BEE-UTIFUL! New Bee Strand Project

We have a fabulous new collection of bead strands featuring bee shapes and honeycombs.

Our strands are available in seven different colors.

Danielle Wickes has created a new project that showcases the bee strands.

From Danielle:

A Spiral of Bees!
Create a swarm of Honey Bees around your wrist with this fun spin on Russian Spiral!
Part 1 of this Step-by-Step is a review of Russian Spiral Stitch. There are a lot of great tutorials and videos out there for how to do Russian Spiral stitch. The method I chose for this design is based on a technique I learned from Kitti Robinson Designs.

I have modified the method she shows in the video, substituting size 6/0 seed beads for the 4mm beads.

Part 2 of this Step-by-Step shows how the strand of  Bees and Honeycombs are tacked onto the spiral for a swirl effect.
This design would make a beautiful necklace as well as a bracelet. Many other ideas to modify and create variations are possible. Have fun and share your gorgeous creations with us on social media!

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Spiral of Bees Project PDF linked here.

Double Duty Bail – Wire Working Techniques

From Brenda:

How can you not be wowed by this Preciosa crystal focal in all its minimal, yet amazing gorg-iosity! (LOL!)! (Reminds me of a beader’s peyote stitch, although the stitchers I know would probably laugh me off the jewelry-island for saying so!)  Then, I devised this surprisingly simple pendant as a frame, but if you look closer, you see a little extra loop-de-loop that presents the light-filled lovely with just enough “forward face” to catch  your viewers eye and hold it tight!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here. DoubleDutyBail Instructions and Pattern

 

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Windowpane Earrings or Pendant (two versions) – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Windowpane Earrings

Description for our class:

In this class we will create boho-style, brick-stitch earrings on light, wooden frames with John Bead Czech Glass Seed Beads!

The Recorded Class is here.

Extra Version Project If You Do Not have a Round Component:    Extra Supplement Windowpane Earrings

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

RingALingALing Earrings – Wire Working Techniques

 

[How to show off these beautiful iridescent colored Czech pearls by John Bead Corporation? Well, if there are three sizes, use ‘em all! This simple wire-wrangled design is so easy to accomplish with this key finding, the Trinfinity link! It takes care of orientation, spacing and connection all in one fell swoop! It may be little, but it is fierce on utility and cuteness! Use it alone or to harbor graduated hoops! Adorbs!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here. RingALing Instructions and Pattern

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

Czech iridescent glass pearls are here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Duchess Earrings – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Duchess Earrings

Description for our class:

Create ballgown style earrings in a flash with John Bead Czech Glass SuperDuo beads. Iridescent pearls and a faceted crystal drop make the design sparkle even more. Set on Silver-Plated, lever-back ear wires.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Add A Clasp or Not Cuff Tutorial – Wire Working Techniques

 

[The third in my Bring It On!!: A Month of Challenging Elements Made SuperCool designs is AddAClaspOrNot Cuff! And the challenge element? The Leopard Head Clasp! Gosh! What a beautiful finding! I learned so much designing this cuff and the solution ended up being a new KISS Principal: Keep It (the design solution) Simple and Stiff! LOL! (We’ll keep it kind and leave the name-calling from the original version behind!) Good thing we’ve got the Live Broadcast to share more about the design and engineering process that made this challenge so, well, challenging!]

The Pattern Instructions and PDF are here.  AddAClaspornot Cuff 

Aluminum Wire is easy to see here.

About Brenda
Brenda is an artist, inventor, author, teacher, and coach, in whatever order that suits your need of her! Found objects and steel wire are her palette, which to her, pair like fine wines and lusciously delectable dinners.
You may know her from her weekly Facebook Live Broadcasts:
https://www.facebook.com/BrendaSchwederJewelry

She has written several books and has over 150+ published articles for the jewelry making world. She has also recorded workshop DVDs and other longer online classes.
Her name is synonymous with the Now That’s a[Brand]! of wire jewelry making tools.
Based in Southern Arizona, she works from her Sahuarita Casita, an adobe brick studio in the mountainous desert region close to the Mexican border.
Subscribe to her blog for regular updates.
Her YouTube page is here.
Her Facebook page is here.
Her Instagram page is here.

Step by Step Instructions for Rhombus Harlequin Earrings

Designed by Debra Schwartz for John Bead

Project PDF:  Harlequin Earrings – Step by Step

Techniques:

Basic bead weaving knowledge, Right Angle Weave (RAW)

The Harlequin Earrings are the second of two project PDFS we released this month by Debra Schwartz.  It features our own bead; The Rhombus bead which was designed for us by Lena Gillespie.

Product Links:

White, Silver and Pink color wave is here.

Black and White color wave is here.

Tools and findings are here.

All tools, findings, and both color waves are linked here.

 

 

The Harlequin Bracelet is first project that we released and you can read all about it here.

 

 

 

Beading Etiquette:

Although this is a free pattern, please be kind and give credit to the designer when you share a photo of the item you made with this pattern online or when you sell the item.

About Debra Schwartz

Other free patterns designed by Debra for John Bead are linked here.

Debra Schwartz is on Facebook as DatzKats Designed and is linked here.

DatzKatz Designs – Bead Weaving Patterns by Debra Schwartz
Available here: linked here.

More John Bead Projects

To see all the free projects that John Bead releases, consider joining our special Facebook group linked here.

 

Regency Romance Pendant – Free Class with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Romance Pendant

Description for our class:

This elegant pendant was inspired by Regency Era jewelry and the timelessness of pearls.

A sterling setting for a 10mm pearl is created with matte silver John Bead Czech Super Duo beads paired with transparent crystal seed beads atop an 8mm Pearl and Faceted Drop.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes

Danielle Wickes is a Designer and Content Creator for John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.