Beadphoria for Designer Crafts Connection: Hope Pearl Vacation Memories Necklace

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by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Hope Pearl Full Necklace

It’s time again for the Designer Crafts Connection Blog hop. Being that today is Labor Day, the theme for the month is vacation memories. One of the places that people, (myself included), love to visit on vacation is the beach. There is nothing better than soaking up a little sun and relaxing with your toes in the sand.

Many times, a favorite activity to do on the beach is to collect sea shells. But what to do with them once you get them home? You could put them in a jar, but why not turn them into a wearable memory?

Hope Pearl Necklace close upThe pendent on this necklace is easy to make. I added the word “hope” to my shell because to a pearl is created when a piece of sand irritates an oyster. That irritation is beautifully covered by the coating that becomes the pearl. It gives me hope that sometimes when things seem rough, something beautiful can come out of it.

If you don’t want to use a word, you can put the date of your vacation. Another idea is to put the location when you found the shell. Either way, you would have a wonderful memento of your time away.

Here is how you make it.

Materials:

  • 1 Shell
  • 1 Small Pearl
  • Plain Paper
  • “hope” Rubber Stamp
  • Staz On Ink Pad in new “Ganache” color
  • Decoupage Glue in Matte
  • Copper Foil
  • 1-10mm Twisted Jump Ring
  • Lead Free Solder
  • Flux
  • Quick Grip Glue
  • 30 Freshwater Pearls
  • 60 inches of 22 Gauge Silver Wire
  • 2 8mm Jump Rings
  • 1 Toggle Clasp

Tools

  • Soldering Iron
  • Flux Brush
  • Hemostats
  • Scissors
  • 1 Step Looper
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  1. Clean and dry your shell thoroughly.
  2. Wrap your shell with copper foil. Burnish the edges with your fingers or with a bone folder.
  3. Brush copper foil with flux.
  4. Using your soldering iron, apply solder to the copper foil.
  5. Attach your twisted jump ring to the top of your shell using your hemostats and a little extra solder.
  6. Glue the pearl to the inside of your shell using Quick Grip.
  7. Stamp the word “hope” onto your paper using the rubber stamp and Staz On ink. Cut word out using scissors.
  8. Glue the word “hope” to the inside of your shell using the matte Decoupage glue.
  9. Cut your 60 inches of silver wire into 2 inch sections.
  10. Place a pearl onto the middle of a 2 inch section of wire. Create a loops at both ends of your wire using your 1 Step Looper. Repeat for the rest of your 29 pearls.
  11. Using your round nose pliers, link together 15 of your pearls. Attach the bottom loop of the chain you created to the top of your pendent. Repeat process with the other 15 of your pearls.
  12. Attach the toggle clasp to the tops of your chain using your 8mm jump rings. Your necklace is now finished!

What is your favorite way of preserving your vacation memories? Let me know in the comments above!

 

 

 

Tool Box Treasure: Beadsmith 1 Step Looper

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

Hi everyone! We are getting to the time of year of school starting. I used to love being able to buy all new tools and supplies for the school year. This year, I recommend treating yourself to a new tool, too! Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite pliers – the 1 Step Looper from Beadsmith.

This tool is one that will make your life so much simpler. In the past, it was difficult to have your loops look consistent. When making traditional loops, you need at least two if not three tools – cutters, round nose pliers, and possibly a ruler if you want the length of your head pins cut to exactly the same.

The 1 Step Looper replaces all three tools and gives you consistent loops every time! I have used it with great success on several projects now, including the Caribbean Blue bracelet I made in this earlier post, many pairs of earrings, and in the Loopy for Pink and Pearls set shown below. I did have a couple of loops that I had to redo – but that was mostly because I didn’t hold the bead close enough to the edge of the pliers.

Loopy for Pinks and Pearls by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Loopy for Pinks and Pearls by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

What is nice is that you can make your own custom eye pins. The 1 Step Looper works with 18 – 24 gauge wire, so it should work for most of your jewelry making needs. Each loop that is created is 1.5mm.

If you need to make bigger loops, Beadsmith has recently introduced the 1 Step Big Looper. These pliers still work with 18-24 gauge wire, but create a loop twice the size – 3mm. I have not tested the 1 Step Big Looper, but I am pretty sure it will give the same fantastic results.

To be able to get your own pair of 1 Step Loopers check with the following sites:

Art Beads

Amazon

Beadaholique

Jo-Ann’s

Rings n’ Things

Here is a You Tube video if you would like to find out more.

Do you have a tool that you love right now? Let me know in the comments!

 

Beadphoria for Designer Crafts Connection: Stary Night Polymer Clay Party Coasters

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Starry Night Coasters by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Starry Night Coasters by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome back for another month of the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop. This month’s theme is Party Decor. My idea for party decor, Starry Night Coasters, will bring a festive touch to your gathering and protect your furniture! These coasters would also make a great hostess or housewarming gift. They also have a fun surprise, when the lights are turned off, the stars glow in the dark!

 

Here is how to make them:

Supplies for Starry Night Coasters

Supplies for Starry Night Coasters

Materials

  • Sculpey Premo Accents in Blue Glitter
  • Sculpey Premo Accents in Twinkle Twinkle
  • Sculpey III in Glow in the Dark

Tools

  • Clay conditioning Machine
  • Blade
  • Wilton Fondant Extruder (Clay Extruder can be used, also) with star plate.
  • Lid of a Mason Jar
  • Clay cutting knife
  • Craft Oven

Optional

  • Shelf Liner
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Quick Grip Glue

Makes: 6-8 Coasters

 

!. Condition a package of your Blue glitter and Twinkle Twinkle clay using the clay conditioning machine.

 

Twisted Polymer Clay

Twisted Polymer Clay

2. Roll the clay into two logs and twist together. Roll the twisted clay into another solid log. Cut the log in half and twist the clay again. Repeat the cutting and twisting until you are happy with how the clay is swirled together.

3. Place your twisted clay through the largest setting on your clay conditioning machine to create a sheet of clay.

4. Condition 1/4 of a package of your Glow in the Dark Clay.

Creating stars using a Wilton fondant extruder.

Creating stars using a Wilton fondant extruder.

5.Roll your Glow in the Dark clay into two equal balls. Place one of the balls inside of the extruder. Press the extruder closed to form a star shaped line. Repeat with second ball of clay.

Stars placed onto polymer clay.

Stars placed onto polymer clay.

6. Using your blade, cut the stars and place them onto the polymer clay. Gently pick up your clay and pass it through your clay conditioner so that the stars become flattened onto the clay sheet.

Cut coasters waiting to be baked.

Cut coasters waiting to be baked.

7. Take your mason jar lid and place it onto the clay. Trace around the lid using your clay cutting knife. Repeat to create more coasters.

8. Place your coasters into your oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE!

Optional Steps:

Apply shelf liner to the back of your coasters to make them less slippery.

Apply shelf liner to the back of your coasters to make them less slippery.

If you want to make your coasters stay put more easily, continue with the following steps:

9. Trace your mason jar lid onto your shelf liner. Cut out the circles with your scissors.

10. If your shelf liner is self adhesive, apply the circles directly to the back of your coasters. If they are non-adhesive, use Quick Grip to apply the circles to the backs. (I prefer Quick Grip because it is water proof, in case any drinks get spilled on the coasters.) Trim any excess edges of the shelf liner with your scissors.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to hop through and see all the other party decor ideas!

 

 

Beadphoria for Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Father’s Day Road Trip Key Chain

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Road Trip!

Road Trip Key Chain By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Father’s Day Edition of the Designer Crafts Connection! For June we are focusing on handmade gifts. The Road Trip Key Chain is a gift that your father can take with him wherever he goes.

By using a piece of a map, you can commemorate those long road trips you used to take as a child. You could also use a map that features your father’s home town for a more sentimental touch. Either way, each time your dad reaches for his keys, he is sure to smile!

Here’s how to make it:

Materials

  • Bottle cap
  • Piece of a map
  • Decoupage glue
  • 10mm Jump ring
  • 2″ eye pin
  • 3 6mm silver lentil beads
  • 2 5mm shell heishi beads
  • 20mm Carved new jade bead
  • Key chain ring

Tools

  • Hole punch pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Circle paper punch
  • Paint brush for decoupage glue

Instructions

  1. Cut out a section of your map using your circle paper punch.
  2. Apply glue to both sides of the piece of map. Place the map piece inside the bottle cap. Allow to dry.
  3. Using your hole punch pliers, make a hole in the top of the bottle cap.
  4. Open your jump ring using your round nose and flat nose pliers. Insert the jump ring through the hole in the bottle cap and close it with your round nose and flat nose pliers.
  5. Place one silver lentil, one heishi bead, one silver lentil, one heishi bead, one silver lentil, and the carved new jade bead onto your eye pin. Create a simple loop at the top of your eye pin using your wire cutters and round nose pliers.
  6. Swing open the bottom loop of your beaded eye pin open using your round nose pliers. Attach the loop to the jump ring and close it with your round nose pliers.
  7. Open the top loop with your round nose pliers. Hook the loop onto the key chain ring. Close the loop with your round nose pliers.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to hop through the other Designer Crafts Connection blogs to see their handmade items by clicking on the box on the left hand side of this blog. Enjoy your Father’s Day!

Bead Soup Blog Hop 8: Earth’s Treasures Set

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

8BSBPBannerWelcome to the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop! This year I was paired with the amazing Susan Nelson Bowie of Stones and Bones Jewelry Design in Atlanta, Georgia. You can see her work here. Susan is First Nation Musogee Creek and honors her Native American roots by designing with Mother Earth in mind and spirit.

The yummy bead soup that I received from Susan Nelson Bowie.

The organic bead soup that I received from Susan Nelson Bowie.

The beads that I received from Susan had such a natural feel to them. What I liked is that they seemed to represent the three elements. The earth was represented by the jasper stones, wooden beads, and the bear bead. The green fresh water pearls were for the water. The sky was symbolized by the copper bird beads and the feather focal bead.

Earth's Treasures Set by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Earth’s Treasures Set by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

As you can see, the elements blended together perfectly to create this Earth’s Treasures set. For the center piece, I wanted to combine the symbolic elements that Susan had sent me. After doing some research, I found out that in Native American culture that the bear represents strength and bravery, the bird is totem for creativity and peace, and the feather symbolizes trust, honor, and wisdom. My hope is that the person who wears this necklace would benefit from all three totems.

I really enjoyed designing with these organic treasures. Would love to hear from you in the comments, which are on the top right hand corner of this blog. To see what I sent Susan and see what she made, click here. To see all of the participants in the Bead Soup Blog Hop and see their amazing creations, click here.

Here are some of the other Bead Soups that I have made:

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Beading!

 

Designer Crafts Connection: Jewelry Trends-Pastels and Petals

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pastel Petals by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Pastel Petals Set by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome to the Beadphoria Blog! Today’s theme for the Designer Crafts Connection is “April Showers brings May Flowers”. This gives me the perfect opportunity to let you in on two strong trends in jewelry making right now – pastel colors and flower motifs.

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance, so along with that, we are starting to see spring colors in jewelry. Pastels are a perfect way to add a touch of the season to your wardrobe. Here are some stones and crystal colors you can consider using in your designs.

  • Pearls – Freshwater and glass pearls often come in pastel tones, including pinks, blues, and yellows.
  • Swarovski CrystalsPink:Rosewater Opal, Rose Alabaster, Rosaline; Purple:Light Amethyst, Violet Opal, Violet; Blue:Light Sapphire, Air Blue Opal, Light Azore; Green:Mint Alabaster,Chrysolite,Peridot; Yellow:Jonquil; Peach: Silk, Light Peach
  • GemstonesPink: Rhondonite, Rose Quartz, Tourmaline; Purple: Light Amethyst, Fluorite; Blue:Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Larimar, Blue Topaz, Chrysoprase; Green:New Jade,Peridot, Fancy Jasper; Yellow: Citrine, Aragonite

For my design, I used 6mm mint opal Czech glass beads, 8mm pink freshwater pearls, and 10mm faceted round Aquamarine beads. The silver beads give a nice separation to the colors and a little extra shine. I added the pink organza ribbon to bring a some softness to the necklace.

Are you ready to jump on trend bandwagon and start designing with pastels and flowers? Let me know in the comments below!

If you want to see more designs inspired by this months “April Showers brings May Flowers”, click on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop Button on the left hand side of this post.

Here’s hoping you have a happy spring!

 

 

The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop: Caribbean Blue Bracelet

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Welcome, friends, to another addition of the Beadphoria Blog. The “Caribbean Blue” Bracelet pictured below is made with an exciting new product from John Bead Corp. Neo chain and findings are a dynamic way to bring bright hues and shine to your designs.

Caribbean Blue Bracelet by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Caribbean Blue Bracelet by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

While designing the “Caribbean Blue” bracelet, I was inspired by the recent trend in fashion of color blocking. Color blocking is when you see designs featuring black and white with a strong pop of a single color. The Neo chain and findings really lend themselves to designing this way.

Neo Chain and Findings from John Bead, Ltd.

Neo Chain and Findings from John Bead, Ltd.

The chain comes in two different sizes – 5×3 mm links (which I used for the bracelet above) and a smaller 3.5×2 mm links. The findings available include jump rings, split rings, lobster claw clasps, and fish hooks for earrings. Purple, pink, lime green, black and white are the dazzling colors the chain and findings are available in.

Neo Chain and Findings come in a wide array of colors.

Neo Chain and Findings come in a wide array of shades.

The Neo chain and findings are part of the Dazzle-it products from John Bead. For more information about them, visit www.dazzle-it.com or http://blog.dazzle-it.com. They are on Facebook,too, with regular give-a-ways: www.facebook.com/DazzleIt

Materials:

  • 3 – 8 inch sections of 5x3mm Neo Chain in turquoise
  • 21 – 6mm bicone Swarovski crystals in both Caribbean Blue Opal and Jet
  • 42 – 6mm bicone Swarovski crystals in White Alabaster
  • 42 eyepins
  • 42 headpins
  • 2 Neo Findings jump rings in white
  • 1 Neo Findings junp ring in black
  • 1 Neo Findings lobster claw clasp in black

Tools:

  • Jewelry Cutters
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers
Bracelet Components

Bracelet Components

Instructions:

1. Insert one Caribbean Blue Opal crystal onto an eye pin. Bend the top of eye pin to 90 degree angle on top of the crystal. Cut so that a 10 mm tail remains. Use round nose pliers to create a loop. Repeat 20 more times.

2. Repeat step one with the Jet crystals.

3. Place one White Alabaster Crystal onto a headpin. Bend the top of the head pin to 90 degree angle on top of the crystal. Cut so that a 10 mm tail remains. Use round nose pliers to create a loop. Repeat 41 more times.

4. Lay out chain in three rows with 10 mm of space between them.

5. Measure the middle of the top of your chain. Using your needle nose pliers, swing open one of the loops on one of the Caribbean Blue Opal components. Hook it through the center loop of the chain. Swing the loop back closed using the needle nose pliers.

6. Open the bottom loop of the component you just attached using your needle nose pliers. Insert it through the middle link on the second piece of chain. Close the loop with your round nose pliers.

7. Open a loop on one of your Jet crystal components. Attach it to the bottom of the link in the center piece of chain where your Caribbean Blue Opal component is attached. Close the loop.

Attaching the Bracelet Components

Attaching the Bracelet Components

8. Skip a link and attach the components to either side of the center components in the same manor as the first. Continue placing the components one link apart until all Caribbean Blue Opal and Jet components are attached.

9. Open the loop on one of your White Alabaster components. Insert it into the link where the top half of your Caribbean Blue Opal component is attached. Close the loop. Continue attaching the White Alabaster components to the top half of your Caribbean Blue Opal Components and the bottom half of your Jet Components.

10. When done attaching all your components, count four links on your top and bottom pieces of chain and three links in the center piece. Cut any remaining chain. Do this on both sides of your bracelet.

11. Using your round nose pliers and your chain nose pliers, swing open one white jump ring. Insert the jump ring through the last links on the three pieces of chain. Swing the jump ring closed. Repeat on the other side of your bracelet.

12. Attach the black jump ring to one of the white jump rings and the black lobster claw to the other.

Enjoy creating!

Passion for Love Necklace using Jewelry Attitude

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Passion for Love Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Jewelry Attitude

Passion for Love Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Jewelry Attitude

I admit it. This Valentine’s Day I think I have a new love. It’s name is Jewelry Attitude. This printable jewelry film makes creating your own custom images for jewelry so simple. Unlike other image transfer techniques for jewelry, you can use an inkjet printer. This is a bonus for those of us that don’t have a laser printer.

Jewelry Attitude Printable Jewelry FilmWhen I was designing the “Passion for Love” necklace, I knew I wanted something with a vintage feel. By using Jewelry Attitude by Craft Attitude, I was able to create custom pieces that really express that. Applying Jewelry Attitude onto polymer clay was pretty much effortless. You can use it on a wide variety of surfaces including resin, stone, metal, wood, fabric, and well, just about any thing else you would want to transfer an image onto!

Scroll down to find out the steps on how easy it was to create the Passion for Love necklace using Jewelry Attitude.

Materials to make custom jewelry pieces using Jewelry Attitude

Some of the materials to make custom jewelry pieces using Jewelry Attitude

Materials for Custom Jewelry Pieces:

  • Jewelry Attitude jewelry film
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Pasta Machine for Polymer Clay
  • Sculpty Premo Polymer Clay in Frost White Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Clay cutting tool
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter
  • Oval Template
  • Fine tipped permanent marker
  • Extra Strength glue stick

Materials for Necklace:

  • Custom Jewelry Pieces made with Jewelry Attitude
  • Gold Beading Wire
  • 8 gold 2×2 crimp tubes
  • 1 gold rose toggle clasp
  • 1 gold head pin
  • 12 gold 3mm spheres
  • 6 salmon colored crystal rondelles
  • 5 vintage rose beads
  • 28 light pink freshwater pearls
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Round Nose pliers

How To:

Use a pasta machine dedicated only to polymer clay.

Use a pasta machine dedicated only to polymer clay.

1. Soften your polymer clay using a pasta machine and roll out your clay on the thickest setting.

Shapes cut from polymer clay.

Shapes cut from polymer clay.

2. Cut your shapes using heart shaped cookie cutter and the oval template. Place holes in your shapes using either your clay cutting tool or a toothpick.

3. Bake your pieces for 30 minutes at 275 degrees.

4. Open a new document in your word processing software. Paste a flower image onto your document. Copy the image so you have three flower images. Make two of the images 1.5 times larger than the original.

5. Write the word “Passion” over the smaller image and “Je t’aime” onto the larger image.

Sheet of Jewelry Attitude film

Sheet of Jewelry Attitude film

6. When printing your image remember these two things:

  1. Print onto the shiny side of the Jewelry Attitude
  2. Set your printer so that the images are reversed.

7. Let the printed images dry.

Trace your cookie cutter and oval template onto the Jewelry Attitude film.

Trace your cookie cutter and oval template onto the Jewelry Attitude film.

8. Trace your heart and oval shapes onto the Jewelry attitude film.

Cut shapes from the Jewelry Attitude film.

Cut shapes from the Jewelry Attitude film.

9. Cut out your shapes from the Jewelry Attitude film.

Polymer clay pieces covered in Jewelry Attitude.

Polymer clay pieces covered in Jewelry Attitude.

10. Apply glue to your polymer clay pieces. Remove the paper backing from the Jewelry Attitude film and apply it to your polymer clay pieces. Use your clay cutting tool or a toothpick to pierce the film where the holes are.

11. String and crimp a small section of beading wire through the top left hand hole of your heart. Place one gold sphere, one rose bead, and one gold sphere onto the wire.Crimp the end of your wire to the bottom hole of one of the oval components.

12. String and crimp and longer section of beading wire to the oval piece that you connected to the heart. String on one crystal rondelle, three pearls, a crystal rondelle, one gold sphere, one rose bead, one gold sphere, and crystal rondelle, 11 pearls, and one gold sphere. Attach one half of clasp and crimp.

13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 on the right hand side of your necklace.

14. Onto a headpin, place one gold bead, one rose, and one gold bead. Make a loop with your round nose pliers at the top of your headpin. Thread the bottom hole of the heart through the loop. Wire wrap the loop closed. Cut off any excess wire with wire cutters.

Make sure you hop around and see all the other great projects made for Valentine’s Day using Craft Attitude.

ValentinesBlogHop
Monday Jan. 27 – Gloria Uhler
Tuesday Jan. 28 – Wendy Crafts
Wednesday Jan. 29 – Candie Cooper
Thursday Jan. 30 – Suzann Sladcik Wilson
Tuesday Feb. 4Jonathan Fong
Wednesday Feb. 5Marjie Kemper
Thursday Feb. 6Anita Houston
Friday Feb. 7Trudi Sissons

Beadphoria for Designer Crafts Connection: Something New – Bezel Effects from ImpressArt

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Golden Blossom Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

Golden Blossom Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope this new year brings you lots of new and exciting things. A something new and exciting I would like to share with you this month is Bezel Effects by ImpressArt.

Bezel Effects Kit

Bezel Effects Kit

When my fellow designer, Theresa Cifali, asked me if I wanted to try out the new Bezel Effects kits, I jumped at the chance. I looked forward to trying a technique completely new to the jewelry making world.

Inside of the Bezel Effects Kit

Inside of the Bezel Effects Kit

A big plus I noticed when I opened the Bezel Effects kit is that the instructions are printed on the inside flap of the kit. No losing the pesky instruction sheet here! Also, there are samples of what the effects look like when dried.

Bezel Effect Kit Components

Bezel Effect Kit Components

The Bezel Effects Kit contained everything I needed to complete 4 projects:

  • 3 Paints – 1 in the moon effect and two in the Prisme effect
  • 3 pipettes to drop the paint into the bezels
  • 1 package of Ice Resin by Susan Lenart Kazmer
  • Measuring cup and wooden stir sticks for the Ice Resin
  • 3 gold bezels
  • 1 pair of silver earrings
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Bezel Effects Pendants by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

I tried a little experimenting when I made my pendants. One thing I learned is the paints have a mind of their own. Where you drop you paint may not be where it stays, but that is what makes the effects turn out so cool. For the pendant in the center of the photograph above, I tried to place the paints in three separate stripes. As you can see, the paints ended up shifting. I still like how the end result turned out.

The paints take 24 hours to dry and then 6-12 hours for the resin on top to cure. You also want to make sure that your projects are somewhere that they are safe from being disturbed during the two drying times.

There is a wide variety of colors in each of the Bezel Effects, which makes customizing your pendant easy. The Bezel Effect web site (http://www.impressart.com/bezel-effects/) also has bezels, Ice Resin, and project inspiration available.

That is my “something new” for the New Year. What new thing will you be trying this year? Don’t forget to hop through using the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop and see what favorite and new techniques everyone else is doing.

Wishing you all a year filled with joy, good health, prosperity, creativity, success, and lots of friendship!

Tasseled for Ombré Necklace – Beadphoria for Dazzle-it Tassles Blog Hop and Product Review

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By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Tasseled for Ombre Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Tasseled for Ombré Necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Today my design is for the Dazzle-it faux suede tassel and cord blog hop. Since tassels are going to be a strong trend in 2014, I was excited to give the products a try. For my “Tasseled for Ombré” necklace, I used three of the tassels in complementary colors and cord that matched.  I decided to leave the cord long so that it could be tied in the back by the wearer. The tied look would then make the ends look like another tassel.

A small sample of the many colors the Dazzle-it tassels come in.

A small sample of the many colors the Dazzle-it tassels come in.

One of the things I was most impressed about the Dazzle-it tassels and cords was the wide array of colors they came in. Another was that the metal caps of the tassels come in either silver or gold finishes, which makes coordinating with your designs a breeze. Finally, I was also impressed by the quality of the faux suede. The cord knotted well and the tassels were soft to the touch.

Packages of Dazzle-it Faux Suede cord and tassels

Packages of Dazzle-it Faux Suede cord and tassels

For more information about Dazzle-it products visit www.dazzle-it.com or http://blog.dazzleit.com. They are on Facebook too with regular give-a-ways: www.facebook.com/Dazzleit.

 

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