Skulls and Crosses

Skulls and crosses are featured on clothing and jewelry all year round.  They are recognizable symbols associated with many different types of groups.

For this necklace designed by Dana Bickram, she featured two unique items from our catalog.

This antique silver cross has some beautiful detailing.  Note, the reverse side is available for additional embellishment.

These glass skulls are fantastic and were lost in our catalog until we located them again in our warehouse.  Czech black glass pearls complete this piece. You could also use a semi precious lava stone as a black bead.

If you want to think about other ways to use the cross, this sample for the I Love Resin blog shows you one simple but spectacular way to feature glitter and resin.

KLIK and Stampendous Blog Hop Projects

Lea Kimmel – KLIK It, KLIK it Good!

Pam Hornschu – Jewelry In A Snap

Pam Hornschu – Klik Klik Klik – BOOOOO!

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Mona Lisa In Clay with Stampendous and Klik by Carmi Cimicata

 

Amy Hurley-Purdie – Klik Blog Hop Bracelet

Silhouette KLIK Necklace With Stampendous Glitters by Carmi Cimicata for Metal Complex

Klik and Stampendous Mica Fragment Bezels by Carmi Cimicata for Metal Complex

Jamie Martin Flower Bracelet Project

Jamie Martin – Butterfly Bracelet Theme

Janelle Stollfus – KLIK Bezel Blank Necklace

Tenia Nelson – Klik Necklace

Tenia Nelson – Klik Bracelet

We would like to extend our thank yous to all the bloggers who participated in this blog hop.  You have given everyone lots of inspiration for our KLIK components.

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!

 

Dazzle-it Feathers and Chain

Pantone declared GREEN the colour for 2013, so I started reviewing my jewelry making stash to see what I already had.  The result is this feather, kumihimo, fabric and chain necklace.

One of the feathers I covered in  jewelry resin.  This makes my feather very permanent.  I really like the glassy surface.

I thought about just using the one feather for my necklace.

In the end though, I continued to add more feathers since they were already in my package.

These feathers are considered hat trims.  With the addition of a crimp end they dangle quite nicely!

This is new gunmetal chain in the Dazzle-it family!

The Beauty of Resin and Metal

I am quite certain that this pendant would stop anyone in their tracks.  It is truly beautiful and hand crafted by Nancy Donaldson.

Nancy was kind enough to show us what she used to make her pendants:  Jewelry Resin, Metal Complex Bezels and Dazzle-It Aluminum Wire.  Her own photography makes each pendant a work of art.

Thank you for sharing these images Nancy!