Halloween Inspiration!

Don’t be frightened to plan your Halloween projects, classes or costumes!  We have plenty of beads, skulls, trims, feathers, masks, sequins and more to make this occasion easy to organize.

 

Here are a few of my favorite things for Halloween costumes, jewelry and decorating from our Catalog.

 

 

 

From The Treasure Chest – Spectacular Metal Beads!

There are days when I count my lucky stars to be creating social media posts for John Bead.  As you can imagine, I have access to what I think is the world’s biggest bead store! Each time I venture into the warehouse I look up and wonder what might be on the top shelves, or in the extra rooms or around the corner.  Working with Mr. Mike John and his son Daniel John has exposed me to more jewelry component knowledge than I could gain at a four year collage.  Recently we announced that John Bead is celebrating its 60th year in business.  In speaking to Mr. John, he commented that if you think about 60 years of buying…you can imagine that the warehouse has quite a few odds and ends from buying trends in the past.  There are vintage items scattered throughout and I am hoping to help put a spotlight on some of them here on the blog.

This is how I feel about the John Bead Warehouse.  There are treasures hidden and stored throughout the buildings and I want to see them all.

We’ll begin with these metal bead grab bags.  They are in the catalog and I have never seen them in my catalog perusing travels.  They are quite simply; SPECTACULAR!  The colour options are antique gold, antique copper and antique silver.  I took home two bags of each colour and had a wonderful time designing the pieces I am showing you today.

The bracelets seemed to make themselves.  I found so many unique beads in each bag. Not knowing what I would find made it fun to open and sort each bag.

The antique silver looks gorgeous paired with turquoise.

The antique gold I paired with our new Fire and Ice Yellow agate beads. I only found one gold fish so I decided to feature him.

The antique copper looked great with so many colours.  In the end, I let it shine by itself with only a few small additions.

 I think these metal grab bags are my new favorite item in the catalog!  I know there are not too many left and when they are gone they are gone.

Duplicity Necklace – How To From Fernando’s Atelier

This is a wonderful project featuring purple and green, so favoured in so many of the trend reports for the Fall.  It is another necklace design created by Fernando for our series:  Fernando’s Atelier.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.  For those of you who can’t visit in person we will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

Instructions:

1.  Cut an 8 inches piece of stringing wire and string on a crimp tube followed by a wire guardian.  Pull one of the ends of wire close to crimp and crimp it properly. Trim short excess wire.

2. String beads as follows: one seed bead + one large bead cap +  one 12mm pearl + one bead cap + one seed bead + emerald cat eye cube + one seed bead. Repeat pattern until you have 8 seed beads strung on. Alternate cat eye cube colors using one of each of the other two.

3. Finish end in the same manner that was done in the beginning.

4. Create a second string shorter than the previous using same style of  beads – this will be the inside strand.

5. Feed one peacock bead, followed by one spacer bar (through one of the end holes) and then add a second peacock bead. Make simple loop at the opposite end and trim excess wire. Add a similar link to far end hole of spacer bar using same quantity of beads. Create a second section to be used on the other side of necklace. Set them aside.

6. Cut chain in 2 equal pieces of 7 inches. Set aside.

7.  Cut a second piece of chain in 2 equal pieces of 6 ½ inches. Set them aside.

8. Open 2 jump rings  and attach both to circle portion of toggle clasp, followed by one 7 inches piece of chain. Close both jump rings and then attach end link to one of the loops of the peacock-beaded link. Open opposite eye pin loop and attach to beaded section created on step 2.

9. Attach another 7 inches piece of chain to the opposite side of previous strand.

10. Attach short chain, beaded-peacock section and beaded link on same manner you attach the previous strand, adding other portion of toggle to finish necklace.

Here is a list of the materials he used for Duplicity:

2 emerald green cat eye cubes

2 apple green cat eye cubes

2 olive green cat eye cubes

8 peacock beads

4 multicolored 12mm pearls

4 multicolored 10mm pearls

4 gold plated wire guardians

16 galvanized green Miyuki seed beads

2 ½ inches of antique brass large/small heart link chain

6 round gold plated 7mm  jump rings

2 bronze spacer bar 5 holes

8 bronze bell cap flower

8 bronze cap

4 copper crimp tubes #2

Beadalon satin gold stringing wire

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Verdi Difacto Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

This is the Verdi Difacto necklace by Fernando Dasilva.

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published.  For those of you who can’t visit in person we will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call:  Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

Here is a closer look at Verdi Difacto’s linked sections.

 

Materials Used

2 topaz 8mm crystal bicone beads

2 mooca 10mm crystal round bead

1 silver  pink  17x17mm metallic diamond glass peacock beads

4 blue metallic 17x17mm peacock beads

1 African turquoise 30x40mm rectangle bead

4 oval dyed green shell donuts

10 oval jump rings

3ft of dark chain

2 rhodium plated frames

16 black bead  bumpers

silver plated wire guardians

10 silver plated 4mm crimp covers

19 strands Beadalon pink colored stringing wire

3 ft silver plated German style wire

Tools

Side Cutter

Flat Nose

Round Nose

Crimper tool

Instructions:

1.  Cut chain in the following lengths:

– four pieces of 5 inches length

– one piece of 10 inches length

– for bottom fringe cut one of each of the following lengths: 5 inches; 4 ½ inches; 4 inches; 3 ½ inches;  2 ¾ inches and  2 ½ inches.

Set them aside.

2. Create individual links using silver plated wire.

Making loops: Cut a 3 inches piece of silver plated wire. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop at one end and trim excess wire and then feed beads following directions given below.

link A:  simple loop + frame + bead cap + round crystal + bead cap +simple loop (make 2 of  it)

link B: simple loop + metallic bead + simple loop (make 5 of it)

link C: large simple loop + large turquoise bead + simple loop

3. Strung sections:

Cut a ten inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.

String on wire one green donut, one crystal bicone and then feed through other hole of donut, placing crystal inside of donut. Start stringing one pre-cut piece of 4 inches chain onto wire, passing wire end through chain links but skipping two links at a time.  Chain will “collapse” onto wire making a rugged section. Add another green donut, eight black bead bumpers and then pass it through the second hole of donut. Secure its end repeating first step and then set aside. Make similar second section.

4. Cut a twelve inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.  Feed the ten inches piece of chain onto wire creating a larger “rugged” section. Finish the end repeating first step. Make other two similar sections using the other two left pieces of chain.  Set them aside.

5. Assembling necklace: open and close loops of links using chain nose pliers.

Open one loop of a link A then attach the six pieces of chain left and then close gently.

Continue attach other sections on pattern as follows:

One link B + one link A + one link B + one green donut section + link B + large rigged chain section + one link B + second green donut section + one link B + one rugged section + link C + last rugged section + then open jump ring and attach to first link A.

6. As a final touch add one piece of approximately 1¾ inches of chain on the outside surface of turquoise bead. Add a second on the other side. Use its own loop to attach chain links.

7.  Use one crimp cover on each crimped section to hide crimped tubes. Use the outside jaw of crimper tool to close each crimp cover properly.

Tips:

* “rugged” chain section is named after the sections where pieces of chain are strung onto stringing wire. The numbers of links feed onto wire will determine the look of each section. I suggest skipping every other link for a subtle look.  If you wish for a more “collapsed” section, feed stringing wire every two links of chain.

* Keep in mind that asymmetrical designs give you an opportunity to add your own “twist” to the design, making it more personal and unique.

* Always read the instructions before start working on your piece. Have fun!

 

Fimo Treasure Mix

Here is my latest surprise bracelet featuring the beads I found in my Fimo Treasure Mix.

I have shown you several projects I made from my treasure mix.  The beads are in the big sale and I was really happy to get one package to work with.  Although many of the beads are multi-coloured, I was surprised to discover I could make this one of a kind black and white bracelet which is so on trend right now.

For my white spacer beads I used Czech Fire Polished white pearlized beads.

The antique silver toggle set finished my piece perfectly.  Once the toggle was in place I noticed I had one more black and white bead in my mix , so I made the little dangle as well.