Duplicity Necklace – How To From Fernando’s Atelier

This is a wonderful project featuring purple and green, so favoured in so many of the trend reports for the Fall.  It is another necklace design created by Fernando for our series:  Fernando’s Atelier.

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 will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

Instructions:

1.  Cut an 8 inches piece of stringing wire and string on a crimp tube followed by a wire guardian.  Pull one of the ends of wire close to crimp and crimp it properly. Trim short excess wire.

2. String beads as follows: one seed bead + one large bead cap +  one 12mm pearl + one bead cap + one seed bead + emerald cat eye cube + one seed bead. Repeat pattern until you have 8 seed beads strung on. Alternate cat eye cube colors using one of each of the other two.

3. Finish end in the same manner that was done in the beginning.

4. Create a second string shorter than the previous using same style of  beads – this will be the inside strand.

5. Feed one peacock bead, followed by one spacer bar (through one of the end holes) and then add a second peacock bead. Make simple loop at the opposite end and trim excess wire. Add a similar link to far end hole of spacer bar using same quantity of beads. Create a second section to be used on the other side of necklace. Set them aside.

6. Cut chain in 2 equal pieces of 7 inches. Set aside.

7.  Cut a second piece of chain in 2 equal pieces of 6 ½ inches. Set them aside.

8. Open 2 jump rings  and attach both to circle portion of toggle clasp, followed by one 7 inches piece of chain. Close both jump rings and then attach end link to one of the loops of the peacock-beaded link. Open opposite eye pin loop and attach to beaded section created on step 2.

9. Attach another 7 inches piece of chain to the opposite side of previous strand.

10. Attach short chain, beaded-peacock section and beaded link on same manner you attach the previous strand, adding other portion of toggle to finish necklace.

Here is a list of the materials he used for Duplicity:

2 emerald green cat eye cubes

2 apple green cat eye cubes

2 olive green cat eye cubes

8 peacock beads

4 multicolored 12mm pearls

4 multicolored 10mm pearls

4 gold plated wire guardians

16 galvanized green Miyuki seed beads

2 ½ inches of antique brass large/small heart link chain

6 round gold plated 7mm  jump rings

2 bronze spacer bar 5 holes

8 bronze bell cap flower

8 bronze cap

4 copper crimp tubes #2

Beadalon satin gold stringing wire

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Wildflower Necklace From Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier

Earlier this week I posted my pictures of this wonderful necklace in the John Bead showroom.  Fernando has given us a set of instructions so you can make something similar!

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 will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call: Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

Instructions:

1 – Making beaded flower rings

1.1  Cut a 4 inch piece of stretch cord and feed one gunmetal seed bead followed by one light green dagger. Continue alternating the two beads until you have 6 of each onto the stretch cord.

1.2  Pull both ends of stretch cord and tie a double knot making sure cord is stretched to the max. Make a simple single knot on top of that and then add two dabs of stringing glue on top of knotted area. Put aside and let it dry. Make 15 more flowers like that. (See picture below)

2 – Making metal links

2.1 – Cut a 2 ½  inch of silver-plated copper wire. Placing round nose pliers 1 inch away from one of the ends of wire make a simple loop. Make sure to position wire in the middle of the pliers to make large loops. Trim excess wire with nippers.

2.2 – Feed one metal bead onto wire and then make half of a loop, add one fern green crystal briolette and finish shaping loop on top of bead. Trim excess wire and reserve. Repeat similar steps to make eight more similar dangles and set them aside.

3 – Making beaded links with light green dagger and green delica beads

3.1 – Cut a 5 inch piece of copper wire and make a loop 1 ½ inch away from one of the ends of the wire. Wrap wire two full turns around the base of loop and then trim excess wire.

3.2 – Feed components onto wire on the following pattern:

one spacer bead +  one flower ring + one delica seed bead (any color)  + one checker round bead + one delica, one flower ring +  one spacer bead

Finish making similar loop on top of the spacer. Trim excess wire and set aside. Make 7 more of those and set aside.

3.3 – Repeat steps 3.1-3.2 to make 6 more links using flower beaded rings made on step 1.3. Set them aside.  (See final double link below.)

4 – Creating structure of the necklace

4.1 – Section the chain in four pieces of 7 ½ inch that equals to 5 complete sections of round links alternated by 4 sections of rectangle links. Follow lay out of photo below to create the structure that will hold the cascade effect of  linked components.

5. Attaching all sections together

5.1 The small sections of chain will be used between links to tie the design elements together. Long linked sections will be attached only to the first 4 links from the center to the back of necklace.

Double links made with checker beads sandwiched by spacers and flower beaded rings will be placed between some of the chain sections.  Feel free to create your own cascading effect.

6. Create an extra single flower beaded ring and attach to the end section of necklace like on the photo below.

Materials Used:

10 fern green 13×6.5mm Swarovski Elements briolettes

9 brushed silver-plated navette shape beads

14  green 18mm checker round beads

102 peacock dagger light green Labrador 17x7mm

72 peacock dagger yellow Labrador 17x7mm

28 antique silver TC spacer beads – 94 5743 – 61

130 gunmetal Delicas 8/0 RD seedbeads

60 paladium plated Delicas 8/0 Cut

20 ft copper German style shaping wire

2ft silver-plated German style shaping wire

2m rhodium-plated rectangle/round 30x11mm chain

clear 0.8mm Elasticity stretch bead cord

1 x-large aluminum jump rings

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:

Side Cutter , Flat Nose , Round Nose

Verdi Difacto Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

This is the Verdi Difacto necklace by Fernando Dasilva.

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 will have a regular post on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. Welcome to the series we call:  Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier. 

Here is a closer look at Verdi Difacto’s linked sections.

 

Materials Used

2 topaz 8mm crystal bicone beads

2 mooca 10mm crystal round bead

1 silver  pink  17x17mm metallic diamond glass peacock beads

4 blue metallic 17x17mm peacock beads

1 African turquoise 30x40mm rectangle bead

4 oval dyed green shell donuts

10 oval jump rings

3ft of dark chain

2 rhodium plated frames

16 black bead  bumpers

silver plated wire guardians

10 silver plated 4mm crimp covers

19 strands Beadalon pink colored stringing wire

3 ft silver plated German style wire

Tools

Side Cutter

Flat Nose

Round Nose

Crimper tool

Instructions:

1.  Cut chain in the following lengths:

– four pieces of 5 inches length

– one piece of 10 inches length

– for bottom fringe cut one of each of the following lengths: 5 inches; 4 ½ inches; 4 inches; 3 ½ inches;  2 ¾ inches and  2 ½ inches.

Set them aside.

2. Create individual links using silver plated wire.

Making loops: Cut a 3 inches piece of silver plated wire. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop at one end and trim excess wire and then feed beads following directions given below.

link A:  simple loop + frame + bead cap + round crystal + bead cap +simple loop (make 2 of  it)

link B: simple loop + metallic bead + simple loop (make 5 of it)

link C: large simple loop + large turquoise bead + simple loop

3. Strung sections:

Cut a ten inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.

String on wire one green donut, one crystal bicone and then feed through other hole of donut, placing crystal inside of donut. Start stringing one pre-cut piece of 4 inches chain onto wire, passing wire end through chain links but skipping two links at a time.  Chain will “collapse” onto wire making a rugged section. Add another green donut, eight black bead bumpers and then pass it through the second hole of donut. Secure its end repeating first step and then set aside. Make similar second section.

4. Cut a twelve inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.  Feed the ten inches piece of chain onto wire creating a larger “rugged” section. Finish the end repeating first step. Make other two similar sections using the other two left pieces of chain.  Set them aside.

5. Assembling necklace: open and close loops of links using chain nose pliers.

Open one loop of a link A then attach the six pieces of chain left and then close gently.

Continue attach other sections on pattern as follows:

One link B + one link A + one link B + one green donut section + link B + large rigged chain section + one link B + second green donut section + one link B + one rugged section + link C + last rugged section + then open jump ring and attach to first link A.

6. As a final touch add one piece of approximately 1¾ inches of chain on the outside surface of turquoise bead. Add a second on the other side. Use its own loop to attach chain links.

7.  Use one crimp cover on each crimped section to hide crimped tubes. Use the outside jaw of crimper tool to close each crimp cover properly.

Tips:

* “rugged” chain section is named after the sections where pieces of chain are strung onto stringing wire. The numbers of links feed onto wire will determine the look of each section. I suggest skipping every other link for a subtle look.  If you wish for a more “collapsed” section, feed stringing wire every two links of chain.

* Keep in mind that asymmetrical designs give you an opportunity to add your own “twist” to the design, making it more personal and unique.

* Always read the instructions before start working on your piece. Have fun!

 

The Azzuro Necklace

Azzuro in Italian means blue or shade of blue.  This wonderful necklace by Fernando really does showcase some of the beautiful shades of blue in the John Bead catalog.

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, I am going to start a series on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you.

Welcome to the series we call:  Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier.

The Azzuro necklace will have you day dreaming about the Mediterranean.  If you can’t travel, at least this necklace can give you a temporary vacation feeling.  The blues are so gorgeous together!

The agate slab is attached with wire.  There are many new slabs in the catalog that already have finished components making them easy to wear.

What Fernando Used

1 blue agate slab (John Bead has many new slabs to choose from)

70 Czech glass leaf pendants

12 Czech blue flower glass beads,

14 African turquoise 8mm smooth roundelle beads

18 Swarovski 6mm emerald AB crystal bicone beads

1 rhodium plated lobster clasp

4 oval jump rings

4 inches of silver plated German style wire

4 silver plated wire guardian (24 000 999)

6 inches white matte chain (74202016)

49 Strands Beadalon .018” bright stringing wire

Pliers  Side Cutter (745 27304) Flat Nose (745 27312) Round Nose (745 24883)  

Instructions:  

1. Use flat portion of chain nose pliers and bend both ends of German style wire around it. Insert piece of German style wire through middle hole of agate slab and press it with two fingers around the agate.  

2.  Cut a 18 inches piece of stringing wire. Pass wire through the loop of bail made on step 1. String beads following pattern below:   one crystal bicone + 5 Czech leave pendants + one blue flower spacer + one turquoise disc + one blue flower  spacer . Repeat until you have 20 leaves strung on and finish with one crystal bicone.  

3. Add one crimp tube, loop one wire guardian and then slide a jump ring and then pass wire back through crimp tube. Place it next to bicone bead and crimp it properly and then trim excess wire.   

4. Repeat step 2 symmetrically to finish the other half of outside strand.  

5. Start stringing inside strand of beads through the middle again. Cut another 18 inches of wire for outside strand. String beads following pattern bellow:

6. Czech leave pendants + one crystal bicone + one turquoise disc + one crystal bicone . Repeat this pattern 3 times and then add one more turquoise disc and one  last crystal bicone. Finish ends on same fashion was done on outside strand.   Repeat step 5 symmetrically to finish the other half of the inside strand.

7. Add piece of chain towards to end of necklace. Count two small round circles on for one side of a necklace, and then count one small circle and one oval link for this side of the necklace.  To disassemble chain just uses chain nose pliers.

8. Add lobster clasp with one jump ring on each side of necklace.

* You can wear necklace with nested strands or you can twist both ends and make it shorter.

New-The Beadalon Jewel Loom

Would you like to make this bracelet?  I know I wanted to after seeing it in person in January at the Craft and Hobby show.  The instructor; Juliana Hudgins class was sold out.  So I admired them in the booth instead.

So I waited for my chance and discovered that was Juliana teaching in Minneapolis in March.  This class I was able to get in to!

Juliana has invented a new Jewel Loom.  I could not wait to try it and managed to make this bracelet in her three hour class.  The loom is brilliant and I can happily report that John Bead is now stocking it!  I am so excited that I am writing this post before the pictures of the loom even appear on our website!

Prior to this class I had only experimented twice on a loom.  Now I feel like I could make anything!  I will be happily showing you the results of new experiments over the next few months.

Simple Summer Bracelet

This bracelet is light and airy!  It is ideal for these hot summer days and will pair nicely with virtually any summer outfit.  This post could have been titled “how to save $845 Euros on a bracelet.”

Looking at some of my favorite sites I came across this pretty bracelet.  The price tag was very steep!  It reminded me that Lilla from John Bead had given me a bag of small wood beads a few weeks ago.  I had no idea what to do with them until I saw this advertisement.

A bag of 500 beads sure does go far!  I used memory wire and one of my crystals from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall/Winter innovations launch.

My options for dangles and charms are endless.  In the end I decided to just showcase the pretty beads on their own.  A new bracelet in ten minutes!

WOOD BEADS ROUND 6mm BRIGHT COLOURS MATT

Beadalon Memory Wire Bracelet

Dazzle-It Ori Crystals and Glass Pearls

The new Ori Crystals and easily paired with Dazzle-Its glass pearl collection.

I used memory wire to craft these super easy bracelets!  This pink bracelet features Pink Crystal Cut 10mm ori crystal beads with Lt Chocolate round glass pearls.  I also added some wire mesh.

Artistic Wire Mesh is available in many colours and sizes.  I used the silver.

My teal crystal and aqua pearl bracelet was pretty all by itself.

I added a brooch from my personal collection to jazz it up.

The brooch can be added and removed anytime.