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.

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.