Kumihimo and Aluminum Chain

This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.

The braid is a unique one.

It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.

I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.

Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap.  Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.

The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward.  To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.

Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.

You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.

I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable.  The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.

 

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.

 

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace!

 

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.

Shades of Gray – Dazzle-it Leather Cord Kumihimo

Creating a kumihimo necklace with leather cord is just a joy!  My braid is so unique and I can see myself wearing this unadorned and perhaps later with a pendant.

I used our Dazzle-it kumihimo disk to create my braid.

The new collection of genuine leather cord includes metallics, so I used the silver and grey in various sizes to create my necklace.

Here is a closer look at all my cords.

I didn’t waste one bit of my braid.  I had a few extra inches of braid which I used to make this necklace.

Twenty Four colours to choose from in three sizes!

Sweet Soutache For Girls!

There is no way to look at this page and not say “oh how adorable!”

This is “Sweet Soutache Sadie” and with her Mom’s permission we have posted the gorgeous collection Nancy Donaldson designed for her.

Sadie’s original dress lacked any embellishment.  There was no way Nancy could leave it unadorned.  Out came her supply of Dazzle-it Soutache cord and some wood buttons.  The results are adorable.

Soutache cord is beautiful embroidery element for clothing.

I think everyone was thrilled with this redesigned outfit!

Photos by Nancy Donaldson

Soutache Brooches

Designer Nancy Donaldson is teaching herself how to work with Soutache cords.  I gave her all the cord colours to play with and she sent me back these fabulous samples!

I love the combination of colours she choose for this first brooch.  Green and orange soutache cord with the green Fire and Ice agate beads.

This brooch is a showstopper!

Yellow and purple soutache cord along with the yellow Fire and Ice Agate beads!

 

Faux Suede Lace Bracelets

Nancy Donaldson created these faux suede lace bracelets with our new collection.  The elegance of the featured knot is enhanced with a professionally finished magnetic clasp.

 

Red and navy lace was used.  There are 14 colours to choose from.

Nancy used a little aluminum wire to ensure the lace stayed in place.  All the ends were glued into the clasp.

You can see the aluminum wire is folded like a staple.

This is the glue-in magnetic tube clasp used.  You can see the entire collection here.