The Not So Creepy Crystal Spiderwed

The spiderweb is so easy to make, but it is hard to create a creepy spiderweb for halloween when you use beautiful glass Ori beads for your project.

I have been making some gorgeous ornaments with my beads and the Dazzle-it Snowflake frame.  The frames are available in three sizes and today’s spiderweb is a medium sized frame.

I had just the right amount of black crystals for my project.

Once all my prongs were filled I started to add my webbing.  A simple twist of a wire was all I needed to hold the beads in place.

I tried to make it less perfect by adding one less bead here and there.

I was starting to get nervous that I would run out of beads.  Luckily I had a third strand of these smaller black beads.  In the end, I used three 8 inch strands of small beads and one and a half strands of the larger bead.

I am very pleased with the final webbing.  Now I am on the hunt for an actual spider to attach to it.

Pastel Statement Necklace for Perles et Cetera Magazine

 

By Carmi Cimicata for Dazzle-it and John Bead Corp.

Pastels have gone mainstream.  No longer just for summer, pastel wools, fibers and winter fabrics mean that you can wear these lovely colours throughout the year.  They were represented throughout the fall ready to wear collections.

 

The current issue of Perles et Cetera just hit the magazine stands.  As the magazine is a french publication, I am providing the english translation of the project here.  The necklace tutorial features our Dazzle-it Pastella beads.

This pastel statement necklace could be the fastest one you will ever make!  The focal piece is a sequined beaded applique that you would find in any store supplying products for costume designers.  These appliques are normally sewn onto fabric.

The back of an applique is not meant to be seen.  I glue felt to the reverse when I use the applique as a jewelry component.

 

Now my piece is lined and it will feel soft if it comes into contact with skin.

I strung my Pastella beads into four different strands.  EZ crimps make it very easy to finish these strands making them instantly attachable.

I hand-sewed a soldered jump ring to both sides of the applique.

 

I cut some Dazzle-it fancy chain to match the length of my bead strands.  The Pastella beads looked great alone, but the silver leaf chain added extra sparkle.  Then I joined the chain and beads to the applique with a jump ring.

I used another jump ring to attach each set of beads and chain to the magnetic clasp.

The necklace is ready to wear!

Products Used 

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 4mm

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 6mm

Dazzle-it Fancy Chain Leaves 3x9mm Silver

John Bead Outlet – Sequined Beaded Blue Applique

Dazzle-it Tiger Tail Wire

Soldered Jump Rings 8mm

John Bead Outlet – Magnetic Crystal Clasp

Beadalon EZ Crimp 3.5mm Ring

Silver Jump Rings 6mm

White craft felt

Tools

To cut my fancy chain:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers  4.5inch Side Cutter

To open and close jump rings:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers 5.5inch Flat Nose

Bead Design Board

Fire and Ice Agate Beads

This new necklace was created by Nancy Donaldson in my studio this week.  I asked her to take a look at all the gorgeous new Fire and Ice Agate beads in my studio and she could not resist creating something special.  The Dazzle-it  Fire and Ice Agate beads are all different.  Each bead has a unique pattern created by the natural explosion of white in the agate.

Fire and Ice Agate Oval Dyed Carnelian

Fire and Ice Agate Round Facetted Dyed Topaz

It had not occurred to me to mix and match colours.  The carnelian and topaz looked wonderful together.  She did some simple wire wrapping to create the focal piece.

Here is a closer look at her links.

She used Dazzle-it antique copper Fancy Chain to finish the necklace.

Dazzle-it In Bead Style New Issue

The February 2014 issue of Bead Style features several jewelry pieces designed by Fernando DaSilva.

Fernando’s necklace is also on the cover of this issue.

Here are some of the Dazzle-it products Fernando used for his Rhapsody in blue necklace.

Faux Suede Tassels

Faux Suede Lace

Ori Crystals

 

 

Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

I don’t think there is a jewelry maker or beader on the planet that would not want a beaded snowflake.

The idea is so simple!  This wire frame is the perfect design to showcase a great collection of crystals or other beads.

Tools are minimal.  It is a good idea to have a round nose plier handy.

Once you have added beads to a section, a twist with your plier keeps them in place.

These are classic colours for a snowflake.

The rondells were a great way to keep my centre balanced.

The snowflakes are packaged in three sizes.

3.75 inch – 8 pieces,  6 inches – 5 peices and 9 inches – 5 peices

Fire and Ice Agate Beads – Blue Sky

The stars of this necklace are the extremely beautiful Fire and Ice Agate beads.

Blue Sky is available in three sizes 10ml, 12ml, 16ml,  I simply strung them all to create this necklace.

The beads really require no additional embellishment.  I made this shell pendant myself and it went so well with the colours that I added it.  I also included two of our new white tassels to balance the necklace.

The tassels are also new and available in so many great colours!

My last step was to select a closure and I chose this new hook and eye set.