Skulls and Crosses

Skulls and crosses are featured on clothing and jewelry all year round.  They are recognizable symbols associated with many different types of groups.

For this necklace designed by Dana Bickram, she featured two unique items from our catalog.

This antique silver cross has some beautiful detailing.  Note, the reverse side is available for additional embellishment.

These glass skulls are fantastic and were lost in our catalog until we located them again in our warehouse.  Czech black glass pearls complete this piece. You could also use a semi precious lava stone as a black bead.

If you want to think about other ways to use the cross, this sample for the I Love Resin blog shows you one simple but spectacular way to feature glitter and resin.

New Czech Glass Bead Mixes!

New Czech Bead mix pillow box collection.  4 of 17 projects by Nancy Donaldson are featured on this page.  Bookmark this page to see them all.

This is the Alps Black/White Czech Glass Pillow Box.  We wanted you to see how many beads are in the box.  You can make some very long necklaces and matching bracelets with one bos.

The Pillow box that was used to create the bracelet shown is a pink/red mix. We named it Berry Smooth.

The Pillow box that was used to create the crocheted wire bracelet shown is a pearls mix. We named it French Vanilla.

The Pillow box that was used to create the bracelet shown is a green mix. We named it Appletini.

The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

Midnight Leaves

This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers.  Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace

  

Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather

Pearls

27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl

Beads

45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons

Chain

Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

Pearlvine Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

The Pearlvine necklace by Fernando Dasilva features pearls as the highlighted component. We have so many pearls in our catalog to select from.  For this post, we have attached information to a special collection of Czech glass pearls.

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.  

 

Instructions:

1. Using chain nose pliers take apart 2 equal pieces of 5 oval links sections off the silver matte chain. Set them aside.

2. Repeat previous step to take apart 2 equal sections of round links section of same chain with connectors in.

3. Using a 5 inches piece of satin gold stringing wire string beads as follows:

one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one square bead cap + one crystal cube + one bead  cap . Repeat in reverse and then add one crimp tube.

4. Add one section of chain cut in step 1 attaching it through oval link. Pass opposite end of stringing wire through same crimp tube. Pull them together and with crimper tool secure it in place making sure each wire is sitting parallel to each other.

5. Repeat step 3 to create 4 more pearl circles in same fashion, adding another section of chain before you crimp the last pearl circle.

6. Open connector of small section of chain and attach to oval links of both ends. Repeat the same on the other half of your necklace. This will give a more substantial look to the structure of your piece.

7. Open two small jump rings to attach clasps to both sides of necklace.

Tips:

Please read the instructions before you start making your piece.

* If you desire to add more dimension and drama to your piece build pearl circles with 2 more sizes of pearls. You can have circles made with any bead sizes you want.

 **To make it funkier you can hung several pieces of small Figaro style chain to every circle. Think: luscious!!!

Materials Used

Several strand of pearls – your favorite colours

5 Swarovski 8mm crystal golden shadow cube beads

40 bead bumpers

10 brass bead cap squares

5 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 small gold plated round jump rings

2ft of white matte silver chain

2ft of 19 strands Beadalon .018” gold satin stringing wire

1 bronze hook and eye clasp

Tools 

Side Cutter   Flat Nose Crimper tool

 

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.  

Instructions:

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.

Materials:

 

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

Tools:

flush cutter, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers

Beadalon knotter tool

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