Class Act Designs featured in Bead Metamorphosis!

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

We are happy to announce that our dear friend and client Lisa Kan has featured our silk ribbons in her jewelry design book Bead Metamorphosis! Bead Metamorphosis is unlike any typical jewelry design book out there offering exquisite, custom jewelry design pieces. Below is the cover of Bead Metamorphosis, displaying the stunning jewelry Lisa creates.

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Lisa incorporated our silk ribbons to develop two magnificent designs, Bella Fiore and Hanami.

Bella Fiore

Bella Fiore

With use of our silk ribbon blend Bella Donna, #235, Lisa created Bella Fiore Italian for “beautiful flower.” This flower focal created with our handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbon can be worn in one of three ways either as a lariat, pendant, or wrap bracelet. Using multiple-purpose jewelry expands your creative mind of design options.

Hanami

Hanami

Hanami is Japanese for “beautiful flower” shown above with our silk ribbon Pineapple Pink, #217. Two layers of three petals are each created with hand-dyed shibori silk ribbons. The pleating is removed to emphasize the beauty of the dyed pattern and colors. The pattern and natural flow of the shibori wonderfully mirror flower petal striations with the center component embroidered with backstitches. Attaching the shibori to our hand-dyed silk ribbons gives this piece a final touch of elegance.

Go to www.lisakan.com to order your copy of Bead Metamorphosis. The book will provide a step-by-step DIY of both the Bella Fiore and Hanami designs. Log on to www.classactdesings.com to pair these designs with your favorite silk ribbons. Huge thank you again to Lisa Kan for featuring us in such a great body of jewelry art and design.

STAY TUNED! We have provided Lisa with some blended color samples, 3′ long and 2 1/2″ wide, to create ribbon flowers.We are anxious to see how they come out using our serged silk and will post the results soon!

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New Silk Ribbons and Promotional Sale!

Great things are going on with us here at Class Act Designs! We worked long and hard on creating some new silk ribbon colors for you all to enjoy, and now these 6 new colors are making their debut! For those of you who visited our booth in Tucson, you got a first look at our 6 new blends, each of them shown below:

High Tide, #275

High Tide, #275

Lady Sings the Blues, #277

Lady Sings the Blues, #277

Oscar Night, #342

Oscar Night, #342

Rising Sun, #278

Rising Sun, #278

Soft Rock, #274

Soft Rock, #274

Tutti Frutti, #276

Tutti Frutti, #276

You can order each of these new silk ribbon colors directly through our New Products page on our website http://classactdesigns.com/retail/new-products.html. If buying wholesale (12+ pieces), go to the Wholesale Log In at the top of our home page, log in or create a new account, and shop!

And now for some great promotions!

Sample Silk Ribbon Bundle Sale! Effective immediately we are offering 1 of each of our silk colors for 10% off. This silk ribbon bundle includes 70 solids, 78 blends, 42 metallic colors, and 6 animal prints. 196 colors at a regular price of $728 per set are now being offered for $655.20! Sale ends June 1, 2015.

Swarovski Crystal Strip Blow Out Sale! We are currently selling our crystal strips for $6 each per strip. The crystal strips iron onto our silk ribbons creating a gorgeous fashion statement. Below are 3 of the 4 colors we carry:

Clear crystal strip, SCS101

Clear crystal strip, SCS101

Gold crystal strip, SCS103

Gold crystal strip, SCS103

Pink Crystal Strip, SCS102

Pink Crystal Strip, SCS102

We also offer our crystal strips in Black as well. This sale is effective immediately and will last until June 1, 2015. There is no minimum number of strips required to get this great deal!

All sale items can be purchased through email at: classactdesigns1@gmail.com to receive sale pricing. Spread the word to all your friends about our new colors and great sale!

 

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Class Act Designs

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share with you some cute gift and DIY ideas using our silk ribbons. Attached is a picture of our different silk ribbons featuring pendants from incredibly talented artists.

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The first two pendants are by Clay River Designs (left: Van Gogh’s Iris, right: Mocha Pink). 

Fred and Deb Becker are the owners of Clay River Designs. They began their business in 1973 on the Plains of Northern Colorado. Deb always had an interest in art, especially with color and design while Fred received a Master’s in Art with knowledge in refined clay working techniques. They soon recognized how their varied talents would work well together and entered into a full-time partnership of designing, developing, and marketing jewelry and beads. http://www.clayriverdesigns.com/

The middle pendant attached to our Spring Fling silk ribbon is by Tammy Rae. 

Tammy Rae discovered Borosilicate Glass after years of trying out various art mediums and found her calling. Her glass style has remained quite simple to highlight the wide range of colors and patterns. Tammy also teaches bead making classes and gives back at the Bead & Button Convention where she is constantly inspired by her students to experiment with new techniques and perfect her craft. https://www.tammyrae.com/index.html

The last two pendants are by Chrisi Friesen (left: Bella Donna, right: Powder Blue Green)

Christi has gained recognition for her artwork in polymer embellished with multi media. Chrisi’s creativity has won her several awards in addition to being published in several magazines, books, and exhibits. Christi has written 10 how-to books on making art with polymer clay and now teaches classes worldwide. http://www.christifriesen.com/

With almost 300 silk ribbon colors to date, we had to share with each of you some of our silk ribbons that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Bright Red #159

Bright Red #159

Dark Pink #142

Dark Pink #142

Garnet #158

Garnet #158

Medium Pink/Red Edges #141

Medium Pink/Red Edges #141

Pale Pink #140

Pale Pink #140

Poppin Pink #334

Poppin Pink #334

Pair any of the above silk ribbons (or the hundreds more available on our website) with one of the designs from the very talented artists featured in this post and order online today at www.classactdesigns.com. Wishing you all a very happy and lovely Valentine’s Day!

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DIY–Crystal Pendants with Class Act Designs Silk Ribbons!

Since many of our valued customers are huge arts and crafts fans, we wanted to share this blog post as a step-by-step DIY project. Our silk ribbons were featured in the October 2014 Bead & Button magazine accompanied with instructions on how to stitch gorgeous pendants with crystals and pearls. The step-by-step design was created by Gianna Zimmerman, who used our silk ribbons to string this beautiful pendant design. Below is a list of all the required materials and all 15 of the step-by-step instructions as seen in the October 2014 Bead & Button issue.

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Materials:

Fuchsia pendant 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)

  • 6 4mm rhinestone rondelles (Swarvoski, crystal AB2X)
  • 18 4mm glass pearls (Czech, silver grey)
  • 12 4mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal AB2X)
  • 24 3mm bicone crystals (Preciosa OC 1030, fuchsia; fusionbeads.com)
  • 12 8o seed beads (Miyuki 4248, Duracoat silver-lined dark liliac)
  • 1g 11o seed beads (Japanese 589A, gilt-lined antique purple opal; whimbeads.com)
  • 1g 15o seed beads (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined white opal; bellomodo.com)
  • Fireline 6lb. test
  • Beading needles, #11

Olivine pendant colors:

  • 5mm rhinestone rondelles (Preciosa, tanzanite/silver; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 4mm crystal pearls (Swarvoski, cream)
  • 4mm bicone crystals (Preciosa PC1111, deep tanzanite; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 3mm bicone crystals (Preciosa PC1038, olivine; shipwreckbeads.com)
  • 8o seed beads (Toho 151, Ceylon graoe mist; beadaholique.com)
  • 11o seed beads (Toho PF558, permanent finish aluminum galcanized)
  • 15o seed beads (Miyuki 1816, black-lined chartreuse; bellomodo.com)

Necklace:

Any Class Act Designs silk ribbon of your choice. Log on to http://www.classactdesigns.com to order your ribbons for a beautiful DIY project!  We recommended one of the two below:

Harlequin Nights #325

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Jewel Tone Blend #329 (as pictured on magazine cover)

Jewel Tone Blend #329 (as pictured)

Step-by-Step directions:

  1. On a 7 ft. of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a 4mm pearl and a 4mm rhinestone rondelle six times. Sew through the beads again to form a ring, pulling tight and leaving a 6-in. tail. Tie a square knot with the working thread and tail, and sew through the next pearl.
  2. Pick up a pearl, a 4mm bicone crystal, and a pearl, and sew through the pearl your thread is exiting in the same direction. Continue through the next rondelle and pearl. Repeat these stiches to complete the round (c-d), and then sew through the first pearl added in this step.
  3. Pick up a 15o seed bead, a 3mm, and 15o. Sew through the opposite pearl with your needle pointing toward the outside of the beadwork.
  4. Pick up a 15o and a 3mm bicone, and sew through the corner 15o added in the previous step. Pick up a 3mm bicone and a 15o and sew through the opposite pearl with your needle pointing toward the outside of the beadwork.
  5. Sew through the next 4mm bicone, pearl, rondelle, and pearl. Pick up a 4mm bicone and sew through the previous pearl, rondelle, and pearl.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to complete the round, and exit a 4mm bicone.
  7. Pick up an 8o seed bead, and sew it through the next 4mm bicone. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, but do not pull too night. There will be a small space between the crystals and the 8os. End with your thread existing a 4mm bicone.
  8. To add a large picot: Pick up five 11o seed beads, and sew through the 4mm bicone in the same direction and the next 8o.
  9. To add a small picot: Pick up three 15os, and sew through the 8o in the same direction and the next 4mm bicone
  10. Repeat steps 8-9 to complete the round, and exit the 4mm bicone.
  11. Flip the beadwork to the backside. Pick up an 11o and sew through the first and last 15os in the next small picot (photo a). Pick up an 11o, and sew through the next 4mm biconeRepeat these two stitches to complete the round.
  12. Sew through the next 8o and up through the following 11o added in the previous step, skip the first 11o in the large oicot, and sew through the next 11o (photo c). Skip the center 11o, sew through the following 11o in the large picot, and continue through the next 11o added in the previous step
  13. Repeat step 12 to complete the round.
  14. Sew through the beadwork to exit the 4mm bicone behind a 3mm embellishment, and flip the beadwork to the front side. Sew through the next three 11os in large picot to exit the tip of the picot
  15. Pick up the five 11os, and sew through the 11o your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path twice, and end the working thread and tail (basics). String the pendant with your choice of any of our Class Act Designs silk ribbons!

We hope you enjoy making these pendant necklaces and we would love to give a HUGE thank you to Gianna Zimmerman. Please go take a look at Gianna’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/beading4perfectionis. 

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Use of Silk Ribbon in Jewelry Making

As many of you may know, the use of silk ribbon in jewelry making has been a huge trend over the past decade. Silk ribbon offers a wide variety of colors and blends in various sizes that offer both arts and crafts and jewelry lovers immense possibilities to express one’s creative side. Some of the biggest benefits of silk ribbon as opposed to other material is not only the color variation, but also it is a way better alternative for those with sensitive skin as opposed to chain or leather. Silk ribbon is also a great way for those who wish to create multi-stranded designs and our silk ribbons at Class Act Designs offer years and years of wear and durability.

Silk ribbons can be used to create one of a kind necklaces, wrist wraps, ankle wraps, and headbands, just to name a few. Many glass and ceramic artists incorporate silk ribbon into their jewelry designs to create gorgeous, stately pieces. Below are pictures for some great ideas:

Silk ribbon dangle earrings with glass beads

Silk ribbon dangle earrings with glass beads

Silk ribbon glass pendant necklace

Silk ribbon glass pendant necklace

Silk ribbon wrist wrap with ceramic pendant

Silk ribbon wrist wrap with ceramic pendant

Silk ribbon bracelet with ceramic beads and pendant

Silk ribbon bracelet with ceramic beads and pendant

So, what makes Class Act Designs silk ribbon the best in the market? Not only have we been in business for 15 years, we use the highest quality silk which is 100% chiffon and our silks are extremely durable, with a 16mm quality our customers love. In addition, we offer 200 solids, blends, and metallic-edged colors that are consistent and last the test of time.  And of course, as many of you know, our turnaround time is only one day!

Visit our website at www.classactdesigns.com to order your bundle of handmade, hand-dyed silk ribbons. We would love to see the wonderful creations each of you make with our ribbons!

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Class Act Designs American Idol Debut!

With the newest season of American Idol premiering on January 7, 2015, we thought it would be the perfect time to share with you all when our silk ribbons made their wonderful debut on the series! Thanks to the very talented Season 10 Finalist, Naima Adedapo, our silk ribbons were showcased around the country. Using our ribbons as gorgeous wrist wraps, perfect for the Bohemian look, Naima slays the stage for her performance, “Dancing in the Streets.” Check it out:

We would like to give a huge thank you to Naima for wearing our ribbons and for all the viewers who tuned in! You can order all of our silk ribbons directly on our website at www.classactdesigns.com. Make sure to take a look at our Designer’s Gallery for fun, creative ways to wear our ribbons like the wrist wraps Naima wore, necklaces, and much more!

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Class Act Designs Silk Ribbon Hair Styles

We are so excited to share with you all cool, super cute ways to wear your Class Act Designs silk ribbons in your hair! Instead of just copying standard ribbon hair styles, we took lots of time and effort to create unique, beautiful creations you can use in your hair with any one of our silk ribbons. Thanks to our model Agnieszka and the incredibly talented hair stylist, Michelle Grassmick, we are so thrilled to showcase some truly wonderful hairstyles with our silk ribbons.

Attention Brides-to-Be! This is a fun spin on a classic, hairstyle on your special day. Our Off White/Gold silk ribbon, Item #309, was woven into Agnieszka's hair with a simple gold pendant to create a beautiful touch to her elegant bun.

Attention Brides-to-Be! This is a fun spin on a classic hairstyle on your special day. Our Off White/Gold silk ribbon, Item #309, was woven into Agnieszka’s hair with a simple gold pendant to create a beautiful touch to her elegant bun.

Above are two of our silk ribbons, Zebra/Pink Edges Item #AP103 and Mixed Pink Item #219 tied together and intertwined in a funky spin on a ponytail.

Above are two of our silk ribbons, Zebra/Pink Edges Item #AP103 and Mixed Pink Item #219 tied together and intertwined in a funky ponytail.

Here is a side view of the above hair style with two of our silk ribbons tied together.

Here is a side view of the above hair style with two of our silk ribbons tied together.

Agnieszka with silk through a braid using our Pale Pink Item #140 silk ribbon.

Agnieszka with silk through a braid using our Pale Pink Item #140 silk ribbon.

Simple silk hair band using Tequila Sunrise, Item #273.

Simple silk hair band using Tequila Sunrise, Item #273.

Hair dresser Michelle Grassmick with a braided headband using Azure Like Truffles Item #266.

Hair dresser Michelle Grassmick with a braided headband using Azure Like Truffles Item #266.

Back view of Michelle with a braided headband with two beads at each end.

Back view of Michelle with a braided headband with two beads at each end.

These are just a few of the many ways you can wear our silk ribbons in your hair, most of which would also work great as wrist or ankle wraps as well. We hope you all enjoy trying out some of these hair styles as much as we enjoyed putting this together for everyone. Again, we would like to thank our model Agnieszka and Michelle for helping us with this shoot to share with you all. Anyone in the L.A. area, visit Michelle’s Studio at 20646 Ventura Blvd. Suite 1 in Woodland Hills, CA. Her salon phone is 818 267 9177. Order the above silk ribbons or any others of your choice from our website at www.classactdesigns.com.

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