Kumihimo With Many Types of Stringing Material

My agate slab pendant is the inspiration for this kumihimo cord made with rattail, hemp, suede lace and cotton waxed cord.

The colours in the pendant are just stunning.

I gathered all the stringing material that would highlight the colours the best and set up my kumihimo round braid disk for a lovely hour of braiding.

I used Agate Slab Pendant with Pewter/Turquoise Setting

Sea Blue Cotton Wax Cord

Sea Green Suede Lace

Aqua Blue Dazzle-It Rattail

Silver Dazzle-It Rattail

Pastel Colours Dazzle-It Hemp

The suede lace was a wonderful new addition for me.  I did break the strand at one point and was happy a small knot could repair it so the braiding continued.

When my braid was the length I wanted I tied each edge.

I used my favorite new glue to attach a 7mm kumihimo end cap.  This cord is thinner than others I have made, so I am happy there are three different sizes of end caps to choose from.

You will love all the Agate slabs in the John Bead collection.

5-Strand Mystery Braid Bracelet

Yesterday I showed you how to make Suzi’s magic bracelet.  On Suzi’s blog post she had a link to the 5 Strand Mystery Braid Bracelet.  Hmmm. Magic was great…might as well try the mystery!  Suzi posted a link to a YouTube video that I immediately thought was way too hard.  I watched and watched and just could not make the necessary twists…..so I called in Nancy, who understood the concept immediately and helped me to make this fabulous bracelet.

You do have to watch the video.  I have no idea who the mathematical geniuses are who come up with these twisting ideas.  Basically, this strip of suede…with no open ends can be braided into this shape.

I used our new pink ultra suede cuff and was able to cut the openings with ease using a rotary trimmer.

I trimmed my corners and used the Crystal Applicator Tool (for Swarovski Snaps) to make this closure.  The SILVER/TRANSPARENT/CRYSTAL snap is perfect because it still shows the pink suede behind it.

What can I say?  I love it!  The bracelet even curled a little over night and now it looks even better!  Lightweight and the ideal suede to wear this summer!

Magic Braid

I always thought these bracelets were made with three seperate peices of leather or suede.  I know how to braid…I figured it would be easy. Then, I popped by Suzi’s Crafts and found her tutorial for the magic braid! It is magic!

Genius is a better name for the braid!

So I sliced two openings into my gray suede cuff strip.  These cuffs are new at John Bead and I have already made many different samples for this blog.

I won’t lie, it took several attempts to figure out how to do the braid….

Since both ends are still flat they can easily be finished with a metal ribbon end.

Isn’t it super?  Thank you to Suzi for posting the “how-to.”

How To Showcase a Leather Crimp

I made this sweet choker over the weekend.

I have been wanting to twist some wire flowers for a while and was not having much success with the final shapes.  Dazzle-It Aluminum wire is ideal for learning how to wire wrap.

Then it occurred to me that I might have more luck if I used a wig jig!

I really liked my new looped wire flowers!

This post was originally designed to showcase the leather crimps at John Bead!  They simple fold over the end of leather to create a very finished end.  I used Sea Green goat suede to finish my necklace.

A little crimping, some wire twisting and my choker was done!

My inspiration.  I saw this cute car antiquing this weekend and thought the colours were classic!

Pink Ultra Suede Cuff

This cuff would look spectacular on a sun tanned arm!  It is pretty and lightweight and ideal for summer time wardrobes.

If you are following the posts this week, I am turning the new ultra suede strips into cuffs with crystal snaps.  This the Crystal Applicator.

Some tips I can now share include the following.   ONE – I would add your crystal snaps at the start of your project.  This way you know that the closures are where they should be and that the cuff is wearable.  TWO – Use a pencil to mark the location of a floral element such as the one I am using.  I tried my cuff on and then marked the spot the flower should be attached.  THREE – Quick Grip works amazingly FAST on suede!  I removed the pin from the back of the flower so that it would be easier to glue in place.

There are new iron on crystals to work with too!  Preciosa HotFix are perfect to use with our Dazzle-It Hot Fix Applicator.  You just select the right tip to use with the matching iron-on crystal.

I created my design and then placed my tip over the crystal already in place on the suede.

This cuff looks perfect from the back and front!  The flower beaded brooches are available in eight colours.

More cuffs in the next few days!

Ultra Suede and Crystal Buckle

Ultra suede cuffs are now available at John Bead!  They are currently packaged in two sizes and in several colours.  Take a look here.  This is my first project working with the new grey suede.

The suede is very easy to cut.  I used a pair of my sewing scissors.

I am using the Crystal Applicator to make my cuffs have a snap closure.  My one embellishment is a crystal buckle which fits perfectly on this 1 1/2 inch wide strip.  There are many crystal buckles in the John Bead catalogue.  They are a simple way to adorn leather!

All I had to do was add my snaps after I slid the buckle onto the suede.

Doesn’t that look great!  My first project was super easy. Come back tomorrow for my next cuff!

Goat Suede – Simply Braided

From the minute I got this sea green coloured goat suede I wanted to do something special with it.

The goat suede is so soft.  I opted to add some matching sea blue cotton wax cord to the braid to give it a little more strength.  You might see the cord in the picture above.  To start the braid I attached a nickle ribbon/cord end.

When I finished my braid I thought it still needed a little something extra.  Happily I found these matching square turquoise beads in my John Bead stash.

Oh, and here is a little tip I found online this week.  Do you struggle to get bracelets on by yourself? I do.

Just use this handy paper clip idea!



John Bead has every possible lobster clasp you might need.

I hope you get a chance to experiment with the goat suede soon!

Goat Suede as a Pendant

Since I started working with the new goat suede (I have 5 of ten colour options) I have accumulated a small bag of left over pieces. The suede is available in 3.5 or 5 ml widths.

I decided to do something with those leftovers.  I used silver leather crimps to finish the edges.  These crimps fold over perfectly.

I used one large jump ring to gather all my finished pieces.

For the necklace I used the black goat suede with some very beautiful components to complete my project.  1. Heart Crimp and 2. Pewter hook and loop clasp.

I have a fun and very lightweight necklace now.  Imagine if I add some bead, feathers and other components.  Goat suede is a wonderful stringing material but it stands alone too.