Monday, January 22, 2018

Compare C-Lon Bead Cord Colors - The Blue Greens Range

Compare C-Lon Bead Cord Colors


I often get emails with someone is asking me to describe the difference between two colors. And yes, colors can be described but a picture is worth a thousand words...

Here is the blue green range compared with bluer colors on the left, greener ones on the right:

CY Cyan is the bluest.

AQ Aqua is a bit lighter and a bit less blue.

IB Ice Blue is lighter and greener.

TL Teal is the darkest tone in this range.

TQ Turquoise is the lightest color in this group.

SG Sage is a bit darker, greener, and more muted.

CEL Celadon is a touch lighter, greener, and even more muted.

For more pictures and other color, visit these posts:

> Compare C-Lon, Chinese Knotting Cord, and Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silk 

> C-Lon New 2015 Colors

> C-Lon Bead Cord Colors - This is a series of posts on C-Lon Bead Cord Colors. It includes this post plus the two listed here above. 

The large photos on these posts will help you choose C-Lon colors for your next project!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year + Spring Color Predictions

Pantone Color of the Year 2018


Hey, purple is back... This time with a blue based purple named Ultra Violet. It is the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year. Here are some suggestions for cord and silk thread colors in the same purple blue hues.  


C-Lon Bead Cord, Silk, and Chinese Knotting Cord equivalent to Pantone Color of the Year 2018


From left to right:

Chinese Knotting Cord Size E is a braided nylon cord with a central core great for tassels, square knot bracelets, and bead crochet. French Lilac fits into the Ultra Violet spectrum. > Chinese Knotting Cord Size E

Consider Medium Purple and Purple in C-Lon Bead Cord line, a bonded nylon 3-ply cord, available in 4 sizes. > C-Lon Bead Cord

Interested in silks? Look at Fujix Tire Buttonhole Silk #16, color 57, and Kanagawa 100 Denier Embroidery Silk, color 24. > Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silks


Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette


C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors

Lemon or Lemongrass, Shanghai Red, Blue Morning, and Mahogany - also look at Sienna and Venetian Red as alternatives. 

Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette

C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors



Petal, Pink Lemonade, Turquoise, and Medium Purple - also look at Chinese Coral and Purple as alternatives. 



Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Color Palette
C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Top 12 Colors


Brown, Peach Glow, Azalea, and Chartreuse. Look at Mahogany, Oyster as potential candidates. 


Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette


Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette
C-Lon Bead Cord Pantone Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette


Look for these super classic C-Lon colors: Navy, Argentum, Latte, and White, and all 116 C-Lon Bead Cord Colors. > C-Lon Bead Cord

References


Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone Color of the Year and Tools for Designers
This page is interesting as it has some really great palettes to look at and to use as inspirations. Make sure to scroll down the page. I especially love Purple Haze and Quietude. 

Pantone Spring 2018 Fashion Colors





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

String Art Earring Display


String Art with C-Lon Micro Cord


A 12x12 inch canvas, copper nails, C-Lon Micro Bead Cord, beading wire & crimp... to create a wall display for 9 pairs of earrings. 

Here are a few tips if you want to make your own. 




String Art with C-Lon Micro Cord

Tip #1. Plan the basic design. Do a quick sketch.

Tip #2. Pre-drill the holes for the nails. Mark the spots with a pencil first. Hammer all the nails at the same depth or change the depth on purpose. 

Tip #3. When creating the string art, use a thread burner to melt the cord beginning and end. It keep the design nice and neat. 


String Art with C-Lon Micro Cord



Tip #4. Work colors in layers. 


Tip #5. Use beading wire and crimps for the grid which will be used to hang the earrings.   



String Art with C-Lon Micro Cord




References





Monday, September 11, 2017

Kumihimo Neckpiece with PIP Beads


Kumihimo Neckpieces with PIP Beads


Many kumihimo bracelet patterns can be lengthened to make a neckpiece, but not all of them successfully. A neckpiece or long necklace needs special considerations. Some beaded kumihimo braids will roll over and show their backside making them inappropriate for a neckpiece at the base of the neck or a long necklace. They might work for a tight choker, but who wants to wear a tight choker... 

So with this in mind, I took two of the patterns created for the PIP Beads Kumihimo Bracelets and made neckpieces with them. 


Kumihimo Neckpieces with PIP Beads


This Argento neckpiece is 17 inch long and made using the Half Round PIP Pattern. This pattern has PIPs only on the front and all 8s on the backside. This pattern would not work for a long necklace. For this piece, I doubled the C-Lon Fine Weight Bead Cord and the Satin Cord length, but increasing them by 1.5 is sufficient and multiplied the beads quantities by approximately 3. I used around 360 PIP beads, and about 12 g of Miyuki 8s for this neckpiece. I loaded the beads in 3 batches to keep the EZ Bobs from overflowing.




Kumihimo Neckpiece with PIP Beads


These two neckpieces shown here were made with the PIPSs All Around Pattern, so they are bit more dimensional than the pattern shown above.




Kumihimo Neckpiece with PIP Beads


References


For kits and tutorials go here: PIP Beads Kumihimo Kits and Tutorial

This post continues previous posts on Kumihimo with PIP Beads found here:

Kumihimo with PIP Beads

Compare Kumihimo with Bead Weaving and Crochet Techniques

Kumihimo Earrings with PIP Beads

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kumihimo Earrings with PIP Beads DIY Kits & Tutorial


Kumihimo Earrings and Neckpiece with Preciosa PIP Beads



This post continues the series of posts about kumihimo with Preciosa PIP beads. The two previous posts are Kumihimo with PIP Beads and Kumihimo Bracelet with PIP Bead - Compare Kumihimo with Bead Weaving and Bead Crochet Techniques.

After designing the Kumihimo PIP Bracelets Kit and Tutorial, I made a few necklaces using the Half Round PIP and the PIPs All Around Design Patterns included in the bracelet tutorial. Both designs work well in a necklace form. The one shown here is 17 inch long and used the Half Round Design. I will be writing a post these necklaces next.

After making the necklace, I needed earrings to wear for a wedding I was attending, so I set all my other projects aside and went to work designing my very first kumihimo earrings. Please note that I went about it without doing any research online whatsoever. I did not want to be influenced by someone else’s designs.



PIP Beads Kumihimo Earring DIY Tutorial & Kit

The first earring I made was a PIP ball earring, but it was not quite distinctive enough, plus the finishing of the end cords was a bit complex for a DIY, so I decided to try for a design with a beaded tassel. The first ones were pretty good, but the bead placement was not quite right yet and the tassel was a tad short, but the Jellyfish design just needed a bit more refinement.


PIP Beads Kumihimo Earrings


Everything gelled in the next attempt. The earring had a nice distribution of the PIP beads in the kumihimo body, and the beaded tassel, the tentacles, was just right. This is the design I adopted for the kit and tutorial. > Kumihimo Jellyfish Earrings with PIP Beads

The tutorial is very comprehensive and includes 15 pages with over 30 pictures, tables and charts. Please note the tutorial assumes you have prior knowledge of the braiding steps and beaded kumihimo. The manual does not included the basic steps. If this is your first kumihimo project, make sure to get the Kumihimo PIP Bracelets Kit and Tutorial first. Make the bracelet first as the bracelet manual includes very detailed pictures showing the braiding steps.

The earring tutorial includes 3 design variations and several options for the beaded tassels. The kits are available in the following color and design variations:


Design 1

That's the basic design... This earring style works well with the neckpiece or by itself.


Copper Venus

The PIP beads are transparent with an AB finish. The 8s and 11s are Miyuki Duracoats in a dark copper finish. The leverbacks are gold filled. The necklace is made with the PIP All Around Design. 



Argento

The PIP beads have a silver metallic coating all around. The 8s and 11s are Miyukis in a gunmetal finish. The leverbacks are sterling silver. The necklace is made with the PIP Half Round Design. 



Azuro Metallico

The PIP beads have a blue metallic coating all around. The 8s and 11s are Miyukis in a AB gunmetal finish. The leverbacks are sterling silver with an oxidized finish. The necklace is made with the PIP All Around Design. 



Sapphira

The PIP beads have a dual finish, transparent colors on one side, with a graphite metallic coating on the other side The 8s and 11s are Miyukis in a gunmetal finish. The leverbacks are sterling silver with an oxidized finish.

Design 2

Design 2 as a shorter kumihimo body. Any of the earring kits shown above can be made into Design 2... You will have a few PIP beads leftover for another project. As to the tassels, I started playing with the individual beaded cord length. The tassels can have blunt cuts, staggered or uneven beaded cord lengths... Your choice.



Coppertone - Design 2

The PIP beads have a dual finish, transparent colors on one side, with a copper metallic coating on the other side The 8s and 11s are Miyuki Duracoats in a bright copper finish. The leverbacks are sterling silver with a light oxidized finish.

Design 3

Design 3 as a longer kumihimo body and the tassels are made with Delicas...



Coppertone - Design 3

Same as above earrings but with a longer kumihimo body, so more PIP beads, and the 8s and 11s have a darker patina copper finish. The tassels are made with Miyuki Delicas with staggered lengths.



Opalesque - Design 3

The PIP beads have a dual finish, transparent colors on one side, with a silver metallic coating on the other side. The 8s and 11s are Miyukis in a gunmetal finish. The leverbacks are sterling silver.


When these earrings were all designed and the samples all finished, I searched online to see if anyone else had designed any earrings similar to these and I could not find anything already published on the internet thus far. I am super happy as I love to pioneer a new style!


The kits and the tutorial are available HERE. Check back soon for the next post on making the necklaces...

Monday, August 7, 2017

C-Lon Bead Cord for Custom Drapery and Upholstery

C-Lon Bead Cord for Custom Drapery and Upholstery


C-Lon Bead Cord is a bonded nylon and originally, bonded nylon were made for the upholstery industry. Micro Macrame artists such as myself would find our cord in industrial sewing shops. Mine source was an industrial sewing machine repair shop South of Market in San Francisco and I would find the cord stored on dusty shelves in a mezzanine above the shop. This was of course way before C-Lon even existed. 

C-Lon started producing bonded cord for the beading industry and I started carrying their thread in 2006 with 24 colors at the time. Now C-Lon makes 116 colors and offers the widest color range available. Most of my customers are from the beading and jewelry world, but some are from the upholstery industry, such as Rosenfleld Interiors in Hicksvile, NY. 

C-Lon Bead Cord for Custom Drapery and Upholstery

Once, I asked what were they doing with the C-Lon Bead Cord I ship to them... and I received these pictures. The C-Lon Bead Cord is used to attach the pleats on the curtains. It is done by hand with a lovely little braid. What a nice touch!

C-Lon Bead Cord for Custom Drapery and Upholstery


You can see more of Rosenfeld Interiors high end custom drapery and upholstery on their website or on Facebook

C-Lon Bead Cord can be found HERE

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kumihimo Bracelet with PIP Bead - Compare Kumihimo with Bead Weaving and Bead Crochet Techniques

Kumihimo compared with other Beading Weaving Techiniqes and Bead Crochet




When you look at these pieces, they simply look like beaded bracelets. Which actual technique was used to make them is not so obvious nor important when you wear them. They could have been made using a bead weaving technique, tubular bead crochet, or a fiber technique known as kumihimo taken over by beaders and fiber artist who like beads. Kumi means braided, Himo, cord in Japanese. The braiding technique using tools such as wood stand (Maru Dai) or a disk or board was developed tin Japan. With beads, kumihimo is now known as Bead Kumihimo or Beaded Kumihimo. 

What's the difference between these techniques? The process.

Kumihimo compared with other Beading Weaving Techiniqes and Bead Crochet

Bead Weaving requires multiple passes through the beads and working with a needle. Each bead is stitching one at a time to the finished piece. The thread takes multiple pass through the bead, plus it has to fit into a needle, so it needs to be thin. Thin also means not as strong... but, hey, this technique has many fans. 

Interested in bead weaving techniques and thread? If so start HERE. The links takes you to a series of posts on Peyote Stitch, one of the most popular beading technique and a good place to start. 


Kumihimo compared with other Beading Weaving Techiniqes and Bead Crochet

Tubular Bead Crochet requires a crochet hook and good eyes. Catching the thread in the middle of the beads can be annoying after a while, but the work is highly portable, once the beads are loaded onto ONE cord, the crochet process begins.

Interested in Tubular Bead Crochet? If so, get this tool and tutorial. I would never have been able to get over the start of the crochet tube without them.  


Kumihimo compared with other Beading Weaving Techiniqes and Bead Crochet

Bead Kumihimo requires a few tools, but $12 will get you everything you need in a nice bag so you can take your project around. The beads get loaded up to 8 cords. Self needles or needles can be used to this process. The braiding process is easy to learn, it requires moving the cord from one place to another. And if you doing bead kumihimo dropping a bead at the same time. Period.

Basic 8 Stand Round Braid Kumihimo with or without beads does not require amazing skills. Anybody can learn. I do it watching TV, listening to conversations, and while doing demos and explaining the process. 

Oh, one more comparison, the cord size for Tubular Bead Crochet and Kumihimo is usually the same, thick enough to hold well, and thin enough for the beads to slide down easily. 

For more info on these bracelets - go to my previous post or go to Kumihimo Bracelets with Pip Bead Kits.

Leave comments if you have any questions! - Marion