A love for the sea runs through her veins: Céline Cousteau is a celebrated filmmaker, marine conservationist, and, as it so happens, the granddaughter of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau. She presents her first ever crystal designs for Swarovski, inspired by one of her favorite places, the depths of the ocean. Taking inspiration from nature itself and leaving its beauty unaltered, her stunningly life-like creatures are not only captivating and spellbinding, they also draw attention toward the mysterious, mostly unseen, and unexplored world beneath the ocean’s surface on which all ocean life depends. These mysteries need to be protected for future generations, both above and below the water.

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The Latest John Bead Catalog Now Available with 3000 New Items!

The Latest John Bead Catalog


John Bead registered customers may view the catalog online.

Just click on this link to see this and our other supplements on our website.


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Pantone Color(s) of The Year 2016



PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919

“A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year.  As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. ‘- From Pantone.

Link on the pictures below to see some of the items (not all) in the John Bead catalog that will allow you to create the look of these two colors this year.

Rose Quartz like color in the John Bead Catalog.

Serentity like products in the John Bead Catalog


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Global Chic Glamour Necklace for Perles et Cetera

Global Chic by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

Global Chic Glamour Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp

The desire to explore distant lands and to experience cultural diversity is the inspiration for the new DIY jewelry making line from John Bead called Global Chic.

This twisted and curved necklace was inspired by several of the unique items in the collection. The necklace features; tapestry cord, channel beads, geometric chain and an unusual clasp feature.

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The step by step instructions appeared in french in the current issue of Perles et cetera. This is the english translation.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

The necklace is possible due to the new Tapestry Cord in our Global Chic collection. Colorful woven cotton threads wrapped around a cotton core are the main highlight of the Global Chic collection. It is incredibly flexible and can manipulated into many pleasing shapes.


Channel beads are ideal for the savvy jewelry maker who wants to make one-of-kind components. These metallic beads are used as charms to create an extra design element to your tapestry cord designs. The holes are extra large to allow tapestry cord to pass through. The collection contains a nice assortment of sizes so you can work with a big or small channel bead.


The open channel area around the beads can be embellished with seed beads and all types of stringing material such as: hemp, leather, faux suede, rattail or threads. For my project I strung seed beads on elastic and then placed them on the channel bead. A little glue was applied to ensure these would stay in place.


I also applied some rhinestone chain to my larger channel beads with glue. I always like to add a little sparkle to anything I create.


Creating the necklace was very simple. I started by placing two channel beads on the cord (as shown in the picture) so that I was working in the middle of my tapestry cord.


Then I continued to twist my cord into pleasing shapes using my channel beads to hold the cord in place. Pins were also very helpful to create curves that were equal on both sides.


I reinforced these curves with a few extra stitches. It is very easy to sew through the tapestry cord. Several more curves later I choose to stop so that my necklace would be slightly longer than a traditional collar piece.


I added my unique clasp when the length was correct. These button shapes also work well with the sliders in the Global Chic collection. I glued the cord into the clasp on one side.


On the other side, I folded my cord and used a slider to hold the shape. Glue was strategically placed to keep the slider in place and the one exposed tapestry cord end from unraveling.


The next part was super easy because Global Chic already has unique geometric chain to choose from.   The chains are made of acrylic, which allows for a bold and extravagant design, but it is also lightweight. I divided this piece into two.


A few jump rings attached to my tapestry cord created my frame of brushed silver and metal. I had to make sure the chain would not interfere with the clasp, so on one side I sewed the jump ring in place.


I also added an extra jump ring at the halfway point so it would keep the chain and cord together throughout.


My last step was to sew some of the Global Chic multicolored beads to my necklace. These beads resemble abstract art works. They are made of genuine reconstructed stones.


My finished piece, when worn, has a 3D effect. The cord is slightly higher than the chain and one cannot help but reach out to touch it to see what it is made from. I do hope you love it as much as I do.  Thank you Perles et Cetera for presenting this necklace so beautifully.

John Bead Products Used

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

Global Chic Geometric Chain

Global Chic Channel Beads

Global Chic Clasp

Global Chic Gemstone Beads


Jump rings, seed beads and rhinestone chain


Glue, needle and thread, pliers

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January 2016 – First Sale of the Year!


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First Frost Bracelet With Tango Beads


We have a wonderful PDF explaining how to make this bracelet today  The link to the PDF is here.

Tango Beads

Tango beads are on our website and linked here.

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Vintage Swarovski Chatons


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Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal

Global Chic Tapestry Cord Necklace by Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal Necklace for John Bead by CHA Designer Member: Carmi Cimicata

This week we are participating in a special blog hop with nearly 60 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) members from around the world who are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show 75th anniversary.


Welcome to the John Bead blog if you are a new reader.  Our blog hop showcase will feature a unique new stringing material we recently released called Global Chic Tapestry Cord.  This wonderful cotton cord is filled with fiber allowing designers to sew it with ease.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

I asked CHA designer Nancy Donaldson to play with the cord during a session in my studio.  She pinned the cord into marvelous shapes and twists.  She could see many wonderful designs from the moment she began to manipulate the cord.

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A few strategic stitches with a needle and thread held her curves in place permanently.


Our unique findings sets at John Bead include these endcaps.  Two tapestry cords can be glued snugly into the cap and the ends look professionally finished now.

Hot Fix Crystals

When the necklace was secure it was time to bring out some crystals.  John Bead has a very large assortment of hot fix crystals.  These gems have a special glue on their backside that need to be heated before the crystal is applied.


Some locations on my necklace allowed for a bigger crystal.  In other areas I wanted just a tiny glittery highlight.


I used a Hot Fix Applicator which comes with different tips to apply different sized crystals.


The crystals catch the light when you wear this necklace.  I love the contrast between the cotton fiber cord and the glittery crystal.

The entire Global Chic collection will be presented at the CHA show in January.  Stop by our booth to see it and our other finished jewelry samples.



Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.  You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win the $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.  Learn more and enter to win $500 by reading more here.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

1.  Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”

2.  Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
3.  Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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Macrame With Genuine Leather Cord

Leather Cord

This is the perfect time of the year to wear necklaces that feel a little more substantial. These simple but stylish necklaces were made by Nancy Donaldson who spent a few hours working with our leather cord collection.



While softer cords are a more traditional approach to macrame, the use of leather allows you to really showcase the individual knots.




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For this collar Nancy added in some metal blank washers.DSC01076

The look is industrial and contemporary.

Metal Blank Washers

Nancy used german silver metal blank washers.

Leather Cord Leather Cords

We have a very large assortment of leather cords to select from on spools and retail ready packaging.

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Global Chic Unique Components – Second Post

Global Chic

You may have immediately been drawn to the fabulous Global Chic components on this bracelet designed by Fernando DaSilva.

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These are the components from the Global Chic Line Fernando used:  one gold hammered heart, one round dome gold button and one slider.  They all work with the Global Chic Tapestry cord.

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The first step is to make a loop at one end of your cord.  Glue a slider in place and make sure the gold button will pass through it.

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Make sure you add your hammered heart to the cord and then glue your button dome in place.

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These components make the bracelet look so decorative and finished.  A little glue is all you need to make magic!


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