Sewn bracelet made using PRECIOSA Twin™ and PRECIOSA Tee™ beads. Designer: Helena Chmelíková.
Free project PDF for this bracelet linked here.
Choose the now traditional and popular PRECIOSA Twin™ bead and the unusually shaped PRECIOSA Tee™ bead from the extensive range of PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™. Be inspired by the tasteful color scheme of a chocolate bonbon with candied almonds and sew an interesting bracelet.
By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera
This is the English translation for this project which appeared in the magazine in French.
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
Our latest bead is now in stock.
The PRECIOSA Cornelian Star can be used in the same way as a regular rocaille. Here, we offer a relatively simple tutorial for jewelry made from simple PRECIOSA Cornelian Star balls. PDF to make these star balls linked here.
Indian Pink – The youthful Indian Pink, with its fresh and airy hue, expands our offering of the ever popular pinks.
Burgundy – The luxuriously rich Burgundy is confident and individualistic, ideal for emphasizing originality while remaining darkly elegant.Rose Opal, Rose Opal AB, Burgundy, BurgundyAB Chrysolite, ChrysoliteAB, Starlight Gold Indicolite, Indicolite AB, Indian Pink, Indian Pink AB, Deep Tanzanite, Deep Tanzanite AB
Preciosa beads are available in an endless number of shapes, sizes and colours that can be used in a variety of ways. The new Rondell beads are available in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm. These beads can be used for the production of fashion jewellery as well as other trendy items such as accessories, apparel decorations, embroidery etc.