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

Flat Leather For Designer Jewelry

These gorgeous bracelets were designed by Fernando DaSilva to highlight all the new colour options in our flat leather collection.

The addition of pearls makes this bracelet very feminine.

The flat leather animal prints are gorgeous.

Fernando combined the animal prints with solid colours.

 

He used our new Metal Complex oblong punch to create the open areas and also added a grooved line to the inside leather for additional detail work.

Our slider collection makes adding additional embellishment a breeze.

Your options are endless!

Dagger Cuff by Anna Elizabeth Draeger for Instant Glam™ by Fernando

There was a gorgeous bracelet in our ad featuring Instant Glam™ by Fernando bezels and Crystal Rock appliques.  Now I can provide you with the instructions from the designer, Anna Draeger!

Bracelet Instructions

1. Glue the Crystal Rocks element into the Quatro finding. Allow the glue to dry.

2. Place the finding in the center of the strip of grey Ultrasuede. Stitch the finding to the Ultrasuede using WildFire and a beading needle: Tie a knot at the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and then thread the needle on the other end. Sew up through the Ultrasuede, and then sew through a loop on the finding. Sew down through the Ultrasuede close to the spot where you just sewed up through it. Repeat several times to secure the loop to the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread. Repeat on the other three loops in the finding. Wrap the Ultrasuede around your wrist and trim it to fit, leaving about 1-in. for the clasp.

3. Tie a knot on the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and sew up through the Ultrasuede so the thread exits the center point on one side of the finding. Pick up a 10/0 seed bead, and a repeating pattern of a dagger and three 10/0s three times. Pick up a dagger and two 10/0s. Following the curve of the finding, sew down through the Ultrasuede right next to the edge of the Ultrasuede. Sew right back up through the Ultrasuede, and sew back through all the beads just picked up. Sew down through the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.

4. Repeat as in step 3, but pick up six daggers with three 10/0 seed beads in between them. Move about 1/4in. from where you sewed up through the Ultrasuede for the first row of daggers, and stitch the new row of daggers in place. 

5. Repeat as in step 3 for the next three rows, picking up seven daggers with three 10/0 seed beads between them. Move 1/4 in. from the previous row each time. 

6. Using a new 12-in. piece of thread, tie a knot, and sew up through the Ultrasuede near one edge at the end of the bracelet. Pick up three 10/0s, and sew through the end loop of the 5-strand clasp. Pick up three 10/0s, move the needle about 1/8 in. away from where you exited the Ultrasuede, and sew down through it to. Repeat to secure the other four loops to the end edge of the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.   

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the unfinished side of the finding, making the daggers curve in the opposite direction of the daggers on the other side, by working towards the other edge of the bracelet.

8. Line the inside of the bracelet with the dark blue Ultrasuede, cutting it to the correct length. Tack the dark blue Ultrasuede to the grey by stitching along the edges of the two colors. Lining the bracelet with the second color adds a design element as well as hiding any threads or knots that might be visible from stitching the beads and clasp in place. 

Material List for Anna’s Instant Glam Peacock Cuff

One  69mm Gunmetal Instant Glam by Fernando Quatro Bezel Tuscany Collection by Metal Complex® 

One 44.5mm Instant Glam by Fernando Crystal Rocks Quatro Bermuda Blue Crystal by Metal Complex® – Tuscany Collection 

Sixty17x7mm Czech Glass Peacock Dagger Black Azuro by Dazzle-It!® 

Two hundred Czech 10/0 Metallic Gunmetal Seed Beads by Dazzle-It!® 

One  Gunmetal 5 strand tube clasp by Dazzle-It! ®

One 3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Grey Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One 1-3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Navy Blue Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One Beading Needle #10 by Dazzle-It!® 

WildFire thermally bonded black bead weaving thread by Beadalon®

Flat Leather Cuff

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I am sharing a new flat leather bracelet designed by Nancy Donaldson, who was clearly determined to use as many colours as possible in her latest submission.

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Our flat leather collection is available in two widths.  Nancy is using 10 x 2 mm peices.

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I said to Nancy that this looked like a difficult math project!  She created the piece without a diagram.  It was a free form project that turned out beautifully.

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Nancy used two of our new curved magnetic clasps to finish her bracelet.  The silver rivets were set with our eyelet and rivet setter.  The curved clasp is ideal for this project and is available in silver, gold and gunmetal.

Braided Nappa Leather Bracelet

Our new Nappa Leather is soft and easy to manipulate.  This braided bracelet was fashioned by Nancy Donaldson for Metal Complex.

Nancy choose three colours to work with.

  

It is easy to create a piece to match virtually any colour pallet as the Nappa Leather collection includes 15 different colours.

Finishing your pieces is also easy if you use any of the Dazzle-it glue in magnetic clasps and twist lock clasps.

They are all availble in gold, silver and gunmetal.

Flat Leather and Suede Lace Bracelet

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Dazzle-it Faux suede lace has now been introduced to our Metal Complex Flat Leather in this bracelet by Nancy Donaldson.

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The faux snake purple flat leather was beautifully braided with the suede lace.

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Nancy tucked all her ends in our Metal Complex flat leather specialty clasps.

Metal Complex Sliders!

Nancy Donaldson fashioned these two gorgeous bracelets with two different types of leather.

Two strips of leopard nappa leather gold cord were set side by side for the first bracelet.

White flat leather was used for the second bracelet.

Finishing the bracelets is quite easy with our designed to match glue-in magnetic clasps.

 

The choices for clasps are wonderful and they are available in gold, silver and gunmetal.

The sliders are also available in the three colours shown.

Flat leather colour choices are fabulous too!

Flat Leather and Fancy Chain

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This new bracelet design from Nancy Donaldson incorporates a double row of flat leather glued into one of our new clasps.

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These clasps are also available in gunmetal and silver.

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The flat leather was joined with some wire staples made from aluminum wire.

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The gorgeous chain edge was created with Fancy Chain.  Nancy had several options and two colours to choose from.  The chain makes it look like you spent hours attaching dangles.

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Simple jump rings attached the chain to the flat leather.

A complicated looking bracelet which is so easy to craft!  So many ways to use our new Metal Complex flat leathers!