Simple Square Knots

I did not know that the simple double knot could be used so effectively with rattail! This bracelet features a row of square knots that macrame artist would recognize immediately.  The sliding square knots make my simple piece easy to tighten or loosen depending on who is wearing it.

All I needed was some rattail and a charm.  No glue or extra components required.  John Bead has an endless assortment of charms!  This Tierracast copper Star of David is already very beautiful.  It needs a simple showcase.

Don’t the square knots look like jewels in silver rattail? I have never used this knot as a closure before today’s post.

Mastering the square knot means that I can move onto a very popular jewelry must have: the shamballa bracelet.  I’ll have samples to show in my next post!

Dazzle-It Santa Bracelet

Here is one last Dazzle-It chain link bracelet idea.

I made my own dangles with some red and white beads.

The Santa ski charms I found in the John Bead Outlet….half price!  Did you know there was an Outlet store?  It is open to the general public!

There are so many charm collections at John Bead. This is just one set that would be perfect for a holiday themed bracelet. It is the TierraCast Christmas mixed charms set.  It’s part of the Christmas Past Collection of Holiday Components from Yesteryear. 

Holiday Components

Download the “TierraCast” Christmas Brochure
Holiday CrystalHoliday Crystal Mix SS Earwires Holiday CrystalHoliday Crystal Mix GF Earwires candy cane silverCandy Cane – Silver gold candy caneCandy Cane – Gold
santa silverSt. Nick – Silver santa silver - backSt. Nick – Silver (back) santa goldSt. Nick – Gold santa gold - backSt. Nick – Gold (back)
christmas wreath silverWreath & Bow – Silver christmas wreath goldWreath & Bow – Gold christmas wreath silverWreath Charm – Silver christmas wreath goldWreath Charm – Gold
nutcracker silverNutcracker – Silver soldier silver - backNutcracker – Silver (back) soldier goldNutcracker – Gold soldier gold  - backNutcracker – Gold (back)
angel silverAngel – Silver angel silver - backAngel – Silver (back) angel goldAngel – Gold angel gold - backAngel – Gold (back)
christmas tree silverChristmas Tree – Silver christmas tree goldChristmas Tree – Gold ginger bread man silverGingerbread Man – Silver ginger bread man goldGingerbread Man – Gold
snow man silverFrosty – Silver snow man silver - backFrosty – Silver (back) snow man goldFrosty – Gold snow man gold - backFrosty – Gold (back)
rocking horse silverRocking Horse – Silver rocking horse goldRocking Horse – Gold christmas bell silverChristmas Bells – Silver christmas bell goldChristmas Bells – Gold
christmas star silverStar Bead – Silver christmas star silver - side viewStar Bead – side christmas star goldStar Bead – Gold christmas star gold - side viewStar Bead – Gold (side)
  bow claspBow Clasp Bar Christmas CollectionChristmas Collection  



 No matter which charms you like or what theme you want to celebrate a chain link bracelet is an easy project to complete.  Hope you got a few ideas and don’t forget there is a give-a-way on our Dazzle-It facebook page!



Dazzle-It Chain Link Bracelet Meets The One of A Kind Dangle

The Dazzle-It chain link bracelets are ideal for gift giving.  You can make a personalized piece in minutes!

TierraCast has so many beautiful charms in the John Bead warehouse!  This locked heart really looks beautiful on its own.  There is a key you could add as well!

The charm has two sides.  I created a resin filled mini art piece on the reverse side.

I also made one bracelet featuring a Metal Complex earring bezel!  The metal colours in this bezel range make them a perfect addition to the bracelets too!

This is the Dazzle-It Chain Links bracelet when you first get it.  It is a one size fits all and come with jump rings attached.  I used Brass Oxide today but you can also get them in silver, gold, copper and gunmetal.

This is the TierraCast Victorian Heart Charm I used for the sample.  I filled the bezel with some text, tiny watch parts and resin to create this one of a kind charm.

Have you seen the Metal Complex Earrings?  There are many to choose from.  I used one of the antique brass square earrings for the second bracelet dangle.  I wrote about making this piece on Resin Crafts blog if you want to know a little more about using resin.

Bead Extravaganza 2011 !!

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The Bead Extravaganza held March 11th to 12th was a great success ! Full of demos and seminars, guests were presented with the newest season of Swarovski Elements Spring/ Summer 2012 and got a glipse into the trends for the coming year.  Guests also got the chance to get a more upclose, intimate demonstration of Beadalon products, Bead stitch techniques and Crystal application techniques.

The day started out with Vince Scalera introducing the S/S 2012 Swarovski Elements. Guests received gift bags with a sample box of new products, Innovations Catalog and Trend forecast materials.  New Designer Editions from Manish Arora called “Love story of the heart”. Manish is India’s most popular prolific design talent. He created 5 new heart shape pendants, each one expressing one of love’s different emotional states; Crazy 4 U Heart , Devoted 2 U Heart, Forever 1 Heart , Miss U Heart and Truly in Love Heart.  Astral Pink is the new color introduced in these heart shapes. It’s unique to this collection and to Manish Aroras collaboration.




Vince then went on to New Colors and Effects ; Chrysolite Opal , Bronze Shade Crystal  and Crystal Vintage Gold Pearls.

Chrystolite Opal is a soft, serenley pleasing color that enhances any palette from neutrals through to deeply intense colors. It has a light ethereal edge. It can appear to be feminine and romantic as well as adaptable to more fashion-foward , futuristic designs.



Bronze Shade Crystal is  directly in tune with the strong design trend towards metallics. Elegant and sophisticated, it adds strength and depth to any design. It’s extremely versatile it can be used in glamour wear and compined with chain to achieve a more utilitarian look. The Bronze Shade Crystal is ideal to combine with other Swarovski Element colors such as; light metallic gold, silvernight crystal, silvershade and golden shadow.



Crystal Vintage Gold Pearl is a beautiful addition to existing line of crystal pearls. With the trend of vintage inspired clothing accesorries this softer , natural color is ideal. It also responds to the current and extremely strong design mood for pearl inclusion in accessories.




Blends !!  Blends !! Blends !!! Amethyst Blend is part of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS “Fusion Concepts” line.  It’s the result of morphing two colors into a seamless gradient shade. Each crystal is different and has it’s only characteristic of blend between clear crystal and color. The amethyst blend is a subtle shading that extends across seasons- winter through to summer. It also suits perfectly the major trend direction for washed and fluid colors.



 Topaz Blend is a deeply warm hue with the appeal of a Smoke Topaz crystal and a dinamic playful gradation. It combines elegance with sophistication . It’s also a crystal that extends across seasons of winter and summer, it offers amazing color combinations with other earth tone brown such as ; light colorado topaz, colorado topaz, smoke topaz, mocca and golden shadow crystal. It also combines beautifully with natural greens such as khaki and olivine.



The Stairway bead is a perfect extension of classic geometric shapes in the Swarovski Elements beads assortment. The straight and parallel cut facets are reminiscent of the staif of a glamour stairway. Due to its rectangular shape, oher elements aligh edge to edge and allow for compact designs and is easily combined with other shaped beads. The bead is featured in two sizes; 10mm & 14mm and 10 colors and 5 effects.




BeCharmed  BeCharmed  BeCharmed  BeCharmed  BeCharmed  BeCharmed


Becharmed Helix Bead- Swarovski Elements collectible charm beads made with stainless steel, are the perfect addition to existing Charm Bracelet versions. The helix cut has  dynamic angular facets and appeal to a wide variety of design combinations and options. It’s featured in one size 14mm and is available in 12 colors and 6 effects.

The enlarged hole allows it to cross over between jewelry and fashion items.




BeCharmed – Briolette Bead is a beautiful in the classic briolette shape. It’s easily combined with the Helix bead or collect all 12 colors and 6 effects.






Guests participated in a make and take using Apoxie Clay and Swarovski Elements Chaton pointed back stones. Participants were really happy with how easy it was to use and the beautiful jewellery they got to take home. 

Here are a few samples of Apoxie clay and crystal work. 


New Selection of Bezels perfect for Apoxie Clay and crystal work.


Nick Regine Presented the many ways to applying Swarovski Elements HotFix flat backs,

 he’s here demonstrating applications with the Bejewler.



Guests using the transfer sheets to create a pattern.


Here’s Pam Arion from Tierra Cast in her lovely booth area. Pam did “make and takes” featuring the new Metamorphosis line. She used leather cording and guests attached charms to the clasp.








Design by Rishma Sarohai using the Metamorphosis line and the Alternatives line.  The Brass oxide and Black go very well with leather and Gunmetal chain !


Wyatt White and Fernando Dasilva were here representing Beadalon. They did a wonderful job at demonstrating all the unique tools from Beadalon. From jump ring makers to wire twisters and chainmaille , they had it all. Wyatt made some beautiful rings with wire working and Fernando.



Great wiring technique using the Beadalon Wire Twister ! Then use the Beadalon Jumpring maker and make one of kind jumprings !


 Alison Savage was here from the Canadian Beading Magazine showing guests demontrations of projects from the magazine.

She had some beautiful design ideas using dagger glass beads and floral patterns.


Karen Fish a bead store owner and designer from Bracebridge was presenting bead stitching tecnhique. She created the Dragon bangles from the new BeadWork magazine as well as showcases a variety of uses for Miyuki Tila beads, Cube beads and Magatamas.  Here’s Karens mom in her booth area.


Thank you all Guests and Representatives for a Successful BeadExtravaganza !!