Hot Pink Kumihimo Bracelet

This hot pink kumihimo bracelet showcases several Dazzle-it stringing options.

I used hot pink soutache, rattail, faux suede lace and waxed cotton cords.

Together the cords looked very nice on my kumihimo disk.

The finished braid is fabulous!  I used our kumihimo end cap set to finish my project.

 

Rainbow Kumihimo Bracelet

This kumihimo bracelet was inspired by something similar I viewed on Facebook last week.  It reminded me that the rainbow rattail is the ideal cord to use for beginner projects.  You achieve the look of a complex pattern with virtually no work.

We have the rainbow rattail available on spools and bobbins.  There is also a bright rainbow and a pastel colour version.  Sizes range from 1mm to 3mm.  I am using the 2mm for this project.

The rainbow colours makes the most beautiful braid!  This is the standard 8-strand braid you see in our instruction booklet that comes with your kumihimo disk.

Before I glued in my end caps, I added one of our new butterfly pendant bails.  It made adding my dangles easy and the bail itself is just beautiful on its own.

Here is a closer look at the bail.

The semi-precious skull beads have always been a colourful addition to anything I add them to.

 

John Bead also has a chain tassel group that I selected my dangle from.

 

New Wood Clasps

Today I can share with you some of the projects created by Nancy Donaldson with our new wood clasps.

This customer email this week announced the arrival of these unique new clasps.

I asked Nancy to use them in a non-traditional way.  Beading with them (as shown on samples below) will create wonderful pieces.  However, with so many new leathers and chains in the catalog, these new pieces show you some options for showcasing the clasps.

Nancy certainly responded to my challenge.  The top beads are from our new fire and ice agate collection.  The centre bead is a glass fancy dotted lamp work bead. (currently on sale an in limited quantities.) The flat leather in combination with fancy chain is very different.

She used Neo ChainFancy Chain, flat leather, and Faux Suede Lace.

Pictures 1, 2, 4, 6 -Spring Street Design Group, Nordstrom,
Pictures 3, 5 – Booda Boutique,
Pictures 6,7 – Capicua Trading

I discovered so many great examples featuring these clasps.  I think the necklace is just wonderful.

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.

Wondering What To Do With a Tassel?

Our Dazzle-it product line has a special blog hop today featuring the work of many fabulous jewelers, crafters and designers!

Our new Faux Suede Tassels are the stars of this blog hop!

All the designer/artists in this blog hop received a “Dazzle-it Blog Hop Kit.” Each of the individual Dazzle-it colours was sent to one designer so they may have had white, yellow, green or even hot pink.  They did not get to choose their main colour, it was randomly shipped.  They were given an assortment of tassels, but I asked them to try and focus on using the one special colour set in their kit.

  

We could not resist sending the matching Faux Suede Lace cording when we planned this hop. The colour options are just wonderful!   The designers also received several different new closures and clasps which I will be featuring in additional posts next month!

You’ll find a huge collection of inspired projects by heading over to the Dazzle-it blog!

Tassels and Faux Suede Lace Cord Blog Hop!

Welcome to our latest blog hop featuring the work of many fabulous jewelers, crafters and designers!

Our new Faux Suede Tassels are the stars of this blog hop!

All the designer/artists in this blog hop received a “Dazzle-it Blog Hop Kit.” Each of the individual Dazzle-it colours was sent to one designer so they may have had white, yellow, green or even hot pink.  They did not get to choose their main colour, it was randomly shipped.  They were given an assortment of tassels, but I asked them to try and focus on using the one special colour set in their kit.

  

We could not resist sending the matching Faux Suede Lace cording when we planned this hop. The colour options are just wonderful!   The designers also received several different new closures and clasps which I will be featuring in additional posts next month!

Let’s take a look at each participant.  Simply click on the picture to go directly to the designer’s bigger blog hop post!

Suzann Sladcik Wilson created a necklace that is a gorgeous burst of colour on a grey winter day. “For my “Tasseled for Ombré” necklace, I used three of the tassels in complementary colors and cord that matched.  I decided to leave the cord long so that it could be tied in the back by the wearer. The tied look would then make the ends look like another tassel.”

Lisa Fulmer made a faux suede ornament so beautiful that I want to wear it. “Kumihimo is super easy to learn – this is the first time I used it to make a Christmas wreath ornament, as opposed to a necklace or bracelet. It takes 16 feet of cord to make this 7 inch piece – the braid is a little more than 1/2″ in diameter.”

June Beach’s jewelry is already beautiful.  The tassels just gave each piece a wonderful fresh update.  “Classic, clean and simple.  Sometimes that is exactly what makes up the best designs!”

Vicki O’Dell created such an elegant necklace!  “I love the way navy blue and gold look together. Classic, a bit nautical and always on trend. Of course, tassels are pretty trendy for jewelry right now too and this Easy DIY Suede Tassel Necklace has three of them.”

Suze Miller Weinberg had never used a tassel or cord in her projects before and clearly loved the entire Dazzle-it collection.   I was so overjoyed to play with something so different for me. How could I possibly make just one thing? “

Jamie North created some wonderful kumihimo peices with her faux suede cord. “I made 2 pieces – both Kumihimo – a necklace with 2 strands of the faux suede and 2 of chain – with a smattering of Unicorne teardrops and, of course, my beloved Swarovski elements (some Rose Peach rounds and Lt Green pearls) as accents.”

Nancy Donaldson used macrame and chain to show off the faux suede.  “As always, one project leads to several more.  I found 5 different styles of chain, wove some suede lace through the larger chain and added the tassels to the ends of another….”

Kristi Parker Van Doren accented so many pieces for her special tassel blog hop post.  You must go to her page to also see her Christmas tree!  “I was so pleased to be asked by Carmi Cimicata to join in a blog hop for Dazzle-it and their cool leather tassels and leather cording.”

Charlotte Gordon showed off her bright pink set“I made a necklace and a pair of earrings.  Both projects came together quite quickly. I could see myself making a group of these as a darling set of stocking stuffers this holiday season!”

Erin Prais-Hintz created three totally different projects.  A purse fob, a ring and an ornament. “They are really fun to add a little bit of color, texture and movement, and with the loop at the top and the metal color, they can match just about anything. Now I am looking for things to add tassels to!”

Amy Bowerman from Plucking Daisies wrote a Faux Suede Lace Charm bracelet tutorial and a post showcasing her finished piece.  “Not only did participating in this hop recharge my jewelry making mojo it has also given me a deep, deep love for Faux Suede tassels and suede lace.”

 

Kumihimo Hook&Eye EndCap Clasps

This bracelet was designed by Fernando DaSilva and beautifully features two of the new additions to the kumihimo findings catalog.

These end cap clasps make finishing your kumihimo braids very easy.  All you need is glue to insert the braid and the ends are finished.  No additional components required!

The kumihimo butterfly pendant bail allows you to attach dangles quickly too!

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.