How to Use Our New Pendants and Domes


We have many new sizes of pendant frames with matching domes.

All you need to decide is what would you like to feature in the pendant as a design or photo element.  For my project, I have images from a painting by Lisa Finch of  frenchcanvas on Instagram.  I received permission from her to use part of the painting for a piece of jewelry.

I used my plastic dome to decide if my images were going to fit into the open space in the frame.  Most people call these components bezels.

Once I was sure the image was the right size, I peeled away the backer paper from my plastic dome.  It has adhesive on the reverse side, so I stuck it firmly to my paper image.

It is very easy to cut around the dome.  You can apply glue to the back of the new domed paper and set it right into the pendant.  Your new pendant is ready to wear!

 

Triple Oval Earrings Project Step by Step PDF

The PDF for this great project is linked here.

The family of popular PRECIOSA Candy™ Pressed Beads has expanded.

Currently, we offer the original Candy™ beads and the decorative PRECIOSA Candy Rose two-hole cabochon.  Later this spring the new Oval beads will arrive.

The oval base comes in 3 sizes; 4 x 6 mm, 6 x 8 mm and 10 x 12 mm. There are many options for combining this bead, for example, with the two-hole PRECIOSA Twin™ or PRECIOSA Bow™ shapes. On the other hand, you can give your costume jewelry a more delicate look by combining it with the more delicate PRECIOSA Rocaille Seed Beads. The sequence of all three sizes placed one after the other is also interesting.

 

Allow Us to Introduce the New Preciosa Terra Intensive Seed Beads!

2020 begins with the release of a new group of Preciosa Czech beads appropriately named “Intensive.” These 11 eye-popping colors are a designer’s dream come true. The rich and deep hues of blue, pink, green, light green, yellow, red, rose, orange, purple, brown and dark brown
They will give a color boost to any project in very tempting color options.  These deeply radiant colors work beautifully together and with all the other beads you already love.  The terra coating technology from Preciosa means they are more durable with a brilliant lasting finish.
This is just the first wave of seed beads for this collection.
Throughout the year we will be adding strung beads and vials along
with more 10/0 and size 11/0, 8/0 and 2/0.

New Matte Semi-Precious Beads

Matte gemstones look unpolished and have a softer appearance. In fact, it takes longer to craft matte beads as they require additional tumbling to get this “frosted” surface. The description we landed on is that they feel almost velvety.
Some of your favorite stones will look different, such as matte rose quartz which is a lovely pastel color you may find more appealing.  They can be paired with softer fibers, light colored suedes and other stringing materials.
They are also right on trend for men’s jewelry.
Our new Earth’s Jewels Matte semi-precious collection
includes the most sought-after stones:
Amazonite, Lava, Crystal, Sodalite, Hematite, Dog Teeth Amethyst, White Howlite, Aventurine, Blue Turquoise Stabilized, Rose Quartz, Yellow Jade, Tiger Eye, Peach Aventurine, Cherry Quartz, Map Stone, Dyed Agate Red/Green, and Striped Agate in Red/Brown, Rose, Natural and Blue.
Two options:
Collection is available on beautiful header card linked here.
16 inch strands linked here.

Stunning Step by Step Project Celebrating the Heart

Amulet bag: a small pouch worn around the neck to hold precious mementos or objects, and have been worn in many cultures throughout history. Amulets are typically thought to be objects that protect a person from harm, ward off evil spirits, bring luck, attract good fortune, or remind you of a loved one.

We are ecstatic with this new project from Debra!  While we are launching it timed to Valentines Day, it is truly timeless.  We love the idea of this amulet bag holding a special semi-precious stone, a momento or other secrets.  It will look wonderful in other color waves and we can’t wait to see what our friends and followers will create with it.

John Bead Product List for Valentine’s Day Amulet Bag

Czech Seedbead 11/0 Crystal Silverlined 250g

Czech Seedbead 8/0 Aprx. 22g VIAL S/L CRYSTAL

Rola Beads 4.5mm Opaque 100g White

Rola Beads 4.5mm Opaque 100g Red

Miyuki Seed Bead 11/0 aprx.22g Chalk White Opaque

F/P Beads strung 4mm Pearl Pastels Strawberry Pink aprx 45pcs

F/P Beads strung 4mm Pearl Pastels Raspberry Red aprx 45pcs

Dazzle-It Silk Bead Thread FFF (15lbs) White 92yds

Beadalon Big Eye Needle 2.5in

Swarovski Button 3015 Rivoli 10mm F Crystal 12pcs

Beadalon – Wildfire .006in/ .15mm Frost 50yd (45m)

Bead mat

Scissors/Snips

Thread burner (optional) Wildfire Battery Operated Heat Cord Cutter

Gold eye beading needles size 10

Valentine’s Day Amulet Bag – Step by Step linked here.

Crystal Lane Brand

The Crystal Lane Brand

An exclusive to John Bead, our Crystal Lane brand features sparkling crystals in a broad spectrum of colors. The collection includes:
*Twisted Crystal strands, a curated combination of pearls and crystals.
*Glass bead double strands (7 inches) for twice the beads in some stunning clear and opaque colors.
* Glass pendants in colors to coordinate with all CrystalLane beads.
*Finally, we have flat back rhinestones in the most popular sizes to add shimmer and color to clothing, footwear, home décor and paper crafts.

Crystal Lane Strands

Our Crystal Lane bead strand collection is a sparkling kaleidoscope of color. What began as a search for some new and unique opaque colors resulted in a brand-new crystal brand for John Bead. CrystalLane is going to fill the need for a crystal collection that is both affordable and an exceptional quality
at our value pricing.
*There are 58 colors
*Two seven-inch strands per card.
*Four sizes and high piece counts.
*Fifth size launching in the spring 1.5X2.5MM

Crystal Lane Pendants

Our Crystal Lane pendants were selected to match the variety in our strand collection. They will add the finishing touch on beaded projects.
The pendants are facetted adding to their brilliant shine.
*There are 20 pendant colors.
*There are two shapes; Teardrop and Oval.

Crystal Lane Flat Backs

Our much-anticipated crystal flat backs are going to delight embellishment enthusiasts everywhere. We have gathered the most popular sizes and colors in this super collection that will appeal to costume designers, skating costume creators, paper and collage artists, home décor crafters and everyone who wants to add a little bling easily to anything.
*25 colors

Working With Leather Cord

There are many great options for finishing your projects with leather cording.

A Pewter End Cap is really pretty.  You simply flatten the middle of the finding with pliers.

This is also a pewter end cap with four leaves.  We recommend a small dab of glue on the end of your leather cord and then carely press the leaves together over the cord.

This is a medium sized leather crimp.  You place the cord in the centre and fold the two flaps tight over the cord.

These are stainless steel end caps.  End caps are available in many sizes and they will work with the the thinnest to the widest cords.  You glue the cord into the cap.

These are called “coil with loop.” You glue the cord into the coil.  The loop makes it easy to either add a clasp or jumpring for a closure.

This is a more decorative crimp end.  You slide the cord through the backside and flatten the one or all three round coils to keep the cord in place.  Our collection of crimps is here.

 

These pretty crimps come in different sizes, so it is good to know the thickness of the cord you will be working with.

Lets not forget that a simple knot is a classic style for leather cord projects.

This is a “magnetic tube clasp“.  You glue your cord into the two components that make the clasp and you have a finished piece in minutes.  Tube clasps are available in many sizes, so being aware of your cord thickness is important.  You can see all our magnetic tube clasps here.

 

This is a simpler “Tube clasp” without the magnet.  It works the same and as long as you know your cord thickness you can get the right sized tube clasp set to work with.  Our collection is here.

 

If you have time to google or go to YouTube you will see lots and lots of how-tos explaining how to add macrame knots to finish jewelry.  We have a square knot step by step right here.

A popular way to create a finished piece with leather cord is by using the “sliding knot.”  We have a step by step for that technique here.

 

Adding a bead to the end of a leather cord is also a great addition.  It can also act as a clasp.

 

Wire wrapping the ends is also a nice finish.  Simply leave enough space so that you have an opening which can act as a clasp as well.