Metal Complex Blanks, Jewelry Resin and Kumihimo!

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!

Flat Kumihimo Braid – I Think I Got It!

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 postSo, day two:  cool flat braid. What are you waiting for?  Get the kumihimo plates!