It’s A Small World Afterall!


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Chevron Bead Revival


We are excited to share our collection of chevron beads.  Rediscovered in our catalog they have made a timely arrival into our showroom to be incorporated with new wood and semi-precious bead projects.  

Some of our favorites are featured in the picture below.

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The Next Great Bead Contest!


About John Bead
John Bead Corporation has been sourcing and distributing beads from around the world for over sixty years.  We think it is high time we had our own bead. The “John” bead.
“John” is our company’s family name and we’d like to honour our founders by producing a bead in a unique new shape.
We put the name “John” in parentheses because we do not know what the bead will be named. We believe the shape or the designer will influence that as well.

Contest Idea
Do you have an idea for a new bead?
If you do, and have a dream to see your concept turned into a bead, which gets produced and used by beaders around the world, we would love to see your ideas.
Contest opens April 10th, 2017 and closes July 31, 2017.


1st Prize is $1,000*
(or a $1,000 shopping spree on our wholesale website)
An all expense paid trip to an international tradeshow where you will be able to demonstrate your bead design in our show booth.
A credit to you will appear in three full page magazine advertisements featuring your bead.
We will hire you to create project sheets for the new bead.
(if this is something you enjoy doing)
We will provide you with several sets of your bead in all the colours it is manufactured in.

 2nd Prize
is a $500 shopping spree on our wholesale website.

3rd Prize
is a $250 shopping spree on our wholesale website.

*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 by July 31st, 2017. Submissions without the entire Entry Form Agreement completed will be disqualified.

Make sure you have reviewed our criteria for entry and be sure to cut and paste your entry form content in your emailed submission.
Attach no more than four images to your email submission.
You may enter more than once, but you must submit separate bead design submissions.
Contest open to anyone in the world with an original bead concept.
Winners will be notified once John Bead Corp has completed all necessary legal reviews. We would like to make the formal announcement in September 2017.

Criteria For Entry
Your emailed submission must include:
Describe for us the bead shape, whether it is flat, curved etc.
Describe for us the placement of the hole or holes.
Describe for us why this bead is unique.
Describe for us how you came to this original idea.
Please submit a JPEG image/sketch (does not have to be computer generated) of your bead design.
Submit a minimum of one JPEG image/sketch showing us how the bead would be used to create a piece of jewelry or as a component in a beading project.
Be sure to include the entry Form content below in the email.

Entry Form Agreement (cut and paste everything below and add to your email submission)

Your Name:

Your City and Country:

Your Email:

Are You a John Bead Corp customer?  If you are, may we have: Your Company Name and Customer Number:

Please describe for us why your bead design is unique.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are interested in designing a new bead.

Describe for us the bead shape, whether it is flat, curved etc.

Describe for us the placement of the hole or holes.

Describe for us how you came to this original idea.

If you could name the bead yourself, what would you name it?

Please confirm you have read the following paragraph by adding your name and “I understand” after the following statement.

I am submitting an original bead concept I have designed myself.

I have not submitted this bead to any other manufacturers prior to this contest.

I understand that by submitting this bead concept to the John Bead Corp “Next Great Bead” contest that I cannot submit this bead to any other manufacturer for the entire duration of the contest.

I understand that should my bead submission qualify to win one of the prizes that the John Bead Corporation would own the final design.

I also understand that while I will receive recognition for the design, the bead itself will be titled “The John Bead.”

I understand that John Bead Corp will need to ensure that the bead is truly unique by reviewing trademarks and other copyright concerns.

I understand that John Bead may need to alter the design based on prototype developments and other engineering developments.

I understand my sketch may be featured in company newsletters or social media announcements.

Your name added here and please type, “I Understand the Entry Form Agreement.”




Please submit a JPEG image/sketch (does not have to be computer generated) of your bead design.
Submit a minimum of one JPEG image/sketch showing us how the bead would be used to create a piece of jewelry or as a component in a beading project.

Email a copy of this Entry form with your bead design sketch and at least one sketch showing the bead in a finished design concept to


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New Czech Craft Beads


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Carved Wood Buddha Beads

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We have three unique strands of carved and naturally scented Thuja wood beads featuring Buddha as a single, double and triple face in our Aromatic Bead collection.

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The Next Great Bead!


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The Cali Bead Spring Garden!


The flowers in this banner were created by Lena Gillespie.  Lena is one of the first designers to be given the Cali bead to experiment with.  Clearly, she was able to incorporate the bead into many new unique designs.  If you are feeling inspired by our spring garden, we are pleased to let you know we have attached a fantastic floral earring project PDF for you to try yourself.   It should send you down your own flower making garden path!



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Mala Style Necklace Featuring the Guru Bead

Mala Style by Carmi Cimicata

The Mala bead necklace style is based on traditional Buddhist prayer beads.  “Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.  Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads.  A decorative tassel is often attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one’s local tradition.”  Via Wikipedia

Since Mala bead necklaces are considered a Buddhist rosary I wanted to acknowledge that I was aware that these necklaces have spiritual importance to many people.

The Mala style necklace I am presenting is influenced by the symmetry many of us love in the 108 bead necklace.   We can all appreciate how wonderful aromatic beads will smell and look paired with semi precious beads that also hold meaning and sentiment for the wearer.

I am also using the beloved guru bead.  To jewelers the bead might be considered a unique component.  The Mala Collective says “This bead is believed to represent the student-guru relationship.  “The tassel represents enlightenment. As the strands combine together into one, it represents our connection to the Divine and to each other. Oneness.”

There are so many wonderful ideals attached to a Mala necklace.  Making and then wearing one will give you a great deal of pleasure.


Let’s begin.  I used a bead board to lay out the beads and the guru bead component.  John Bead has just released a new wood bead collection.  The Aromatic beads are available in sandalwood and cedarwood in all the classic bead sizes; 6,8,10,12,15,20mm.  I choose to work with 8 and 10mm sandalwood.

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The sandalwood guru bead is a three holed bead used with a tower bead. There are a pair of them in each box.


My necklace was strung using just one strand of silk beading cord.  The needle is already attached making this even quicker to complete.


I strung blocks of ten beads.  Sixty on each side.


I selected Blue Agate beads from our new semi-precious bead collection.  The Crystal Bible says that “Agate is a soothing and calming stone.  It works slowly but brings great strength. Its multiple layers can bring hidden information to light.”  These are attributes I love. “Agate enhances mental function as they improve concentration, perception and analytical abilities leading to practical solutions.”


The guru bead is actually two components.  The round bead has three holes and you need to be sure you are running your cord through the right ones so that it will sit properly in the necklace.


In this picture you can see how my stringing went.  The needle bends like wire so I could send it through the curves in the bead.

Now here is where I went my own way.  After the tower bead component I added a soldered jump ring.  At this point many would add their tassel or pendant.  I’ll explain why shortly.



This picture shows you how I went back through both guru bead components.

  1.  Guru Bead
  2.  Tower Bead
  3.  Soldered Jump Ring




I added sity more bead (six sets of ten) to match the first side and then made a knot.


My necklace looked quite nice, but unfinished.


Now you will understand why I added the soldered jump ring.  I want to be able to change the pendant/talisman I will wear with this necklace.  I can now add and remove items as I like, using the soldered jump ring as my constant anchor.


We are pretty excited to have a new tassel collection. They are made of cotton thread and are available in 24 delightful colors.


Using a Swarovski Buddha pendant was a personal design choice.  I had several ideas and in the end settled on this item.


It made sense to make a matching bracelet.  I could not resist using more cotton tassels.


The bracelet I strung with elastic.  I also added a soldered jump ring allowing me to add or remove tassels when I want to.


I hope you enjoyed this step by step.  The Mala prayer bead necklace is one that I will continue to be inspired by and I am certain this will be the summer of Mala style necklaces.

Do let me know if you make a necklace!


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Aromatic Bead Collection

Aromatic Beads

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New Semi Precious Round Beads


Semi Precious round beads are on trend this year for mala style necklaces.  Our latest collection will have you creating memorable peices.

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