The Lucite beads and components in the Tropical Punch collection are an impressionistic palette of colors. Both necklaces designed by Fernando DaSilva.
RETRO BLOOMING Necklace Workshop Created for CHA 2016
“Make a cutting edge leather necklace using components from the Tropical Punch line by John Bead Corp in association with Sizzix machines and brand new dies created by Jill MacKay. Mixed media has never been this hip…until now! A workshop literally to die for.” Workshop by Carmi Cimicata
This workshop was created to showcase our soft leather sheets and some of the unique components in the Tropical Punch jewelry making collection. Since the workshop techniques were demonstrated in person, these pictures are a good summary of what you need to do in order to create something similiar.
The Retro Blooming Necklace stands out because of the layered leather blooms. We were able to create and cut the flowers with special dies from the Jill Mackay collection. Thank you Sizzix for allowing us to use your new “Movers and Shapers” dies for workshop.
Tip – You will be able to die cut more flowers if you cut your leather into smaller shapes. There will be less waste. (see picture above)
You can cut as many flower shapes as you may want for your necklace. Some of my pieces are over the top with more than three layers. You may prefer far fewer flowers on your necklace. Simply cut and build layers until you are satisfied with the groupings.
I used a tiny dab of glue between each flower layer to secure it in place. For the layer on top I added the special circular bead.
The bead I used as the flower centre is a Preciosa Ripple™. I sewed mine with a tiny bead anchor to give my necklace more of a hand-finished appearance.
I only sewed through a single layer of leather.
One good stitch with a knot holds the bead in place. Then I glued the layers of leather together. The Ripple bead covers the tiny hole in each flower and any possible glue seepage. (Notice where I added glue.)
NOTE: If you do not enjoy sewing, you can glue the bead in place too.
I worked on a non-stick surface so I did not accidentally glue my leather flower to my table/work surface.
I always let glue dry overnight if I can. In a classroom setting, we are on the clock, so it was great to be able to use a fast glue such as Quick Grip for this project.
To make the flowers wearable I used Tropical Punch polyester pipe for my necklace.
I created the tiered look by cutting my pipe to the length I liked and taping it in place to maintain its shape.
I added a pendant bail slider to my last polyester pipe cord before gluing on my end caps.
The bail slider allowed me to add this special lucite Tropical Punch flower to the necklace. Then I glued my leather blooms to the polyester pipe necklace so that the lucite flower was perfectly framed.
If you do not like working with frayed ends (1), you can tape your polyester pipe before cutting it (2) or use a flame to seal the edges (3).
The Tropical Punch endcap I picked has a deeper center, so I cut my cords into a triangular shape so that I could glue them properly into the cap. This allowed the cords to sit side by side snuggly in the cap with glue.
If you are working on a beading board, place a little masking tape under any area where you apply glue. This way your project won’t accidently stick to the board if glue seeps out.
Your last step is to add a clasp.
I used these products from John Bead Corp.
Soft leather sheets – Retro Pink and Black Suede 75103102-05 + 75103100-00
Tropical Punch Polyester Pipe 75001000-01 (available in many colors)
Tropical Punch Findings 26002001-03
Tropical Punch Lucite Flowers 28400684-04
Pendant Bail Sliders 26002053-01
Bead Design Board 74530132
Quick Grip Glue
Czech Preciosa Ripple Beads 27800957-01s5
Tropical Spring Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead.
This gorgeous flower pendant was created with some of the fabulous products in the Tropical Punch collection at John Bead
The new flower maker component featured yesterday allows you to customize your flower to reflect whatever color palette your heart desires. I used these Tropical Punch products for my floral corsage:
Gold Flower Maker
Rose/Salmon Drop Beads
Lucite Mini Flower Bead Caps
I chose the 12mm Scarabaeus Green Crystal for my centre jewel. It sits beautifully in the Flower Maker.
These two colors are a breath of fresh air. Once I set my crystal I thought it might need more so I also added the bead caps.
The bead strands in the Tropical Punch collection are absolutely inspired. I knew I would have no problem creating a necklace with components to set off my rose/green pendant.
Tropical Punch lucite chain is available in two sizes and several fantastic colors. They are easy to add to the Flower Maker component with jump rings.
I added some strung beads and completed my design with many wonderful bright beads to compliment my main color choices. Ready to wear!
Tropical Tea Party designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp.
Spring has finally arrived which means summer is just around the corner! I am starting to think about gardening and picnics and all sorts of outdoor activities. It is time to create some fun jewelry!
To make my bracelet I began with the elements I needed to make the unusual flower pendant component.
Miniature people, cupcake, teacup and saucer from my only collection.
This is our latest flower maker. The original Flower Maker already has a crystal in the centre but we wanted to give designers the opportunity to select their own colours and products to customize their projects.
We have a complete step by step showing you how to add the lucite petals to the flower maker linked right here.
To add my tea party miniatures I added a little “dollop” of resin clay to the open area. Since my miniatures would be placed at odd angles, I opted to make sure my lucite petals were already in place.
You can see that I just pushed my miniatures right into the clay. This was left to cure for 24 hours.
At first I thought about wearing my pendant on a necklace. I gathered two sets of color strands (these are lucite beads) from Tropical Punch. A necklace would have been nice but I opted for a bracelet instead. Beadalon memory wire was the simplest way to make everything wearable quickly.
Tropical Punch Bead Strand Collections
Beadalon Memory Wire For Bracelets
The bead strands are so pretty. It makes sense to grab two if you like the color palette.
While adding my lucite beads to the memory wire I also added a few extra seed beads.
My tea party now sits straight up from my wrist. The final touch was a leather tassel to finish the end.
Here is a closer look at the Flower Maker component. You can see the loops allowing you to easily attach a finished piece to any stringing material. It is also available in silver.
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.
This magazine is published in French, so this is the English translation.
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.
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.
I used a regular ribbon clamp to make my new leather pendant easy to add to my polyester pipe necklace.
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.
These special bails allow you to add components to braided cords featuring kumihimo and macramé techniques. They slide beautifully onto thick cords.
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.
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 From John Bead Corp
Metal Complex Soft Leathers
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
Quick Grip Glue
Metal Complex leather scissors
AccuCut Maple Leaf die and die cutting system
Today we have the pleasure of sharing the work of many wonderful bloggers who were sent a Tropical Punch bag of goodies. There were no rules for this hop. Tropical punch kits were sent to jewelers, paper artists and sewers. These designers were encouraged to create anything they would personally love. The results are fabulous!
To read more about each project you can click on the link provided or the picture of the finished piece. Join us by visiting each participant!
Tropical Punch by Cindy Goldrick. Cindy is a first time blog hopper and wrote a wonderful post about her experience. “When creating, I usually start with a pile of components that have some cohesiveness in colour but have a variety of textures, sizes and material. Inspiration can come at the strangest times, however, and this time was no exception. I’d been meditating on the hot, Brazilian Carnival colour of the beads I received and thought of the costumes that are worn in Carnival parades that reveal much but strategically cover important bits. One morning last week I woke up after seeing a net of these jewels in my mind and I knew that I would use the French knitter to showcase the beads. I also wanted to create a necklace that would be evocative of the sinuous vines that wind around trees in the jungle.”
Tropical Punch by Tammy Powley. “I was really fascinated with the polyester pipe that was sent as part of the package I received, and you can see that I included it in all three pieces I made. In one necklace, I used about 6 inches of it and then used beads, wire, and jump rings to add the center piece section and also the strap of the necklace.” When you pop over to Tammy’s post you’ll see a second necklace she created for the hop as well.
The Tropical Jewelry Design blog post by Tammy is linked here.
Tropical Punch by Nancy Donaldson. Nancy regularly contributes projects to this Dazzle-it blog. She was part of our internal team designing some Tropical Punch pieces with a Soutache twist for a UK runway show. The pieces she designed for the hop are elegant and the added wirework is inspired. You can see many of her projects for Dazzle-it in this link.
Tropical Punch by Suze Weinberg. Suze accepted the Tropical Punch challenge willingly and with a few extra products in her kit completed three gorgeous necklaces. “This was REALLY out of the box for me…I’m used to bezels and resin, so I loved this challenge. In my first experiment I wanted to use everything in sight!! I love the Brazilian flavor and bright colors.”
The “Loving Lucite” post by Suze Weinberg is linked here.
Tropical Punch by Tenia Nelson. Tenia is a well established paper arts crafter. She is very new to jewelry and I wanted her in the hop because I just knew these products would be fun and easy to work with. This necklace does not look like it was designed by a new jewelry maker at all! Well done Tenia!
The link to Tenia’s blog is here.
Tropical Punch by Lisa Kettell. Lisa wrote this about the blog hop kit we sent her “My package was filled with so much summer goodness. With the BoHo trend still rising this summer, I decided to create a fun summer BoHo statement necklace. The only thing extra I added were the fun tassels I made using neon floss.” Lisa provided instructions on her post so you can make one too.
The link to Lisa’s blog post is here.
Tropical Punch by Alma Stoller. Alma is well known for her fiber art designs and online classes. She wrote “I decided to make a necklace that was colorful, bohemian in style, but still consistent with the retro-Brazilian vibe of the Tropical Punch line. Using fabric with the Tropical Punch line of beads worked well. The beads are strong and colorful, and are a great way to embellish a variety of jewelry items.”
The link to Alma’s post is here.
Tropical Punch by Laura Weed. Laura may receive the over-achiever award for her project for our blog hop! Proving that you do not need to be a jeweler to love these components, she turned the muslin bag we used to ship her products, into a new carryall!
The link to Laura’s post for Stampendous is linked here.
Tropical Punch by Wendy Price. Wendy made two wonderful necklaces for the hop. What stood out is her single petal necklace. “I stamped the purple curved piece with a Stampendous image (SSC1196) in StazOn and then added dots of white nail polish. I attached organza ribbon to the chain and wired the stamped piece on.”
Wendy’s blog post is linked here.
Fernando DaSilva, Our Creative Manager, told me he had an idea for a Tropical Punch project. With his busy travel schedule he didn’t have time to experiment and he wondered if I would be able to give his concept a try. This bracelet is the result of that idea.
Tropical Punch is all about bringing jewelry to everyone by using non-precious materials and developing its wearability. It is inspired by the colors and rhythms of Brazil. The Tropical Punch collection includes a luscious assortment of Lucite flowers, chain, round and tear drop beads, three dimensional flowers, filigree components, and sliders.
It was the sliders in our collection that Fernando wanted me to try adding some paper to.
Fernando’s concept was just the incentive I needed to pull out some French tissue paper in my paper collection.
Decoupage is a favorite technique and it would be a challenge to work on a tiny surface.
I applied glue to one side of my slider and then placed a piece of tissue over the surface.
I allowed the glue to dry and then I brushed several additional layers of glue to the surface of the tissue making sure it was pressed into the curve of the slider.
The glue makes the tissue a lot stronger, making it easier to cut away the excess paper with a blade. I then applied several coats of clear acrylic spray to the surface of my sliders.
My last step was to glue some gorgeous crystals to the surface. (The Crystal Katana applicator makes placing these tiny crystals go much quicker.)
I used additional beads from the Tropical Punch collection to complete the bracelet with elastic. I think this was the hardest step. There are so many beads to choose from!
This is a wonderful project to personalize your Tropical Punch components into colours and designs that are your own. Imagine using Japanese papers, vintage text or even napkin art to create one of a kind bracelets.
Of course, you can always use the sliders in their original state. They look absolutely fabulous paired with the beads.
We also have a second slider shape we call “hourglass” to add to your designs.