Bohemian Chic Necklace Showcasing Czech Seed Beads

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Necklace designed by Laura Ripley Mena for John Bead featuring black and hematite 2cut and yellow Czech seed beads from the John Bead assortment and yellow opaque and light chrome Swarovski crystals.

Technique: Wire Crocheting

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This necklace was on the Creativation 2017 Catwalk at the Association For Creative Industries (formally CHA) show in Phoenix last week.

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Czech Mixed Bead Box

Bookmark this page to see all 12 bead mixes and their matching projects by Lena Gillespie.

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Necklace by Purple Lace Designs Lena Gillespie using the Ma Vie en Rose mixed bead box. Named after a movie of same title, this color palette exudes a little girl’s world that is imaginative and filled with princess tales. Pink and fuchsia are colors that praise pure love, nurturing and affection.

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Earrings by Purple Lace Designs Lena Gillespie using the Santorini Coast Mixed Bead Box.
“The Greek island located at the Aegean Sea was the inspiration for this mix. The different shades of blue reflect the different colors of its sea and the architectural features of its unique buildings.”

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Necklace by Purple Lace Designs Lena Gillespie using the Topaz Pizzazz Mixed Bead Box.
“In this little treasure box filled with topaz and copper beads you can find shades of fall. Perfect to inspire accessories to spotlight neutral colors like ivory as well as rich chocolate brown garments.”

 

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Trinity bracelet made of PRECIOSA Hill™, PRECIOSA Pellet™ and PRECIOSA Solo™ beads

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Try this tutorial and make an impressive bracelet, in which the new PRECIOSA Hill™ bead takes the lead role and is successfully supported by the PRECIOSA Pellet™ and PRECIOSA Solo™ pressed beads.

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The PDF step by step for this project is linked here.  Or you can watch it on YouTube.

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Cali Bead – Free Project PDF

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By Patty McCourt

This is our second post sharing a project you can make yourself with the latest bead available to the beading market – The Cali Bead!

John Bead is thrilled to introduce a new shaped bead to the DIY industry. British/Colombian designer Patty McCourt designed this new bead.  Mrs. McCourt is considered a seed bead designer extraordinaire and named her bead after her hometown.

Cali® is a 3-hole bead made of Czech glass measuring 3×8 mm. It is available in over 50 colors and special effects. This new bead will showcase seed beads spectacularly, which are the staple of designer pieces that illustrate bead-weaving techniques.

Cali® is curved on both sides boasting a double convex surface, which gives the consumer the ability to use it as a spacer or as structural pillar. The creative beader will construct complex shapes, making the possibilities endless.

Create this trendy bracelet with a supple texture using the new 3-hole Cali® beads.

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The PDF for the NIGHTFALL BRACELET Instructions is linked here.

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Rhinestone Cup Chain On Sale Now

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Introducing The Cali Bead!

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Cali is being launched exclusively by John Bead – one of the biggest manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of Czech glass beads in the world. In their 63rd year, they begin 2017 with this exciting bead project.

Cali is a 3-hole bead made of Czech glass measuring 3×8 mm. It is available in over 50 colors and special effects. This new bead will showcase seed beads spectacularly, which are the staple of designer pieces that illustrate bead-weaving techniques.

Cali is curved on both sides boasting a double convex surface, which gives the consumer the ability to use it as a spacer or as structural pillar. The creative beader will construct complex shapes, making the possibilities endless.

John Bead is thrilled to introduce a new shaped bead to the DIY industry. British/Colombian designer Patty McCourt designed this new bead.  Mrs. McCourt is considered a seed bead designer extraordinaire and named her bead after her hometown.

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Cali Bead

If you love the necklace featured in our advertisement as much as we do you’ll be pleased to learn we have it available as a step by step.

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PRECIOSA Hill™ – A New Bead Arriving Soon!

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PRECIOSA ORNELA presents the new PRECIOSA Hill™ fire polished bead.

This half-ball with a round base at a diameter of 6 and 8 mm is decorated with a multiple cut. The shallow rounding in the lower section makes it easier to sew around and to mutually link the bead with seed beads and other selected PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™. It is possible to apply any type of surface finish to the excellently polished top of the delicate arching. Choose from the wide range of half-coatings and full-coatings to create your own collection. Use the options provided by this new geometric shape with facets which enhance the effects of the surface finishes and combine the bead with other popular shapes, for example with PRECIOSA Farfalle™, PRECIOSA Pellet™ and PRECIOSA Solo™ and create an elegant fashion accessory.

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Design: Helena Chmelíková

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Swarovski Socks for a Cozy Winter!

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Swarovski has provided us with a wonderful PDF to make these socks.  The PDF is linked here.

 

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Amazingly Simple Golden Beauty Choker

By Carmi Cimicata

Amazingly Simple Golden Beauty Choker
Created by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp. and Perles Et Cetera

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I then strung each strand with wire and used crimps and a crimping tool from Beadalon to secure my beads.

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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.

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With my choker complete I knew I would love a matching bracelet. Gold memory wire was all needed to string this golden cuff.

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Of course, it also made sense to create earrings to match!

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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!

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Main Products Used From John Bead

GOLD GRAVEL Mixed Beads

BEAD DESIGN BOARD

LINK FLAT BAR

BEADALON MEMORY WIRE BRACELET

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New Craft Supplies

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