The Vitoria-Regia Necklace by Fernando

Fernando has created many pieces of jewelry which are displayed in the John Bead showroom.  Some of these designs appear in our catalogues and may have been published. For those of you who can’t visit in person we have been showcasing his design work here on the John Bead blog.  


1.  Cut a piece of chain 10 1.2″, find the center of the chain.

2.  Unravel one of the #8 silk strands and pull it until the bend marks are removed.

3.  Tie a knot at the end and string on one of the peacock blue azuro dagger beads. String the green silk through the center link of the piece of chain, then string on another of the same dagger bead.

4. Carefully tie a knot using the knotter tool.  Tie the knot tightly so that the beads push together with the chain in-between the beads.  Cut the silk leaving approximately 1/4″ of silk.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 to add 4 more beads onto the same link of chain. Each link will have 6 dagger beads. Continue until you have 15 of the blue dagger beads attached through the chain section.

6. Use blue silk to continue attaching a second group of green azuro dagger beads on similar fashion the first section was attached to the chain. String beads as in steps 3-4, as you work your way out from the center now alternating blue and green beads.

Use one strand of each color of beads on each side of necklace.

7. Repeat the pattern on the other side of the necklace to create center beaded section.

8. Create safety eye pins made with German style wire by forming a loop at the end of a 3″ piece of wire and wrap the end back around the wire.  Feed one Tierra Cast spacer bead, blue crystal bead and another spacer bead onto the wire and form another loop and wrap the wire back around itself three times forming almost a second wired cap against the blue crystal bead. Trim excess wire and set it aside. Repeat this step using the other five crystal beads left.

12. Open a jump ring, attach to one end of beaded section followed by one TC flat oval connector and then close it gently. Open a second jump ring, thread to the opposite hole of same connector and attach one blue crystal link created on step 8,  and then close it gently.  Repeat steps until you have four TC connectors attached to crystal links.

13. Open a 4mm jump ring and attach to previous piece. Add a second 4mm jump ring attach to previous piece and then to a circle side of toggle. Close it gently.

14. Repeat steps to finish the other half of necklace in the same manner.



2 strands of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm blue azuro

2 str of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm green azuro

6  round 10 mm olive AB Swarovski Elements beads (out of stock)

12 rhodium TC spacer beads (out of stock)  (see options)

8 rhodium oval TC connectors

16 silver plated 6mm jump rings

1 sterling silver toggle round floral 2mm

4 sterling silver 4mm jump rings

7 ½ inches of silver plated chain link 8x3mm

3ft silver plated 20 gauge German-style round wire

2 carded # 8 cobalt blue silk thread

2 carded #8 emerald green silk thread


flush cutter, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers

Beadalon knotter tool

All of Fernando’s projects for the Atelier are linked here.

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Beaded Fashion Appliques Make a Dull Sweater a Sassy One!

This sequined beaded sweater began as an inexpensive bargain at Target.


What makes the sweater SASSY is the addition of six beaded applique motifs from our Fashion Embellishment category.

The sweater is then lined with wax paper.

There were several ideas for placement.  In the end the “collar” idea was the most popular.

Even though the appliques are glued in place, it is a good idea to do a little extra hand stitching.  This ensures that the applique edges do not catch on anything.  You can also add a few extra beads to your design while hand stitching.


The appliques are available in several colours including gold.


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Fashion Embellishment With Appliques and Sugar Stones

The trend to upcycle and recreate clothing continues to gain popularity.  Our fashion embellishment category is full of wonderful options to re-fashion clothing.

This simple project begins with a plain t-shirt, appliques, sew-on sugar stones and some glue.

The sequin and beaded leaf shaped applique is just one gorgeous example.

Sew-on sugar resin stones compliment the applique.

Quick Grip glue can be used with many surfaces including fabric.  I attached my embellishments with a light application and allowed everything to dry overnight.  You do not need a lot of glue.  Just small dots in key locations.

TIP:  Place a piece of wax paper inside your t-shirt.  This will insure that when you glue everything onto the t-shirt that the glue will not seep through two layers – gluing your t-shirt permanently closed.

It is a good idea to sew the resin stones onto the fabric with a few extra stitches since they already have holes to do so.

If you are label conscious, you can remove the original label.  Your new t-shirt is now designed by you!

This new t-shirt is going to be a great addition to any holiday wardrobe!


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Instant Glam™ by Fernando Under Diane’s Wings

Diane Whiting, designer extraordinaire and former Create-Your-Style ambassador, releases a DIY jewelry making book packed with 25 inspirational projects.

Among all the beauty, Diane re-interpreted the function of one of my components from my Instant Glam™ by Fernando collection onto a magnetic and interchangeable focal element. 

Diane choose  the diamond shape bezel and crystal rocks to channel her design vision based on the functionality of the component itself.

It is fantastic to realize that a product line launched 2 years ago is still inspiring creative minds, and Diane for sure brings an unique approach through her design.  Instant Glam by Fernando was exclusively manufactured by John Bead Corporation for our house brand, Metal Complex.

This collection is still available and can be acquired in US through DreamTIme Creations, and in Canada through BeadFX.

Thanks, Diane.

Your piece has strong art deco elements and your avant-garde way of seeing it definitely makes a difference on how I myself interpret this collection.

With love,

Fernando DaSilva for John Bead Corporation & Metal Complex

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Holiday Hours and Deadlines

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Snowflake Wire Frame Tips and Inspiration!

These snowflakes are a gorgeous addition to any decorating projects.  Naturally, they are associated with Christmas, but by selecting different colours, they could be showcased year round in windows and in other home dec designs.

They are a simple concept with unlimited possibilities for ornamentation.  They are available in three sizes.

When I want to create a snowflake I usually pre select the beads to see if I can create an interesting pattern.  The wire will even accept 4mm Swarovski bicone beads, so I can use almost any bead in my collection.

The wire is silver plated and is very strong.  I would not recommend shaping the prong ends or cutting it with my good jewelry making tools.  I have been using an older set of tools and a pair of pliers from my regular tool box to finish my snowflakes.  This is not intended for children.  If you want to have children participate, have them design their snowflake, but adults should finish the prong ends if the wire is being manipulated.

You also want to remind yourself to leave about 1/2 inch of wire if you plan to bend the prong ends.

If you don’t leave enough wire, this will happen.  It might hold your beads, but it does not look finished and may catch on clothes or curtains.

I have strong hands, so I am able to make a rounded edge.

Since you have to do this six times, you’ll find that you will get better and better at leaving just the right amount of wire on each snowflake prong.

I have also discovered that making a flatter prong end with regular pliers looks just a pretty.

You just want to be sure to close this gap to keep your snowflake perfect.

You could also use a combination of glued ends with bent wire ends.

For this snowflake I glued small beads to 5 of 6 prong ends.  I only bent one of the prong wire ends so I could hang my ornament with wire or ribbon.

The classic tree ornament hook can be used to display these pretty snowflakes.

When you design your snowflakes, you’ll find that by changing the centre beads, you can get a tighter grouping.  Mixing and matching makes this enjoyable.

I used chiffon ribbon to finish these.  You could also use rattail, satin ribbons, cotton cords and even a thinner leather cord.



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Are You Going to The Craft and Hobby Show?

John Bead will be there and we have two great workshops you can sign up for.  The conference registration begins tomorrow!

Mega Show 2015: Conference & Education Artisan Workshop: Tropical Sensation Bracelet

Friday January 9, 2015    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Soutache, used in the 16th century to make a wide range of trims and tassels as well as in bookbinding, is now one of the hottest trends in jewelery making. Lengths of soutache are stacked to create a visual element and stable base for crystals. It can be curved and shaped into many patterns.  Fernando DaSilva takes soutache to a playground where style merges into attitude with pizzazz. Class  sponsored by Dazzle-it! – a house brand of John Bead Corporation.  Instructor: Fernando DaSilva

Mega Show 2015: Conference & Education Artisan Workshop: Create, Klik© Repeat

Sunday January 11, 2015     11:30 AM – 1:30 

Your personal touch is “just a klik away” with the Metal Complex’s new product range cleverly titled “klik©.” Sensational new looks can be created and then modified with interchangeable jewelry. In this workshop, resin diva and designer Carmi Cimicata will teach how to add your own flair to blank bezel snaps, which can be filled with resin, epoxy, beads and more. Create unique and coordinated jewelry that’s trendy and versatile with an incredible added value.   Instructor: Carmi Cimicata

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Halloween Inspiration!

Don’t be frightened to plan your Halloween projects, classes or costumes!  We have plenty of beads, skulls, trims, feathers, masks, sequins and more to make this occasion easy to organize.


Here are a few of my favorite things for Halloween costumes, jewelry and decorating from our Catalog.




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More Klik Projects

This is another grouping of artist submissions to our Metal Complex KLIK collaboration.

These artist KLIK bezel snaps are just amazing.

These are the KLIK components I used to make these finished KLIK projects instantly wearable.

I even made a few extra pieces with vintage items and the KLIK snap bases.

About the KLIK Collaboration

Over 50 artists were the first to receive the new Snap Bezel designed by Metal Complex. They received either the small or large bezel to work in.  These “blank” snap bezels “klik” into place when combined with the other jewelry-making components in the new KLIK collection.

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The KLIK Snap Base For Mix and Match Button Jewelry

My necklace is now a show peice for some gorgeous buttons I purchased in Paris.

The buttons can now be mixed and matched with all my KLIK components because I have attached the KLIK snap base to the back of the button.


Snap bases are also available in small and large.

They are easy to attach because the base has space for the button flange.  I used a combination of small and large bases so I could klik these into the Klik – Combo Pendant.

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