Miyuki Glazed Beads!

250g bags are available now and we’ll have the 50g bags and vials soon!

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Mixed Czech Glass Bead Boxes – Collection Two

These are 6 of 12 new boxes in our latest collection.  You can see them all on our website.
Check back for the next 6 boxes!

Sweet Melody

Deep Ocean

Parisian Garden

Enchanted Turquoise

Hard Candy

Soft Delight

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August Is All About Peridot!

The birthstone for August is Peridot. It is the official stone of Egypt and is rumored to have been Cleopatra’s gem of choice.

In ancient times, it was believed that the Peridot was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world. It is thought to contain positive energy and healing properties, especially when gifted. Said to instill power, and influence through the wearing of it. A symbol of fame, dignity, and protection it is associated with spirituality and self-expression.

The green’s intensity and tint depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure. The color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. A peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series and is a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale.

John Bead has a limited selection of semi precious peridot beads and chips.  We do however, have over 500 items that are a peridot colour.

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Cali Herringbone Rope Necklace

We are ecstatic to announce we now have a free project PDF to share with you explaining how to make this necklace created by Renata Patek Robinson with the Cali bead. Thank you to Patty McCourt the designer of the bead for writing this for us!

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Brazilian Wood Bead Bracelet

This new bracelet smells fabulous!

The Brazilian wood beads are part of our aromatic line.  The sandalwood scent is very light and lovely.

I used big hole wood beads as spacers.  Their openings curve around the round Brazilian wood beads and create movement on the strung bracelet.

A silver kumihimo bail was the ideal way for me to add my dangles.

My tassel adds a little softness to the bracelet.

A pressed glass white/green turtle paired perfectly with the wood beads.

This bracelet was strung with two strands of black stretch elastic.


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Beads and Bears Oh My!

Patricia McCourt has designed several unique pieces of jewelry for John Bead.  As the designer of the Cali bead, we have had the opportunity to share some of her projects with you throughout 2017.  She has also created four Cali bead project PDFs that we shared with our customers.

This necklace (above)  is special to us.  We rarely have the opportunity to share some of the components at John Bead that are staples for First Nations designers.  This is a wonderful example of using traditional components in brand new designs.

Patty was born in Colombia and moved to England in 1985 along with her husband, Bill and has since lived in Jordan, Indonesia and Ecuador. She has 2 lovely girls, Katerina and Stephanie.

Patty’s beading career started after successfully finishing her Diploma in 3D Design, Custom jewellery and her City and Guilds Teaching Certificate and her patience and enthusiasm for beading knowledge  have made her workshops very popular in Nottingham and the surrounding areas, including many branches of the Women’s Institute.

You can read more about Patty on her website.

Acrylic Imitation Bear Tooth.  Available in two sizes.
Seedbead 12/0    Strung Opaque   Dark Red
Seedbeads / Rocailles
Claw Toggle
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BeadDreams 2017

Each year, the Bead&Button Show manages BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world.

John Bead sponsors the Seed Bead Jewelry category.

The criteria:

“One piece or an ensemble of jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, or sets of beaded beads predominantly made with seed beads or bugle beads.”

The following are the 2017 winners and photos of the winning pieces as provided by the Bead&Button show.

It is an honour to share these winners with you.

1st place –Tulum

Andrea Grzabka, Port Angeles, WA

2nd place –Necklace under the Tuscan Sun 

Nadezda Gerber, Neuss, Germany

3rd place –Dragon

Jelena Kasevska, Riga, Latvia

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One More Month to Enter!

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DiamonDuo Free Earring Project

We spent time with our friends from BeadMaster in their booth at the Bead and Button show this month.

Jack Davenport was demonstrating how to make these beautiful earring components with DiamonDuos.

He shared the PDF with us and now you can make them as well!

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Prayer Bead Influenced Necklace

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style

Prayer Bead Influenced Necklace
By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera Magazine

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

This step by step appears in French in the Summer 2017 issue.

This necklace could be the biggest impact piece you will create this year with absolutely no tools. It features aromatic wood beads and metal patina components. It also has a unique bead as a focal which is called a guru bead.
The length of the necklace is an individual choice but I wanted mine to truly stand out so I made it very long.
You may be hearing a lot about mala necklaces this year. The mala bead necklace 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 necklaces I am making are influenced by the symmetry in the traditional mala necklace.   I have gone out of my way to create a necklace with an even number of beads that is not a real mala.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

I used a long bead board to set up my project. This took me the most time as I added and removed different sizes.  John Bead Corp just added an aromatic bead collection to their catalog. These beads are available in sandalwood and cedarwood in all the classic bead sizes; 6,8,10,12,15,20mm. I choose to design with sandalwood.  I also choose a strand of Buddha heads to add interest.

You’ll notice in the middle of the board a single wood bead and cap. That is the “GURU” bead. It is a three holed bead used with a tower bead. These two will be joined together to make the exact centre of the necklace a perfect place to attach a dangle and tassel.

My necklace was strung using just one strand of silk beading cord.  The needle is already attached to the thread making this necklace an easy one to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

I strung the first half of the necklace and then stopped to gather what I needed for the guru bead addition.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

The guru bead is actually two components.  The round bead has three holes and you need to be sure you are stringing your cord through the right holes so that it will sit properly in the necklace. You have to get your needle and thread through one half of the bead to start. (see picture) The needle bends like wire so I could send it through the curves in the bead.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

Then you string through the tower bead and pendant.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

You do everything a second time by going back up through the tower bead, then through the other side of the three-holed guru bead. It looks so nice when you pull your thread and then add you second side of beads. I’ll be honest though. The guru bead is not easy to string the first time. You must be patient when pushing your needle through the curved sections in the three-hole bead.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

After adding all the beads to the necklace you simply tie a good knot. I even added a little glue to keep the knot extra secure.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

My last step was to add a tassel. You have so many options when it comes to adding embellishments. No doubt I will switch the tassel to something else later this summer.

All beads and components from John Bead Corp.

  • Carved Buddha Head Strand – 286013060
  • Wood Beads – Sandalwood Round 20mm, 18mm, 12mm
    286013003-00, 286013005-00, 286013006-00
  • Metal Hand Link Patina – 26040021
  • Metal Beads with Patina 8mm – 28838008
  • Metal Beads with Patina 6mm – 28838007
  • Metal Cones with Patina – 28838003
  • Guru Bead – Sandalwood Round 20mm – 286013016-00
  • Bead Board Long (21×8) – 74530130
  • Silk Bead Cord with Needle .8m Black – 74422068-00
  • Tassel (from Home Dec department)
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