The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

Midnight Leaves

This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers.  Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace


Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather


27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl


45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons


Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

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Rosary Components

We have a new collection of Rosary Components to add to our catalog.  They join our larger rosary category linked here.

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Step by Step Klik Necklace Workshop from the Craft and Hobby Show

Create Klik© Repeat

Sunday January 11, 2015

Difficulty: Beginner Class With Carmi Cimicata

Your personal touch is “just a Klik© away” with the Metal Complex’s new product range cleverly titled “Klik©.” Sensational new looks can be created and then modified with interchangeable jewelry. In this workshop, resin diva and designer Carmi Cimicata will teach how to add your own flair to blank bezel snaps, which can be filled with resin, epoxy, beads and more. Create unique and coordinated jewelry that’s trendy and versatile with an incredible added value.


John Bead’s Creative Manager Fernando DaSilva inspired this workshop.  He created the unique Klik© necklace featured on our newest publication.  When I asked him for recommendations for colours (because we have thousands of beads to choose from for the class he said “you should use the colours of Andy Warhol,” and so I have.

The project comes to life with several types of specialty beads; The Pip©,  Piggy©, Pony and Magatama beads from Preciosa.  The Klik© components are from a larger selection of interchangeable option.   Our project will result in a necklace + earrings set.

Using the manufacturers’ instructions we made up our resin clay.  Note that I did not overfill my bezels.  These Klik© Snap Base w/Bezels in two sizes are exclusive to Metal Complex.

There are several ways to fill your bezels.   This is how I add Piggy© beads.

If you want the effect of a closed and full flower you’ll be able to press all your Piggy©beads inwards.

I did a final press on each bezel to make sure everything was embedded into the clay nicely.

You can achieve a more open flower by placing your Piggy© beads this way.

The Pip© beads I used as edge additions and for the middle of the flower.

The resin clay is air curing and permanent.  I always clean away any fingerprints I may have made on the Klik© components before setting them aside to cure overnight.

I added some beads with jump rings to the Klik© necklace component.  I realized it was best to only do the bottom half or the top beads will cover my flower when I wear the necklace.

The longer beads are called Magatama.  They look gorgeous dangled.

The student projects turned out even better than my sample!

Products from John Bead
751 90032 -00                     Klik -Small Earrings Silver w/Leverbacks
751 90057 -00                     Klik – Combo Pendant Silver (2 Small & 1 Large Space)
751 90113 -00                     Klik – Small Snap Base w/Bezel
751 90133 -00                     Klik – Large Snap Base w/Bezel
888 18985                           Apoxie Sculpt  2-Part Epoxy Bronze
260 02000 -54                   Toggle Plain 21x16mm Round Antique Silver
278 00962 -19                    Czech Piggy Beads Loose 4/8mm  Orange Alabaster Opaque
278 00962 -20                   Czech Piggy Beads Loose 4/8mmRed Alabaster Opaque
278 00962 -29                   Czech Piggy Beads Loose 4/8mm  Crystal/Sunset Tr. Half coated
278 00960 -06s8               Czech Preciosa Pip Beads  Light Green Transparent
654 01635                          PONYBEAD OP. ORANGE 6/0
654 01714                          PONYBEAD 6/0 RUBY/AB.
690LMA0-4201V           Magatama 4×7 Galvanized Silver
74201600-00                  Chain-Leaves 3x9mm Silver
Also from John Bead
Zip Bags
Jump Rings
Popsicle Sticks
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Tropical Muse by Brandi Jasmine

Tropical Muse by artisan Brandi Jasmine was commissioned by us for our 2015 events.  It was exciting to unveil her at the Craft and Hobby show this past weekend along with our brand new show booth.

The theme was selected by our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva who wished to see images incorporated such as slices of tropical fruit, birds, feathers and bugs.

Brandi is using Czech glass seed beads and Czech flat back crystal stones exclusively.  She has her own application technique for this mannequin makeover.

“Jade” is the name of our muse and she is a work in progress.  The bottom half of the mannequin will be completed in 2015.

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Rings by Giovanna

John Bead Corporation has its roots within the Czech Republic and is Canada’s largest master importer of Czech glass beads, crystals and components.

We are excited to announce our latest publication:

“Rings by Giovanna”

This manual is the first of a series that will showcase projects featuring seed beads from Dazzle-it Collection.

For our debut issue, we commissioned bead weaving artist Giovanna Flume to create a collection inspired by American pop artist Roy Liechtenstein.

In this new manual you will find designs  from Giovanna that truly inspire any seed bead lover to re-create her universe following her techniques.

When you flip the pages of this gorgeous step by step guide you will see for yourself how Czech seed beads can be fashionable, architectural and above all easy to wear.

We are debuting Rings by Giovanna this Saturday in California at the Craft and Hobby Show.

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The Latest from John Bead – Introducing Tropical Punch!

We at John Bead are stepping into the New Year by inviting you to take an imaginary trip to a faraway land that has been in the American spotlight for almost two decades. We are excited to introduce our new program inspired by the colors and flavors of Brazil under our house brand Dazzle-it! – Make it shine.

 Inspired by the colors and rhythms of Brazil, John Bead & Dazzle-it™ invite you to turn your life into an endless Summer.

Transform your DIY section into the most colorful and fun creative space on earth.   Talk to one of our sales associates and add Tropical Punch to your design creations and blame it on Rio!

The Tropical Punch Package Design

Tropicalismo is the artistic inspiration behind our product line.

It was an art movement that exploded in Brazil in the late 60′s and early 70′s and crossed many artistic disciplines, like music, poetry, dance and writing.  It critiqued and challenged cultural norms. The followers of the movement were intellectuals from different cultural backgrounds but who had in common the ideal of a cultural melting pot,  i.e. the musicians who like to mix samba drums with electric guitar and were huge fans of American pop culture.

Influenced by this art movement, our creative manager, Fernando DaSilva (who is Brazilian) hand drew the artwork for our package which summarizes all the elements that were the main sources for movement.

 There are over 100 products in the complete Tropical Punch Collection.

We are launching our Tropical Punch collection this Saturday in California at the Craft and Hobby Show.  

The ordinary becomes extraordinary with this exciting new program.

Editorial photo taken to promote the latest product line by John Bead & Dazzle-it!
It’s all about Lucite, Plexiglas or acrylic components to create fun and vibrant Jewelry inspired by the colors of Brazil.
Designs by Fernando DaSilva
Photo by John Bead Corp.
All rights reserved. 2015

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The Latest from John Bead

The New Year is here and by the time you receive this message we will be well on our way to exhibiting at our first trade show of 2015.  We are unveiling a brand new show booth with all new jewelry samples commissioned exclusively for us. 

In this, our 61th year, we note that we had the opportunity to reminisce in 2014 about the “good old days” in 1954 when our family used to sell Czech seed beads out of our home.

Going into 2015 we have so much more to offer.  To begin, allow us to share our brand new magazine; ‘the Latest – John Bead.”  It contains most of our new catalog additions except for a few soon to be released product extensions and new programs.

The new catalog is organized so you can find the latest, hottest and freshest items from our Dazzle-it!™ & Metal Complex™ house brands and from the other brands we represent as well.  We are excited about giving you an inspirational tool with a fantastic range of jewelry making components that will be a feast for the eyes of hobbyists, designers and crafters.

On January 10, at the Craft and Hobby Show in California, we are launching a top secret and brand new DIY jewelry making collection we call Tropical Punch.  The ordinary becomes extraordinary with this exciting new program.

We are releasing a brand new booklet; Rings by Giovanna.  This step-by-step project booklet features original Czech seed bead rings created by American designer Giovanna Fiume exclusively for John Bead.

As a leader worldwide in seed bead sales we have commissioned new artwork that celebrates this special bead.  The seed bead will be showcased in an amazing new technique in our new show booth.  We expect this project to garner social media attention through photo opportunities in our booth. 

Soutache also continues to grow in popularity.  We have a show stopping new statement necklace and maker to reveal at CHA this weekend.

Metal Complex™ has a bigger catalog.  In 2015 we continue to see leather strengthening in couture fashion, so we have added more leather items to our Leather Works program.  We also have an interchangeable jewelry range named KLIK.   Create, klik, & repeat is a new twist on customizing jewelry without compromising style.  It was created for the avid DIY designer who wants to make the most of their investment without compromising style nor trendiness.

Our Dazzle-it!™ line keeps growing and we are excited about releasing a nice variety of products that will make your customers eager to create.  Due to many requests in 2014 for embellishing and bead embroidering, we have added more sew on stones to our collections.  Just wait until you see them all together in one glittering display!

Some additional special items you can expect to see and learn more about in both our new publication and in our new show booth include:

  • New leather crafting tools, findings, cords, faux suede sheets and more
  • Cotton Wax Cords in new colours and sizes.
  • Soutache cords in a wide colour palette
  • Rose Gold Findings
  • Czech Piggy Beads
  • Preciosa® Pellet™ collection expanded to now 45 colors
  • Preciosa® Pip™ collection expanded to now 45 colors
  • Preciosa® Thorn™
  • Preciosa© Villa™
  • New Swarovski 3 New Season Launches
  • Miyuki® Delica Opaque Duracoat pastels

We look forward to meeting you in person and online this year!


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Have a Heart!


This is just a small grouping of all the hearts (500+) in our catalog.

We have many fabulous Swarovski hearts to choose from.  

You can also select from some beautiful Preciosa heart pendants.

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Dazzle-it Kumihimo Braid With New Aluminum Chain

This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.

The braid is a unique one.

It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.

I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.

Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap.  Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.

The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward.  To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.

Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.

You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.

I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable.  The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.

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Showroom Jewels by Adela Kodonova

We love to share some of the pieces of jewelry that you would see during a visit to our showroom.  If you shop online, you can see them here on the blog.  Designer Adela Kodonova has created quite a few of our samples.  This necklace series was designed to demonstrate how you could incorporate wire spirals into your projects.

Spiral Makers create perfect spirals out of Artistic Wire, German Style Wire and any other soft wire 20 ga (0.81 mm) and smaller. Use colorful spirals to embellish jewelry, scrapbooks and paper crafts. 


Tip: count the number of turns to re-create the same size coils for multiple coils, or perfectly matching earring dangles.

This second necklace is simple and elegant.   You could easily make earring to match.


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