Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace

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This is the “Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace” designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp for the current issue of Perles Et Cetera magazine.

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This magazine is published in French, so this is the English translation.

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Soft leathers in a range of colors make it possible to create wearable jewelry with virtually no leather crafting skills. All you require is a desire to think creatively about a product normally shaped into purses or shoes. Leather is also normally associated with colder weather. Combining it with Lucite, which is perfect for hot summer days was a great challenge.

Leather is much thicker than fabric, requires no extra hemming and can be easily cut with many dies originally designed to cut paper.   My maple leaf shape could have been hand cut with scissors but I already had a paper cutting die that made this job take only a minute or two.

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I stacked my leaves in an interesting pattern and lightly glued them together. I now had my new leather pendant. A little extra trimming gave me my new abstract shape.

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I used a regular ribbon clamp to make my new leather pendant easy to add to my polyester pipe necklace.

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The Lucite Hibiscus Bead Cap flowers are from the Dazzle-it Tropical Punch collection. I used a head pin to add my bead to the cap and created a loop so I could attach three of these to the pendant bail sliders with a jump ring.

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These special bails allow you to add components to braided cords featuring kumihimo and macramé techniques. They slide beautifully onto thick cords.

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I glued a strip of leather onto my polyester pipe cord to keep the bail positioned at this height. It was like creating a little stopper.

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Finally, a glue-in magnetic end cap finished my polyester pipe cord ends brilliantly. My necklace is lightweight and the perfect accessory for summer outings. With so many soft leather colors to choose from I can mix and match shapes for virtually any clothing ensemble.

Components Used

Metal Complex Soft Leathers

Ribbon Clamp

Tropical Punch Polyester Pipe Turquoise/Peach 5mm

Pendant bail sliders

Magnetic glue-in end cap

Tropical Punch Lucite Hibiscus Bead Cap and Lucite Beads

Jump rings in various sizes

Tools

Quick Grip Glue

Metal Complex leather scissors

Pliers

AccuCut Maple Leaf die and die cutting system

Hot Pink Faux Suede Lacing

This simple but elegant bracelet features our Dazzle-it hot pink faux suede lacing and a knot.  Nancy Donaldson created this bracelet when I challenged her to use the lace and one of the knots featured in our Lovely Knots bookletThis is a looser version of the double coin knot Fernando DaSilva showcased in the booklet.

Nancy glued all the suede lace ends into one end cap clasp set.

We have so many wonderful magnetic clasps to choose from in our Dazzle-it catalog.

Nancy never wastes anything.  Faced with some left-over cut pieces, she smartly choose to wire wrap her ends into earrings.

Hot pink faux suede lace!

Our Lovely Knots booklet.

Glue In Clasps

Your kumihimo projects are about to become more beautiful.

The new Dazzle-it magnetic ball clasps are a fantastic new way to finish your kumihimo braids.

For my sample I gathered white, pink and yellow rattail and my Dazzle-it kumihimo disk.

When my braid was the length I needed I simply glued my new end cap style clasps in place.

These clasps making finishing a braid quick, easy and elegant.

Dazzle-it Magnetic Clasps

I love everything shown in this picture of Fernando DaSilva’s newest necklace.

This is Fernando’s way of introducing you to some of our new findings.

The new magnetic clasp range is wonderful and I have started a new category on the sidebar of the blog called “Magnetic” so you can see all our posts about it!

These glue-in clasps give you such a crisp and professional finish.

He also used:

Our new Silver and Gold  end caps.

The knotted leather cord and Fernando’s hand made Lovely Knots tassels are a wonderful salute to the 2013 colour of the year; Emerald Green.

Last, my favorite feature is how Fernando incorporated these heart shaped pewter end caps into the cord design.

Magnetic Ball Clasp Designer Necklace

 

I love everything shown in this picture of Fernando DaSilva’s newest necklace.

This is Fernando’s way of introducing you to some of our new findings.

The new magnetic clasp range is wonderful and I have started a new category on the sidebar of the blog called “Magnetic” so you can see all our posts about it!  These glue-in clasps give you such a clean and professional finish.

He also used:

Our new Silver and Gold  end caps.

The knotted leather cord and Fernando’s hand made Lovely Knots tassels are a wonderful salute to the 2013 colour of the year; Emerald Green.

Last, my favorite feature is how Fernando incorporated these heart shaped pewter end caps into the cord design.

 

Magnetic Clasps

This new necklace features so many wonderful John Bead products.  It was however designed to show you one very special new item.

Fernando DaSilva is John Bead’s product development and creative manager.  So it should not surprise you that if you ask him to “describe our new magnetic clasps” that we are going to get a fabulous sample to show off.

These new magnetic clasps finish your designs so elegantly!

Red Lovely Knots cording just pops against the gold!

Fernando also used 20mm Jump Rings.

Brass tube with dots spacer beads.

Bronze Open Heart Pendant