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.

 

Shells, Shells and More Shells!

 

I have had this huge assortment of shells from the Dazzle-It line on my table for weeks.  Realizing it was AUGUST I was suddenly wanting to create something ASAP to wear before summer was over.

I also had a package of three hole connectors that I have never used.  It was time for me to stop thinking single strand only!

I created a collage of strands.

These are shell beads – OVAL w/Centre Hole and I used the light gold.

These are called shell dice!  They are available in nine colours!

These irregular shell beads with holes are also in many colours.  I have used pink and purple already.  This is the natural strand.

Navette Shape Shell strands are in the catalog in eleven different colours.

I could not resist adding a little Swarovski crystal.

I used Dazzle-It 100% silk bead cord to string all my shells. I think I can say I am finally out of my single strand box!

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!