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.

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.”