Dazzle-it Aluminum Wire With Nancy

The simplicity of these suspended Fire and Ice Agate beads is achieved if you enjoy manipulating aluminum wire like Nancy Donaldson does.

Nancy is well known for her ability to create free form shapes with wire.  She is using our soft 12 and 18 gauge copper wire.

All I did was add some Dazzle-it Antique Copper Fancy Chain to complete the necklace.

This is the Fancy Chain.

A closer look at the Fire and Ice Agate beads.


Pastel Statement Necklace for Perles et Cetera Magazine


By Carmi Cimicata for Dazzle-it and John Bead Corp.

Pastels have gone mainstream.  No longer just for summer, pastel wools, fibers and winter fabrics mean that you can wear these lovely colours throughout the year.  They were represented throughout the fall ready to wear collections.


The current issue of Perles et Cetera just hit the magazine stands.  As the magazine is a french publication, I am providing the english translation of the project here.  The necklace tutorial features our Dazzle-it Pastella beads.

This pastel statement necklace could be the fastest one you will ever make!  The focal piece is a sequined beaded applique that you would find in any store supplying products for costume designers.  These appliques are normally sewn onto fabric.

The back of an applique is not meant to be seen.  I glue felt to the reverse when I use the applique as a jewelry component.


Now my piece is lined and it will feel soft if it comes into contact with skin.

I strung my Pastella beads into four different strands.  EZ crimps make it very easy to finish these strands making them instantly attachable.

I hand-sewed a soldered jump ring to both sides of the applique.


I cut some Dazzle-it fancy chain to match the length of my bead strands.  The Pastella beads looked great alone, but the silver leaf chain added extra sparkle.  Then I joined the chain and beads to the applique with a jump ring.

I used another jump ring to attach each set of beads and chain to the magnetic clasp.

The necklace is ready to wear!

Products Used 

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 4mm

Dazzle-it Starlight Blue Pastella Beads 6mm

Dazzle-it Fancy Chain Leaves 3x9mm Silver

John Bead Outlet – Sequined Beaded Blue Applique

Dazzle-it Tiger Tail Wire

Soldered Jump Rings 8mm

John Bead Outlet – Magnetic Crystal Clasp

Beadalon EZ Crimp 3.5mm Ring

Silver Jump Rings 6mm

White craft felt


To cut my fancy chain:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers  4.5inch Side Cutter

To open and close jump rings:

Dazzle-It Japanese Style Pliers 5.5inch Flat Nose

Bead Design Board

Fire and Ice Agate Beads

This new necklace was created by Nancy Donaldson in my studio this week.  I asked her to take a look at all the gorgeous new Fire and Ice Agate beads in my studio and she could not resist creating something special.  The Dazzle-it  Fire and Ice Agate beads are all different.  Each bead has a unique pattern created by the natural explosion of white in the agate.

Fire and Ice Agate Oval Dyed Carnelian

Fire and Ice Agate Round Facetted Dyed Topaz

It had not occurred to me to mix and match colours.  The carnelian and topaz looked wonderful together.  She did some simple wire wrapping to create the focal piece.

Here is a closer look at her links.

She used Dazzle-it antique copper Fancy Chain to finish the necklace.

New Dazzle-it Fancy Chain and Faux Suede Tassels

I just love everything that Fernando DaSilva used to create this new necklace!  I hope it inspires you as much as it does me.  Now I really want to start adding our new Dazzle-it  faux suede tassels to my design projects!  Here is what Fernando used to create this necklace.

The new silver leaf fancy chain.  I see Fernando combined two strands to make the one thick chain.

A closer look.

SWAROVSKI Crystal Rock applique for the Instant Glam Quatro bezel – Silvershade

Instant Glam Tuscany Quatro Bezel – Gunmetal

Black faux suede tassel with silver cap.

The complete Dazzle-it tassel collection is just wonderful.  Think of all the colour options!

Fancy Chain Jewelry Inspiration From Fernando

It goes without saying that Fernando DaSilva is always the first person to test and experiment with new products arriving into the John Bead warehouse. As our Product Development & Creative Manager, Fernando is who I turn to for inspiration and how-to ideas.

These Fancy Chain pieces make it clear that our new line of Dazzle-it chain can be used to create the most wonderful jewelry!  You are getting a sneak peak at jewelry that will either appear in our catalog on in the John Bead showroom.

If you missed our announcement yesterday, this is the new collection of Dazzle-it Fancy Chain.

Fernando cut various lengths of Fancy Chain to create these earring sets.  In the necklace and bracelet above you can see how spectacular this chain looks when placed in a tier or side by side.

The cascading chain looks so rich!

Fernando also used our kidney ear wires with rhinestones for his earring samples.  I see that he even added extra seed beads….a tip I will remember!

I’ll tell you more about the tassels next week!

New Dazzle-it Chain

These earring are so new and fresh!  They were all designed for the launch of this new collection by Fernando DaSilva. They feature our new fancy chain collection.

Chain-Leaves 3x9mm. Available in Gold and Silver.

Chain-Leaves 4x7mm.  Available in Gold and Silver.

Chain-Filligree Hearts 7x8mm.  Available in Gold and Silver.

Chain-Filligree Leaves 5x9mm.  Available in Gold and Silver.

Chain-Filligree Leaves 5x12mm. Available in Gold and Silver.