Global Chic Glamour Necklace for Perles et Cetera

Global Chic by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

Global Chic Glamour Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp

The desire to explore distant lands and to experience cultural diversity is the inspiration for the new DIY jewelry making line from John Bead called Global Chic.

This twisted and curved necklace was inspired by several of the unique items in the collection. The necklace features; tapestry cord, channel beads, geometric chain and an unusual clasp feature.

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The step by step instructions appeared in french in the current issue of Perles et cetera. This is the english translation.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

The necklace is possible due to the new Tapestry Cord in our Global Chic collection. Colorful woven cotton threads wrapped around a cotton core are the main highlight of the Global Chic collection. It is incredibly flexible and can manipulated into many pleasing shapes.


Channel beads are ideal for the savvy jewelry maker who wants to make one-of-kind components. These metallic beads are used as charms to create an extra design element to your tapestry cord designs. The holes are extra large to allow tapestry cord to pass through. The collection contains a nice assortment of sizes so you can work with a big or small channel bead.


The open channel area around the beads can be embellished with seed beads and all types of stringing material such as: hemp, leather, faux suede, rattail or threads. For my project I strung seed beads on elastic and then placed them on the channel bead. A little glue was applied to ensure these would stay in place.


I also applied some rhinestone chain to my larger channel beads with glue. I always like to add a little sparkle to anything I create.


Creating the necklace was very simple. I started by placing two channel beads on the cord (as shown in the picture) so that I was working in the middle of my tapestry cord.


Then I continued to twist my cord into pleasing shapes using my channel beads to hold the cord in place. Pins were also very helpful to create curves that were equal on both sides.


I reinforced these curves with a few extra stitches. It is very easy to sew through the tapestry cord. Several more curves later I choose to stop so that my necklace would be slightly longer than a traditional collar piece.


I added my unique clasp when the length was correct. These button shapes also work well with the sliders in the Global Chic collection. I glued the cord into the clasp on one side.


On the other side, I folded my cord and used a slider to hold the shape. Glue was strategically placed to keep the slider in place and the one exposed tapestry cord end from unraveling.


The next part was super easy because Global Chic already has unique geometric chain to choose from.   The chains are made of acrylic, which allows for a bold and extravagant design, but it is also lightweight. I divided this piece into two.


A few jump rings attached to my tapestry cord created my frame of brushed silver and metal. I had to make sure the chain would not interfere with the clasp, so on one side I sewed the jump ring in place.


I also added an extra jump ring at the halfway point so it would keep the chain and cord together throughout.


My last step was to sew some of the Global Chic multicolored beads to my necklace. These beads resemble abstract art works. They are made of genuine reconstructed stones.


My finished piece, when worn, has a 3D effect. The cord is slightly higher than the chain and one cannot help but reach out to touch it to see what it is made from. I do hope you love it as much as I do.  Thank you Perles et Cetera for presenting this necklace so beautifully.

John Bead Products Used

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

Global Chic Geometric Chain

Global Chic Channel Beads

Global Chic Clasp

Global Chic Gemstone Beads


Jump rings, seed beads and rhinestone chain


Glue, needle and thread, pliers

Creativ Festival Workshops

CCimicata-Retro Floral Brooch To Statement Necklace(300dpi)

Are you attending the Creativ Festival in Toronto this month?  John Bead is sponsoring three fantastic workshops.  The Dates are October 15,16 and 17, 2015.

Retro Brooch to Statement Necklace – Beginner to Intermediate Class with Carmi Cimicata

Capture the look and feel of the 1950’s with this statement necklace featuring a removable beaded floral brooch.  In this class you will discover the joys of beading with a needle and thread on a perforated disk to create classic and contemporary brooches.  As a focal design, the brooch adds a touch of glamour to the necklace, which features unique polyester pipe cords, leather tassels and clusters of vintage inspired Lucite beads from the Tropical Punch product line by John Bead.  The matching earrings are cleverly coordinated to match.  

3 Hour Workshop – Thu 1:00 to 4:00 FDaSilva-Blossoming Cuff(300dip)

Blossoming Cuff – Intermediate Class with Fernando DaSilva

Learn how to glamourize soft leather and Lucite components to create a trendy and hip cuff bracelet in this multimedia workshop. You’ll assemble a flower using Lucite petals and crystallize with flat back crystals. Add detail with hand stitching using wax cotton cord. String, glue, rivet and leather stitch your way to a beautiful and unique cuff with eye-catching sparkle.

3 Hour Workshop – Fri 1:00 to 4:00

FDaSilva-Flowers to Billie(300dpi)Flowers to Billi Necklace – Beginner Class With Fernando DaSilva

Fernando’s sunny disposition promises to add glam and a splash of colour to the long winter season with this necklace inspired by Billie Holiday. In this back to basics workshop, you’ll work with fantastic Lucite components from the Tropical Punch collection by Dazzle-it™ while perfecting stringing techniques. Learn to assemble exotic flowers using the new Flower Maker findings combined with a high tech polyester pipe.

3 Hour Workshop – Sat 1:00 to 4:00


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