Out of This World Tiered Necklace

Out of This World Tiered Necklace for Perles et Cetera Magazine
by Carmi Cimicata, John Bead Corp Marketing and Social Media Manager

Published Autumn Issue 2017 in French

 

I have been thinking a lot about our planet lately. Our connection to the sun and the other planets in our solar system are mysteries we have yet to truly unlock. With these thoughts in mind I attempted to create a necklace that would showcase our solar system in a necklace. I felt like I was back in high school as I tried to remember the order of our planets and what their most basic colours were.

The first step was to find beads that would resemble the planets. Happily, my company John Bead Corp has a rather large selection of semi-precious beads. Our solar system has eight “official” planets, which orbit the Sun. I reviewed the planet colours on “Ask an Astronomer” and selected the matching semi-precious beads that would work best on my necklace.  Amazonite beads are usually in a mixed color strand. You will find beads that are pale blue to brown with this gemstone. I also used yellow jade for my gold Saturn, red jasper for Mars, agate for orange and white Jupiter and some sodalite for Earth’s white and blue.

The planets, in order of their distance from the Sun, are Mercury (Gray), Venus (pale Yellow), Earth (blue and white), Mars (reddish brown), Jupiter (orange and white bands), Saturn (pale gold), Uranus (pale blue) and Neptune (pale blue).  This printed solar system became my template. I did not want too much empty space in the middle of my piece, so I went with five strands instead of eight.

I chose a pretty yellow jade pendant for my sun. I knew the first strand on this tiered necklace needed to be centered properly with a focal piece. I used a good beading wire to create all five unique tiers. Once the first tier was measured and the pendant was in place, I was able to set all the planets in locations similar to how they looked on my printed solar system map.

My rough measurements for strand lengths did not help. I quickly realized my strands were going to need tweaking and I had to “eyeball” each tier.

Since I needed to see where each “planet” would be set it was easier to set aside my ruler and use my own judgment for the right lengths. In order to ensure that each tier would hang properly I needed to cut slightly longer lengths of stringing wire so I could add or subtract wire depending on where my planets were. Taping my tiers was a very helpful part of the process.

When I figured out where a planet needed to be, I marked my wire, set a crimp in place and flattened it. Then I strung my bead and placed and flattened a second crimp to keep it secure on the wire. For tier two, I only had one bead to set.

I finished both ends of each wire with an Ez-Crimp. I taped each tier to my board to keep the strands sorted and the wire properly shaped.

I used jump rings to attach all my finished tiers to five-hole coupling bars. A lobster clasp and jump ring completed the necklace. It was fun and relaxing to get all the beads set. I started to get really good at flattening my crimp beads too!

I think my finished necklace does indeed resemble our solar system!

(P.S. I thought long and hard about adding Pluto, even though it isn’t considered a planet anymore. I might just attach a small dangling bead to represent it.)

Supplies Used
Semi Precious Yellow Jade Pendant
Semi Precious Round Beads for the eight planets
Gold Crimps
Beadalon EZ-Crimp Ends, Gold
Beading Wire – Softflex Medium Flex Wire
5 strand coupling bars
Small Jump rings
Lobster Clasp and Large Jump Ring

Tools Used
Japanese Style Side Cutter Pliers
Econo Flat Nose Pliers to open and close jump rings
Crimping Plier to attach Easy Crimps to wire
Needle nose plier to flatten crimps

Lush Green Multi Length Simply Stylish Necklace

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By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera
This is the English translation for this project which appeared in the magazine in French.

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When Pantone announced that the 2017 Colour of the year was GREENERY, I was ecstatic. Green is such a powerful colour. Pantone described it as fresh, restorative and Nature’s neutral. “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

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I truly enjoy stringing interesting components, so it was easy for me to just go to my stash and gather strands of green beads for this project. John Bead Corp has over 3000 items that are “green” including Czech pressed glass beads, wood beads and semi precious stones.

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The unique product that I was most interested in using for the first time was the green Lucite petal beads in our Tropical Punch collection. These petal beads are available in several colours. The green is a non-traditional flower colour, however for this project it is a perfect addition.

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The curved petal beads become a flower shape when strung on elastic and tied tightly together with a knot. This creates a circle center.

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You can stretch the circle center over the flower component crystal and it will settle into place. For extra security you can add a little bit of glue to the knot you made with the elastic.

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I strung a very long strand of multi shaped beads from my collection. I finished each side of the beaded necklace with an EZ Crimp End.

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My beautiful long strand of beads does not need a clasp to get it on and off. I opted to attach both ends to my Flower Maker components. The necklace is ready to wear.

I could have stopped at this point and would have been happy with my statement piece.

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However, I had already decided that I would want to wear this necklace a couple of different ways. My next step was to create this simple necklace extender with some lobster clasps, jump rings and chain.

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Then I placed some large jump rings in several key spots on my long necklace.

 

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The jump rings look like part of my design.

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My necklace looks wonderful worn as one long piece.

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When I attach my necklace extender to those jump rings I can created tiered lengths.

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Add in a necklace extender and jump rings and I have several new looks to enjoy.

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This will be my go-to summer look!

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When I want the flower to be showcased differently I can wear it this way.

The GREENERY colour of the year has inspired me to create a new necklace that I can wear several different ways. Like the colour, I am feeling refreshed and restored now that I have completed this project.

All products from John Bead Corp

Tropical Punch Flower Maker (Gold)     26011512
Tropical Punch Petal Curved (Shaded Green)      28400689-03
Elastic Cord
Large and small Jump Rings
Lobster Clasps
Selection of pressed glass beads
Wood beads
EZ-Crimp Ends from Beadalon

Creativity on the Catwalk – The Nomadic Traveller Look

The Nomadic Traveller by Fernando DaSilva

Our Global Chic product line was beautifully captured in this picture from the “Creativity on the Catwalk” fashion shows in the UK last month at CHSI Stitches. (Photo from CHSI) Our Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva designed an “out of the ordinary collection of jewelry that is delightfully different, chic and of course trendsetting.”  Here is a closer look at just one of the six models he styled.  The unique embroidered dresses were hand picked by Fernando in Brazil in January.

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Fernando has some global inspiration for this look.

“I was inspired by the real nomads (like in this picture). Women are clearly identifiable with color and I can imagine the jingling sounds created by the bells that are attached to their animals, which are also used to adorn their own clothing. That’s why I added lots of the jingle bells to both the wraparound bracelets…plus channel beads with seed beads.”

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The goal of this look was to showcase the tapestry cords from Global Chic collection and our model Sophie Kelman does that spectacularly with her completely adorned arms.  Fernando used 5 ft of tapestry cord for each design.

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We have tapestry cords in a grand selection of colors.  Creating a color palette is only difficult due to the many options available.

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The pom-pom earrings were added to bring a sense of joy to this look.  

“This woman is a world traveller and Bohemian…she doesn’t take herself too seriously.”

Pom Poms are something we have had in the John Bead catalog for decades.  They are available in many sizes and colors too.  The bells are also fun to work with.

The rings our model wore are from a collection of already finished European jewelry we sell in our John Bead Outlet.

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This is post four in our series.

Look One – Golden Butterscotch can be viewed here.

Look Two – Wild Boho can be reviewed here.

Look Three – The Global Jet-Setter

 

Vintage 50’s Necklace With A Kumihimo Twist

 

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Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles et Cetera Winter 2016 Issue. This is the English translation of the step by step that appeared in French in the current issue of the Magazine.

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This simple kumihimo disk has become the most loved tool in my studio. Made of foam, it is surprisingly sturdy. Kumihimo is an ancient braiding technique. Today, the classic 8-strand braid is easy to create with a variety of stringing materials. Most kumihimo disks come with instructions for this braid. Rattail is usually included because it the most common string used by kumihimo designers. It braids easily and is available in a wide selection of colours and several thicknesses.

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I love the 8-strand braid and have tested it with virtually every stringing material I have in my stash.   Thick and thin lengths of cording combine to create the most elegant braids. They look complicated and unique. This really appeals to me as a designer.

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To create the three tiered necklace I set up three completely different braids. My disk looked different each time. For one braid I used Neo Chain and classic kumihimo polyester rattail.

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My second braid features several different thicknesses of cotton wax cord.

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The third braid is especially unique with one extra thick piece of Nappa leather cord, soutache cord, cotton wax cord and rattail.

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The color palette for these braids was influenced by the announcement of the 2016 Pantone Color of the year. This is the first time they have selected two colours; Rose Quartz and Serenity.

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2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year.

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I glued my three braids into a special large kumihimo end cap. I made sure to let this cure overnight before adding my lobster clasp in order to ensure that the three braids were permanently in place.

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I think the necklace looks lovely on it’s own. The chain I added to one of the braids adds a tiny bit of glitter.

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However, what is life without a little extra embellishment? As a jewelry lover I also have quite a few of these vintage brooches in my collection.

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I added this over the top rhinestone brooch and felt quite satisfied with the final necklace. The brooch is in place with just its pin back, so it is easy to remove, replace or switch out for a different color.

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Here is how the necklace appears in the current issue of Perles Et Cetera.

Products Used from John Bead Corp.

Kumihimo Circle Disk

Dazzle-it Rattail

Dazzle-it Cotton Wax Cord

Metal Complex Napa Leather

Kumihimo End Cap #23820105-01

Lobster Claw

Quick Grip Glue

More Information

If you go to blog.dazzle-it.com you will see over sixty posts I have written featuring kumihimo.

If you would like to see a video demonstrating the classic 8-strand technique go to this link.

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal

Global Chic Tapestry Cord Necklace by Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal Necklace for John Bead by CHA Designer Member: Carmi Cimicata

This week we are participating in a special blog hop with nearly 60 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) members from around the world who are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show 75th anniversary.

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Welcome to the John Bead blog if you are a new reader.  Our blog hop showcase will feature a unique new stringing material we recently released called Global Chic Tapestry Cord.  This wonderful cotton cord is filled with fiber allowing designers to sew it with ease.

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I asked CHA designer Nancy Donaldson to play with the cord during a session in my studio.  She pinned the cord into marvelous shapes and twists.  She could see many wonderful designs from the moment she began to manipulate the cord.

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A few strategic stitches with a needle and thread held her curves in place permanently.

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Our unique findings sets at John Bead include these endcaps.  Two tapestry cords can be glued snugly into the cap and the ends look professionally finished now.

Hot Fix Crystals

When the necklace was secure it was time to bring out some crystals.  John Bead has a very large assortment of hot fix crystals.  These gems have a special glue on their backside that need to be heated before the crystal is applied.

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Some locations on my necklace allowed for a bigger crystal.  In other areas I wanted just a tiny glittery highlight.

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I used a Hot Fix Applicator which comes with different tips to apply different sized crystals.

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The crystals catch the light when you wear this necklace.  I love the contrast between the cotton fiber cord and the glittery crystal.

The entire Global Chic collection will be presented at the CHA show in January.  Stop by our booth to see it and our other finished jewelry samples.

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Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.  You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win the $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.  Learn more and enter to win $500 by reading more here.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

1.  Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”

2.  Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
3.  Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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Trinket of Gems Necklace By Fernando DaSilva

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Designed by Fernando Dasilva

Materials 

 

Metal Complex Bezel – Handmade Pendant Square Antique Brass

8 icy bead pebble metallic gold – 278 00486-06s8

8 large bronze jump rings –  22 801 261

Gilder’s paste – Fundrey Bronze – 888 18840-09

Gilder’s paste –Antique Gold – 888- 18840-05

2 part epoxy clay Apoxie – orange  – 888 19010

1ft gold-plated German style wire – 2500 821

1 set gold-plated  17mm square toggle clap – 970 01804-00

1 gold-plated TC clover link  – ?

6 brass oxide TC bead aligners  –  96960 945755-27

2 antique gold TC bail pinch vine – 96951 945668-26

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS:

1 black diamond 8mm crystal bicone –  277 5301 2477 215

2 sunflower 8mm crystal round bead –  277 5000 2225 292

1 topaz 14mm rivoli stone  – 967 1122 1030 246

1 black diamond 14mm rivoli stone – 967 1122 1030

14 xilion pp18 – golden shadow chatton – 967 1012 2198 001

14  xilion pp18 – crystal copper chatton – 967 1012 2200 001 

Instructions: 

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1.  Prepare Apoxie clay following label instructions.

2. Rub gilder’s paste on top of clay immediately after clay been inside of clay.

3. Begin adding components following pattern below:

a- first work with metal components. Add TC clover link and six stabilizers beads, and then add one gold-plated bail into top middle area and the other bail on the bottom right of clover link. Leave the loops out of clay.

Use picture as guidance.

b. Place black diamond rivoli inside of clover link and topaz rivoli on right top corner of bezel. Make sure the edges off the stones are set into the clay.

c. Begin adding the little crystal chatton stones as you like it.

d. Place a single chatton stone inside of TC stabilizer beads.

4. String black diamond bicone onto a gold-plated head pin. Make a half of loop and slide it onto of the bail ring and finish loop. Repeat the same with other bail loop adding the two beads left.

5. Cut seven strands of leather. Slide bejeweled pendant onto the strand of leather, altogether.  Find the middle of it and place the bezel in.

6. Holding all strands together tighten a single knot on each side of pendant.

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7. Slide TC gold-plated spacer beads using two strands of leather.  The next spacer should go through one of the same strands from previous step and a new strand of leather. Continue playing with that until you have 6 spacer beads strung on.

8.  Repeat step 6 and 7 to make the other half of necklace.

9. Cut a 6-inch piece of wire and start wrapping all the leather cord ends together and flat. Wrap it around five turns and then trim the shorter piece of wire.

10. Feed a cone end through the long piece of wire. Make sure all strands of leather are tightened and inside of cone end. Make half loop, slide half portion of toggle clasp and then finish wrapping at least 3 times around its base. Trim excess wire.

11. Repeat the same to finish the other half of necklace.

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Designer’s Tips:

1. Use provided picture as guidance.

2. Play with all the elements to make your focal piece.

3. Leather cords are supposed to look a little space out.

Tools 

Side Cutter (745 27304)

Flat Nose (745 27312)

Round Nose (745 24883)

 

Fingernail Earring Post Tutorial

These earrings feature the new fingernail earring posts now available at John Bead.

My earring were created with two finished beaded sections, our soft leather and a pair of fingernail earring flat posts.

I cut two pieces of soft leather to line the back of my finished pieces.  I made a mark where I would like the post to get placed.

I cut a small slit in the leather.

This allowed me to carefully push/pull my fingernail earring post through the opening. The rough side of the leather will not be seen so this is the side that the flat back needs to be placed.

On the “good” side of the leather, the post is now visible.

You just need to make sure the post section is punched through the leather.  (I made a hole with a paper piercer to make sure my hole was exactly where I wanted it to be.)

At this point you could glue to flat back side to the leather.

When I was sure my liners were set up perfectly I then glued the original beaded section to its new backing.

I beaded all the edging.

These unique flat back components allow you to create professionally finished earrings for leather and beaded projects. They provide extra security for finished designs and are ideal for performing arts jewelry where you need to be sure that your earrings are securely in place.

Fingernail earring posts are available in retail ready and 25 pair packs.

Soft leather is available is many wonderful colors.