Flat Leather and Beads

I wanted to lighten my mood with a pastel colour that reminds me of warmer days.

There are so many pink czech beads to choose from.  I used a mixed bag as well as two sizes of round beads.

I thought the beads went very well with our new flat leather.

My necklace is showing off a flat leather pendant Nancy Donaldson shaped with aluminum wire.

There are many ways to use the new leather!

 

Creativity on the Catwalk 2014

Dazzle-it and Metal Complex are on the runway today and tomorrow in England.

Catwalk participants include some of the best fabric and yarn manufacturers, pattern companies, and makers of jewellery components, showcasing their products in a new and innovative way – an event not to be missed!

About the fashion show:  “Following the rousing colourful show in 2013, we tone down the mood slightly, as Craft Hobby & Stitch International returns with even more exciting Creative Collections for the catwalk.  Staged by Professional Contemporary dance choreographer and tutor Chris Worrell, with Silk Model Management’s Coral Bell, this is set to be a brilliant show combining catwalk models, dancers and the introduction of male models for the very first time.”

Models are wearing new designs by Fernando Dasilva, our Product Development and Creative Manager.  These pieces have never been seen, so I can’t wait for them to return so we can share them with you.

If you are at the show you can still see a fashion show.  The runway presentations take place at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00 on Sunday and Monday, and 11.00 and 13.00 on Tuesday.

 

Day of The Dead Ornament

Okay, not every ornament has to have a traditional white, green and red Christmas theme.  Many people use ornaments at different times of the year and I could not help but think that this one would be a fun one for anyone celebrating Day of the Dead…or perhaps you just has a good sense of humour.

What makes these ornaments so easy to craft are the snowflake frames in the John Bead catalog.  I used our semi precious skull beads 10mm with some brightly coloured wood beads.  The yellow tassel was just the perfect finishing touch!

All you have to do is load your beads in a pleasing arrangement and twist the end of your wire frame to keep them in place.

It looks just beautiful on my tree!

Wondering What To Do With a Tassel?

Our Dazzle-it product line has a special blog hop today featuring the work of many fabulous jewelers, crafters and designers!

Our new Faux Suede Tassels are the stars of this blog hop!

All the designer/artists in this blog hop received a “Dazzle-it Blog Hop Kit.” Each of the individual Dazzle-it colours was sent to one designer so they may have had white, yellow, green or even hot pink.  They did not get to choose their main colour, it was randomly shipped.  They were given an assortment of tassels, but I asked them to try and focus on using the one special colour set in their kit.

  

We could not resist sending the matching Faux Suede Lace cording when we planned this hop. The colour options are just wonderful!   The designers also received several different new closures and clasps which I will be featuring in additional posts next month!

You’ll find a huge collection of inspired projects by heading over to the Dazzle-it blog!

Fire and Ice Agate Beads – Blue Sky

The stars of this necklace are the extremely beautiful Fire and Ice Agate beads.

Blue Sky is available in three sizes 10ml, 12ml, 16ml,  I simply strung them all to create this necklace.

The beads really require no additional embellishment.  I made this shell pendant myself and it went so well with the colours that I added it.  I also included two of our new white tassels to balance the necklace.

The tassels are also new and available in so many great colours!

My last step was to select a closure and I chose this new hook and eye set.

Icon Inspiration Necklace

The current GLAMOUR  issue of Perles et cetera is on the stands and it features my Icon Inspiration Necklace for John Bead Corporation.

The article is in french, so I am going to share the “how-to” with you in English.

One of the hottest trends for fall/winter 2013 is a divine one with religious inspiration.  Byzantine icons, stained glass and the Maltese cross appeared on clothing, handbags and jewelry.  I clipped several fabulous examples and left them displayed in my studio.

I knew that somewhere in my studio was an icon image that would become the featured image for my necklace for this Perles et Cetera issue.

It took some time to find (because I do save everything) but I finally located a letter my husband had written to me several years ago.  The edge of the note had the perfect image!  The printed icon was quite large, so I decided to see if I could embed it in resin after dividing it between two large Instant Glam by Fernando rectangle bezels.

I carefully cut out my paper icon sections and sealed them into my bezels with glue.  I then made a small batch of Jewelry Resin (according to the manufacturers instructions) and poured it into my bezels.  I allowed this first layer of resin to cure for 48 hours.

I decided to add some extra paint lines and markings to the first cured layer of resin.

When the paint dots and dashes were dry, I painted a second layer of Jewelry Resin across the bezel surface.  This top layer of resin ensures that my own paint markings are completely covered in resin and cured in place permanently.

I did not have a plan or instructions to string two bezels into one focal piece.  I knew I would have to just gather some great crystals, chain and fibers and experiment with the design.

I started by wiring my two bezels together.  The backs of the Instant Glam bezels have two rings.  I knew they would help me to place my chain and beads too.

Working on the backside I was able to add and subtract beads.  This is the sort of free form jewelry making project when the only way to know if the necklace will work is by stopping to try it on regularly.  I wanted the bezels to sit quite high, so I needed a strong choker at the top to hold everything in place evenly.

I added seed bead chains through my chain to make it more glamorous.

The strung crystals and the seed bead chain looked quite beautiful by the time I was done.  I even made a dangle with some of my leftovers.  However, I felt as though the necklace needed more.

I pulled out some sari silk ribbon in colours that would match my featured icon.

I simply sewed my fibers in place and attached them to the body of the necklace.

I am quite thrilled with the Icon Inspiration necklace.  I can’t wait to wear it to a special event this holiday season!

John Bead Products Featured

The Bezels

Instant Glam by Fernando Tuscany Rectangle

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Fire-polished 6mm White pearlized glass beads

Fire-polished 8mm Crystals AB glass beads

Platinum and orange Seed Bead Cube chain

Oval Cable Antique Silver Leaf Chain

Hook and Loop Clasp

Black Flat nose pliers

Other Jewelry Making Components Used

Wire to string beads.

Split Rings to attach strung beads to chain.

Wire Protectors and crimp tubes

Sari Ribbon

Carmi Cimicata is also the author and designer of Resin Crafts Blog where you can read hundreds of how-to articles about resin and how to work with it. www.resincrafts.blogspot.ca

 

New Plug-In Tube Clasps!

This is the best way for me to show you the new plug in tube clasps we have in the catalogue.

 

They are available in three colours.  There are FIVE different holes sizes to choose from!

If you need simple but very professional clasps for your projects these will become a favorite.  All you need to do is glue in your stringing material and your ends are professionally finished.

The 2.5mm hole allows you to insert one strand of faux suede lace easily.

The 3mm hole has two strands of faux suede lace glued in.

The 4mm hole accepts three strands.

The 5mm hole accepts four strands.

The largest tube clasp hole is 6mm and it accepted six strands easily.