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

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. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rococo Inspired Weaving and Braiding

Rococo Inspired Weaving and Braiding by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles et Cetera Fall 2016 Issue
When I think of rococo, the extravagant gowns and hairstyles of Marie Antoinette come to mind immediately. The Rococo style was coming to the end of its popularity at the same time support for the French monarchy died. Rococo styling had been featured in architecture, home d├ęcor and fashion, it was “just too much” and it was criticised for being superficial and ridiculous. In the end, I believe it showcased a style of living that few people could attain (we all know how it worked out for Marie Antoinette) and lead to a new movement, the Empire Style, that was simpler, free spirited and with less decoration.

Although Rococo appeared frivolous, it still included intricate patterns and designs. It also featured imagery of love and romance. With that style guide in mind, I decided to create some bracelets that would feature patterns derived by weaving and braiding with two classic royal colors: red and purple.

Bracelet one is a woven pattern created on a new tool, the Beadalon Bracelet Weaver tool. Bracelet two is the same woven design, however it has been cut and embellished in an “over the top” manor. Bracelet three is a classic kumihimo 8-strand braid. Worn together they would be extravagant. However, in the words of Iris Apfel, “Most people say take one off: I say add one on.” This over-embellishment ideal is my own.

To create the weave for the bracelets I used the latest award-winning tool to be launched by Beadalon this year: the Bangle Bracelet Weaver. The metal base has three sets of holes, which ultimately creates three different sized bangles. I used the large size and set my warp pins into the outer circle of holes. The tool comes with wonderful step-by-step photo instructions and you can see a video demonstration on their YouTube channel explaining how to create fabulous wire and fiber bangles.

The first bracelet began with just a simple knot to tie my two rattail strands together and then I weaved.

It is a positively enjoyable process because you start to see your patterns quickly.

To make your weaving permanent, a length of fiber or wire is used to thread between your woven fibers next to the warp pins.

My finished bangle is lightweight since I used rattail and some cording to make it.
I then made a second identical bangle.

I needed to cut my second bangle open, so to ensure my weaving would not unravel I added lines of glue in two locations.

When the glue was completely dry I simply cut next to the glue lines.

I then attached my silver end caps with additional glue hiding those two unfinished cut sections.

With my bangle now flat, I was able to hand stitch some beads throughout. My open bangle was finished with a magnetic clasp and I chose to dangle to crystal heart pendants to the clasp with jump rings.
The third bracelet was created with my kumihimo disk and finishing components.

Together I have a set of bracelets, which can be worn on one or both arms. The addition of some beautiful Swarovski crystal hearts adds the romance factor I was seeking. Slider bails allowed me to attach a Swarovski heart pendant to the kumihimo bracelet and I experimented with both 3 and 5 bails. In the end I used one bail and attached my two other crystal hearts to the beaded bangle.