Tropical Punch Flower Maker and Petal Beads

Turn your life into an endless summer with the most colorful and fun creative DIY components from Tropical Punch.  The collection includes a luscious assortment of Lucite flowers and chain, round and tear drop beads, three dimensional flowers, filigree components, sliders, a unique metal flower maker, retro flower components and polyester pipe.   This necklaces was designed by Our Creative Manager, Fernando DaSilva.

The Flower Maker is an intriguing metal component with a clear rhinestone in the center that will enable you to easily create flowers combining stretch cord and curved Lucite petals. The flower maker has two rings on opposite sides, which can be linked by jump rings and built up into small or large sections. Once a flower is made, it can be used to create necklaces or bracelets as well.

Our acrylic curved petal beads are offered in six colors. Featuring a predrilled hole through the side and at the top of the bead, these petal drops can be strung onto stretch cord to form a flower. Combine them with our flower maker component to create flower links that can be assembled into bracelets or necklaces.

We have a wonderful collection of Preciosa Viva 12 flatbacks that are perfect way to make your flowers even prettier.  They are available in a variety of sizes & colors.

There is a tutorial showing you a step by step to make these flowers in minutes right here on the blog.

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

Fire Polished Blue Beauty

This necklace by Fernando DaSilva beautifully showcases a bead we call “fire polished metallic matte”  which also goes occasionally by the name “Czech Snake bead.”  (A quick google search confirmed this.)

The regular Czech fire polished beads in this necklace are eye catching however the metallic bead really catches the eye.

This turquoise metallic matte bead is available in 6mm and 8mm strands.

 

These are a few other colours in this collection.

The “Metal Effect” bicones appear in this category of our catalog.  They also add a special touch to jewelry projects.

Acrylic Hairbone Pipe Necklace and Earrings by Fernando DaSilva

This stunning new set of jewelry designed by Fernando DaSilva features an elegant and commonly used component used in crafts inspired by Aboriginal Cultures.

Our hairbone pipes are made to match real animal bone with a durable acrylic base, which ensures a premium quality and invisible seams.

“Acrylic hairbone pipes can be used to create trendy accessories as seen in this photograph.  Gold plated components, crystal  accents and wired links were turned into a cascade of luscious beads” from Fernando.

Here is a look at everything else Fernando used.

The fancy chain is ready to use and the leaves are already attached.

The use of piggy beads as a hairbone pipe bead cap was just brilliant!

This toggle set finished the necklace.

Swarovski oval pendants.

 Pewter scroll connectors.

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.

John Bead and Fernando DaSilva at Fall Creativ Festival

Do you know about Toronto’s Creativ Festival?

The Creativ Festival (formerly Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival) since 1988 has been offering an unbeatable combination of tantalizing shopping and dynamic instruction. Designed to intrigue, involve, excite, stimulate and celebrate the art of creating your own personal style.

There are 5 days of intimate conference classes which feature exceptional hands-on learning filled with ideas, inspiration and instruction by some of the industry’s best!  John Bead’s Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva is teaching three classes.

Here is a closer look at the Mandarin Soutache Sensation class you can take.

Classes sell out quickly.  Registration has begun by phone this week and online this weekend.  You can look at the digital conference brochure by clicking on this link.

 

Nappa Leather Fabulousness!

Fernando DaSilva created this fabulous necklace to demonstrate the numerous techniques you can use with our nappa leather.  It is knotted, cut, riveted and gathered into this one of a kind wearable.  When I asked him to describe the necklace he said:

“Edgy, vibrant, over the top, sexy!  The juxtapositions are unorthodox and I used dozens of rivets to design the necklace.  And, yellow is on trend!”

 Choosing the yellow from the collection was a dare indeed!

We do have quite a few options.  Now I want to use the yellow as well!

 A few of the other components Fernando featured in his necklace.

Faux Suede Tassels

Butterfly Pendant Bail

Pendant Bail Slider

Swarovski Drops

Swarovski Butterfly Bead – TANGERINE