Black and Pink Kumihimo

I have been very inspired by the return of pink and black.

I love this gown.  I decided to make a bracelet on a whim which is easy to do if you keep lots of rattail in your supply drawers.

Dazzle-it Ori crystal is ideal to add some glimmer.  I chose to use three jet black crystals to give my bracelet a little more glamor.

I used 1.5mm black and 2mm pink rattail to make this kumihimo braid.

Dazzle-it Crystals and Soft Flex Wire

Today’s necklace was inspired by the latest book “Show Your Colors featuring 30 projects by SoftFlex designers.”

I asked designer Nancy Donaldson to feature Dazzle-it Ori crystals in her sample.

Setting up her design took some time because there are so many crystals to choose from.

Dazzle-it Ori Crystals-Metallic Copper became the star of her necklace.

Soft Flex Extreme

Glass Pearls


Pantone Fashion Colour Report!


The quirky color combination of early ‘60s interior decorations — think Olive refrigerator and Pink walls

prominent colors

We are using two color stories that use bold contrast colors to really make our prints pop: Tangerine Pink and Black Polka dots on a Midnight Slate background or Citron Lime and Aqua dots on a Light Rust background

signature color

We are using bright accent colors, such as Tangerine Pink, in prints as well as color blocking details to add pops of color while keeping the palette warm and dark for fall

must-have item

A ‘60s inspired wool swing coat in an unexpected color such as Light Rust

cosmetic accents

Bright lips in Berry Citrus colors complement the accent colors sprinkled throughout the collection

Get the look with Dazzle-It Ori Crystals

Metallic Blue


Hemp and Ori Crystals

This little bracelet is a simple way to showcase both my crystals and some pink hemp.

The Dazzle-It Eco Friendly hemp is a friendly alternative to cotton and other synthetic cord and stringing materials.  I have several sets!

The Spring Colours Hemp 100% Natural 1mm 20lb ( 4×29.9ft) palette is a favorite!

I selected crystal clear and pink round cut Ori crystals for my bracelet.  Doesn’t the hemp look great in this super easy overhand knot? The 1mm hemp cord passed through the bead with ease!

The finishing detail was my fancy heart toggle set.

Hemp stringing material is available at John Bead in many different colours, sizes and lengths!

Hemp is on sale this month too!

A Little Coral Goes A Long Way


It took me a very long time to finish this simple necklace.  The coral beads have been haunting my table ever since I brought them home after a planning meeting at John Bead.

The bamboo coral beads can be quite intimidating in one long strand.  I can see how a few people would make one fabulous necklace by just restringing the original strand.  It isn’t a look I could pull off.  So I decided to just pick three pieces to start a coral project.

My strand uses the bamboo coral, natural coral dyed chips, SWAROVSKI ROUND
and on the necklace I also added SWAROVSKI TWIST 14mm LUMINOUS GREEN Crystals.

I love this colour!  Choosing it took some time though….

I had more than a few options at my disposal.

I tried Ori Chinese Crystal donuts in jet.  Hmmm.  Still like this.

Then I thought why not capture the look of water with a teal crystal beadHave you seen the new Dazzle-It Ori Crystals?  The choices are unbelievable.

Had to see what pearls would look like…..picking a pearl at John Bead is even harder when you see their options.

This was my second favorite option.  It really is a salute to summer and underwater elements.

The coral is still stealing the show…but it doesn’t overwhelm the final piece.

And, with so many coral pieces left over (over 25) from the original strand, I could make up every sample shown!