Celebrating 4th July in Style

The ultimate American holiday is just around the corner, and we’ve decided to celebrate it with our neighbors from the south of the border playing with the hottest trend in the jewelry making world – yes, it’s a Kumihimo extravaganza (“…here, there, everywhere…”).

Mix organic and industrial elements to turn this festive date into an unforgettable and vibrant event with lots of personal style.

If you are looking for something that won’t take much time but that still screams fun and stylish, make yourself a quick stretch bracelet combining natural red silk agate glass drops and  red azuro peacock daggers both from our wide selection of Czech glass beads.

Alternate both style of glass drops stringing them in groups of three at a time.

Secure the bracelet tying a single overhand knot followed by a double knot topped by a dab of stringing glue and let it sit before your trim any excess of cord.  As a final touch, make simple wrapped dangles using crystal pearls from our latest SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection – add 2 lapis and 2 dark lapis crystal pearls attached to bracelet symmetrically through jump ring.

Make all your friends scream of jealousy making two bracelets and wear them together. More is more and it will tell.

( stretch bracelet)

skill level: beginner


Heading to a day by the shore or by a lake with a group of socialites?

Show up wearing a casual chic necklace made with few elements. After an hour of braiding 1.5mm white and navy blue rattail cords by our Dazzle It selection, keep your Kumihimo section as the focal point of your design. Shape the middle section of the cord onto a life-saver (well, use your imagination!)and place both sides together wrapping 14 gauge red colored copper wire around it – use nylon jaw pliers to make it tight without scratching its surface.  Add a dramatic crystal red magma navette pendant using 4 of our XL round jump rings, perfect accent for such minimalist look. For an  extra length add a 3-inch double chain section to the back and finish with a delicate toggle clasp. This necklace will give you lots of options for outfits, you can go shorts and tee, cotton pants and tunic or just simply a traditional airy white linen dress – all of that will be a nice canvas for your subtle but chic Kumihimo minimalist 4 July piece – if somebody ask you where are the stars juts tell them:

“ This necklace is all about the colors of the American flag and the only star here is me, honey! “

(nautical necklace)

skill level (intermediate)


The next design, still highlights a substantial Kumihimo style necklace, created mixing two different sizes of rattail cords from our fabulous selection of colors by Dazzle It – 1.5mm white and 3mm vibrant red.

Blue accents dominate a sensuous dangle section created combining natural agate slabs and German silver star blanks by our Metal Complex line bedazzled by denim blue flat back stones by SE ( sizes ss12 and ss 16) randomly glued on top of it.

Another color of Czech peacock dagger drops – red Azuro – shares the spotlight with a new shape from our vast selection of Czech peacock glass beads – short strung sections of hexagon black Azuro spaced by crystal metallic blue bicone beads.

The third design element of the middle section of necklace was added last – a stretch cord strung only with red Azuro peacock daggers wrapped around braided section, adding texture, dimension and a little bit of  “granny” glamour.

( funky necklace)

skill level: intermediate


A pair of crystallized shoulder dusters earrings will be the final pass for a trendy and current vibe to your ensemble. 

(long earrings)

Make with love and wear with pride.

Happy Fourth!!!

All designs by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead.

Copyright 2012

From Bead & Button 2012 and the White Out Party

Thank you for another great year !! THANK YOU , THANK YOU , THANK YOU !

This years annual Bead & Button show 2012, was  a big hit in Milwakee.  Our staff and guest designers Fernando Dasilva and Carmi Cimicata were a great addition to our booth. They both showcased their talents using products from the Metal Complex and Dazzle-it Line.


The two desingers were a big hit. Showing guests how to Kumihimo, pearl knot and how to create unique designs using the Metal Complex bezels and Jewelry resin !   See some of Carmi’s samples on the Resin Craft Blog !

After the Bead & Button show, John Bead hosted the White Out Party. Guests enjoyed snacks and beverages and got to relax after the 3 full show days.


Don’t Forget ! 

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Goat Suede – Introduction

What is goat suede  ? It refers to the type of animal skin used, which is goat. Genuine Goat Suede is of the highest quality suede. It’s incredibly supple and soft with a luxurious ease to it. Suede refers to a specific treatment used to achieve a soft nap on the leather. Whereas full-grain leather is made from the outer side of the animal skin , suede leather uses the inner side. The inner side is more supple to but is further softened and made flexibly by buffing its surface to create the slightly fuzzy texture of suede. Some skins may also be split, the inner side of the leather from the outer side, leaving very flexible and soft suede.

Goat Suede can be found used in jackets, garments, shoes, gloves, bags and accessories. With a huge trend in natural , exotic looking jewelry , suede is also being incorporated into jewlery designs.


John Bead carries Goat Suede Cord available in two widths – 3.5mm & 5mm. It is a flat cord ideal for creating belt accessories , bracelets, necklaces, earrings , keychain accessories , headbands and more !

Follow this weeks blog for inspirational designs using goat suede !

TIP ** Because suede is a porous fiber it requires a specific type of care. Here are some tips- Do not wash or put into water. To rub of stains use an art gum erase. To remove oily stains use cornstarch.

Congratulations to the Flight Winners !!

Maria Rypan attended the Luau event in Toronto at the John Bead Showroom on

February 1st. She is the winner of a flight to TUCSON, Arizon for

next years To Bead True Blue Show 2013.



Lynn Spelman is the co-founder of Goody Beads. She attended John Beads Luau party

hosted in Tucson, Arizona on February 1st.

She is the proud winner of a flight to Toronto to visit the John Bead Showroom !





How can Kumihimo Inspire you ?

I always love browsing the internet for new ideas and inspirations. Since John Bead carries over 65,000 products , I know I’ll always find something that I could easy re-create or draw inspiration from. So here I went and explored the fun world of Kumihimo Braiding, check out some of the fun ideas I found.

White and yellow rattail with a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Baroque Pendant in Golden Shadow.

I liked this idea of mixing chain into the design. You just have to be a little more gentle when working with the chain so that you don’t damage the slots on the foam disk.

Even though you can’t see the exact shape of the braid , I love Eyelash ribbon and it’s a fun way to use it to create a round braid.

Mens Black  Leather Kumihimo Bracelet w/Sterling Silver Bead - B45

I love how simple this bracelet it. Here the designer (Designs by Malone) used black leather and a simple large hole bead.

Here are some examples of large hole beads that work  well with kumihimo designs (Some are more ideal for thinner braids , so check the size of the inner holes and match it to your design. )

JBB Pewter Beads

Metalized Large Hole Beads


Metal Large Hole Beads


Stay tunned for more ideas and Kumihimo Techniques and check out the Dazzle-it Facebook page for a chance to win your own Kumihimo Disk !!

Kumihimo Contest

John Bead Products Featured in Jewelry Stringing Magazine – Winter 2011

Whether you are attending elegant holiday parties or trying to turn heads on New Year’s Eve, these sparkly treasures will make your jewelry dazzle!

See our John Bead Jewelry Components featured in this seasons Stringing Magazine in the “All that Glitters” section on page 14-15.

Crystal Rhinestone Rounds

Black cut-link chains ; 3mm & 5mm

Inquire about Retailer that carry these products.