DiamonDuo Free Earring Project

We spent time with our friends from BeadMaster in their booth at the Bead and Button show this month.

Jack Davenport was demonstrating how to make these beautiful earring components with DiamonDuos.

He shared the PDF with us and now you can make them as well!

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Prayer Bead Influenced Necklace

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style

Prayer Bead Influenced Necklace
By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera Magazine

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

This step by step appears in French in the Summer 2017 issue.

This necklace could be the biggest impact piece you will create this year with absolutely no tools. It features aromatic wood beads and metal patina components. It also has a unique bead as a focal which is called a guru bead.
The length of the necklace is an individual choice but I wanted mine to truly stand out so I made it very long.
You may be hearing a lot about mala necklaces this year. The mala bead necklace is based on traditional Buddhist prayer beads.  “Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.  Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads.  A decorative tassel is often attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one’s local tradition.”  Via Wikipedia
Since Mala bead necklaces are considered a Buddhist rosary I wanted to acknowledge that I was aware that these necklaces have spiritual importance to many people. The necklaces I am making are influenced by the symmetry in the traditional mala necklace.   I have gone out of my way to create a necklace with an even number of beads that is not a real mala.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

I used a long bead board to set up my project. This took me the most time as I added and removed different sizes.  John Bead Corp just added an aromatic bead collection to their catalog. These beads are available in sandalwood and cedarwood in all the classic bead sizes; 6,8,10,12,15,20mm. I choose to design with sandalwood.  I also choose a strand of Buddha heads to add interest.

You’ll notice in the middle of the board a single wood bead and cap. That is the “GURU” bead. It is a three holed bead used with a tower bead. These two will be joined together to make the exact centre of the necklace a perfect place to attach a dangle and tassel.

My necklace was strung using just one strand of silk beading cord.  The needle is already attached to the thread making this necklace an easy one to finish in less than 30 minutes.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

I strung the first half of the necklace and then stopped to gather what I needed for the guru bead addition.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

The guru bead is actually two components.  The round bead has three holes and you need to be sure you are stringing your cord through the right holes so that it will sit properly in the necklace. You have to get your needle and thread through one half of the bead to start. (see picture) The needle bends like wire so I could send it through the curves in the bead.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

Then you string through the tower bead and pendant.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

You do everything a second time by going back up through the tower bead, then through the other side of the three-holed guru bead. It looks so nice when you pull your thread and then add you second side of beads. I’ll be honest though. The guru bead is not easy to string the first time. You must be patient when pushing your needle through the curved sections in the three-hole bead.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

After adding all the beads to the necklace you simply tie a good knot. I even added a little glue to keep the knot extra secure.

Carmi Cimicata Mala Style Necklace

My last step was to add a tassel. You have so many options when it comes to adding embellishments. No doubt I will switch the tassel to something else later this summer.

All beads and components from John Bead Corp.

  • Carved Buddha Head Strand – 286013060
  • Wood Beads – Sandalwood Round 20mm, 18mm, 12mm
    286013003-00, 286013005-00, 286013006-00
  • Metal Hand Link Patina – 26040021
  • Metal Beads with Patina 8mm – 28838008
  • Metal Beads with Patina 6mm – 28838007
  • Metal Cones with Patina – 28838003
  • Guru Bead – Sandalwood Round 20mm – 286013016-00
  • Bead Board Long (21×8) – 74530130
  • Silk Bead Cord with Needle .8m Black – 74422068-00
  • Tassel (from Home Dec department)
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Diamond Dotz – New Craft at John Bead

John Bead is pleased to present this new craft collection. This brochure highlights most of the Diamond Dotz kits and we have focussed our attention on the best sellers. More kits are available and new ones are being designed. We look forward to sharing them with you.

For more information please contact your John Bead sales representative.

John Bead Corp Tel: (416) 757-3287 or Email:  sales@johnbead.com

All the kits are on our website and linked here.

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Semi Precious Beads, Wood Beads, Tassels and Charms – A Step by Step for Five Meaningful Bracelets


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

  • John Bead Corp 8mm Carnelian Semi Precious Beads 27600623-02  (2)
  • John Bead Corp 8mm Red Wood Beads 286519-03  (3)
  • John Bead Red Cotton Tassel 1543410-09 (4)
  • TierraCast Wing Charm 94-2341  (4)
  • Beadalon Elastic Cord Needle (1)
  • John Bead Stretch Bead Cord 25003000-01
  • Jump ring to add wing and tassel

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.

Other Designs

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.

  • John Bead Corp 8mm Tiger Eye Semi Precious Beads 27600615-01
  • John Bead Corp 8mm Mahogany Wood Beads 286519-11
  • John Bead Light Brown Cotton Tassel 1543410-21
  • TierraCast Peace Charm 942293


  • John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
  • Jump ring to add charm and tassel

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.

  • John Bead Corp 8mm Obsidian Semi Precious Beads 27600615-01
  • John Bead Corp 8mm Black Wood Beads 286519-02
  • John Bead Black Cotton Tassel 1543410-01
  • TierraCast Feather Charm 942045


  • John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
  • Jump ring to add charm and tassel

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. 

  • John Bead Corp 8mm Amazonite Semi Precious Beads 27600613-02
  • John Bead Corp 8mm Natural Wood Beads 286519-09
  • John Bead Turquoise Green Cotton Tassel 1543410-16
  • TierraCast Lock Charm 943144


  • John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
  • Jump ring to add charm and tassel


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.

  • John Bead Corp 8mm Pink Quartz Semi Precious Beads 27600614-01
  • John Bead Corp 8mm Light Brown Wood Beads 286519-10
  • John Bead Turquoise Rosewater Cotton Tassel 1543410-06
  • TierraCast Sacred Heart Milagros Charm 942342


  • John Bead Stretch Bead Cord
  • Jump ring to add charm and tassel

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

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Canada 150 Beaded Bead Tutorial

John Bead Corp is proud to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with their own contribution to the many events and activities planned for 2017. 

Our company commissioned the Canada Day beaded bead so that beaders around the world could create their own memento to celebrate with us.  The designer of this special bead, is Canadian beader extraordinaire Debra Schwartz

We approached Debra earlier this year after reviewing many of her online tutorials.  We challenged her with our desire to have a unique bead and sent her a box of red and white beads to work with.  We also asked Debra to allow us to make this beaded bead one that anyone could use as many times as they liked.* 

This project was to be our gift to our customers, friends and fellow beaders.  However, Debra did something we did not expect.  She gifted us with the pattern and therefore all of you with the project.  She refused compensation for her work.  Not only did she design a stunning bead, but she also created a step-by-step that will allow both the beginner and intermediate beader to create their own Canada Day bead.  We are honored and grateful to her for this gift.

So on behalf of our company and our generous designer Debra Schwartz happy 150th Canada!

P.S.  If you do make and post images of beads you make with this design, we would truly appreciate you giving credit to our company and Debra Schwartz as a courtesy.  We’ll share your posts too!

The 150th anniversary of Canada, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation and promoted by the Canadian government as Canada 150, occurs in 2017 as Canada marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Your link to this wonderful PDF is right here:

Canada Day Beaded Bead 

If you would like to see some of the other wonderful patterns Debra has written take a look at her Craftsy shop:  DatzKatz Designs 

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Create Your Own Badge With Leather and Beads

John Bead Beaded and Leather Badges!

Earlier this year we shared some images of the “make and take” project John Bead presented at the winter trade shows.  These leather and bead badges were very popular so we are sharing our step by step with you.


Color has meaning and we chose to focus on five unique palettes.


The leather badge was created utilizing tooling leather for the shaped background and leather sheets for the stripe.

Leather sheets  Tooling Leather

We have attached the PDF created by our Marketing department so you can make your own.


Leather Badges template


It is helpful to have a leather punch so you can make holes for the pins to go through.


We also provided some leather crafting tools so that the leather edges received some detailing.  This is the leather edge beveler.


Each badge featured one of these kilt pins.  There are three open spots to hang an embellishment or charm on.


Beads we have an abundance of!  We provided a selection of gorgeous Czech glass beads for our make and takes along with eye pins and jump rings.  We think everyone really enjoyed creating their own bead charms/dangles.  We also had some tiny metal spacers available for anyone wanting to add some metallic shimmer.


Although we had a color palette for inspiration we noticed quite quickly that some participants wanted to select their own colors.  That worked out really well too!


We also gave our participants one more opportunity to embellish their pins since there was a little extra space available before setting the kilt pin onto the leather badge.


I think the extra beads made the top look extra special.


This is an easy make and take to set up.  It is a great way to use up smaller beads and leftovers.  We hope you enjoy making your own badges, with and without, a leather badge background.  The kilt pins are perfect for all awareness campaigns.

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Overstock on Blades and Steel Ruler


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Statement Necklace with Wire Wrapped Glass Beads


Looking to create some free spirit style jewelry this summer?


You might think I took a great deal of time to wire wrap a large number of turquoise pressed glass pieces for this long necklace/

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I did not!  We sell them already wrapped!


The fabulous pendant is part of our new statement peice collection.


To complete the look I created links with a number of left over metal and red beads from other projects.

Here is a closer look at some of the pendants in the collection.

PicMonkey Collage



Each peice is a showstopper.


Of course, I made a bracelet to match!  This will be one of my summer 2017 go-to sets!

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DiamonDuo Beads Are Now Less Expensive!


We are pleased to announce that we have lowered all the prices on the original DIAMONDUO two hole bead collection!DiamondDuo_Beth


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Cali Bead Inspiration

Bookmark this page as we add many more images of finished peices featuring the Cali bead.


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