Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace


This is the “Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace” designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp for the current issue of Perles Et Cetera magazine.


This magazine is published in French, so this is the English translation.


Soft leathers in a range of colors make it possible to create wearable jewelry with virtually no leather crafting skills. All you require is a desire to think creatively about a product normally shaped into purses or shoes. Leather is also normally associated with colder weather. Combining it with Lucite, which is perfect for hot summer days was a great challenge.

Leather is much thicker than fabric, requires no extra hemming and can be easily cut with many dies originally designed to cut paper.   My maple leaf shape could have been hand cut with scissors but I already had a paper cutting die that made this job take only a minute or two.


I stacked my leaves in an interesting pattern and lightly glued them together. I now had my new leather pendant. A little extra trimming gave me my new abstract shape.


I used a regular ribbon clamp to make my new leather pendant easy to add to my polyester pipe necklace.


The Lucite Hibiscus Bead Cap flowers are from the Dazzle-it Tropical Punch collection. I used a head pin to add my bead to the cap and created a loop so I could attach three of these to the pendant bail sliders with a jump ring.


These special bails allow you to add components to braided cords featuring kumihimo and macramé techniques. They slide beautifully onto thick cords.


I glued a strip of leather onto my polyester pipe cord to keep the bail positioned at this height. It was like creating a little stopper.


Finally, a glue-in magnetic end cap finished my polyester pipe cord ends brilliantly. My necklace is lightweight and the perfect accessory for summer outings. With so many soft leather colors to choose from I can mix and match shapes for virtually any clothing ensemble.

Components Used

Metal Complex Soft Leathers

Ribbon Clamp

Tropical Punch Polyester Pipe Turquoise/Peach 5mm

Pendant bail sliders

Magnetic glue-in end cap

Tropical Punch Lucite Hibiscus Bead Cap and Lucite Beads

Jump rings in various sizes


Quick Grip Glue

Metal Complex leather scissors


AccuCut Maple Leaf die and die cutting system

Kumihimo Jewelry

This kumihimo necklace and bracelet was created with a combination of stringing materials.

I used our classic kumihimo rattail, our Lovely Knots cord and some home dec embellished strands normally used for pillow making.

You can create a kumihimo braid with so many unusual fibers.

If you make a long enough braid you can make sets of jewelry.

These unique hook and eye end caps make finishing your edges super quick.  Just glue in your kumihimo braid and wear!

The end caps are also available in gold and gunmetal.

My Instant Glam Tuscany bezel by Fernando DaSilva is now beautifully showcased on this “designed to match” kumihimo braid.

New Plug-In Tube Clasps

This is the best way for me to show you the new Dazzle-it plug in tube clasps we have in the catalogue.

They are available in three colours.  There are FIVE different holes sizes to choose from!

If you need simple but very professional clasps for your projects these will become a favorite.  All you need to do is glue in your stringing material and your ends are professionally finished.

The 2.5mm hole allows you to insert one strand of faux suede lace easily.

The 3mm hole has two strands of faux suede lace glued in.

The 4mm hole accepts three strands.

The 5mm hole accepts four strands.

The largest tube clasp hole is 6mm and it accepted six strands easily.


Left Over Kumihimo – The Second Redo

Here is my new tiered necklace.  It features our Dazzle-it kumihimo products and a resin filled bezel.  (This pendant is not in the catalog anymore, but there are several equally gorgeous ones to choose from.)

The featured kumihimo braid is one that Fernando DaSilva made…and left unfinished.

Last week I showed you the two braids he gave me.  He had no time to finish them…and clearly I was hinting that I wanted them…..

Isn’t his braid gorgeous?  He used a combination of stringing materials and beads that resulted in such a unique strand. I had to showcase it!

I made a second kumihimo braid to frame it and added my leather strand to include the bezel.  Dazzle-it has 12 mm end caps, so you can get several braids joined quickly and easily.

Unfinished Kumihimo Projects

This tiered necklace is a collection of different strands.

It began with two unfinished Fernando DaSilva braids.

Fernando DaSilva is our Product Development & Creative Manager.  He makes so many samples!  I could just follow him around picking up leftovers.  These two pieces he whipped up and didn’t have time to finish, so I swooped them up!

The green and black beaded braid was too small for a necklace and too big for a bracelet, so I decided to incorporate it into a tiered necklace.  I made one extra 8-strand kumihimo braid to pull my idea together. The Dazzle-it rattail colour selection is so great!  I can usually match any colour palette.

I have shown you many time how easy it is to finish a kumihimo braid with our end caps and Quick Grip glue.

My braid simply frames Fernando’s beautifully beaded sample.

I then added the gold chain to complete the project.  Wait till you see what I am making with the second sample!  I’ll post it next week!

Lovely Knots in Perles et cetera Magazine

In the latest issue of Perles et cetera we have a wonderful six page article on Lovely Knots.  The magazine did an amazing job designing the layout for this special how to!  This magazine is in French, so I have provided you with the English translation and a closer look at some of my photos.

Lovely Knots – Learning The Ancient Art of Chinese Knotting

By Carmi Cimicata for Perles et cetera

This spring, Fernando DaSilva’s latest written work was published by John Bead.  Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting is a super way to be exposed to a craft that has risen in popularity.  Now that Fernando has reviewed the basic knots and added his own vision and flair to it you will be inspired to incorporate these special knots into jewelry making projects.   I know that I was excited about the possibilities and the booklet is filled with fabulous finished pieces.

However, like all new techniques, you need to practice before you can complete a finished piece.   This booklet made me feel like Fernando was sitting by my side instructing me in person.  The step-by-step photos walked me to through each and every twist I needed in order to make the “Infinity Bracelet” which features a special knot made with eight strands of Chinese knotting cord.

Chinese knotting requires some basic supplies.  Ideally you have Lovely Knots cord, which is a twisted nylon, designed to hold the shape of complex and simple knots.  A corkboard and some pins are very helpful and depending on how you finish your cords some basic jewelry making pliers and findings are an asset.

My first attempt was almost perfect.  It seemed as though I was talking directly with the author.  Fernando is a jewelry designer, published author, TV personality, a Swarovski ambassador and the product and creative manager for John Bead Corporation.  It occurred to me that he would be seeing my finished sample and I wanted him to be impressed!  Fernando wrote, “I have had fun researching each unique knot and finding ways to incorporate them into stylish, trendy and fashionable jewelry designs.  The possibilities are endless and I am sure you can do it!  Remember, practice is the key, so grab some cord and let’s get started…”

I did have fun!  When my knot lined up and all my cords were exactly where Fernando showed me they needed to be I was thrilled!

I added a section of leather on the end pieces before gluing on my crimps and toggle set.  Fernando explained how a little tape on the edges before you add your crimp makes this step a breeze.  I followed the advice in the book to use a nylon jaw plier to close my crimp so I would not scratch it.

The bracelet was perfect but I also found a little vintage button that made it even prettier.  The button is simply held in place with a pin, so I can switch buttons or wear it without embellishment.

Having completed my project, I learned that Fernando was making a special bracelet to submit to Perles et Cetera as well!  Knowing that his work would be glamorous and ideal for party going made me think outside of the box.  Fernando had already taught me how to make the bracelet, now how could I add a little spin to it?

This is when I decided to replace one of the cords in the bracelet with rhinestone chain.  Thank goodness I had already practiced the knot!  This was a little harder to control.  I also had a new issue.  How would I be able to finish my cut cord and rhinestone edges?  They would no longer fit into the classic crimp like I used with the first bracelet.

Happily, John Bead had also released a new line of end caps.  This unique gold set had a very wide mouth and I was able to insert everything in a way that would hold the knot beautifully.  Then I added a classic toggle set for the closure.  Fernando won’t be seeing this version of my Infinity Bracelet until this issue is published and I can’t wait to see what he thinks.  Learning from a true jewelry-making artist was a pleasure and I plan to make quite a few new pieces inspired by Lovely Knots.

Material Used

Lovely Knots Booklet Published by John Bead for Dazzle-it!

Dazzle-it Lovely Knots Cords  2mm(different colours)

Dazzle-it Finding Kits (toggle clasp, crimps)

Rhinestone Chain (I cut up a rhinestone necklace)

Quick Grip Glue

Flat Nose Plier

Pointed scissors

Nylon Jaw Pliers



Special Gold End caps (John Bead)