Skull Theme Beads

Skull Beads

Not just for Halloween anymore!

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Creativ Festival Workshops

CCimicata-Retro Floral Brooch To Statement Necklace(300dpi)

Are you attending the Creativ Festival in Toronto this month?  John Bead is sponsoring three fantastic workshops.  The Dates are October 15,16 and 17, 2015.

Retro Brooch to Statement Necklace – Beginner to Intermediate Class with Carmi Cimicata

Capture the look and feel of the 1950’s with this statement necklace featuring a removable beaded floral brooch.  In this class you will discover the joys of beading with a needle and thread on a perforated disk to create classic and contemporary brooches.  As a focal design, the brooch adds a touch of glamour to the necklace, which features unique polyester pipe cords, leather tassels and clusters of vintage inspired Lucite beads from the Tropical Punch product line by John Bead.  The matching earrings are cleverly coordinated to match.  

3 Hour Workshop – Thu 1:00 to 4:00 FDaSilva-Blossoming Cuff(300dip)

Blossoming Cuff – Intermediate Class with Fernando DaSilva

Learn how to glamourize soft leather and Lucite components to create a trendy and hip cuff bracelet in this multimedia workshop. You’ll assemble a flower using Lucite petals and crystallize with flat back crystals. Add detail with hand stitching using wax cotton cord. String, glue, rivet and leather stitch your way to a beautiful and unique cuff with eye-catching sparkle.

3 Hour Workshop – Fri 1:00 to 4:00

FDaSilva-Flowers to Billie(300dpi)Flowers to Billi Necklace – Beginner Class With Fernando DaSilva

Fernando’s sunny disposition promises to add glam and a splash of colour to the long winter season with this necklace inspired by Billie Holiday. In this back to basics workshop, you’ll work with fantastic Lucite components from the Tropical Punch collection by Dazzle-it™ while perfecting stringing techniques. Learn to assemble exotic flowers using the new Flower Maker findings combined with a high tech polyester pipe.

3 Hour Workshop – Sat 1:00 to 4:00


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The Chilli Bead!

Chilli Beads

We are so please to announce a brand new bead from Preciosa!  The Chilli (TM) bead will have designers thinking of new and exciting ways to incorporate this shape into new and current designs.

Chilli Bead

We’ll be showing you several fabulous projects featuring the new bead here on the blog.

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Fall/Winter 2016/2017 Swarovski Innovations Mini Projects


Beetle Mania Necklace


Mono-Chromed Necklace


Royal Coins Necklace


Skullcap Earrings

Download your own copy of all the projects in this very special PDF.


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Fish Leather Sale



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Sneak Peek at New Carnival Products


We wanted you to be the first to see some of the new stones and colors we will have at John Bead in October.


We hope this will give you some inspiration for new designs.


Carnival Catalog

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Back to School Savings

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Scarabeaus by Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski

The Crystal Scarabaeus Green effect and Crystal Scarabaeus Green Pearl have also been designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Swarovski to complement the Kaputt Collection. Inspired by the verdigris roof of the Paris Opera House, and by the scintillating metallic green-blue-purple luster of the scarab beetle once worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, the Scarabeaus innovations evoke an otherworldly, future-tech look.

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2016/17


HIGHLIGHTS of the 2016/17 LAUNCH


While the whole world strives for perfection, Swarovski discovers the beauty of imperfection, guided and inspired by none other than design legend Jean Paul Gaultier. Together with Swarovski’s own Design Center HQ and Product Management experts, Gaultier developed the spectacular Kaputt Collection exclusively for Swarovski. Cut, color, facets, and even small details were defined, shaped, and approved by Jean Paul Gaultier himself. Like its name, the German word for “broken,” suggests, the collection presents a technological innovation that deliberately breaks with convention. It celebrates the appeal of being different and unpredictable, which, according to the designer, is much more exciting than the precise and perfect.


Expressing his desire for an exclusive effect that would match his Kaputt Collection, haute couture icon Jean Paul Gaultier developed Crystal Scarabaeus Green together with a team of experts from Swarovski. The story goes that as a young man, he would frequently pass the Paris opera house and was fascinated by the green coloring of the tarnished copper roof. For his effect, he wanted this precise scintillating shade of green, combined with the mythological shimmer of the Egyptian scarab.

Aptly named, Crystal Scarabaeus Green evokes the magic glow of the scarab, shimmering in green, blue, and purple with a metallic luster that combines bright and shadowy facets to create a stunningly graphic surface.


This cool and modern metallic effect caters to the growing importance of non-gender specific products. A modern mind-set, particularly with millennials, has led to design elements and colors that cross boundaries and genders. The cold silver of Crystal Light Chrome is perfectly placed to appeal to both men and women alike.

Live (later today) on the website.

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Bracelet PDF from Tango Beads


Tango bead has a new free PDF to share with you.

SunshinePattern PDF linked here.

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