Golden Days Necklace – A Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project


2g Delica 8/0 rd gun metal

8 icy bead pebble metallic gold – 2780 0486-06s8

8 large bronze jump rings

1 topaz 14mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS rivoli stone

14 xilion pp18 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS gsha chatton

2 large wood rings

9 textured 22mm gold curved pewter links

1 pewter bail sun rays 20mm gold plated

Gilder’s paste – Foundry Bronze

Gilder’s paste –Antique Gold

2 part epoxy clay Apoxie – orange

21 pieces of 14inch gold twisted cord

5 antique brass chain

1ft gold-plated German style wire

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose


1. Use a small piece of sand paper to sand the work surface of a wood ring. Repeat the same with a second wood ring. Attach one gold-plated bail onto one of the rings and set aside. 

2. Follow packaging instructions to mix 2 part epoxy clay to be molded on top of wood rings. Spread clay on top of sanded area molding around of the edge slightly elevated. Preserve an open area right across gold-plated bail – middle of the ring. The quantity of clay used on each ring will be divided in two portions, leaving two sections of the ring exposed.

3.  Once clay is molded on top of rings, use a sponge, brush or small piece of cloth to rub gilders paste on top of clay before it starts hardening.  Cover both sides and and edges of wood ring with gilders paste. Use one color as background and then add second color to create a ore interesting effect.

4. Adding components on top of Apoxie clay.

Ring 1: topaz rivoli + four gold icy pebble beads + 8 golden shade crystal chatton stones + 74 delica seed beads.

Ring 2:  four icy gold pebble beads + 14 golden shade crystal chatton crystal stones + 38 delica seed beads

Add big components first and then sprinkle delicas and set crystal stones on top of clay.

Please, use the photo as a guide when your placing components on top of clay.

Let both rings cure for 24 hours.

5. Cut 21 pieces of 15-inch length of twisted gold cord.

6. Cut 1ft of 20 gauge of gold-plated German style wire.  Put all the cords together and begin wrapping wire right in the middle to create a tassel with it. Using one of the ends of wire, wrap wire 5 times to secure all the strands of cord together.  Make the sixth turn to go around the other long end of wire and wrap it around its base 5 times and then trim excess wire.  Be careful not to cut the wrong end of wire.

7. Cut a 20-inch piece of twisted gold cord. Wrap each tip of the cord three times around the cords put together on step 6 and holding both tips tight a double know to tighten all the cord ends together and finish forming a tassel. Add several dabs of stringing glue underneath of knot. Use same glue to cover ¼-inch on each cord ends.

8. Use large portion of round nose pliers to make half loop of wire tip form step 6.

Slide over the loop five gold-plated textured rings, then start finishing the loop wrapping several times around its base. Open a large jump ring and scoop up tassel through its loop. Open another jump ring and attach through the loop of bail of wood ring.

9. Section gold antique chain on the following sizes: four pieces of 3-inch, and then two pieces of 21-inch. Set all section of chain aside.

11. Open a link of one of the pieces of chain and attach to jump ring of wood ring. Close link and then add a second piece of chain on same fashion.

12. Repeat step 11 attaching both ends of both chains to another large jump ring and then attach to wood ring # 2. Place jump ring over the open space left between both sections ornate with components set on Apoxie clay. Add a second large jump ring on the opposite side.

13. Open one of the end links of a 22-inch piece of chain and attach to large jump ring attached to previous piece. Add second piece of chain on same fashion.

14. Create a intertwined section over the final 3-inch length of chain linking components on following pattern:

one large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links + large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links .

15. Weave the chain inside and out of the rings to create an interesting visual appeal.

16. Finishing necklace attaching both final links of antique gold chain to center large jump ring. Close links carefully.

Designer’s Tips:

1. Many components were “randomly” placed on top of Apoxie clay.

2. Perfect measurements are not important on this project. Create your own version based on this design but feel free yourself to make it your own.

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. 

Metal Stamping For Birthdays

This tiered metal stamp pendant reads “live your life and forget your age.”  It also features a Preciosa crystal for some added sparkle.

I like to write my words on my metal blanks with a sharpie marker.  The metal blanks I used are the 32 mm and the 25mm no hole brass rounds.  There are so many round blanks that it is easy to create a tiered pendant.

I used the Playground lower case metal stamps for this set.

My last steps included punching my holes at the top of each blank to join them and I added a little gilders paste to make the lettering pop.

The Stamped Washer Pendant Necklace

This necklace is from our photo archives.  The simplicity of the suede cord makes the washer pendant really stand out.

The washer was marked with our circle stamps.  A little gilders paste added some colour and depth.

The cord is available in spools.

The Metal complex blanks collection includes washers in numerous sizes.

Metal Complex Washers for October Projects

This wire twisted pumpkin features a hand stamped Metal Complex Washer.

There are so many metal stamp fonts in the John Bead catalogue.  This is “lowercase playground” and it stamps beautifully.

I used black gilders paste to highlight my words and images.  I added some leaves and heart punches to my washer as well.

The washer is no longer a washer!  The wire is from the Dazzle-It collection of craft wires.  It is easy to twist and my friend Nancy came by to make several samples I’ll be posting later this week.

The two holes I added to make wiring it to the pumpkin easier were made with our new oval hole punching plier.

Metal Stamps – Playground Font

Oval washers linked here.

Metal Complex Personalized Butterfly Sentiment

Yesterday I introduced you to the world of Metal Complex metal blanks, metal alphabet punches and tools.  Here is a little sample to get you started thinking about personalizing your own metal blanks.

Metal blanks come in all shapes and sizes in the Metal Complex line.  One of the first blanks I chose to work with is the 24g Brass Butterfly.

Lots of people have different tips on how to get your words or letters punched into the metal.  I like to just use a charcoal pencil or marker to make some spacing dots.  Others might use a a little masking tape to create a straight line.  I am a pretty good at eyeballing my lettering.

In order to impress a letter (there are several alphabet punch sets to choose from) into the metal you need a chasing hammer, which does all the work.  One strike with the hammer on the bench block and you get a very deep impression.  I choose the sentiment: ” I Will Always Love You.”

The metal hole punch made my holes for me.

See how it punches out the perfect little disk?

Then I set about colouring my butterflies.  This makes them my own.  First, I added lots of colour to the letter impressions with Iris Blue Gilders Paste.

Then I covered the butterfly (being careful not to go into the blue lettering) with Inca Gold Gilders Paste.

Then a final coat of Silver Gilders Paste.  Now I have a completely personalized set of butterflies.   I choose to make them a grouping on a necklace.  I have so many different ideas I want to try out though!

How To Use The New Metal Punches

This beaded metal blank only took minutes to craft using my new metal punch pliers from John Bead.

Earlier this week I introduced you to the four new punches.

Each plier comes with an extra set of tips.  In my mind, it is these tips that make these punches so effective.  The angle on the cutting tip goes through metal as though it was paper.

All you do is hold the plier horizontally and with your hand pressure you will punch through the metal.

I have a metal punch from a competitor and I always had to apply a lot more pressure to make my hole.  It often bent my metal blank.  With these new pliers I had to remind myself NOT to apply as much force….the holes were made so easily.

Here are three metal blanks (24 ga) each sporting 5 holes: square, circular and oval.  I would not have even attempted this in the past since making holes is not my favorite chore. Now I won’t hesitate to make wired charms!

You may be wondering how I got some extra designs onto my metal blanks.   As an extra step, I also decided to experiment with a DecoEtch die available in retail stores on the market.

I applied a little black gilders paste to my etched designs so they would be more visible.