Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal

Global Chic Tapestry Cord Necklace by Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal Necklace for John Bead by CHA Designer Member: Carmi Cimicata

This week we are participating in a special blog hop with nearly 60 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) members from around the world who are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show 75th anniversary.

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Welcome to the John Bead blog if you are a new reader.  Our blog hop showcase will feature a unique new stringing material we recently released called Global Chic Tapestry Cord.  This wonderful cotton cord is filled with fiber allowing designers to sew it with ease.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

I asked CHA designer Nancy Donaldson to play with the cord during a session in my studio.  She pinned the cord into marvelous shapes and twists.  She could see many wonderful designs from the moment she began to manipulate the cord.

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A few strategic stitches with a needle and thread held her curves in place permanently.

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Our unique findings sets at John Bead include these endcaps.  Two tapestry cords can be glued snugly into the cap and the ends look professionally finished now.

Hot Fix Crystals

When the necklace was secure it was time to bring out some crystals.  John Bead has a very large assortment of hot fix crystals.  These gems have a special glue on their backside that need to be heated before the crystal is applied.

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Some locations on my necklace allowed for a bigger crystal.  In other areas I wanted just a tiny glittery highlight.

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I used a Hot Fix Applicator which comes with different tips to apply different sized crystals.

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The crystals catch the light when you wear this necklace.  I love the contrast between the cotton fiber cord and the glittery crystal.

The entire Global Chic collection will be presented at the CHA show in January.  Stop by our booth to see it and our other finished jewelry samples.

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Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.  You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win the $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.  Learn more and enter to win $500 by reading more here.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

1.  Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”

2.  Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
3.  Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

Tools

Quick Grip Glue

Metal Complex leather scissors

Pliers

AccuCut Maple Leaf die and die cutting system

Kumihimo Necklace with Aluminum Chain

This choker features the classic 8-strand kumihimo braid with the addition of some gold glamour.

Several readers have reported a difficulty finding rattail kumihimo cord.  This necklace will remind you that you can use other types of stringing material to make a unique kumihimo braid in your Dazzle-it disk.

You can see here that I used traditional rattail but also added cotton wax cord and a gold specialty braid found in the ribbon department of my local craft store.

When the braid was complete I added the end caps and then my lightweight aluminum chain.

The new aluminum chain in the catalog is available in several sizes and colours.

   

Kumihimo braids will always look different if you add in fibers that are unexpected.

End caps can be purchased in various sizes.  The largest one finished this necklace beautifully.

 

Suede Lace Bracelet

Nancy Donaldson is always finding simple but effective ways to use some of our newest products.  This bracelet incorporates several wonderful items from the Dazzle-it catalog.

This Fire and Ice Oval bead is the perfect focal item.

We have Faux Suede is so many colours.  The red is particularly beautiful.

The suede is gathered and glued into the magnetic clasp.  Nancy also used a little black wire to keep her lace tidy.

Nappa Leather Fabulousness!

Fernando DaSilva created this fabulous necklace to demonstrate the numerous techniques you can use with our nappa leather.  It is knotted, cut, riveted and gathered into this one of a kind wearable.  When I asked him to describe the necklace he said:

“Edgy, vibrant, over the top, sexy!  The juxtapositions are unorthodox and I used dozens of rivets to design the necklace.  And, yellow is on trend!”

 Choosing the yellow from the collection was a dare indeed!

We do have quite a few options.  Now I want to use the yellow as well!

 A few of the other components Fernando featured in his necklace.

Faux Suede Tassels

Butterfly Pendant Bail

Pendant Bail Slider

Swarovski Drops

Swarovski Butterfly Bead – TANGERINE

Canada and USA Bead Ring

This red and white collection of beads is easily attached to a ring designed to accept embellishment.

Dazzle-it has this “Finger Ring with 9 rings in 3 rows” in its collection.

I gathered two groups of spare beads to make these fun rings.  Red and white for Canada tomorrow and red, white and blue for July 4rth on Friday.  I used Beadalon WildFire thread thread to sew them in place.

The rings are also available in silver.

Dagger Cuff by Anna Elizabeth Draeger for Instant Glam™ by Fernando

There was a gorgeous bracelet in our ad featuring Instant Glam™ by Fernando bezels and Crystal Rock appliques.  Now I can provide you with the instructions from the designer, Anna Draeger!

Bracelet Instructions

1. Glue the Crystal Rocks element into the Quatro finding. Allow the glue to dry.

2. Place the finding in the center of the strip of grey Ultrasuede. Stitch the finding to the Ultrasuede using WildFire and a beading needle: Tie a knot at the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and then thread the needle on the other end. Sew up through the Ultrasuede, and then sew through a loop on the finding. Sew down through the Ultrasuede close to the spot where you just sewed up through it. Repeat several times to secure the loop to the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread. Repeat on the other three loops in the finding. Wrap the Ultrasuede around your wrist and trim it to fit, leaving about 1-in. for the clasp.

3. Tie a knot on the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and sew up through the Ultrasuede so the thread exits the center point on one side of the finding. Pick up a 10/0 seed bead, and a repeating pattern of a dagger and three 10/0s three times. Pick up a dagger and two 10/0s. Following the curve of the finding, sew down through the Ultrasuede right next to the edge of the Ultrasuede. Sew right back up through the Ultrasuede, and sew back through all the beads just picked up. Sew down through the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.

4. Repeat as in step 3, but pick up six daggers with three 10/0 seed beads in between them. Move about 1/4in. from where you sewed up through the Ultrasuede for the first row of daggers, and stitch the new row of daggers in place. 

5. Repeat as in step 3 for the next three rows, picking up seven daggers with three 10/0 seed beads between them. Move 1/4 in. from the previous row each time. 

6. Using a new 12-in. piece of thread, tie a knot, and sew up through the Ultrasuede near one edge at the end of the bracelet. Pick up three 10/0s, and sew through the end loop of the 5-strand clasp. Pick up three 10/0s, move the needle about 1/8 in. away from where you exited the Ultrasuede, and sew down through it to. Repeat to secure the other four loops to the end edge of the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.   

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the unfinished side of the finding, making the daggers curve in the opposite direction of the daggers on the other side, by working towards the other edge of the bracelet.

8. Line the inside of the bracelet with the dark blue Ultrasuede, cutting it to the correct length. Tack the dark blue Ultrasuede to the grey by stitching along the edges of the two colors. Lining the bracelet with the second color adds a design element as well as hiding any threads or knots that might be visible from stitching the beads and clasp in place. 

Material List for Anna’s Instant Glam Peacock Cuff

One  69mm Gunmetal Instant Glam by Fernando Quatro Bezel Tuscany Collection by Metal Complex® 

One 44.5mm Instant Glam by Fernando Crystal Rocks Quatro Bermuda Blue Crystal by Metal Complex® – Tuscany Collection 

Sixty17x7mm Czech Glass Peacock Dagger Black Azuro by Dazzle-It!® 

Two hundred Czech 10/0 Metallic Gunmetal Seed Beads by Dazzle-It!® 

One  Gunmetal 5 strand tube clasp by Dazzle-It! ®

One 3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Grey Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One 1-3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Navy Blue Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One Beading Needle #10 by Dazzle-It!® 

WildFire thermally bonded black bead weaving thread by Beadalon®

Braided Nappa Leather Bracelet

Our new Nappa Leather is soft and easy to manipulate.  This braided bracelet was fashioned by Nancy Donaldson for Metal Complex.

Nancy choose three colours to work with.

  

It is easy to create a piece to match virtually any colour pallet as the Nappa Leather collection includes 15 different colours.

Finishing your pieces is also easy if you use any of the Dazzle-it glue in magnetic clasps and twist lock clasps.

They are all availble in gold, silver and gunmetal.