This necklace features a pendant made by John Bead’s very own Daniel John.
While on a recent trip to a UK craft show, Daniel had an opportunity to walk the show and in one booth he did an experiment with embossing powders on a Metal Complex leaf blank. We both thought it turned out really well. However, embossing powders would not last very long on a necklace if it came into contact with other embellishments.
To keep the design on the blank permanently I glazed the surface with Jewelry Resin. One application of Jewelry resin is like 50 coats of varnish. This design is permanent now!
I am returning the pendant to Daniel today. I can’t return it on it’s own though. It needs to be on a necklace. Naturally, a kumihimo necklace is my first choice! I used gold and black rattail on the circle disk.
The new kumihimo findings make finishing this necklace so easy!
I am so proud of this bracelet! I didn’t think that less than 12 hours after my first attempt that I would be able to show you something that looked this good…so quick! I took me one hour to complete the braid this time!
My rattail colour choices are inspired by something I already made.
This fabric brooch is very sweet. It needed a matching accessory. I am so glad I picked up every colour in the Dazzle-It rattail line. I never know what palette I will be working with.
Once again I set up my square disk using the instructions John Bead provided.
But this time I did something extra. Lilla at John Bead reminded me that I really needed to weigh down the strand as I braided it to keep it from getting curved or uneven. There are lots of things you can use for a weight; a bag of pennies or even a heavy fishing lure. I chose this brass cat paper weight.
This time my braid is excellent! I give the brass cat all the credit for my success. My knots are so nice and tight and my edge is straight!
I used gold ribbon clamps again to finish the edges. I covered that technique in yesterday’s post. So, day two: cool flat braid. What are you waiting for? Get the kumihimo plates!