Excited to share a new resource from Swarovski. Take a look at all their ideas for the Holiday season. The link to the 2017 Christmas projects is here.
The range of pressed glass beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand includes the two-hole PRECIOSA Candy™ cabochon with a round base. It is available in three sizes (6, 8 and 12 mm) and in many shades and types of surface finishes. These beads can be connected in different ways, edged and combined with other PRECIOSA beads and seed beads.
Sewn bracelet made using PRECIOSA Twin™ and PRECIOSA Tee™ beads. Designer: Helena Chmelíková.
Free project PDF for this bracelet linked here.
Choose the now traditional and popular PRECIOSA Twin™ bead and the unusually shaped PRECIOSA Tee™ bead from the extensive range of PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™. Be inspired by the tasteful color scheme of a chocolate bonbon with candied almonds and sew an interesting bracelet.
About John Bead
John Bead Corporation has been sourcing and distributing beads, tools and jewelry components from around the world for over sixty years. We enjoy developing innovative new products for the DIY jewelry making community.
Do you have an idea for a new gadget?
If you do, and have a dream to see your concept manufactured we would love to see your ideas.
Contest opens November 7, 2017 and closes February 28, 2018.
1st Prize is $500
(or a $500 shopping spree on our wholesale website)
Plus, a credit to you will appear on the packaging if we manufacture your design.
*Currency is US dollar
Qualifying for Our Contest
We would like to keep this entry as simple and straightforward as possible. All concepts must be submitted via email to email@example.com by February 28, 2018. Submissions without the entire Entry Form Agreement completed will be disqualified.
Criteria For Entry
Your emailed submission must include:
(Cut and paste everything below and add to your email submission)
Entry Form Agreement
Your City and Country:
Are You a John Bead Corp customer? If you are, may we have: Your Company Name and Customer Number:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in designing a gadget.
Describe for us gadget and how it would work.
Describe for us how you came to this original idea.
If you could name the gadget yourself, what would you name it?
Please confirm you have read the following points (#1 through #8) by adding your name and “I understand” after the following statement:
Your name added here and please type, “I Understand the Entry Form Agreement.”
Email a copy of this Entry form with your gadget sketch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Attach a JPEG image/sketch (does not have to be computer generated) of your gadget
Leave it to Swarovski to design some stunning Halloween projects! We have attached a PDF (end of post) which will provide you with instructions to make all of these pieces!
The Swarovski Halloween 2017 instructions PDF is linked here.
Skulls and crosses are featured on clothing and jewelry all year round. They are recognizable symbols associated with many different types of groups.
For this necklace designed by Dana Bickram, she featured two unique items from our catalog.
This antique silver cross has some beautiful detailing. Note, the reverse side is available for additional embellishment.
These glass skulls are fantastic and were lost in our catalog until we located them again in our warehouse. Czech black glass pearls complete this piece. You could also use a semi precious lava stone as a black bead.
If you want to think about other ways to use the cross, this sample for the I Love Resin blog shows you one simple but spectacular way to feature glitter and resin.
Blue Goldstone is a man-made stone. Its sparkle comes from flecks of copper. They say that Blue Goldstone is a helpful aide for children who are afraid of the dark. Goldstone, like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, and is highly regarded in the spirit realm as a protection mineral. “Called the Stone of Ambition, it is said that Goldstone will assist in attaining one’s goals. In keeping one’s emotions stable and calm, this energy generator revitalizes one’s personal energy field, building confidence, courage, a positive attitude and promotes vitality.” Our blue goldstone strands are linked here.
“The Hamsa Hand is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths it is a protective sign. It brings its owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. The hamsa hand has a wide variety of different spellings which includes hamesh, hamsa, chamsa, and khamsa.”
Our TierraCast hamsa charms are linked here.
In the current issue of Perles et Cetera, a premier French publication for jewelry makers, we have a new semi precious project step by step. This is the English translation.
Designed by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles et Cetera.
Spelling a word by using gemstones is a style of jewelry called “acrostic.” Similar to acrostic poetry, when the first letter of each sentence creates a word, acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of a gemstone to also create a word. It creates a hidden meanings or messages in the design.
As an example, LOVE in an acrostic jewelry piece might be a Lapis bead next to Opal, next to Verdite next to an Emerald. In England, one of the most popular words to spell out was REGARD, which usually featured Rubies (2), Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, and Diamond. They also used DEAREST or the name of a person in sentimental jewelry for engagement rings or anniversary gifts. Antique rings, bracelets, brooches and pins featuring unique gemstones may in fact be acrostic jewelry and you would have never known.
Napoleon Bonaparte designed the jewelry that ultimately exposed me to acrostic jewelry. He worked with a jeweller in Paris and always enjoyed marking special occasions with both large and small keepsakes. The Nitot jewellery house became the official jeweller of Napoleon in 1802. (They eventually were renamed the House of Chaumet.) The son of the founder, François Regnault created jewelry, crowns, sword hilts and more for Napoleon, both his wives and his court.
It is the gifts that he created for his second wife Marie Louise that caught my attention. He had the jeweller spell out his birthday, her birthday and their wedding anniversary in three beautiful bracelets. From the moment I saw these bracelets I was enchanted. I can’t think of a more romantic way to memorialize an important day. It becomes a secret between the gift giver and recipient and when worn, a constant reminder of their private celebrations.
Napoleon 15 Aôut 1769
Natrolite, Amethyst, Peridot, Opal, Lapis, Emerald, Onyx, Natrolite 
Agate, Opal, Uranite, Turquoise .
Marie Louise 12 Decembre 1791
Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Iris, Emerald, Lapis, Opal, Uranite, Iolite, Sapphire, Emerald 
Diamond, Emerald, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Malachite, Beryl, Ruby, Emerald .
27 Mars 1810, 2 Avril 1810
 Malachite, Amethyst, Ruby, Serpentine , 
Amethyst, Vermeil, Ruby, Iris, Limestone .
Creating an acrostic jewelry piece is a lot less expensive today than the pieces jewellers created in the 1800’s. Designers, jewellers and weekend hobbyists have access to many semi precious stones by simply visiting a local bead store or by placing an order online. Sometimes gemstones are even less expensive than glass or resin. I work for one of the largest distributors of gemstone beads in Canada and we even have an Outlet attached to our warehouse that has many of these strands ready to purchase, at great prices.
For this project I decided to create a set of jewellery that features my own name. It will be a secret just between you and me. People will only notice the pretty gemstones and will never know that it carries significance. I have a plan to create sets of acrostic jewelry for friends and family using their names or special dates. I can’t wait to see the look of surprise when they read the notes I’ll include explaining why I used the gemstones I did for their gifts.
My project began with a review of the Crystal Bible by Judy Hall. I wanted to make a list of gemstones that had first letters linking to my own. The first letter of my name “C” was simple; Carnelian is a favourite. The last letter of my name “I” was a little harder. This letter is usually a descriptor for a gemstone such as Indian Topaz or Iris Opal. I then wrote my first alphabet gemstone-shopping list.
I settled on these strands after reviewing all the possibilities in our semi precious bead category at John Bead.
Carnelian for the C,
Amethyst for the A,
Rainbow Agate for the R,
Mookaite for the M and
Iron Zebra Jasper for I.
Once I knew which gemstones I wanted to use, I started to select the shapes. This took some thinking. Did I want big square beads, rectangles, rough cuts, round or chips? Sometimes having too many options makes designing very difficult. I settled on three shapes; ovals, rondelles and round. I knew that these would work well for a set of jewelry that also included earrings.
I also selected round wood beads for the body of the pieces. Wood is lightweight, fairly inexpensive and would allow me to just use a few semi precious beads per project. My stash of beads to match the alphabet will need to include one or two strands per letter of the alphabet. That means I have twenty-one more gemstones to select to complete my alphabet and the hunt is part of the fun for me!
Last but not least I gathered rhinestone rondelles. Who can resist a little extra sparkle? In the bracelets Napoleon designed, the diamonds and gold created the most beautiful frames. I wanted to bring some of that glamour to these simple stringing projects.
Once my gemstones were in the right order, spelling out CARMI, I made several sets for a necklace, bracelet and two earrings. I used various sizes of stones and spent some time deciding which colours worked best. All gemstones strands have various shades throughout, so I was able to select lighter Mookaite beads and even one that looked marbled. The necklace I strung with bead wire. The bracelet was made with elastic cord and the earrings feature the semi-precious beads stacked on a headpin and added to a pre made earing shape.
My jewelery set is unique, lightweight, sparkly and it was fairly inexpensive to make. Now I just need to decide which family member names I will work with next. Happily, that will mean more trips to the bead store for gemstones!
All products shown are from John Bead Corp.