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!

 

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

Lovely Knots in Perles et cetera Magazine

In the latest issue of Perles et cetera we have a wonderful six page article on Lovely Knots.  The magazine did an amazing job designing the layout for this special how to!  This magazine is in French, so I have provided you with the English translation and a closer look at some of my photos.

Lovely Knots – Learning The Ancient Art of Chinese Knotting

By Carmi Cimicata for Perles et cetera

This spring, Fernando DaSilva’s latest written work was published by John Bead.  Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting is a super way to be exposed to a craft that has risen in popularity.  Now that Fernando has reviewed the basic knots and added his own vision and flair to it you will be inspired to incorporate these special knots into jewelry making projects.   I know that I was excited about the possibilities and the booklet is filled with fabulous finished pieces.

However, like all new techniques, you need to practice before you can complete a finished piece.   This booklet made me feel like Fernando was sitting by my side instructing me in person.  The step-by-step photos walked me to through each and every twist I needed in order to make the “Infinity Bracelet” which features a special knot made with eight strands of Chinese knotting cord.

Chinese knotting requires some basic supplies.  Ideally you have Lovely Knots cord, which is a twisted nylon, designed to hold the shape of complex and simple knots.  A corkboard and some pins are very helpful and depending on how you finish your cords some basic jewelry making pliers and findings are an asset.

My first attempt was almost perfect.  It seemed as though I was talking directly with the author.  Fernando is a jewelry designer, published author, TV personality, a Swarovski ambassador and the product and creative manager for John Bead Corporation.  It occurred to me that he would be seeing my finished sample and I wanted him to be impressed!  Fernando wrote, “I have had fun researching each unique knot and finding ways to incorporate them into stylish, trendy and fashionable jewelry designs.  The possibilities are endless and I am sure you can do it!  Remember, practice is the key, so grab some cord and let’s get started…”

I did have fun!  When my knot lined up and all my cords were exactly where Fernando showed me they needed to be I was thrilled!

I added a section of leather on the end pieces before gluing on my crimps and toggle set.  Fernando explained how a little tape on the edges before you add your crimp makes this step a breeze.  I followed the advice in the book to use a nylon jaw plier to close my crimp so I would not scratch it.

The bracelet was perfect but I also found a little vintage button that made it even prettier.  The button is simply held in place with a pin, so I can switch buttons or wear it without embellishment.

Having completed my project, I learned that Fernando was making a special bracelet to submit to Perles et Cetera as well!  Knowing that his work would be glamorous and ideal for party going made me think outside of the box.  Fernando had already taught me how to make the bracelet, now how could I add a little spin to it?

This is when I decided to replace one of the cords in the bracelet with rhinestone chain.  Thank goodness I had already practiced the knot!  This was a little harder to control.  I also had a new issue.  How would I be able to finish my cut cord and rhinestone edges?  They would no longer fit into the classic crimp like I used with the first bracelet.

Happily, John Bead had also released a new line of end caps.  This unique gold set had a very wide mouth and I was able to insert everything in a way that would hold the knot beautifully.  Then I added a classic toggle set for the closure.  Fernando won’t be seeing this version of my Infinity Bracelet until this issue is published and I can’t wait to see what he thinks.  Learning from a true jewelry-making artist was a pleasure and I plan to make quite a few new pieces inspired by Lovely Knots.

Material Used

Lovely Knots Booklet Published by John Bead for Dazzle-it!

Dazzle-it Lovely Knots Cords  2mm(different colours)

Dazzle-it Finding Kits (toggle clasp, crimps)

Rhinestone Chain (I cut up a rhinestone necklace)

Quick Grip Glue

Flat Nose Plier

Pointed scissors

Nylon Jaw Pliers

Pins

Corkboard

Special Gold End caps (John Bead)

 

More is More

 

Designed and written by Fernando DaSilva

References:

By the late 1930’s, Chanel’s necklaces had grown from single-strand chokers and sautoirs into bibs. In the early 1990s, Karl Lagerfeld occasionally paired Chanel haute-couture with over the top beaded jewelry. Currently, I have observed a comeback of the bib necklace, probably boosted by the opulent and luxurious jewelry worn on the movie “The Great Gatsby.”  Those were some of my influences to create this piece.

Inspiration: 

I wanted to showcase the latest and newest products that we added to our Dazzle-it! line. The products are the main inspirational source for this design.   I wanted to create something to be paired with a day dress and I wanted it to turn people’s heads.  It needed to be something with a “zoom zoom zoom” about it.

The Divas Who Could Pull This Off:  Carmen Miranda and Erika Badu.

The Creating:

The bib section was designed first and then I created a triple twisted Kumihimo cord to use as the structure.  The cord needed to be strong enough to sustain the “cascade” of beads. I combined our fantastic Lovely Knots braided cords with a satin aquamarine cord. I think it is much more interesting than other types of Kumi and it speaks louder to my style. It has texture, depth and by using two different sizes of cords together I made it three dimensional.

I also wanted to display one of our newest end caps.  Multi strands cords can be glued-in so the ends are impeccably finished.

The biggest problem for me was deciding on the right material for the back section. After experimenting with a variety of materials, I finally decided that the piece was calling for something light and airy and the satin ribbon became my final choice. It also brought a French romantic edge to the piece that works perfectly with summer luncheons, brunches and lazy delicious sunset cocktails. It’s ultra chic but at the same time simple.

Technical info:

Bib section was created with:

blue and green dyed agate round beads, sizes 6, 8 and 10mm

light blue neon glass round beads sizes 6 and 8mm

kumihimo end cap

head pins and 7.5x8mm nickel color bead caps

Kumihimo section was created with:

2mm white and turquoise Lovely Knots cord and 3mm rattail aqua blue cord

Pliers used:

round nose, bent nose and flush cutters from our Japanese Pliers collection

Also:  BeadFix gel by Beadalon was used to attach cone ends.

The Guessing Game

Several weeks ago I posted this picture of the design in progress and asked our Facebook friends to fill in the blank:  Working on a new piece – a bib style necklace held by ______________.

The winning guesses are:

“Maybe Kumihimo with two colors of lovely knots and tassels” by Jennifer Hunt
“by beautfiul Dazzle It Grass Green and Aqua Blue Satin Cord!” by Deborah Daniels
 ” held by a kumihimo braid made with Chinese knotting cord” by AC Beads

Your excellent guesses made you winners.  You will receive a signed copy of my new book “Lovely Knots – An introduction to Chinese Knotting” accompanied by 2 small spools of Dazzle-it lovely knots braided cord.

Please send us a personal message with your mailing address to info@dazzle-it.com.

 

Dazzle-it Kumihimo In A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine

I have the most colourful kumihimo braid jewelry set to share with you today. They appear in the summer issue of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine.

Every issue is jam packed with ideas and I subscribe to it digitally!

You might be surprised to know that this set was created with the classic 8 strand kumihimo braid and disk.  My fiber choices are making this look so complex.

I have been experimenting with non-traditional strands for my kumihimo projects.  This braid features five stands of hand spun artisan yarn, two strands of my own hand made t-shirt yarn (tarn) and one strand of this fun pom pom ribbon yarn.

My kumihimo disk is foam and it readily accepted the different fibers.  I was careful with my braiding so that I did not stretch my disk inserts.  The cut lines were very forgiving with these thick fibers.   I had no issues at all.

 As I braided, I made sure my pom poms were not twisted to the inside of the braid.  I was so happy to see how they looked free of the braid.

Since my braid was thicker than usual, in order to insert it into my end cap I needed to gather my fibers tightly.   I wrapped wire around each cut end making it easier to glue all these fibers neatly into the end cap. 

My hot pink necklace and bracelet are going to be just perfect for the summer!

Dazzle-it Beading Loom

Today I am showing you my very first bead loom project.

Dazzle-it has two sizes of the traditional beading loom and I decided to give the standard size loom a try.  I have been wanting to learn how to bead on a loom for some time.  Later this month I will be taking a class but I decided I better start experimenting this weekend so I am at least familiar with standard loom techniques.

The loom does come with everything you need to get started on a project.  It was simple to set up.  The only thing extra I did was use my own beads since I had two pretty colours already out on my work table.

I was absolutely AMAZED with the ease in which I was able to bead on the loom for the first time!  The box does not lie.  It is fun and easy!

When I removed my beaded section I did find one mistake.  You can see here I missed catching the main string in this section.

However, for someone who has never used a loom, I think my edge work is quite good!

Since I plan to immerse myself into the art of weaving on a bead loom I also started to experiment with taking photos.  I am going to really enjoy learning this traditional and beautiful craft!