photography will show you how to make this ring! 

This is a classic painting by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.  It is a fabulous colour palette to draw from!

In this new manual you will find designs from Giovanna that truly inspire any seed bead lover to re-create her universe following her techniques.

When you flip the pages of this gorgeous step by step guide you will see for yourself how Czech seed beads can be fashionable, architectural and above all easy to wear.

The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

Midnight Leaves

This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers. Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace

 

Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather

Pearls

27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl

Beads

45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons

Chain

Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

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!