Just a few more ideas for your wood beads!
Just a few more ideas for your wood beads!
Part of the necklace designed by Lena Gillespie for John Bead is featured in our current advertising for our Euro Wood bead collection. We wanted you to see the entire piece so you can see the many ways wood beads were incorporated into this beautiful necklace.
Lena used round beads along with oval, spaghetti and large hole beads. Chain was added to create even more unique links and dangles. This lightweight necklace has movement.
This new bracelet smells fabulous!
The Brazilian wood beads are part of our aromatic line. The sandalwood scent is very light and lovely.
I used big hole wood beads as spacers. Their openings curve around the round Brazilian wood beads and create movement on the strung bracelet.
A silver kumihimo bail was the ideal way for me to add my dangles.
My tassel adds a little softness to the bracelet.
A pressed glass white/green turtle paired perfectly with the wood beads.
This bracelet was strung with two strands of black stretch elastic.
Prayer Bead Influenced Necklace
By Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp and Perles Et Cetera Magazine
This step by step appears in French in the Summer 2017 issue.
This necklace could be the biggest impact piece you will create this year with absolutely no tools. It features aromatic wood beads and metal patina components. It also has a unique bead as a focal which is called a guru bead.
The length of the necklace is an individual choice but I wanted mine to truly stand out so I made it very long.
You may be hearing a lot about mala necklaces this year. The mala bead necklace is based on traditional Buddhist prayer beads. “Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. A decorative tassel is often attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one’s local tradition.” Via Wikipedia
Since Mala bead necklaces are considered a Buddhist rosary I wanted to acknowledge that I was aware that these necklaces have spiritual importance to many people. The necklaces I am making are influenced by the symmetry in the traditional mala necklace. I have gone out of my way to create a necklace with an even number of beads that is not a real mala.
I used a long bead board to set up my project. This took me the most time as I added and removed different sizes. John Bead Corp just added an aromatic bead collection to their catalog. These beads are available in sandalwood and cedarwood in all the classic bead sizes; 6,8,10,12,15,20mm. I choose to design with sandalwood. I also choose a strand of Buddha heads to add interest.
You’ll notice in the middle of the board a single wood bead and cap. That is the “GURU” bead. It is a three holed bead used with a tower bead. These two will be joined together to make the exact centre of the necklace a perfect place to attach a dangle and tassel.
My necklace was strung using just one strand of silk beading cord. The needle is already attached to the thread making this necklace an easy one to finish in less than 30 minutes.
I strung the first half of the necklace and then stopped to gather what I needed for the guru bead addition.
The guru bead is actually two components. The round bead has three holes and you need to be sure you are stringing your cord through the right holes so that it will sit properly in the necklace. You have to get your needle and thread through one half of the bead to start. (see picture) The needle bends like wire so I could send it through the curves in the bead.
Then you string through the tower bead and pendant.
You do everything a second time by going back up through the tower bead, then through the other side of the three-holed guru bead. It looks so nice when you pull your thread and then add you second side of beads. I’ll be honest though. The guru bead is not easy to string the first time. You must be patient when pushing your needle through the curved sections in the three-hole bead.
After adding all the beads to the necklace you simply tie a good knot. I even added a little glue to keep the knot extra secure.
My last step was to add a tassel. You have so many options when it comes to adding embellishments. No doubt I will switch the tassel to something else later this summer.
All beads and components from John Bead Corp.
The Courage Bracelet
The bracelet features Carnelian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, it is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation, and for stimulating creativity. It gives courage, promotes positive life choices, dispels apathy, and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception.
What You Need
The bracelet featured is considered a “large” size which is 7 1/4 inches long.
You add to your needle: 5 wood beads + 6 carnelian beads + the jump ring with dangles + 6 carnelian beads + 6 wood beads to make a size 7 ¼ wrist size.
Working with a ruler you can add and subtract wood beads. The Beadalon stainless steel elastic cord needle allows you to plan out your design.
Cut a generous amount of stretch cord (elastic) for the stringing part of the project. I used four times the length of my bracelet.
I wanted my elastic to be double thickness so I placed the cord into the threader hook so that I had equal amounts of stretch cord on either side of the loop.
Once the stretch cord was ready I simply pushed my beads off the needle onto the cord.
A good knot holds the bracelet together. You can add a tiny bit of glue to the stretch cord knot for a little extra security.
The Integrity Bracelet
The bracelet features Tiger Eye Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Tiger’s Eye is a protective stone that was traditionally carried as a talisman against ill wishing and curses. It shows the correct use of power and brings out integrity. It assists in accomplishing goals, recognizing inner resources and promoting clarity of intention.
The Truth Bracelet
The bracelet features Obsidian Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Obsidian is a stone without boundaries or limitations. As a result, it works extremely fast and with great power. Its truth-enhancing, reflective qualities are merciless in exposing flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. Nothing can be hidden from Obsidian.
Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity.
The Filter Bracelet
The bracelet features Amazonite Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Amazonite has a powerful filtering action. It blocks the earth’s vibrations, absorbs microwaves and cell phone emanations, and protects against electromagnetic pollution. This is an extremely soothing stone.
The Love Bracelet
The bracelet features Pink Quartz Semi Precious Beads and Wood.
Pink (rose) Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is calming, reassuring, and excellent for use in trauma or crisis. If you want to attract love, look no further than romantic Rose Quartz.
You can read more about the attributes of our 2017 semi precious collection in this PDF.
John Bead Corp does not guarantee the health or physical benefits referenced. This brief summary shares in a light-hearted fashion some of the most popular attributes associated with semi precious stones. You can read and learn a great deal more about these stones in the: THE CRYSTAL BIBLES 1,2,3 – THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CRYSTALS Written by Judy Hall
Projects by Carmi Cimicata
We have three unique strands of carved and naturally scented Thuja wood beads featuring Buddha as a single, double and triple face in our Aromatic Bead collection.
The Mala bead necklace style is based on traditional Buddhist prayer beads. “Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54 or 108 beads. A decorative tassel is often attached to the beads, flanked by talismans or amulets depending on one’s local tradition.” Via Wikipedia
Since Mala bead necklaces are considered a Buddhist rosary I wanted to acknowledge that I was aware that these necklaces have spiritual importance to many people.
The Mala style necklace I am presenting is influenced by the symmetry many of us love in the 108 bead necklace. We can all appreciate how wonderful aromatic beads will smell and look paired with semi precious beads that also hold meaning and sentiment for the wearer.
I am also using the beloved guru bead. To jewelers the bead might be considered a unique component. The Mala Collective says “This bead is believed to represent the student-guru relationship. “The tassel represents enlightenment. As the strands combine together into one, it represents our connection to the Divine and to each other. Oneness.”
There are so many wonderful ideals attached to a Mala necklace. Making and then wearing one will give you a great deal of pleasure.
Let’s begin. I used a bead board to lay out the beads and the guru bead component. John Bead has just released a new wood bead collection. The Aromatic beads are available in sandalwood and cedarwood in all the classic bead sizes; 6,8,10,12,15,20mm. I choose to work with 8 and 10mm sandalwood.
The sandalwood guru bead is a three holed bead used with a tower bead. There are a pair of them in each box.
My necklace was strung using just one strand of silk beading cord. The needle is already attached making this even quicker to complete.
I strung blocks of ten beads. Sixty on each side.
I selected Blue Agate beads from our new semi-precious bead collection. The Crystal Bible says that “Agate is a soothing and calming stone. It works slowly but brings great strength. Its multiple layers can bring hidden information to light.” These are attributes I love. “Agate enhances mental function as they improve concentration, perception and analytical abilities leading to practical solutions.”
The guru bead is actually two components. The round bead has three holes and you need to be sure you are running your cord through the right ones so that it will sit properly in the necklace.
In this picture you can see how my stringing went. The needle bends like wire so I could send it through the curves in the bead.
Now here is where I went my own way. After the tower bead component I added a soldered jump ring. At this point many would add their tassel or pendant. I’ll explain why shortly.
This picture shows you how I went back through both guru bead components.
I added sity more bead (six sets of ten) to match the first side and then made a knot.
My necklace looked quite nice, but unfinished.
Now you will understand why I added the soldered jump ring. I want to be able to change the pendant/talisman I will wear with this necklace. I can now add and remove items as I like, using the soldered jump ring as my constant anchor.
We are pretty excited to have a new tassel collection. They are made of cotton thread and are available in 24 delightful colors.
Using a Swarovski Buddha pendant was a personal design choice. I had several ideas and in the end settled on this item.
It made sense to make a matching bracelet. I could not resist using more cotton tassels.
The bracelet I strung with elastic. I also added a soldered jump ring allowing me to add or remove tassels when I want to.
I hope you enjoyed this step by step. The Mala prayer bead necklace is one that I will continue to be inspired by and I am certain this will be the summer of Mala style necklaces.
Do let me know if you make a necklace!