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.