The Not So Creepy Crystal Spiderwed

The spiderweb is so easy to make, but it is hard to create a creepy spiderweb for halloween when you use beautiful glass Ori beads for your project.

I have been making some gorgeous ornaments with my beads and the Dazzle-it Snowflake frame.  The frames are available in three sizes and today’s spiderweb is a medium sized frame.

I had just the right amount of black crystals for my project.

Once all my prongs were filled I started to add my webbing.  A simple twist of a wire was all I needed to hold the beads in place.

I tried to make it less perfect by adding one less bead here and there.

I was starting to get nervous that I would run out of beads.  Luckily I had a third strand of these smaller black beads.  In the end, I used three 8 inch strands of small beads and one and a half strands of the larger bead.

I am very pleased with the final webbing.  Now I am on the hunt for an actual spider to attach to it.

Snowflake Frames

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.  Frames 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.

Dazzle-it In Bead Style New Issue

The February 2014 issue of Bead Style features several jewelry pieces designed by Fernando DaSilva.

Fernando’s necklace is also on the cover of this issue.

Here are some of the Dazzle-it products Fernando used for his Rhapsody in blue necklace.

Faux Suede Tassels

Faux Suede Lace

Ori Crystals

 

 

Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

I don’t think there is a jewelry maker or beader on the planet that would not want a beaded snowflake.

The idea is so simple!  This wire frame is the perfect design to showcase a great collection of crystals or other beads.

Tools are minimal.  It is a good idea to have a round nose plier handy.

Once you have added beads to a section, a twist with your plier keeps them in place.

These are classic colours for a snowflake.

The rondells were a great way to keep my centre balanced.

The snowflakes are packaged in three sizes.

3.75 inch – 8 pieces,  6 inches – 5 peices and 9 inches – 5 peices

Dazzle-it Crystal Bead Bracelets!

Fernando DaSilva made this collection of bracelets to showcase some of the new glass beads in the Dazzle-it collection.

The bracelets feature fimo discs that Fernando embellished with crystal flat backs.

These fimo discs are 80% off!

The hot pink is of course my favorite!  These neon colours are completely on trend right now.

The link to the new glass neon beads is right here.

The link to all the neon crystal donuts is here.

The 80% off fimo discs are linked here.

THE Most Fabulous Stack of Dazzle-it Bracelets!

Fernando DaSilva has created a collection of spectacular bracelets that feature the best and the brightest beads in the Dazzle-it new spring collection!

He used Dazzle-it Ori crystals,  semi-precious special shaped beads and rattail to make the most beautiful tassles!

Each of these bracelets look wonderful on their own too!

The combinations Fernando made between dark and light crystals added a great deal of interest to the bracelets.

One buddha per piece was indeed more than enough to showcase that special strand of semi precious beads.

The neon colours just pop!