Save the Date! Michaels National Day of Making – Saturday August 21

XOXO Bracelet with Beadalon at 1pm CT

Tune in and learn how to make this intricate XOXO pattern bracelet and view the whole collection of projects made with the same pattern!

How to create with UV Resin: Earrings for beginners!  2pm CT

If you’ve ever been curious about Resin Jewelry, this is the class for you! Together we will walk through all the steps needed to make several pairs of designer earrings. We will break down all the equipment and tools you need as you learn to make different popular earring styles using UV Resin and molds. These earrings can be customized by adding the glitter and dried flowers colors of your choice, and the best part – it only takes a few minutes!

Mandala Earrings with John Bead at 3pm CT

Create these Mandala earrings with John Bead Czech Seed Beads! Using a netted stitch, we will form a web inside a hoop component for a stunning earring!

Sun Snake Necklace with Lys.Artist at 4pm CT

Join celebrated beadwork artist, Lys Santamaria on National Day of Making by creating one of her signature pieces: The Sun Snake Necklace. In this magical class, you will learn a simple bead weaving stitch that will transform your beads into a charming necklace right before your eyes. Lys will also guide you through some of her favorite creative processes including how to use color to add meaning, how to make an impact through repetition, and how to have fun letting your intuition guide the way.

Sign up for these free classes!  Here is the link (Canadians click on this link twice to get to USA site)

Daisy Chain With Pearls – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Pearl Daisy Chain

Description for our class:

This class introduces a fun spin on classic daisy chain using John Bead Czech Seed Beads in pearl and vintage gold. Finished with a fun, beaded-button closure, you can embellish this design with an alphabet charm and adapt the design in inspiring ways!

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Introduction to Bead Embroidery – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Bead Embroidery Basics

Description for our class:

In this class we explore two, basic bead-embroidery stitches that can be used to create any design. The example project will demonstrate both bead embroidery techniques and then we will finish it with a layer of backing and brick-stitch border.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

The Step by Step PDF for the Double Double Pendant

Designed by Debra Schwartz for John Bead

Double Double Pendant:  A two sided, two part bead embroidered pendant.

Techniques:  Basic bead weaving knowledge, Bead Embroidery Techniques, Brick Stitch

Project PDFDouble Double Pendant – Step by Step

Product Links:

Everything Debra used for her projects are here.

The Blue Pendant products are here.

The Orange Pendant sample products are here.

The tools needed are here.

Beading Etiquette:

Although this is a free pattern, please be kind and give credit to the designer when you share a photo of the item you made with this pattern online or when you sell the item.

About Debra Schwartz

Other free patterns designed by Debra for John Bead are linked here.

Debra Schwartz is on Facebook as DatzKats Designed and is linked here.

DatzKatz Designs – Bead Weaving Patterns by Debra Schwartz
Available here: linked here.

More John Bead Projects

To see all the free projects that John Bead releases, consider joining our special Facebook group linked here.

 

My PRECIOSA Beads – The 2021 CONTEST

July August Contest 

The third theme of this year’s competition for the months of July and August is also floral. We will be focused on the PRECIOSA Rola™ bead.
This theme involves making the Happy Flower and then incorporating it into your own design.  The contest is now open and finished designs need to be sent to Preciosa by August 20, 2021

Create the basic component from the Happy Flower tutorial and expand it into your own original piece of bead art.

Flowers made from PRECIOSA Rola™ seed beads

Summer calls for happy colorful accessories, to brighten up both our fashion and the interiors of our homes. So try your hand at making colorful flowers from PRECIOSA Rola™ seed beads, which you can use to make cute earrings or an entire costume jewelry set. What’s more, you can also use the flowers as interior accessories or as gift decorations – just use your imagination.  Designer:  Alexandra Lysenko – Snow Mirna

Link to Happy Flowers project PDF Happy-Flower

Please scroll towards the end of this email for all contest entry details.

May/June Contest (now finished)

This year is dedicated to the seed bead designs in optimist colors under the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand.

The second theme of this year’s competition for the months of May and June is floral. We will focus on beads and seed beads in the pastel colors.
This theme involves a tutorial for a three-pointed flower named Sun Star in pastel seed bead colors. The three-pointed flower is not only suitable as a feature in your costume jewelry, but it can also be included in various decorations.
Try making the three-pointed flower and then incorporate it into your own design.  The contest is now open and finished designs need to be sent to Preciosa by June 20, 2021.

The Spring Sun flower component project PDF is here.

How to enter the competition?

Make your own magnificent colorful design that includes a component made according to a PRECIOSA tutorial. Every amateur and professional designer gives a piece of themselves to each of their projects and this makes them original designs. You can therefore add any other beads and seed beads from our range to the basic project.

Win a pack of beads and seed beads!

Preciosa  will give prizes for designs made using seed beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand with an emphasis on the quality of the workmanship. A further condition is flawless photographic documentation and the expansion of a basic component from a PRECIOSA tutorial into your own original piece of bead art.

Your reward will be 3 main prizes issued every two months. Three winners will receive a package full of a surprise range of PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™, including our latest products.  What’s more, we will also give prizes for every design that meets the conditions, because we really want to make everybody happy. We will announce the winners in the last week of every even-numbered month.

Where should you send your designs?

Send the photographs of your designs to Preciosa via Facebook at www.facebook.com/PreciosaOrnela by uploading them into the comments section of the Contest 2021 album and share your photographs on social networks with the hashtag #mypreciosabeads.

Insert the PRECIOSA logo in PNG format into a photo of your design.

   

We look forward to seeing how you play with our seed beads!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1) Create the basic element according to the PRECIOSA tutorial.
2) Use PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ seed beads in the stated colors.
3) Incorporate the basic element from the PRECIOSA tutorial into your own piece of original jewelry using other beads/seed beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand.
4) Upload a high quality photograph with the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ logo to www.facebook.com/PreciosaOrnela in the commentary to the Contest 2021 album.
5) Share the photograph of your design on social networks under the hashtag #mypreciosabeads.

March April Contest (now finished)

Natural beads can be found online here:
The Craftshop on Amazon
(if you are a John Bead customer reseller, let us know so we can add you to this list)

They also have the bead spacer here:

 

My PRECIOSA Beads
The 2021 CONTEST
#mypreciosabeads

After last year, we all deserve an extra portion of positive thinking and creativity! So let’s surround ourselves with our favourite article – seed beads in varied, happy and optimistic colors.

Seed beads teach us to be patient and they draw our thoughts away from our everyday worries. So let’s indulge in some seed bead therapy!

Preciosa has prepared a year-long contest for you My PRECIOSA Beads #mypreciosabeads, where we will focus on seed beads from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand in the happiest colors.

During March and April, we will be focussed on the Naturals collection and the contest information and news is available here.

How to enter the competition?

This year, entries must create a design that includes a component made according to a PRECIOSA tutorial released every two months. We’ll be linking those PDFs to our social media posts and in our private Facebook group linked here.

We will be posting regular links to the contest over the next 12 months.

 

Superduo Cuff Bracelet – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  SuperDuo Cuff Bracelet Step-by-Step-compressed

In this class we will create a stunning statement cuff bracelet with John Bead Czech SuperDuo beads! This cuff is super easy to make and works up fast! There is also a bonus template to create your own cuff pattern!

The Recorded Class is here.

A quick review video is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Fill It In Cuff or Pendant – Wire Working Techniques

From Brenda:

[Some of my favorite wire designs are our Blank patterns. These wire frame designs—that you can tweak and make entirely your own—are jumping-off points for designers and hobbyists to quickly produce their jewelry foundations and get right to the funnest part … the embellishing! FillMeIn does just that: makes quick work of the cuff or pendant (for this smaller size, simply select the section of the cuff pattern you love most) form, so you can wire it up with your favorite gemstone, crystal, bead or found treasures! What will you use to FillMeIn?]

Instructions and PDF Pattern:  FillMeIn Cuff-Pendant JB instructions

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.