Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace


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

Metal Complex Soft Leathers

Ribbon Clamp

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

Tropical Punch Flower Array Necklace

This necklace by Carmi Cimicata features a multitude of lucite beads and and bead caps from our Tropical Punch (TM) collection.

Tropical Punch

The project begins by linking as many beads and caps as you think you might like to string.

Butterfly Bail

Cluster are created when linking three to four links to the butterfly pendant bails.

Two cluster look wonderful when strung on a simple polyester pipe necklace.


Polyester pipe is available in a dozen color options.

The butterfly bail slides perfectly on the pipe!

Many clusters, however make a statement.

Tropical Punch Necklace By Carmi Cimicata

Whether you prefer simple or over the top style necklaces, the Tropical Punch Lucite beads and findings will make your necklaces shine.

The Tropical Punch Blog Hop!


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 post by Cindy is linked here.  Part of Cindy’s article is also on the BeadFX blog linked here.


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.

Nancy’s blog hop post is linked here.


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.

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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.

Tropical Punch Decoupage Bracelet


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. 3

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.6

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.)8

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!9

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.  DSC02272

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We also have a second slider shape we call “hourglass” to add to your designs.

Tropical Punch Flower Maker in Craft Industry Today

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We are so pleased with the wonderful step-by-step in the Craft and Hobby Association Magazine; Craft Industry Today featuring our new Flower Maker.  To make it easy for you to see, we are reposting each step with a larger photo as originally submitted by Carmi Cimicata



Our finished necklace showcases many of the new Tropical Punch components.  The Flower Maker is special and we wanted to be sure to put a spotlight on it.



Step One – Gather your supplies.

Tropical Punch™ by Dazzle-it Flower Maker

Tropical Punch™ by Dazzle-it Lucite Petal Beads

Dazzle-it -Stretch Band Cord6


Step Two – Take note that The Flower Maker has two rings on opposite sides, which can be linked by jump rings and built up into small or large sections.  You’ll need to know where these are later when you join this flower to chain or fibers.


Step Three: String your Lucite petals with elastic cord and tie a knot.


Step Four – Cut away extra elastic.  Your new elastic circle of petals will stretch right into place on the Flower Maker.


Step Five – Admire your flower.  (We were not kidding when we said you could make an exotic flower in just minutes.)



Step Six – Link the flower to your choice of chain or fiber.



List of Supplies used here include:

Tropical Punch ™-Lucite Petals and Beads

Tropical Punch ™-Polyester Pipe and End Caps

Dazzle-it -Stretch Band Cord

Dazzle-it -Aluminum Chain

Dazzle-it-Heart Toggle Clasp Set and jump rings

Large Jump Rings

Beadalon Stringing Wire

Tropical Punch Necklace Featured In Perles Et Cetera Magazine

This is the necklace featured in the Spring 2015 Perles Et Cetera magazine.  Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Dazzle-it.

They did a beautiful job showcasing the design and the step by step flower brooch project. The magazine is published in French, so this is the English translation of the article and how-to.

As the Social Media and Marketing Manager for John Bead I am in the enviable position of seeing products that will be released to our customers six months to a year in advance.  It is so difficult to keep many of these product launches a secret!

John Bead invites you to take an imaginary trip to a faraway land that has been in the American spotlight for almost two decades. We are excited to introduce our new program inspired by the colors and flavors of Brazil under our house brand Dazzle-it™ – Make it shine.  Our new collection is called “Tropical Punch.”  For almost two decades Brazil has captured the interest of international investors and has been in the media as one of the most unique and effervescent melting pots in the world.   

Our Tropical Punch product line translates the trendy colors of Brazil, the sensuous style of Brazilian women and the joyful vibe of the country.  Included in the bigger collection are several unique components that I used to make this tropical flower necklace.

Tropical Punch features opaque round and teardrop shaped beads in many colours.  Once combined, they can create exotic and spiky flowers when sewn through a multi-hole metal component.  This component, also known as a perforated disk has an easy-to-attach backing pin that makes your completed projects look professionally finished.  I will show you how easy it is to make retro flower brooches, which you can wear as is or attach to a necklace as I did for my finished sample.

I have always wanted to know how retro 50’s flower brooches were created.  I discovered that some simple sewing into the disk will result in some gorgeous beaded blooms.  (I start with a needle that has a double length of thread about 24 inches long with a knot at the end.)

My first group of beads I sew side by side (leaving no openings) around and into the edge of the disk.  It will feel like they are too loose and floppy at this point.  Do not worry; we are about to fix that in the next step.

When the first row is in place, I then take my needle and thread up through the disk and only sew through the beads themselves.  I pull my thread as I go and you will see your petals are better positioned.

This extra step tightens the petals beautifully and you can see a true flower shape now.  With my needle still threaded I sew back down into the disk.

Adding in the second row of petals requires a little bit of patience and careful observation.  The holes in the disk are your guide.  You can add as many petals as will fit snuggly in the opening.  I continue sewing through the disk with my original threaded needle.  (If you have to add more thread, just make sure to knot your thread end and use a tiny bead as a stopper on the back side.)

One large bead can be used as the flower center.  I sewed this bead twice to the disk to ensure it was firmly in place.  This bead also helps to retain the flower shape of the second row of petals.

The back of my disk looks quite neat.  I used a tiny bead as a bead stop and knotted my thread when I was finished.

Once you get the hang of the original flower shape you can begin to experiment adding in extra flowers and beads as I did.  As long as you can run your thread through the, disk the extra embellishments will stay in place.  I make sure that you do not see any part of the metal disk with extra beading.

When you have finished your sewing, the disk pin back easily fits into place and you can use a plier to press the tabs down so the back is then attached to the front disk.  It looks beautiful now!

We also have a collection of polyester pipe which is a colorful, flexible and versatile hollow plastic pipe covered with polyester thread.  This material offers unique functionality and is a great product to be incorporated into many multi-media applications.  You can see how I cut two pieces of the pipe and positioned them side by side before gluing on two end caps.


I can’t imagine a faster way to create a unique necklace to showcase my tropical flower brooches.  I just pined my flowers to the double pipe.

Since my project was completed so quickly I took a moment to see if there was any further embellishing I could do.  Happily, Dazzle-it also has a collection of Faux Suede Tassels.  A jump ring was all I needed to complete this look.  Matching earrings were made in moments with just a bead and tassel.

I hope our Tropical Punch collection encourages you to “turn your life into an endless summer.”  You’ll find more ideas on our blog and Facebook pages.

Products Used

Dazzle-it™ – Make it shine Tropical Punch beads, disks, end caps and polyester pipe

Dazzle-it™ – Make it shine Faux Suede Tassels

Dazzle-it™ – Make it shine Beading Needles and Threader