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

Dazzle-it Czech Glass Pearls

We have a wonderful collection of Czech glass pearls in a magnificent assortment of colours.

They are available to purchase in a complete collection of 3 per each strand shown or individually in sets of three.  The glass pearls are available in 8 inch strands in sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10mm.   There is also a wonderful assorted strand combo of 10-16mm sizing.

From traditional white and cream to more dramatic colors like purple, black and rose our collection is rich.  We are also following the current trends with platinum, bronze and rose gold just to name a few. These high quality Czech glass pearls add stunning luster to any jewelry creation.

The new collection was unveiled in our 2014 Dazzle-it Products Catalog (Page 45) which is always available for you to download online.

Here are some inspired samples using pearls with colour.

Chanel wristlet, blue bracelet by ColorMeMissy on Etsy, rose gold bracelet on Amazon, David Yurman Spiritual Beads Bracelet with Pink Pearls, Pink and white bracelet from DEBENHAMS.COM

Here are some featuring the classic colour in multiple sizes.

Chanel 2014 runway, Flashy Era pearls necklace from Bottica, multi strand necklace from Tom Binns, HMbySemraAscioglu on Etsy, Gemma Lister Morzine, Leopard and Pearl collar from Bottica.

Freshwater Pearls and Neon Pink Glass Beads

I am thrilled to share you this latest designer necklace from our Creative Director; Fernando DaSilva.  He designed it to showcase the freshwater pearls in the Dazzle-it catalog.

I am sure this will give you some of your own ideas for showcasing pearls and beads into a signature necklace.

Fernando has a special way of combining sizes and shapes.  There is so much detail in this necklace.

 

I could not agree more with this sentiment.  Fernando did not stop with just the necklace.

He created two possible earring matches.  This chandelier style set is lovely.

The drop set is classic.  I would have a very hard time choosing one set over the other.

 

Our Freshwater Pearl collection is wonderful and provides designers with so many different options for shapes.

There are also several unique colours to choose from.

We released a wonderful new collection of “Neon Round” beads this year.

Dazzle-it Ori glass round Pink Opal strands are available in three sizes; 6mm, 8mm, 10mm.

Dazzle-it Glass Pearls!

There are so many outstanding examples of how pearls can be showcased in jewelry.  I can think of numerous images involving the classic pearl in a single strand necklace design or mixed throughout a larger statement piece.

Happily, I can announce that John Bead has a brand new DAZZLING glass pearl collection!  You can work in colour and in full range of sizes.

Our new Dazzle-it glass pearls collection includes twelve colours and six different sizes: 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm.

There is a combo strand option for each colour including sizes from 10mm-16mm.

Dazzle-it Pink Glass Pearls, Crystals and Memory Wire

There are millions of combinations for beautiful and elegant bracelets using memory wire.  Memory wire allows you to have fun stringing and the freedom to make as many changes as you want later.

I selected a summer fresh colour palette for this bracelet.

Light Chocolate Glass Pearls

Pink Round Ori Crystal

A little silver wire mesh and an Asian symbol pendant I made myself completed my project.

Dazzle-It EZ Knotting Tool

 

Last week at the Bead and Button show you could hear a very satisfying clicking noise if you walked by the John Bead booth.  Fernando Dasilva was demonstrating the Dazzle-It Knotting Tool and let me tell you, it stopped traffic.  Each click meant another pearl was perfectly placed on a silk cord.

The Easy Knotter from John Bead comes with instructions and was designed to give you professional knots for your pearl stringing projects.

This is the tip that makes the knotting so neat!

Since I have not used the tool, I definitely watched Fernando’s demonstration.  I was amazed at how neat his pearls and knots were!

I think many people prefer to learn visually.  Watching how Fernando held the silk beading cord made me realize why I have not had success making knots in the past.

So.  I have seen the master at work.  Now I need to start my first project.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

Take a peak at the selection of 100% silk beading cord in the new catalogue!

Dazzle-It Ori Crystals and Glass Pearls

 

The new Ori Crystals are easily paired with Dazzle-Its glass pearl collection.

I used memory wire to craft these super easy bracelets!  This pink bracelet features Pink Crystal Cut 10mm ori crystal beads with Lt Chocolate round glass pearls.  I also added some wire mesh.

Artistic Wire Mesh is available in many colours and sizes.  I used the silver.

My teal crystal and aqua pearl bracelet was pretty all by itself.

I added a brooch from my personal collection to jazz it up.

The brooch can be added and removed anytime.