PRECIOSA Karo™ Bead

Designed by: Romana Tschunkova

We present the new two-hole PRECIOSA Karo™ Seed Bead.  Like PRECIOSA Twin™, this new two-hole seed bead is also made from flat 5 mm wide glass tubes which have been cut into squares. The width of the basic tube and the length of the cut are therefore always the same. This flat, square seed bead is an ideal complement to the twin range. It is excellent when used to create geometric patterns. You can create both highly effective, yet simple, flat brick ornaments or three-dimensional, almost architectural accessories.

Candied Almonds Bracelet Step by Step PDF

Sewn bracelet made using PRECIOSA Twin™ and PRECIOSA Tee™ beads.  Designer: Helena Chmelíková.

Candied almonds

Free project PDF for this bracelet linked here.

Choose the now traditional and popular PRECIOSA Twin™ bead and the unusually shaped PRECIOSA Tee™ bead from the extensive range of PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™. Be inspired by the tasteful color scheme of a chocolate bonbon with candied almonds and sew an interesting bracelet.

Jade, the Beaded Mannequin!

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Niagara Region Artist Makes a Tropical Splash for Toronto’s John Bead with Jade, the Beaded Mannequin

When Toronto’s John Bead Corp. was looking for a new impact piece for their wholesale division, they turned to beading artist Brandi Jasmine.

“Jade’s tropical beading design was a collaboration between myself and John Bead’s Creative Director Fernando DaSilva” says Jasmine, who resides in the Niagara Region of Ontario “Fernando presented the tropical theme and gave me the specific motifs to use. We worked together to refine the design as I worked from the top to the bottom of the mannequin.” 

“I asked Brandi to represent the lusciousness of a tropical land,” DaSilva said. “After she submitted several sketches, I was impressed with how well she captured my vision and ultimately made into reality.”

It took more than a year to fully complete this project and hundreds of hours were needed for the beading, using a process the artist calls “embeadering.” Using adhesives and special tools designed by Jasmine, thousands of tiny seed beads were then set onto the mannequin frame.

According to Jasmine her average square inch has 325 beads so there are approximately 700,000 seed beads covering the slender body of the mannequin. She also applied crystal sew-on stones and flat backs by Preciosa to create rays of light and extra pizzazz to the artwork.

“I actually dropped the bodice on a hardwood floor when I was showing it to Fernando via Skype,” Jasmine recalls. “We thought we both stopped breathing for a moment, but there was no damage at all.”

Jade is currently on display in John Bead’s Wholesale showroom.

 

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Designing With The New Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

This bracelet and the second one featured in this post were designed by Fernando DaSilva for John Bead.  They will have you wondering how you have lived without the newest tool from Beadalon if you enjoy making or teaching others how to make wire bracelets.

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

In order to make these bracelets Fernando used:

1. The Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

2. Artistic Wire in various sizes.

3.  Preciosa Ripple Beads

4.  Preciosa Rondell Beads   (We have a fantastic collection of Preciosa Rondell beads in our catalog.  Fernando used 4mm size for these projects.)

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

The Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig comes with excellent instructions.  You can see very quickly how working on a circular jig will result in a perfectly formed circle in minutes.4

Fernando used wire wrapping techniques to add his beads.  Here is a closer look.

Ripple Bead

Ripple beads by Preciosa have a very unique shape.  Showcasing them in this way allows you to see the wonderful colours.

Ripple Bead

Here is the second bracelet utilizing copper and silver wire.

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The crystals just glitter against the copper Ripple Beads.

 

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig are in stock.

Ripple Beads

Our Ripple Bead collection has had a few new additions.

Tropical Punch Flower Maker and Petal Beads

Turn your life into an endless summer with the most colorful and fun creative DIY components from Tropical Punch.  The collection includes a luscious assortment of Lucite flowers and chain, round and tear drop beads, three dimensional flowers, filigree components, sliders, a unique metal flower maker, retro flower components and polyester pipe.   This necklaces was designed by Our Creative Manager, Fernando DaSilva.

The Flower Maker is an intriguing metal component with a clear rhinestone in the center that will enable you to easily create flowers combining stretch cord and curved Lucite petals. The flower maker has two rings on opposite sides, which can be linked by jump rings and built up into small or large sections. Once a flower is made, it can be used to create necklaces or bracelets as well.

Our acrylic curved petal beads are offered in six colors. Featuring a predrilled hole through the side and at the top of the bead, these petal drops can be strung onto stretch cord to form a flower. Combine them with our flower maker component to create flower links that can be assembled into bracelets or necklaces.

We have a wonderful collection of Preciosa Viva 12 flatbacks that are perfect way to make your flowers even prettier.  They are available in a variety of sizes & colors.

There is a tutorial showing you a step by step to make these flowers in minutes right here on the blog.