Creativity on The Catwalk Show – The Global Jet-Setter Look

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Our Global Chic product line was beautifully captured in this picture from the “Creativity on the Catwalk” fashion shows in the UK last month at CHSI Stitches. (Photo from CHSI)

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Our Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva designed an “out of the ordinary collection of jewelry that is delightfully different, chic and of course trendsetting.”  Here is a closer look at just one of the six models he styled.  The unique embroidered dresses were hand picked by Fernando in Brazil in January.

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Fernando combined a traditional caftan with one of a kind art jewelry.  Sandra Baumgartena is the perfect model for this look because she radiates confidence.  The look implies that she loves drama and texture and Fernando believed if she walked into Diane von Fürstenberg’s office she’d be hired in a moment!

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Sandra’s cuff prominently features wire and beaded flowers hand crafted by Lena Gillespie of Purple Lace Designs.  Her beautiful wirework uses our Tropical Punch flower maker as the centre.

Fernando used our leather sheets to wrap a brass cuff with hand stitched edging and a faux suede lining.  Lovely knots chocolate cord was used for the stitching.

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Leather strips are riveted in place to attach the flowers using the rings already soldered to the back of the flower maker.

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The earring are also show stoppers.

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Filigree is set with a Swarovski crystal stone.  Global Chic semi precious teardrop beads and gold chain tassels create the dramatic dangles.  These earrings could easily be turned into pendants as well.

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The Global Jet-Setter look was completed with the addition of these Czech rings which were already handmade and are being sold in our John Bead Outlet.

This is post three in our series.

Look One – Golden Butterscotch can be viewed here.

Look Two – Wild Boho can be reviewed here.

Be My Valentine Necklace

Fernando DaSilva for John Bead made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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.  

Be My Valentine Necklace

1.  Feed one 4mm Indian red crystal onto a head pin. Make a simple loop on top of bead and trim excess wire. Make 17 more of these and set them aside.

2. Cut a piece of 1 ½ “ of silver-plated wire.  Make a simple loop at far end of the wire, trim excess wire and then string onto a crystal silver night bead. Make simple loop on top of bead and trim excess wire. Repeat to make 7 ore of these links and set them aside.

3. Section large gunmetal chain in 4 pieces of 3 inches and set them side.

4. Section small gunmetal chain in 6 pieces of 1 inch, and 4 pieces of ¾ inch. Separate in 2 groups by length and set them aside.

5. Making focal center link.

Cut a 3 ½ inches of silver-plated wire. Make a wrapped loop at one of the ends of wire with a single full turn. Trim excess wire. String beads on the following pattern:

one silver night crystal + one hourglass spacer + one silver night crystal + double hole red magma crystal  +  one silver night crystal + one hourglass spacer + one silver night crystal.

Make wrapped loop on the opposite end as you did previously. Trim excess wire. Repeat similar steps to make the other side of this component.

6.  Using pliers attach one crystal (made on step 1) to center hole of 4-hole open-heart connector. Attach 2 more of the same on its bottom hole.

Repeat steps with the 3 other 4-hole open-heart connectors and set them s aside.

7.  Attach one crystal made on step 1 to one of the end links of small cable chain piece. Repeat 5 more times to create the centerpiece fringe.

8. Open a 4mm jump ring, slide 3 sections of chain made on step 7 and then attach to one of the loops of centerpiece made on step 5.

Add 3 more sections of chain to side loop using a second 4mm jump ring.

9. Open a 6mm jump ring and attach to one of the top loops of center piece , and then connect it to silver night link made on step 2.

10. Open another 6mm jump ring and attach the other loop of previous piece to one of the hearts assembled on step 6.  Add a second silver night link on same fashion followed by a 2-hole heart connector .

11. Repeat similar steps until you finish with four silver night crystal links.

12.  Open a 6mm jump ring, attach to side hole of 4-hole hear connector and then slide two sections of large gun metal chain that was cut on step 3.

13.  Connect both opposite ends of gunmetal chain to another jump ring.

 14. Add another jump ring to previous piece and then half side of toggle clasp.

15. Repeat all steps to finish the other side of necklace.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Materials Used: 

1 crystal red magma  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS DOUBLE BEAD

16 crystal silver night 6mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads

18 Indian red 4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone beads

2 rhodium-plated Tierra Cast hour-glass spacer bars

1 ft  gun metal small cable chain

18 gold-plated 1” 24 gauge head pins

1 ½ ft round & oval gunmetal chain

1 sterling silver 20mm double heart toggle

2 sterling silver 20mm open heart flat 2 holes

4 sterling silver open heart flat 4holes

6 silver-plated 4mm round jump rings

20 silver-plated 6mm round jump rings

8 inches silver-plated 20 gauge German- style wire

Tools:

Side cutter, Flat nose , Round nose

Dazzle-it Kumihimo Braid With New Aluminum Chain

This kumihimo necklace features the addition of our new lightweight aluminum chain.

The braid is a unique one.

It features white rattail, hemp and a beaded string found in a fabric store.

I made my braid using the classic 8-strand directions which you can see on the video I posted here.

Once my braid was done I finished it with a glue-on silver endcap.  Then I gathered a few more supplies which included the cut link silver chain, a finishing clasp, jump rings and pliers to open them.

The simple task of joining the chain to the kumihimo was straightforward.  To start, I added one jump ring, to link the chain to the endcap.

Then I added jump rings attaching the chain to one strand of the kumihimo braid.

You can see in the picture that I always attached the jumpring to the mauve hemp cord.

I was careful to untwist the chain and work with my braid flat to my worktable.  The chain adds sparkle! This was a simple way to make my kumihimo braid more interesting.

Chain Necklace by Thanh Tran

This exquisite necklace by Thanh Tran brilliantly showcases our new aluminum chain in a high end designer sample.

The chain is available in seven sizes and in ten colours.  Thanh choose the gold family including the new cut chain available in gold and silver.

 She wove soft goat suede through the cut chain and finished it with a sweet bow.

Aluminum chain.  Not just for costumes.

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 Christmas Sunrise Necklace

 

Fernando Dasilva for John Bead made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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. Feed a crimp tube on 2 strands of red beading wire together and string back to crimp forming a small loop, and using crimping pliers crimp  properly, and then trim any excess wire.

2. Using only the 6mm golden shadow crystals begin stringing beads following pattern below:

3 crystals + pearl + metal bead + pearl + 3 crystals + pearl + metal bead + pearl + 3 crystals + pearl + metal bead

Finish the end. Repeat 3 more times to create 4 separate strands and set aside.

3. String the following pattern:

6mm crystal dorado + 8mm crystal golden shadow + 6mm crystal dorado +pearl + metal bead + pearl + crystal dorado + crystal golden shadow + crystal dorado +pearl + metal bead + pearl + 6mm crystal dorado + 8mm crystal golden shadow + 6 crystal dorado + pearl + metal bead + pearl

Repeat one more time to create a second strand like the one above. Set them aside.

4. Wrapping snowflake pendants:

Cut red Artistic wire in pieces of 10 inches length.

For the large pendants:

Wrap the wire vertical, on one side of pendant, wrap tightly in between the “v” in the pendant pedals. Press tight making 5 turns and trimming excess wire on the AB side (back) of the pendant.

Repeat same on the opposite side.

Then use a third piece of wire to wrap it horizontally, forming a “belt” around the pendant and on top of previous wraps.  Place half of the wire on the center of pendant and wrap both ends at same time finishing crossing both ends around the center of the AB side of crystal pendant/ Trim excess wire and use nylon p jaw pliers to tighten all the wires together neatly.

Repeat the same to wrap 3 more of those and set them aside.

5. Wrapping small pendants:

Use one 10-inch piece of red wire.

Wrap each of the snowflake pendants any way you choose. Start at the center of the wire and wrap the ends.

6. Add gently one pinch bail to each of the snow pendants made previously and set them aside.

7.  Wrapping beaded ring:

Cut a piece of 2ft length of gold plated 26 gauge German style wire.

Wrap the end of the wire around one section of TC beaded ring, and then after 4 turns add one crystal Indian red bead. Pull it tight and continue wrapping around the whole edge of the ring, always making 4 turns. Use your nail to pull the wire together and tight.

8. Assembling strands:

Cut a piece of 22 gauge German wire 3 inches and make a half loop using the large portion of round nose pliers. Make a loop big enough to fit 2 strands made in step 2 and one strand made in step3.

Finish the loop wrapping it around the wire 3 times down and going back up more 3 times covering the first wrapped section. Trim excess wire.

9. Feed all the strands assembled in step 8 through one square bed cone and then make wrap on top of cone. Trim excess wire.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to finish the opposite ends. Braid the 3 strands before you attach to half loop and then finish on same fashion using a round cone.

Repeat on same fashion to finish the other half of necklace.

11. Add a copper jump ring to the pendant bail. Add a second jump ring to previous ring and then add to a section of links of connectors in between the marquis shape links of gold matte chain to pendant.

12. Open one 9mm jump ring and thread through beaded ring. Add a second 9mm jump ring to it.

13. Open one 9mm jump ring and attach the square cone end of necklace to beaded ring. Attach the other side of necklace on same fashion.

14. Attach round cone end of necklace to a oval jump ring and then to “s   hook” clasp.

Build a small section of chain using 7 links of same oval jump rings and attach to opposite round cone end of necklace.

Add a 9mm jump ring to the end of the small chain section.

15. Make another extended chain section using 10 oval jump rings.

16. Make a single dangle using pearl and head pin, wrap twice and attach to final link of extension chain.

17.  Open a copper jump ring and attach one large snowflake pendant on necklace, going through 2 strands together and then close it gently. Start adding on same fashion all others snowflake pendants symmetrically using the photo attached as your guidance.

18. Attach a 9 inches of matte gold chain to one end of necklace using a copper jump ring. Attach the opposite end on same fashion.

19. Take apart 4 sections of links of connectors in between marquis links of matte gold chain.  Use them evenly throughout the chain to hold the extra inches of chain around the beaded strands to keep them together. You will be creating a “cage like” around those strands.

Repeat on the side of necklace on same fashion.

20.  Use leftover piece of 26 gauge gold plated wire to close one side of “s hook” so that side of necklace will not come out.

Material:

4 30mm Crystal AB Swarovski Elements Snowflake Pendants

3 25mm Crystal AB Swarovski Elements Snowflake Pendants

37 11x8mm Crystal Bronze Swarovski Elements Pearls

15 4mm Indian Red Swarovski Elements Xilion Beads

36 6mm Crystal Golden Shadow Swarovski Elements Round Beads

6 8mm Crystal Golden Shade Swarovski Elements Round Beads

12 6mm Crystal Dorado 2x Swarovski Elements Round Beads

1 antique gold 25mm TC beaded ring

1 gold plated Tierra Cast “s hook” clasp

2 bronze cones with slots

2 bronze cone square

18 9x8mm antique gold 2 cone metal beads

26 gold plated 20 gauge T.C. oval jump rings

1 spool (6yd) of 24 gauge red Artistic Wire

1ft 22 gauge copper German style wire

3 ft 26 gauge gold plated German style wire

10ft red Beadalon 19 Strands .015’ red stringing wire

18 inches matte gold plated marquis linked chain

12 copper #3 crimp beads

4 gold plated 9mm round jump rings

7 gold plated pinch bails by Beadalon

Tools:   Side cutter,  Flat noseRound Nose 

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

Cascading Hearts Neo Chain Necklace

This is another Nancy Donaldson design featuring our white Neo chain.

Neo Chain is available in two sizes:  5x3mm and 3.5x2mm. It is the cut in the brass chain that gives Neo a dual colour appearance.

The heart shaped glass bead briolettes were a lovely addition to the cut chain.

A closer look at the chain and glass beads.

Flat Leather Pendants

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This featured pendant by Nancy Donaldson is just one inspiring image for a series of shaped designs with flat leather.

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It goes without saying that flat leather is wonderful for bracelet making.  In moments you can create a fabulous wearable.

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With a little time and planning however, you can really use the flat leather in ways yet to be discovered.  Nancy planned her designs and with the careful placement of punched holes was able to “string” her shapes.  She also used knotted beads in parts of her design.

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These are the colours of flat leather used for the purple pendants.  Fire and Ice black facetted beads are her embellishment.