Instant Glam and Vintage Parisian Paper

Earlier this week I posted a necklace featuring two rectangle Instant Glam by Fernando bezels.  I absolutely love the size and shape of these bezels and wanted to share with you a second project I just finished.

In the spring I purchased this vintage 1928 paper sampler in Paris.  I knew I would use if for special projects…so I didn’t worry about the price tag…..

I had already poured and allowed a layer of Jewelry Resin to cure in my bezel when I decided to add a few more gold lines and some sequins.  I poured a second doming layer of Jewelry Resin over this second layer of markings.

I was very happy with the bezel after the second pour cured.

My bezel colours were unusual so I decided to create a kumihimo braid to showcase it.  My stringing material included black rat tail, black leather cord and some metallic craft cord.

I used the attachments on the back of the bezel to hang my rectangle.

I finished it with a short chain so that it would be a choker.

This is my favorite bezel!

Jewelry Resin is easy to use.  It comes with instructions and mixing materials.

Instant Glam Bezels The Cover Story!

The current GLAMOUR  issue of Perles et cetera is on the stands and it features my Icon Inspiration Necklace for John Bead Corporation.

The article is in french, so I am going to share the article with you in English.

One of the hottest trends for fall/winter 2013 is a divine one with religious inspiration.  Byzantine icons, stained glass and the Maltese cross appeared on clothing, handbags and jewelry.  I clipped several fabulous examples and left them displayed in my studio.

I knew that somewhere in my studio was an icon image that would become the featured image for my necklace for this Perles et Cetera issue.

It took some time to find (because I do save everything) but I finally located a letter my husband had written to me several years ago.  The edge of the note had the perfect image!  The printed icon was quite large, so I decided to see if I could embed it in resin after dividing it between two large Instant Glam by Fernando rectangle bezels.

I carefully cut out my paper icon sections and sealed them into my bezels with glue.  I then made a small batch of Jewelry Resin (according to the manufacturers instructions) and poured it into my bezels.  I allowed this first layer of resin to cure for 48 hours.

I decided to add some extra paint lines and markings to the first cured layer of resin.

When the paint dots and dashes were dry, I painted a second layer of Jewelry Resin across the bezel surface.  This top layer of resin ensures that my own paint markings are completely covered in resin and cured in place permanently.

I did not have a plan or instructions to string two bezels into one focal piece.  I knew I would have to just gather some great crystals, chain and fibers and experiment with the design.

I started by wiring my two bezels together.  The backs of the Instant Glam bezels have two rings.  I knew they would help me to place my chain and beads too.

Working on the backside I was able to add and subtract beads.  This is the sort of free form jewelry making project when the only way to know if the necklace will work is by stopping to try it on regularly.  I wanted the bezels to sit quite high, so I needed a strong choker at the top to hold everything in place evenly.

I added seed bead chains through my chain to make it more glamorous.

The strung crystals and the seed bead chain looked quite beautiful by the time I was done.  I even made a dangle with some of my leftovers.  However, I felt as though the necklace needed more.

I pulled out some sari silk ribbon in colours that would match my featured icon.

I simply sewed my fibers in place and attached them to the body of the necklace.

I am quite thrilled with the Icon Inspiration necklace.  I can’t wait to wear it to a special event this holiday season!

John Bead Products Featured

The Bezels

Instant Glam by Fernando Tuscany Rectangle

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Fire-polished 6mm White pearlized glass beads

Fire-polished 8mm Crystals AB glass beads

Platinum and orange Seed Bead Cube chain

Oval Cable Antique Silver Leaf Chain

Hook and Loop Clasp

Black Flat nose pliers

Other Jewelry Making Components Used

Wire to string beads.

Split Rings to attach strung beads to chain.

Wire Protectors and crimp tubes

Sari Ribbon

Carmi Cimicata is also the author and designer of Resin Crafts Blog where you can read hundreds of how-to articles about resin and how to work with it. www.resincrafts.blogspot.ca

Tassels and Fancy Chain Get Instant Glam

I just love everything that Fernando DaSilva used to create this new necklace!  I hope it inspires you as much as it does me.  Now I really want to start adding our new faux suede tassels to my design projects!  Here is what Fernando used to create this necklace.

The new silver leaf fancy chain.  I see Fernando combined two strands to make the one thick chain.

A closer look.

SWAROVSKI Crystal Rock applique for the Instant Glam Quatro bezel – Silvershade

Instant Glam Tuscany Quatro Bezel – Gunmetal

Black faux suede tassel with silver cap.

The complete tassel collection is just wonderful.  Think of all the colour options!

 

Instant Glam and Leave it to Beaver

When you see this sentence…..

Jerry Mathers is probably the first image to come to mind.

It was a thrill to see him in our booth at the Emmys celebrity gift lounge last month. As you can see, he has an Instant Glam Tuscany Quatro bezel that Fernando embellished with chain tassels.

Fernando said he was a wonderful guest.

I believe he is just as popular today as he was when he was this young.

The Emmys Collection Featuring Instant Glam

Last month we had the pleasure of showing you dozens of photos we took when John Bead and a select group of companies participated in the Gift Lounge at the Emmys with the Craft and Hobby Association.  We were part of a special group who hosted crafty make-n-takes for the celebrities.  Our booth in the lounge featured special new jewelry designed by Fernando DaSilva.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be going to Hollywood to be part of an event that directly connects our chic craft world with the fabulous show business industry. John Bead is an innovative company that helps creative individuals express themselves through our jewelry making components. I can’t wait to ‘dazzle’ the celebrities with our Instant Glam™ and fashion forward products,” said Fernando DaSilva, Product Development and Creative Manager.

Fernando allowed me to take pictures of some of the new pieces to share with you!

Our Instant Glam bezel collection could not be better showcased!

Each piece Fernando created was one of a kind.

Some of these necklaces feature products we’ll be able to share with you in a few weeks.

Now that October is almost over, holiday celebrations are on the horizon.

These amazing necklaces should have you planning to create your own glamourous projects.

Thank you for letting me study these Fernando!  I’ll be returning them to the show room ASAP!

Fernando’s Emmy Collection

Last month we had the pleasure of showing you dozens of photos we took when John Bead and a select group of companies participated in the Gift Lounge at the Emmys with the Craft and Hobby Association.  We were part of a special group who hosted crafty make-n-takes for the celebrities.  Our booth in the lounge featured special new jewelry designed by Fernando DaSilva.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be going to Hollywood to be part of an event that directly connects our chic craft world with the fabulous show business industry. John Bead is an innovative company that helps creative individuals express themselves through our jewelry making components. I can’t wait to ‘dazzle’ the celebrities with our Instant Glam™ and fashion forward products,” said Fernando DaSilva, Product Development and Creative Manager.

Fernando allowed me to take pictures of some of the new pieces to share with you!

Our Instant Glam bezel collection could not be better showcased!

Each piece Fernando created was one of a kind.

Some of these necklaces feature products we’ll be able to share with you in a few weeks.

Now that October is almost over, holiday celebrations are on the horizon.

These amazing necklaces should have you planning to create your own glamourous projects.

Thank you for letting me study these Fernando!  I’ll be returning them to the show room ASAP!

We Instant Glammed the Omar Dorsey Family!

At the Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge last month we had the great pleasure to meet and “Instant Glam” Omar Dorsey and his family.  Omar is known for his featured appearances on Eastbound & Down, NCIS, CSI: NY,  Rake, Django Unchained, BONES, Rizzoli & Isles and Castle.

When I asked Fernando about this meeting he said “they were ultra nice…all of them got an Instant Glam necklace…Omar was surprised when I told him that I was going to make one for his little daughter, too.”

You can see that Omar loved the Instant Glam Tuscany 
Arrow and his wife chose the Instant Glam Tuscany Quatro bezel.

Fernando had the whole family working!  What a pleasure to meet such a wonderful family!