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The Courage Bracelet
The bracelet features Carnelian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation, and for stimulating creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy, and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.
What You Need
The bracelet featured is considered a “large” size which is 7 1/4 inches long.
You add to your needle: 5 wood beads + 6 carnelian beads + the jump ring with dangles + 6 carnelian beads + 6 wood beads to make a size 7 ¼ wrist size.
Working with a ruler you can add and subtract wood beads. The Beadalon stainless steel elastic cord needle allows you to plan out your design.
Cut a generous amount of stretch cord (elastic) for the stringing part of the project. I used four times the length of my bracelet.
I wanted my elastic to be double thickness so I placed the cord into the threader hook so that I had equal amounts of stretch cord on either side of the loop.
Once the stretch cord was ready I simply pushed my beads off the needle onto the cord.
A good knot holds the bracelet together. You can add a tiny bit of glue to the stretch cord knot for a little extra security.
The Integrity Bracelet
The bracelet features Tiger Eye Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention.
The Truth Bracelet
The bracelet features Obsidian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity.
The Filter Bracelet
The bracelet features Amazonite Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Amazonite has a powerful filtering action. It blocks the earth’s vibrations, absorbs microwaves and cell phone emanations, and protects against electromagnetic pollution. This is an extremely soothing stone.
The Love Bracelet
The bracelet features Pink Quartz Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Pink (rose) Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is calming, reassuring, and excellent for use in trauma or crisis. If you want to attract love, look no further than romantic Rose Quartz.
You can read more about the attributes of our 2017 semi precious collection in this PDF.
John Bead Corp does not guarantee the health or physical benefits referenced. This brief summary shares in a light-hearted fashion some of the most popular attributes associated with semi precious stones. You can read and learn a great deal more about these stones in the: THE CRYSTAL BIBLES 1,2,3 – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CRYSTALS Written by Judy Hall
Projects by Carmi Cimicata
When Pantone announced that the 2017 Colour of the year was GREENERY, I was ecstatic. Green is such a powerful colour. Pantone described it as fresh, restorative and Nature’s neutral. “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”
I truly enjoy stringing interesting components, so it was easy for me to just go to my stash and gather strands of green beads for this project. John Bead Corp has over 3000 items that are “green” including Czech pressed glass beads, wood beads and semi precious stones.
The unique product that I was most interested in using for the first time was the green Lucite petal beads in our Tropical Punch collection. These petal beads are available in several colours. The green is a non-traditional flower colour, however for this project it is a perfect addition.
The curved petal beads become a flower shape when strung on elastic and tied tightly together with a knot. This creates a circle center.
You can stretch the circle center over the flower component crystal and it will settle into place. For extra security you can add a little bit of glue to the knot you made with the elastic.
I strung a very long strand of multi shaped beads from my collection. I finished each side of the beaded necklace with an EZ Crimp End.
My beautiful long strand of beads does not need a clasp to get it on and off. I opted to attach both ends to my Flower Maker components. The necklace is ready to wear.
I could have stopped at this point and would have been happy with my statement piece.
However, I had already decided that I would want to wear this necklace a couple of different ways. My next step was to create this simple necklace extender with some lobster clasps, jump rings and chain.
Then I placed some large jump rings in several key spots on my long necklace.
The jump rings look like part of my design.
My necklace looks wonderful worn as one long piece.
When I attach my necklace extender to those jump rings I can created tiered lengths.
Add in a necklace extender and jump rings and I have several new looks to enjoy.
This will be my go-to summer look!
When I want the flower to be showcased differently I can wear it this way.
The GREENERY colour of the year has inspired me to create a new necklace that I can wear several different ways. Like the colour, I am feeling refreshed and restored now that I have completed this project.
All products from John Bead Corp
Tropical Punch Flower Maker (Gold) 26011512
Tropical Punch Petal Curved (Shaded Green) 28400689-03
Large and small Jump Rings
Selection of pressed glass beads
EZ-Crimp Ends from Beadalon
Amazingly Simple Golden Beauty Choker
Created by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles Et Cetera
There are moments when you shop for beads when you come across components that you instantly know will create a spectacular piece of jewelry. That was my reaction to the launch of our company’s twelve limited edition bead mixes. These bead mixes are unique because each collection was hand picked by our company Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva.
The John Bead Company is over 60 years old and has been importing Czech glass since the 1950s. Over these last decades, our warehouse has stockpiled some stunning firepolished and pressed glass beads that we are just now unpacking and reviewing. Some of the beads are vintage and many will never be manufactured again. Each bead mix has a blended color palette and for my choker I selected the Gold Gravel collection.
I wanted to create a tiered choker, so a beading board was my best option to get my strand lengths correct. The options for my choker were limitless. The strands I designed featured some of the unique pressed glass pieces that deserved to be highlighted.
I then strung each strand with wire and used crimps and a crimping tool from Beadalon to secure my beads.
I attached each strand to a flat bar for spacing and then added a few links and a clasp to make my choker comfortable to wear.
With my choker complete I knew I would love a matching bracelet. Gold memory wire was all needed to string this golden cuff.
Of course, it also made sense to create earrings to match!
My new set of golden jewelry is complete and my bead mix box still seems to be half full! Working with a pre-selected collection of beads allowed me to focus on my projects and I was not distracted searching through my own stash for beads that would be compatible. Now I want to make something with the eleven other bead mixes that Fernando DaSilva selected!
Main Products Used From John Bead
GOLD GRAVEL Mixed Beads
BEAD DESIGN BOARD
LINK FLAT BAR
BEADALON MEMORY WIRE BRACELET
When I think of rococo, the extravagant gowns and hairstyles of Marie Antoinette come to mind immediately. The Rococo style was coming to the end of its popularity at the same time support for the French monarchy died. Rococo styling had been featured in architecture, home décor and fashion, it was “just too much” and it was criticised for being superficial and ridiculous. In the end, I believe it showcased a style of living that few people could attain (we all know how it worked out for Marie Antoinette) and lead to a new movement, the Empire Style, that was simpler, free spirited and with less decoration.
Although Rococo appeared frivolous, it still included intricate patterns and designs. It also featured imagery of love and romance. With that style guide in mind, I decided to create some bracelets that would feature patterns derived by weaving and braiding with two classic royal colors: red and purple.
Bracelet one is a woven pattern created on a new tool, the Beadalon Bracelet Weaver tool. Bracelet two is the same woven design, however it has been cut and embellished in an “over the top” manor. Bracelet three is a classic kumihimo 8-strand braid. Worn together they would be extravagant. However, in the words of Iris Apfel, “Most people say take one off: I say add one on.” This over-embellishment ideal is my own.
To create the weave for the bracelets I used the latest award-winning tool to be launched by Beadalon this year: the Bangle Bracelet Weaver. The metal base has three sets of holes, which ultimately creates three different sized bangles. I used the large size and set my warp pins into the outer circle of holes. The tool comes with wonderful step-by-step photo instructions and you can see a video demonstration on their YouTube channel explaining how to create fabulous wire and fiber bangles.
The first bracelet began with just a simple knot to tie my two rattail strands together and then I weaved.
It is a positively enjoyable process because you start to see your patterns quickly.
To make your weaving permanent, a length of fiber or wire is used to thread between your woven fibers next to the warp pins.
My finished bangle is lightweight since I used rattail and some cording to make it.
I then made a second identical bangle.
I needed to cut my second bangle open, so to ensure my weaving would not unravel I added lines of glue in two locations.
When the glue was completely dry I simply cut next to the glue lines.
I then attached my silver end caps with additional glue hiding those two unfinished cut sections.
With my bangle now flat, I was able to hand stitch some beads throughout. My open bangle was finished with a magnetic clasp and I chose to dangle to crystal heart pendants to the clasp with jump rings.
The third bracelet was created with my kumihimo disk and finishing components.
Together I have a set of bracelets, which can be worn on one or both arms. The addition of some beautiful Swarovski crystal hearts adds the romance factor I was seeking. Slider bails allowed me to attach a Swarovski heart pendant to the kumihimo bracelet and I experimented with both 3 and 5 bails. In the end I used one bail and attached my two other crystal hearts to the beaded bangle.
This project appeared originally in French in the Fall 2016 issues of Perles et Cetera magazine. They did a wonderful job photographing and showcasing the bracelets!
John Bead Corp Products Used
Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool
Red and Purple Rattail
Red Lovely Knots Cord
Rectangle Kumihimo End Caps
Swarovski Pendant 6202 Heart
Miyuki 11.0 Seed Beads
Preciosa Red Ripple™ Beads
This bracelet is beautifully woven and unique because of an easy to use new tool from Beadalon.
The fibers I used include our Lovely Knots 1mm cord along with a small ball of recycled sari yarn.
Kleshna’s Bangle Bracelet Weaver tool was launched in January and you will find a step by step photo how-to in the box detailing how to both set up and use the tool. I also included a video tutorial at the end on this post.
You can see how my two very different fibers wove to create a gorgeous kaleidoscope of color. I also used the Lovely Knots cord to sew the finished weaving together by running a needle next to the weft pins and following the Beadalon instruction.
This is a delightful one of a kind fiber bracelet.
I’m sporting my first bangle bracelet created on a brand new jewelry making tool; the Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool by Beadalon.
The tool was unveiled in January at the Craft and Hobby (CHA) Mega show in California and I was able to watch the inventor demonstrate it in the Beadalon booth.
“Weave intricate bracelets with ease! Designed by international designer, teacher, and presenter Kleshna. Use a variety of bead stringing wires in diameters 0.15 in (0.38 mm) through .036 in (0.91 mm) plus other threads and cords.”
The tool won the Hot Product Award for the Bead and Jewelry category at the CHA show.
I could not await to try the tool! I knew that it worked beautifully with wire but I was excited to experiment with our cotton wax cords first.
In minutes, simply by following the printed instructions, I could see my gorgeous bracelet taking shape.
Since I used two colors the color wave was subtle but so pretty.
This is going to be the first of many bracelets. I can’t wait to try some different fiber combinations and look forward to adding some beads as well.