Monday, May 08, 2017

Lush Green Multi Length Simply Stylish Necklace



By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera

This is the English translation for this project which appeared in the magazine in French.



When Pantone announced that the 2017 Colour of the year was GREENERY, I was ecstatic. Green is such a powerful colour. Pantone described it as fresh, restorative and Nature’s neutral. “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”

I truly enjoy stringing interesting components, so it was easy for me to just go to my stash and gather strands of green beads for this project. John Bead Corp has over 3000 items that are “green” including Czech pressed glass beads, wood beads and semi precious stones.



The unique product that I was most interested in using for the first time was the green Lucite petal beads in our Tropical Punch collection. These petal beads are available in several colours. The green is a non-traditional flower colour, however for this project it is a perfect addition.

The curved petal beads become a flower shape when strung on elastic and tied tightly together with a knot. This creates a circle center.

You can stretch the circle center over the flower component crystal and it will settle into place. For extra security you can add a little bit of glue to the knot you made with the elastic.

I strung a very long strand of multi shaped beads from my collection. I finished each side of the beaded necklace with an EZ Crimp End.

My beautiful long strand of beads does not need a clasp to get it on and off. I opted to attach both ends to my Flower Maker components. The necklace is ready to wear.
I could have stopped at this point and would have been happy with my statement piece.

However, I had already decided that I would want to wear this necklace a couple of different ways. My next step was to create this simple necklace extender with some lobster clasps, jump rings and chain.

Then I placed some large jump rings in several key spots on my long necklace.

The jump rings look like part of my design.

My necklace looks wonderful worn as one long piece.

When I attach my necklace extender to those jump rings I can created tiered lengths.

Add in a necklace extender and jump rings and I have several new looks to enjoy.
This will be my go-to summer look!

When I want the flower to be showcased differently I can wear it this way.
The GREENERY colour of the year has inspired me to create a new necklace that I can wear several different ways. Like the colour, I am feeling refreshed and restored now that I have completed this project.
All products from John Bead Corp
Tropical Punch Flower Maker (Gold)     26011512
Tropical Punch Petal Curved (Shaded Green)      28400689-03
Elastic Cord
Large and small Jump Rings
Lobster Clasps
Selection of pressed glass beads
Wood beads
EZ-Crimp Ends from Beadalon

Friday, January 13, 2017

Cascading Abalone Shard Necklace


This statement necklace features the most usual shells.


The John Bead Outlet had a selection of bags with these abalone shards.
I glued on end caps to make them a components I could string.


It took me a long time to figure out the best way to wear them.
This cascading statement necklace is the result of weeks of experimenting.




Sunday, January 08, 2017

Glittering Agate Necklaces



I had a half day today to just create a few new necklaces 
that were not for a deadline or article.


I am going through the stash of beads I brought back from several Bead and Button shows.
I am going this June again and want to be able to have a clear conscience.
Hopefully I will have used most of everything I picked up at earlier shows too.

I do love agate and it was high time I started using these beautiful strands.

These glittery agate beads were in Michael's of all places.
They caught my eye because they mimicked the colouring in the glittered cross I made.


The step by step for this resin how-to is on I Love Resin.


Leftovers became a bracelet!

Happy with my Sunday.
Now to get some laundry and ironing started.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Amazingly Simple Golden Beauty Choker

Amazingly Simple Golden Beauty Choker

Created by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles Et Cetera Magazine


There are moments when you shop for beads when you come across components that you instantly know will create a spectacular piece of jewelry. That was my reaction to the launch of our company’s twelve limited edition bead mixes.   These bead mixes are unique because each collection was hand picked by our company Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva.

The John Bead Company is over 60 years old and has been importing Czech glass since the 1950s. Over these last decades, our warehouse has stockpiled some stunning firepolished and pressed glass beads that we are just now unpacking and reviewing. Some of the beads are vintage and many will never be manufactured again.   Each bead mix has a blended color palette and for my choker I selected the Gold Gravel collection.

I wanted to create a tiered choker, so a beading board was my best option to get my strand lengths correct. The options for my choker were limitless. The strands I designed featured some of the unique pressed glass pieces that deserved to be highlighted.

I then strung each strand with wire and used crimps and a crimping tool from Beadalon to secure my beads.


I attached each strand to a flat bar for spacing and then added a few links and a clasp to make my choker comfortable to wear.

With my choker complete I knew I would love a matching bracelet. Gold memory wire was all needed to string this golden cuff.

Of course, it also made sense to create earrings to match!

My new set of golden jewelry is complete and my bead mix box still seems to be half full! Working with a pre-selected collection of beads allowed me to focus on my projects and I was not distracted searching through my own stash for beads that would be compatible. Now I want to make something with the eleven other bead mixes that Fernando DaSilva selected!

Main Products Used From John Bead
GOLD GRAVEL Mixed Beads
LINK FLAT BAR
BEADALON MEMORY WIRE BRACELET


Original article in French in Perles et Cetera Magazine Winter 2017

Monday, January 02, 2017

Pink Paris Leather Cuff


Starting 2017 with some bright colour!


Last year on my annual trip to Paris I stumbled upon a $1Euro leather bin in the fabric district.
I picked up some really pretty colours and unusual patterned leather.


I never would have had these in my stash if they weren't sold in such small pieces.


I have the Sizzix jewelry making tools that allow me to cut leather with precision.


I chose this beautifully embossed leather and cut these two sections.
The flower I made with the Flower Maker component, resin clay and some miniature items.


The back of the Flower Maker has two loops.


I attached the flower to the thinner piece of leather with thread,


I used rivets to attach the two leather pieces together and I added eyelets to create lacing.


Ta Da!  Leather cuff ready to wear!

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Challenge to End the Year Brilliantly!

A GIGANTIC thank you to the 12 designers who participated in our surprise Mixed Bead box challenge. The John Bead blog post featuring all 12 submissions PLUS so many extras designs.  It will inspire you to get started on a new beading project soon.