Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal

Global Chic Tapestry Cord Necklace by Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal Necklace for John Bead by CHA Designer Member: Carmi Cimicata

This week we are participating in a special blog hop with nearly 60 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) members from around the world who are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show 75th anniversary.


Welcome to the John Bead blog if you are a new reader.  Our blog hop showcase will feature a unique new stringing material we recently released called Global Chic Tapestry Cord.  This wonderful cotton cord is filled with fiber allowing designers to sew it with ease.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

I asked CHA designer Nancy Donaldson to play with the cord during a session in my studio.  She pinned the cord into marvelous shapes and twists.  She could see many wonderful designs from the moment she began to manipulate the cord.

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A few strategic stitches with a needle and thread held her curves in place permanently.


Our unique findings sets at John Bead include these endcaps.  Two tapestry cords can be glued snugly into the cap and the ends look professionally finished now.

Hot Fix Crystals

When the necklace was secure it was time to bring out some crystals.  John Bead has a very large assortment of hot fix crystals.  These gems have a special glue on their backside that need to be heated before the crystal is applied.


Some locations on my necklace allowed for a bigger crystal.  In other areas I wanted just a tiny glittery highlight.


I used a Hot Fix Applicator which comes with different tips to apply different sized crystals.


The crystals catch the light when you wear this necklace.  I love the contrast between the cotton fiber cord and the glittery crystal.

The entire Global Chic collection will be presented at the CHA show in January.  Stop by our booth to see it and our other finished jewelry samples.



Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.  You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win the $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.  Learn more and enter to win $500 by reading more here.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

1.  Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”

2.  Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
3.  Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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John Bead Workshops in California for CHA

W702 (300dpi)

Friday January 8, 2016  6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Join free-spirited designer Suze Weinberg and learn how to mix bright colors to design an asymmetrical necklace created with high-tech components from the Tropical Punch collection by John Bead.

W808 (300dpi)

Saturday January 9, 2016  –  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Make a cutting edge leather necklace using components from the Tropical Punch line by John Bead 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.


W1007 (300dpi)

Monday January 11, 2016  – 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Fernando DaSilva, John Bead’s head designer will show you how to glamorize soft leather and well-made Lucite components. Leave the room wearing a girlie and ultra trendy cuff that combines products by John Bead’s coolest product lines: LeatherWorks and Tropical Punch.

Step by Step Klik Necklace Workshop from the Craft and Hobby Show

Create Klik© Repeat

Sunday January 11, 2015

Difficulty: Beginner Class With Carmi Cimicata

Your personal touch is “just a Klik© away” with the Metal Complex’s new product range cleverly titled “Klik©.” Sensational new looks can be created and then modified with interchangeable jewelry. In this workshop, resin diva and designer Carmi Cimicata will teach how to add your own flair to blank bezel snaps, which can be filled with resin, epoxy, beads and more. Create unique and coordinated jewelry that’s trendy and versatile with an incredible added value.

The project comes to life with several types of specialty beads; The Pip©,  Piggy©, Pony and Magatama beads from Preciosa.  The Klik© components are from a larger selection of interchangeable option.   Our project will result in a necklace + earrings set.

Using the manufacturers’ instructions we made up our resin clay.  Note that I did not overfill my bezels.  These Klik© Snap Base w/Bezels in two sizes are exclusive to Metal Complex.

There are several ways to fill your bezels.   This is how I add Piggy© beads.

If you want the effect of a closed and full flower you’ll be able to press all your Piggy©beads inwards.

I did a final press on each bezel to make sure everything was embedded into the clay nicely.

You can achieve a more open flower by placing your Piggy© beads this way.

The Pip© beads I used as edge additions and for the middle of the flower.

The resin clay is air curing and permanent.  I always clean away any fingerprints I may have made on the Klik© components before setting them aside to cure overnight.

I added some beads with jump rings to the Klik© necklace component.  I realized it was best to only do the bottom half or the top beads will cover my flower when I wear the necklace.

The longer beads are called Magatama.  They look gorgeous dangled.

The student projects turned out even better than my sample!