Friday, July 31, 2015

Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace

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This is the “Leather and Lucite Summer Sensation Necklace” I designed on behalf of John Bead Corp for the current issue of Perles Et Cetera magazine.
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This magazine is published in French, so this is the English translation.
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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.
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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.
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I used a regular ribbon clamp to make my new leather pendant easy to add to my polyester pipe necklace.
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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.
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These special bails allow you to add components to braided cords featuring kumihimo and macramé techniques. They slide beautifully onto thick cords.
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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.
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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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pearls and Kewpie Necklace

This is a fun for summer necklace I'll be wearing this week!
I am trying to use many of the items I purchased at various Bead and Button shows.
This Kewpie Doll Head kit I purchased in 2014 and completely forgot about.
I had such a good time adding these pearls and beads.
The topper component was already in my stash.  
I used resin clay with some silver pearl-ex to attach it.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Favorites from the Fall 2015 Haute Couture Shows

Schiaparelli Fall Couture Details Via Style
I hold my breath before I open anything about John Galliano. His Fall Haute Couture collection is breathtaking and original. 
Of course, I am fixated on these over the top necklaces.
"Margiela's essence has always been transformation. That's why the house is so simpatico for John Galliano. Nowhere else could so instinctively provide the fire from which the Galliano phoenix will rise reborn. And today's Artisanal collection was one more testament to that fact. " Via Style
Two of my favorite looks (due to the detailing) from the Valentino Fall Haute Couture show. 
Pictures via Style and WWD.
I had to take a few minutes to review the detail images on Style for the Valentino Fall Couture show. Finally, someone is bringing back the fabulous accessory collection!

The Viktor & Rolf Couture Fall 2015 show must have been amazing to witness in person. Just when you think you have seen everything.....
"The line between fashion and art has never been this blurry. For their fall couture show, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren proposed dresses that turned into paintings or sculpture during a fashion performance at the Palais de Tokyo." Pictures via WWD.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Over The Top Statement Necklace #4 In Series

I have shown a level of constraint that even surprised me with this necklace design!
I am so happy with this finished piece and I have already worn it and received lovely compliments.
The inspiration for this necklace is the "over the top glass electroplated and enameled component" designed by Dee Perry.  This is my fourth and final project featuring her work.  I met Dee and picked up these pieces at the Bead and Button show earlier this month.  I made a promise to myself that I would use each purchase in a necklace by the end of the month. I am just a week or two late.
I was having some difficulty decided how to string the main piece when I happened upon the Lucite chain in the Tropical Punch collection at John Bead.  I had one strand and after showing this to our Creative Manager Fernando DaSilva, he pulled out a second strand from his stash to help me to better balance my necklace.
I have loved this Lucite chain from the moment I saw it.  Now I can show off the hand made component and the chain beautifully.
There was nothing left to do but choose a clasp.

If You Would Like to See More
You will find the first statement necklace here.
The second statement necklace is posted here.
The third necklace is posted here.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Crazy Cuff Fifteen - More Vintage Paris Brocade Ribbon

My latest project took a little longer than some of my other crazy cuffs.
I think because the beads I was working with were so vivid and a pleasure to see.
The color choices were influenced by the original brocade ribbon I started with.  Very little was visible by the time I was done beading.
This cuff features some spun art yarn.

I also added some plastic crystal banding along with traditional rhinestone trim.
The beading on the edge was several nights of TV time.
It has some weight to it!  I added just about every type of bead in my stash.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Over The Top Statement Necklace #3 In Series

This new necklaces features so many components, from so many different trips, that I am just filled with memories.
 It was one of the most interesting designs to sit on a beading board in my studio.  I have always loved yellow but found it difficult to create a design featuring it.
 The inspiration for this necklace is the "over the top glass electroplated and enameled pendant" designed by Dee Perry.  This is my third project featuring her work.  I met Dee and picked up these pieces at the Bead and Button show earlier this month.  I made a promise to myself that I would use each purchase in a necklace by the end of the month.
I chose to hang the pendant with the flowers down allowing me to select a heart to dangle from it.
If there ever was a necklace to attach to this fabulous quote and illustration by Maritza Lugo this would surely be it.  The necklace is on the heavy side!

If You Would Like to See More
You will find the first statement necklace here.
The second statement necklace is posted here.