Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

 

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

 

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace! 

Supplies Used

Dazzle-it Pastella Czech Glass Beads 8in Strands Vintage Pink 

4mm    6mm    8mm 

John Bead Rhinestone Beads

8mm    10mm    12mm 

Metal Complex Instant Glam Tuscany

Diamond Bezel 70mm Silver

Jewelry Making Components

Dazzle-It Classic Slim Tool Set

Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and EZ Crimps

Pewter Toggle Clasp Set and Jump Rings

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Beading Board

 

 

World Cup Jewelry

 

Are you ready to support a team this summer in our two big world cup series?  I am making jewelry for friends and family with our Metal Complex handmade bezels.

These are handmade bezels which are available in brass, silver and antique brass.

I am finding team logos online and printing them onto paper.  I am not selling this jewelry, it is for personal use only.  I am locating the team logos for fans of specific countries.

I am placing my images into the bezels and the simply pouring in Jewelry Resin.  We have lots of Jewelry resin how-to posts on the blog under the sidebar title “resin.”  The paper images need to be sealed and the resin is mixed according to the package directions.

I used my kumihimo disk to make a colour coordinated braid for one necklace.

I plan on making more braids to match country flags.

I also used our Faux Suede lace to make a simple necklace for a more manly look.

Our whole line of fun products for a summer of soccer fever is linked online.

Fish Leather Is Here!

IT IS WHAT? 

Just when you thought you saw it all, Metal Complex’s Second Skin’s  100% Tilapia Fish Leather hits the do-it-yourself market!

This groundbreaking and sustainable material Second Skin  is perfect for making bracelets, necklaces, earrings, shoes, and all kinds of leather goods rich in texture.

There are 10 fantastic fashion colors in leather and suede and they work beautifully teamed with Ultra Suede Brass Cuffs, and Bezels.

Brass Cuffs 

When purchasing any type of leather including our Second Skin Fish Leather, make sure you have the best Leather Scissors that provides a clean and professional cut.

Leather Scissors

Metal Complex Classic Bezels and Jewelry Resin

This set of jewelry happily illustrates the new bezels that are in the Metal Complex family of products.

The classic series is a little less expensive because the bezels are stamped as opposed to hand made. This gives a new jewelry maker the opportunity to experiment with bezel projects without the fear of making the mistake in a more expensive piece.

I decided to line my bezel bracelet and a matching set of earrings with marble paper.  I loved the interesting lines and veins in this paper.

I also added some stickers. The bottoms of each bezel are not completely flat, so in order to pour Jewelery Resin into each bezel I placed my bracelet on a bed of stones.  This way my bezels would be level.

When my resin had set up for about an hour or two I then drizzled some beads into the bezels.  All I had to do now was wait for the resin to cure…48 hours.

I think these turned out great!  I can’t help but think of them as cheerful and colorful.  An ideal memento of summertime.

New Metal Complex Bezels!

This is a small example of the beautiful pendants you can create in a Classic Metal Complex Bezel.

There is a brand new group of Metal Complex Bezels at John Bead.  The original Metal Complex Bezels are hand made.  This new line is stamped and made from brass with a silver coating.  John Bead has had many requests for a less expensive line and this group is the result of customer input.

This is the stamped Metal Complex Bezel collection.


Since I planned to pour Jewelry Resin into this bezel I knew I would need to seal my paper.  I used mod-podge and sealed the paper three times allowing the glue to dry completely between applications.

Then I glued in a dried flower (one I picked and dried myself) over the paper back ground.  When the glue over the flower was dry and clear I poured in my resin and allowed my pendant to cure for 48 hours.  Simple and elegant!

I used the casted round pendant for my project.

Jewelry Resin is available at John Bead.

Fire Polished Beads and Metal Complex Bezel

This necklace reflects light and changes colour as it moves.

I received this “grab bag” of Fire Polished Glass Beads from John Bead a few weeks ago and was looking for a good opportunity to show them off.

There are so many unique shapes in the bag.

I filled a Metal Complex Bezel  with some tiles, rhinestones and a brass charm.  I then encased it all in Jewelry Resin to create this beautiful glass-like component.  The bezels in this collection which feature a lip look especially beautiful.

I hope you like this finished necklace as much as I do!

John Bead has Jewelry Resin in stock!

Natural Dyed Coral Pendant

This unique pendant features a group of coral chips.

I embedded the coral in black Apoxie Sculpt which I placed in a Metal Complex BezelI have posted several “how-to’s” on the John Bead blog featuring this clay. This unique medium air-dries rock hard.

I am using the original strand of coral in another project.This is a great way to use up my leftovers and create a focal pendant at the same time!

Sea Shell and Jewelry Resin

This Metal Complex bezel looks spectacular!  It looks like I spent a long time creating it.

This may be the simplest resin project ever!  John Bead sells these very special sheets of Decorative Sea Shell.  This natural ocean shell laminate is acid free and peel and stick!  All I did was cut a piece to fit my bezel and then I covered it with Jewelry Resin.

John Bead has Jewelry Resin in stock.  Jewelry Resin was created for the jewelry making industry.

Professional results are easy to achieve with EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin!  This product adds depth and crystal clear clarity like no other.  It visually enhances the surface on which it is applied, resulting in brighter, deeper and more intense colors.
EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin has amazing bubble release.
It is easy and fun to use and has a pleasing citrus scent!
(just during the mixing stage)
Formulated for high resistance to light exposure and UV rays from the sun.
When cured, the resin coating is extremely durable, waterproof, heat & chemical resistant.  EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin cures to a soft cure in 12 hours, medium cure in 24 hours and hard cure in 48 hours.

Crystal Clear
Heirloom Quality
Professional Jeweler’s Grade
Enough product to fill 20 large deep bezels
One thick coat equals 50 coats of varnish!

Resin Crafts blog has daily posts giving you ideas and tips to use this amazing resin.