Pearls and Summer Sandals

I think flip flops are the universal sign of either summer or vacation.  These are shoes you can’t wear to work…but you could happily wear them to the beach.

My flip flops are from the dollar store.  They were cute….but easily made more attractive when you have a beading studio in your home….

I simply sewed some pearls across the front straps and now they look $$$.  You still have time to make your current flip flops look like new before the long weekend!  This took me about 30 minutes to complete.

And while my pearls were out….I made a quick bracelet to match too!

I used glass translucent pearls for this project.

A Little Coral Goes A Long Way

It took me a very long time to finish this simple necklace.  The coral beads have been haunting my table ever since I brought them home after a planning meeting at John Bead.

The bamboo coral beads can be quite intimidating in one long strand.  I can see how a few people would make one fabulous necklace by just restringing the original strand.  It isn’t a look I could pull off.  So I decided to just pick three pieces to start a coral project.

My strand uses the bamboo coral, natural coral dyed chips, SWAROVSKI ROUND
8mm LUMINOUS GREEN CRYSTAL
and on the necklace I also added SWAROVSKI TWIST 14mm LUMINOUS GREEN Crystals.

I love this colour!  Choosing it took some time though….

I had more than a few options at my disposal.

I tried Chinese Crystal donuts in jet.  Hmmm.  Still like this.

Then I thought why not capture the look of water with a teal crystal beadHave you seen the new Dazzle-It Ori Crystals?  The choices are unbelievable.

Had to see what pearls would look like…..picking a pearl at John Bead is even harder when you see their options.

This was my second favorite option.  It really is a salute to summer and underwater elements.

The coral is still stealing the show…but it doesn’t overwhelm the final piece.

And, with so many coral pieces left over (over 25) from the original strand, I could make up every sample shown!

Simple Summer Bracelet

This bracelet is light and airy!  It is ideal for these hot summer days and will pair nicely with virtually any summer outfit.  This post could have been titled “how to save $845 Euros on a bracelet.”

Looking at some of my favorite sites I came across this pretty bracelet.  The price tag was very steep!  It reminded me that Lilla from John Bead had given me a bag of small wood beads a few weeks ago.  I had no idea what to do with them until I saw this advertisement.

A bag of 500 beads sure does go far!  I used memory wire and one of my crystals from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall/Winter innovations launch.

My options for dangles and charms are endless.  In the end I decided to just showcase the pretty beads on their own.  A new bracelet in ten minutes!

WOOD BEADS ROUND 6mm BRIGHT COLOURS MATT

Beadalon Memory Wire Bracelet

Fire Polished Beads and Metal Complex Bezel

This necklace reflects light and changes colour as it moves.

I received this “grab bag” of Fire Polished Glass Beads from John Bead a few weeks ago and was looking for a good opportunity to show them off.

There are so many unique shapes in the bag.

I filled a Metal Complex Bezel  with some tiles, rhinestones and a brass charm.  I then encased it all in Jewelry Resin to create this beautiful glass-like component.  The bezels in this collection which feature a lip look especially beautiful.

I hope you like this finished necklace as much as I do!

John Bead has Jewelry Resin in stock!

Ori Crystal Necklace

Ori Crystals are going to make your projects so affordable!

My Ori Crystal necklace has a pendant I made using another crystal option!

This is just one of several machine cut crystals that you can order from John Bead.  It already has a pre-drilled hole, so it is super simple to string.

I simply found an image I loved (postcard) and glued it to the flat crystal drop back.

The crystals I strung include:  Ori Crystal Donut – Silver Metallic 10×14

Ori Crystal Donut – Jet 10x14mm and I also used some smaller Jet round rich cut 10mm to complete my necklace.  The hook and loop clasp is pewter.

You’ll love the entire Ori Crystal range!

I hope you have an opportunity to work with these new crystals soon!

Dazzle-It Ori Crystals and Glass Pearls

The new Ori Crystals and easily paired with Dazzle-Its glass pearl collection.

I used memory wire to craft these super easy bracelets!  This pink bracelet features Pink Crystal Cut 10mm ori crystal beads with Lt Chocolate round glass pearls.  I also added some wire mesh.

Artistic Wire Mesh is available in many colours and sizes.  I used the silver.

My teal crystal and aqua pearl bracelet was pretty all by itself.

I added a brooch from my personal collection to jazz it up.

The brooch can be added and removed anytime.

Wrappers and Sapphire

This frame was so easy to wrap! The new Artistic Wire wrappers have grooves making wire wrapping a very simple technique.  No skills required!

The new wrappers are like mini blank canvases for jewelers.  There are endless ways to use them and they can become a wonderful addition to any of your design ideas.  These circle wraps are available in several sizes too.

My bead began with a wire wrap pendant that Nancy Donaldson made.  I wanted to add something to it.  I had sapphire firepolish glass beads in my collection that matched the big bead Nancy had added to her pendant.

I love how this turned out!  Just imagine using these wrappers as extra matching charms or for a matching set of earrings.

Wrappers are in stock!

Shamballa and Ladhaki!

I am continuing on my quest to find interesting beads to make shamballa bracelets with!  Aren’t these colours fabulous?

When the bead is so beautiful, it really is hard to take credit for the bracelet.  A few knots of rattail are all you need to show off these Ladhaki beads.

I found the beads by accident when I wandered down an aisle I don’t usually go down at the warehouse.  Each bead is so over the top!  These are the LADHAKI BEADS WIRE WRAP tubes.

Turquoise will always be a favorite colour.

The turquoise LADHAKI BEADS W/TEARDROP STONE are so pretty.

There are many beads in this collection to choose from.  The holes are nice and big and rattail passes through them with ease.

I am definitely going back to get these!

All Ladhaki Beads linked here.