Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Colors Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Spring/Summer 2020 NY Fashion Week Color Palette

“Combining our desire for stability, creativity, and more spontaneous design approaches, the color palette for Spring/Summer 2020 infuses heritage and tradition with a colorful youthful update that creates strong multi-colored combinations as well as energizing and optimistic pairings,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

2020 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Colors Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Flame Scarlet –> C-Lon - Shanghai Red
Saffron –>  C-Lon - Marigold
Classic Blue –> C-Lon - Navy or Indigo - This is the Pantone 2020 Color of the Year. See post HERE
Biscay Green –> C-Lon - Ice Blue 

2020 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Colors Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Chive –> C-Lon - Green Olive
Faded Denim –>  C-Lon - Light Blue
Orange Peel –> C-Lon - Popsicle Orange
Mosaic Blue –> C-Lon - Caribbean Blue 

2020 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Colors Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Sunlight –> Wheat
Coral Pink –>  C-Lon - Pink Lemonade or Chinese Coral
Cinnamon Stick –> C-Lon - Sienna
Grape Compote –> C-Lon - Purple 

Spring/Summer 2020 Classics 

Versatile and naturally sophisticated, these neutral hues serve as singular color statements or as a foundation for playful color contrasts with the colors seen above. 

2020 Pantone Spring/Summer Fashion Colors Compared with C-Lon Bead Cord Colors

Lark –> C-Lon - Dark Tan or Chestnut
Navy Blazer –>  C-Lon - Navy
Brilliant White –> C-Lon - White
Ash –> C-Lon - Cocoa

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cleaning and Restoring C-Lon Bead Cord Jewelry

This is one of the bracelet I kept for my personal collection. It is a Multi Strand Bracelet with a square knot slide closure made with C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord and 4mm Titanium Coated Rainbow Hematite Beads. I wear it a lot, it's colorful and fun to wear. A few weeks ago while vacuuming my room, I heard a bunch of clinks... that sounded like beads being vacuumed up...

Cleaning and Restoring C-Lon Bead Cord

Sure enough, when I emptied the vacuum in a garbage bag,
the bracelet was there... but is was filthy. 

Cleaning Steps 

Cleaning and Restoring C-Lon Bead Cord

Wash the piece with soap and warm water,
and rinse it under running water. 

Cleaning and Restoring C-Lon Bead Cord

Let the piece dry on a clean towel.

Cleaning and Restoring C-Lon Bead Cord

Now it's ready to wear. 

If after you wash it, you still notice that the cord is a bit greyed out, or clouded over, or you see some whitening of the cord especially noticeable on darker cord, then cleaning is not enough, add the restoration step. 

Restoration for Bonded Nylon Cord
For all C-Lon Bead Cord (all 4 sizes), Tuff Bead Cord, D&E Bonded Nylon, or any of the older brands of bonded nylon #18 such as Conso or Mastex. 

Take some isopropyl alcohol, soak it in a lint free cloth such as an eyeglasses cleaning cloth, rub the cord, and let it dry. Make sure to lay the piece in its proper position as this also blocks the piece. 

This final step with the alcohol restore the bond transparency and the restore cord memory. The bond is softened by the alcohol and dries again fully transparent once the alcohol evaporates. The cord will naturally return to the position it had when the alcohol dried.  

Bond - What is it? The bond is a polymer clear coat added to the cord after the nylon fibers have been dyed and twisted into a 3-ply cord. The coated cord is baked in ovens. Quality control is important along this process. A properly applied bond adds a clear coat that holds the fiber together and make the cord abrasion resistant.  

I usually do not vacuum my jewelry, this was a first time event, and the perfect incentive to share and illustrate the cleaning process.  These are the steps I take when cleaning my personal jewelry, or when someone send me a piece for repair that needs it too. 

Interested in making this bracelet? > Multi Strand Bracelets

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 compared to C-Lon Bead Cord and More

CLASSIC BLUE - The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

Calm and confident, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a poised and self-assured blue hue, elegant in its simplicity.  Genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance, this foundational anchor shade enables color mixes throughout the spectrum, yet at the same time, makes a strong statement on its own.

As to matches...

C-Lon Bead Cord: Try IND Indigo or the darker N Navy
> C-Lon Bead Cord (Standard - 0.5mm Ø)
> C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord 
(Heavyweight - 0.9mm Ø)
> C-Lon Fine Weight Bead Cord Tex 135 (0.4mm Ø)

Chinese Knotting Cord: Try 516-Lapis, 517-Washed Navy, 518-Midnight, or 519 Deep Navy. > Chinese Knotting Cord

Silks for Tassels: Try the Kanagawa 1000 Denier Silk Color KNK-153 and KNK-150
> Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silks