Beaded Chain For Kumihimo Projects

This complex looking chain is one of the easiest I have ever made.

It was inspired by the discovery of a fantastic collection of Beaded chain in the John Bead catalogue!

To make the braid I used my Dazzle-it  kumihimo disk, rattail and the chain.

It was so easy to set up.

I have not decided if I will keep this as a necklace or turn it into bracelets.

The braid fit perfectly into the larger kumihimo end caps.

This is  Turquoise/Silver chain I used.

And here are just a few of the other beaded chain colours I plan to work with this winter:  Jet Black



New – Unicorn Exotic Tear Drops

The rich new colours from Unicorn in a lamp bead tear drop shape require no embellishment from me today. The photos from the John Bead photographers say it all.  I have no idea how I will choose just one or two strands.  This truly is eye candy!


Azure Caves

Bird of Paradise


Chilean Flame

Newport Blue (Flowers)


Mango Tango


Dark Sea Scales

Coral Flourish

Sea Scale

Sea Foam

The complete collection is linked here.

It’s After Labour Day…..Put Those White Shoes Away!

It may be the day after Labour Day but there are some whites you don’t have to put away!  I am not entirely sure who originally said you had to put your white shoes away after this holiday weekend.    It is a hard habit to break though.

I don’t think crystals should be included in that list.  And you definitely should not include this fabulous agate slab.

With the fall Pantone Trends report top of mind I noticed how great this necklace looked on purple.  You see lines and colours that would not be highlighted on a white background.

Clear crystal look fantastic against all colour backdrops.

I used a pre-finished stainless steel wire with lobster clasp to string my crystals.

I used Czech Crystal Twisted Cut beads.

The agate slice/slab has the finding already pre-attached.

Pearls and Summer Sandals

I think flip flops are the universal sign of either summer or vacation.  These are shoes you can’t wear to work…but you could happily wear them to the beach.

My flip flops are from the dollar store.  They were cute….but easily made more attractive when you have a beading studio in your home….

I simply sewed some pearls across the front straps and now they look $$$.  You still have time to make your current flip flops look like new before the long weekend!  This took me about 30 minutes to complete.

And while my pearls were out….I made a quick bracelet to match too!

I used glass translucent pearls for this project.

Bamboo Coral Nuggets

I strung my first (really) large bead necklace!

It really looks super when I wear it.

These are the BAMBOO CORAL BEADS FLAT NUGGET and they really require no embellishment.

I did have some BAMBOO NATURAL CORAL DYED chips left over from my other coral projects and used them as spacers.

Each bead on the strand was so unique.  I just had fun rearranging them into this pleasing choker.

I think Wilma would have loved this necklace!