Cali Beads Project!

Cali beads have been flying out of our warehouse!  We are now celebrating their arrival in vials with a new project by seed bead pattern expert Debra Schwartz. Just click on the image above to download the “Little Cali Beaded Bead” project PDF.

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Miyuki Glazed Beads!

250g bags are available now and we’ll have the 50g bags and vials soon!

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Mixed Czech Glass Bead Boxes – Collection Two

These are 8 of 12 new boxes in our latest collection.  You can see them all on our website.
Check back for the next 4 boxes!

Santorini Coast 2

Mystical Forest

Sweet Melody

Deep Ocean

Parisian Garden

Enchanted Turquoise

Hard Candy

Soft Delight

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August Is All About Peridot!

The birthstone for August is Peridot. It is the official stone of Egypt and is rumored to have been Cleopatra’s gem of choice.

In ancient times, it was believed that the Peridot was a gift of Mother Nature to celebrate the annual creation of a new world. It is thought to contain positive energy and healing properties, especially when gifted. Said to instill power, and influence through the wearing of it. A symbol of fame, dignity, and protection it is associated with spirituality and self-expression.

The green’s intensity and tint depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure. The color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. A peridot is a gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine. It belongs to the forsterite-fayalite mineral series and is a 6.5-7 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale.

John Bead has a limited selection of semi precious peridot beads and chips.  We do however, have over 500 items that are a peridot colour.

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Cali Herringbone Rope Necklace

We are ecstatic to announce we now have a free project PDF to share with you explaining how to make this necklace created by Renata Patek Robinson with the Cali bead. Thank you to Patty McCourt the designer of the bead for writing this for us!

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Brazilian Wood Bead Bracelet

This new bracelet smells fabulous!

The Brazilian wood beads are part of our aromatic line.  The sandalwood scent is very light and lovely.

I used big hole wood beads as spacers.  Their openings curve around the round Brazilian wood beads and create movement on the strung bracelet.

A silver kumihimo bail was the ideal way for me to add my dangles.

My tassel adds a little softness to the bracelet.

A pressed glass white/green turtle paired perfectly with the wood beads.

This bracelet was strung with two strands of black stretch elastic.


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Beads and Bears Oh My!

Patricia McCourt has designed several unique pieces of jewelry for John Bead.  As the designer of the Cali bead, we have had the opportunity to share some of her projects with you throughout 2017.  She has also created four Cali bead project PDFs that we shared with our customers.

This necklace (above)  is special to us.  We rarely have the opportunity to share some of the components at John Bead that are staples for First Nations designers.  This is a wonderful example of using traditional components in brand new designs.

Patty was born in Colombia and moved to England in 1985 along with her husband, Bill and has since lived in Jordan, Indonesia and Ecuador. She has 2 lovely girls, Katerina and Stephanie.

Patty’s beading career started after successfully finishing her Diploma in 3D Design, Custom jewellery and her City and Guilds Teaching Certificate and her patience and enthusiasm for beading knowledge  have made her workshops very popular in Nottingham and the surrounding areas, including many branches of the Women’s Institute.

You can read more about Patty on her website.

Acrylic Imitation Bear Tooth.  Available in two sizes.
Seedbead 12/0    Strung Opaque   Dark Red
Seedbeads / Rocailles
Claw Toggle
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BeadDreams 2017

Each year, the Bead&Button Show manages BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world.

John Bead sponsors the Seed Bead Jewelry category.

The criteria:

“One piece or an ensemble of jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, or sets of beaded beads predominantly made with seed beads or bugle beads.”

The following are the 2017 winners and photos of the winning pieces as provided by the Bead&Button show.

It is an honour to share these winners with you.

1st place –Tulum

Andrea Grzabka, Port Angeles, WA

2nd place –Necklace under the Tuscan Sun 

Nadezda Gerber, Neuss, Germany

3rd place –Dragon

Jelena Kasevska, Riga, Latvia

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One More Month to Enter!

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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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