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

Acrylic Hairbone Pipe Necklace and Earrings by Fernando DaSilva

This stunning new set of jewelry designed by Fernando DaSilva features an elegant and commonly used component used in crafts inspired by Aboriginal Cultures.

Our hairbone pipes are made to match real animal bone with a durable acrylic base, which ensures a premium quality and invisible seams.

“Acrylic hairbone pipes can be used to create trendy accessories as seen in this photograph.  Gold plated components, crystal  accents and wired links were turned into a cascade of luscious beads” from Fernando.

Here is a look at everything else Fernando used.

The fancy chain is ready to use and the leaves are already attached.

The use of piggy beads as a hairbone pipe bead cap was just brilliant!

This toggle set finished the necklace.

Swarovski oval pendants.

 Pewter scroll connectors.

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! 

Supplies Used

Dazzle-it Pastella Czech Glass Beads 8in Strands Vintage Pink 

4mm    6mm    8mm 

John Bead Rhinestone Beads

8mm    10mm    12mm 

Metal Complex Instant Glam Tuscany

Diamond Bezel 70mm Silver

Jewelry Making Components

Dazzle-It Classic Slim Tool Set

Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and EZ Crimps

Pewter Toggle Clasp Set and Jump Rings

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Beading Board

 

 

Pearlvine Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

The Pearlvine necklace by Fernando Dasilva features pearls as the highlighted component. We have so many pearls in our catalog to select from.  For this post, we have attached information to a special collection of Czech glass pearls.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.For those of you who can’t visit in person we have been showcasing his design work here on the John Bead blog.  

 

Instructions:

1. Using chain nose pliers take apart 2 equal pieces of 5 oval links sections off the silver matte chain. Set them aside.

2. Repeat previous step to take apart 2 equal sections of round links section of same chain with connectors in.

3. Using a 5 inches piece of satin gold stringing wire string beads as follows:

one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one square bead cap + one crystal cube + one bead  cap . Repeat in reverse and then add one crimp tube.

4. Add one section of chain cut in step 1 attaching it through oval link. Pass opposite end of stringing wire through same crimp tube. Pull them together and with crimper tool secure it in place making sure each wire is sitting parallel to each other.

5. Repeat step 3 to create 4 more pearl circles in same fashion, adding another section of chain before you crimp the last pearl circle.

6. Open connector of small section of chain and attach to oval links of both ends. Repeat the same on the other half of your necklace. This will give a more substantial look to the structure of your piece.

7. Open two small jump rings to attach clasps to both sides of necklace.

Tips:

Please read the instructions before you start making your piece.

* If you desire to add more dimension and drama to your piece build pearl circles with 2 more sizes of pearls. You can have circles made with any bead sizes you want.

 **To make it funkier you can hung several pieces of small Figaro style chain to every circle. Think: luscious!!!

Materials Used

Several strand of pearls – your favorite colours

5 Swarovski 8mm crystal golden shadow cube beads

40 bead bumpers

10 brass bead cap squares

5 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 small gold plated round jump rings

2ft of white matte silver chain

2ft of 19 strands Beadalon .018” gold satin stringing wire

1 bronze hook and eye clasp

Tools 

Side Cutter   Flat Nose Crimper tool

 

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.

New Wood Clasps

Today I can share with you some of the projects created by Nancy Donaldson with our new wood clasps.

This customer email this week announced the arrival of these unique new clasps.

I asked Nancy to use them in a non-traditional way.  Beading with them (as shown on samples below) will create wonderful pieces.  However, with so many new leathers and chains in the catalog, these new pieces show you some options for showcasing the clasps.

Nancy certainly responded to my challenge.  The top beads are from our new fire and ice agate collection.  The centre bead is a glass fancy dotted lamp work bead. (currently on sale an in limited quantities.) The flat leather in combination with fancy chain is very different.

She used Neo ChainFancy Chain, flat leather, and Faux Suede Lace.

Pictures 1, 2, 4, 6 -Spring Street Design Group, Nordstrom,
Pictures 3, 5 – Booda Boutique,
Pictures 6,7 – Capicua Trading

I discovered so many great examples featuring these clasps.  I think the necklace is just wonderful.

Kumihimo Hook&Eye EndCap Clasps

This bracelet was designed by Fernando DaSilva and beautifully features two of the new additions to the kumihimo findings catalog.

These end cap clasps make finishing your kumihimo braids very easy.  All you need is glue to insert the braid and the ends are finished.  No additional components required!

The kumihimo butterfly pendant bail allows you to attach dangles quickly too!

Fire and Ice Agate Beads – Blue Sky

The stars of this necklace are the extremely beautiful Fire and Ice Agate beads.

Blue Sky is available in three sizes 10ml, 12ml, 16ml,  I simply strung them all to create this necklace.

The beads really require no additional embellishment.  I made this shell pendant myself and it went so well with the colours that I added it.  I also included two of our new white tassels to balance the necklace.

The tassels are also new and available in so many great colours!

My last step was to select a closure and I chose this new hook and eye set.