Instant Glam Bead Embroidery

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When our Creative Director, Fernando DaSilva popped into a local beading store he met a designer wearing the most interesting necklace.  You can imagine how wonderful it would be for the designer of the hand crafted bezel to meet a beader who found a truly inspired way to work with in it.  Fernando designed all the Instant Glam bezels and they are perhaps the most interesting ones on the market for designers.

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The beading designer is Peggy Thompson.  At first glace you might think all of these beads and crystals were glued into place.  Instead Peggy is sewing them to leather prior to inserting them into the bezel.

Peggy said  “The Instant Glam bezels are my most favourite bezels to use with my bead embroidery.  The bezel has a beautiful finish which adds to my design. The depth of the bezel is perfect for this technique.  In 2015 I found myself recovering at home from a long illness, this started my bead embroidery journey. Having no pattern to follow allowed me to spend many hours auditioning my Swarovski crystals to create my one of a kind jewelry.

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Each bezel is truly a one of a kind.  We appreciate peggy sharing her work with us.

Instant Glam Tuscany

Peggy worked in the Tuscan drop bezel which is available in gunmetal and silver.  If you would like to see how other designers have used these special bezels we have a link here to a blog hop featuring Instant Glam.

If you are interested purchasing a finished peice or learning more about how to make one in a workshop Peggy can be reached by email:  Peggythompson_356@sympatico.ca

Instant Statement Necklace

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Instant Statement Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead.  This necklace is easy to create if you enjoy simple twisting techniques and hand stitching.

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Polyester Pipe was one of the newest stringing materials to be introduced by John Bead as part of their Tropical Punch collection.  There are many color options to choose from.  For this project I used Aqua/Royal Blue and Navy/Burgundy.

The fabulous crystal filled bezels you see featured are created with Instant Glam components.  The Blue Crystal Rock applique paired beautifully with the blues in the polyester Pipe.

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In order to get my necklace shaped, I used masking tape to help me keep both polyester pipe strands side by side.

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Strategic hand stitching on the back side of my piece ensured that the curves would stay in place.

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I even added a tiny bit of glue to my thread knot for extra security.

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The Instant Glam bezels already have three soldered links on the back.  I used a needle and thread to join the bezels components to the polyester pipe using those links.

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I was almost done.  I could not decide if a third bezel was needed.

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After showing my work in progress to our Creative Director; Fernando Dasilva it was pointed out that perhaps another loop was needed.  So I added these three loops by simply gluing end caps to some of my leftover polyester pipe pieces and attached them with a jumpring.

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I think the bezels are now balanced and the asymmetrical look I was envisioning has been achieved.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace

The “Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace” is featured in the winter issue of Perles et Cetera magazine as a four page step by step project.  This is the english translation.

Elizabethan Inspired Pearl Tiered Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead

If you have ever studied more than one painting of the Elizabeth the 1st, you would have to take note of the many pearls that she wore throughout her hair, clothing and on her personal items.  She literally had hundreds of pearls on her person.  She was a Queen known for her love of clothing and it is documented that she had over 2000 gowns created.

Pearls were widely available in Elizabethan times and I am certain Queen Elizabeth kept the pearl collecting and stringing industries busy.  If a queen wears pearls, so will all the members of her court along with anyone wanting to appear well dressed in her company.

Elizabeth’s designers would have used real pearls.  Seeing so many draped in row upon row of strands reminds me that many of the current statement necklaces have been inspired by jewelry designs over 200 years old.  Imagine if Elizabeth would have had access to the new glass and coloured pearls?  Would she have incorporated the neons, pastels or other colour palettes into her clothing?  I believe she would have.  She had many unusual and one of a kind dresses made.  These would have been assembled and worn for one-time only special events.  Surely a bright yellow pearl necklace would have been desired?

I decided to create a necklace for her featuring Dazzle-it Vintage Pink glass pearls.   Glass being much more affordable, I knew I could design a necklace with many draped strands without fear of going over budget.  I also created my own resin filled bezel pendant featuring Elizabeth the 1st as a focal point for my necklace.

My necklace features pearls, rhinestone beads and a resin filled bezel I designed featuring a portrait to Queen Elizabeth 1st.

 

A google search of Queen Elizabeth shows us many paintings and portraits along with some portraits of her mother Anne Boleyn.  This painting enlarged here is a favorite and features so many pearls.

I printed and cut out a copy of the painting and placed it into my bezel.  I covered the image with resin.

 

When my bezel was ready I gathered all my supplies for this project.  The vintage pink pearls look so wonderful gathered in a group.  I worked with three sizes of pearls along with three sizes of rhinestone beads.

The back of my Instant Glam bezel has two attachments.  I strung my pearls through these opening.

 

It took some time to string all my different strands.  I used a beading board to help me choose where to place the rhinestone beads.

With five strands to link, I was careful to use a thicker jump ring to attach my pearls to my clasps.

This is a simple stringing project, but the pearls and beads create a stunning result.  I am quite certain I will feel like royalty when I wear my necklace! 

Supplies Used

Dazzle-it Pastella Czech Glass Beads 8in Strands Vintage Pink 

4mm    6mm    8mm 

John Bead Rhinestone Beads

8mm    10mm    12mm 

Metal Complex Instant Glam Tuscany

Diamond Bezel 70mm Silver

Jewelry Making Components

Dazzle-It Classic Slim Tool Set

Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire and EZ Crimps

Pewter Toggle Clasp Set and Jump Rings

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Beading Board

 

 

Instant Glam™ by Fernando Under Diane’s Wings

Diane Whiting, designer extraordinaire and former Create-Your-Style ambassador, releases a DIY jewelry making book packed with 25 inspirational projects.

Among all the beauty, Diane re-interpreted the function of one of my components from my Instant Glam™ by Fernando collection onto a magnetic and interchangeable focal element. 

Diane choose  the diamond shape bezel and crystal rocks to channel her design vision based on the functionality of the component itself.

It is fantastic to realize that a product line launched 2 years ago is still inspiring creative minds, and Diane for sure brings an unique approach through her design.  Instant Glam by Fernando was exclusively manufactured by John Bead Corporation for our house brand, Metal Complex.

This collection is still available and can be acquired in US through DreamTIme Creations, and in Canada through BeadFX.

Thanks, Diane.

Your piece has strong art deco elements and your avant-garde way of seeing it definitely makes a difference on how I myself interpret this collection.

With love,

Fernando DaSilva for John Bead Corporation & Metal Complex

Instant Glam™ by Fernando Under Diane’s Wings

Diane Whiting, designer extraordinaire and former Create-Your-Style ambassador, releases a DIY jewelry making book packed with 25 inspirational projects.

Among all the beauty, Diane re-interpreted the function of one of my components from my Instant Glam™ by Fernando collection onto a magnetic and interchangeable focal element.

Diane choose  the diamond shape bezel and crystal rocks to channel her design vision based on the functionality of the component itself.

It is fantastic to realize that a product line launched 2 years ago is still inspiring creative minds, and Diane for sure brings an unique approach through her design.  Instant Glam by Fernando was exclusively manufactured by John Bead Corporation for our house brand, Metal Complex.

This collection is still available and can be acquired in US through DreamTIme Creations, and in Canada through BeadFX.

Thanks, Diane.

Your piece has strong art deco elements and your avant-garde way of seeing it definitely makes a difference on how I myself interpret this collection.

With love,

Fernando DaSilva for John Bead Corporation & Metal Complex

Dagger Cuff by Anna Elizabeth Draeger for Instant Glam™ by Fernando

There was a gorgeous bracelet in our ad featuring Instant Glam™ by Fernando bezels and Crystal Rock appliques.  Now I can provide you with the instructions from the designer, Anna Draeger!

Bracelet Instructions

1. Glue the Crystal Rocks element into the Quatro finding. Allow the glue to dry.

2. Place the finding in the center of the strip of grey Ultrasuede. Stitch the finding to the Ultrasuede using WildFire and a beading needle: Tie a knot at the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and then thread the needle on the other end. Sew up through the Ultrasuede, and then sew through a loop on the finding. Sew down through the Ultrasuede close to the spot where you just sewed up through it. Repeat several times to secure the loop to the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread. Repeat on the other three loops in the finding. Wrap the Ultrasuede around your wrist and trim it to fit, leaving about 1-in. for the clasp.

3. Tie a knot on the end of a 12-in. piece of thread, and sew up through the Ultrasuede so the thread exits the center point on one side of the finding. Pick up a 10/0 seed bead, and a repeating pattern of a dagger and three 10/0s three times. Pick up a dagger and two 10/0s. Following the curve of the finding, sew down through the Ultrasuede right next to the edge of the Ultrasuede. Sew right back up through the Ultrasuede, and sew back through all the beads just picked up. Sew down through the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.

4. Repeat as in step 3, but pick up six daggers with three 10/0 seed beads in between them. Move about 1/4in. from where you sewed up through the Ultrasuede for the first row of daggers, and stitch the new row of daggers in place. 

5. Repeat as in step 3 for the next three rows, picking up seven daggers with three 10/0 seed beads between them. Move 1/4 in. from the previous row each time. 

6. Using a new 12-in. piece of thread, tie a knot, and sew up through the Ultrasuede near one edge at the end of the bracelet. Pick up three 10/0s, and sew through the end loop of the 5-strand clasp. Pick up three 10/0s, move the needle about 1/8 in. away from where you exited the Ultrasuede, and sew down through it to. Repeat to secure the other four loops to the end edge of the Ultrasuede, tie a knot, and trim the thread.   

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the unfinished side of the finding, making the daggers curve in the opposite direction of the daggers on the other side, by working towards the other edge of the bracelet.

8. Line the inside of the bracelet with the dark blue Ultrasuede, cutting it to the correct length. Tack the dark blue Ultrasuede to the grey by stitching along the edges of the two colors. Lining the bracelet with the second color adds a design element as well as hiding any threads or knots that might be visible from stitching the beads and clasp in place. 

Material List for Anna’s Instant Glam Peacock Cuff

One  69mm Gunmetal Instant Glam by Fernando Quatro Bezel Tuscany Collection by Metal Complex® 

One 44.5mm Instant Glam by Fernando Crystal Rocks Quatro Bermuda Blue Crystal by Metal Complex® – Tuscany Collection 

Sixty17x7mm Czech Glass Peacock Dagger Black Azuro by Dazzle-It!® 

Two hundred Czech 10/0 Metallic Gunmetal Seed Beads by Dazzle-It!® 

One  Gunmetal 5 strand tube clasp by Dazzle-It! ®

One 3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Grey Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One 1-3.8 x 23.5cm Ultra Suede Navy Blue Cuff Bracelet Strip by Metal Complex® 

One Beading Needle #10 by Dazzle-It!® 

WildFire thermally bonded black bead weaving thread by Beadalon®

Instant Glam Bezel and Vintage Paper

This drop shaped bezel is from the Instant Glam by Fernando collection from Metal Complex.

It is one of my favorite shapes from the Tuscany collection.

When I work in a special bezel I feel compelled to use something unique and special.  This vintage Notre Dame postcard was a risky selection.  The reason I say risky is because I planned to use my original (not a photocopy) AND the image was printed on a velum like paper.

I cut a template out of wax paper to act as my guide for cutting my image.

I write a lot of resin how-to posts for Resin Crafts Blog reminding you to seal your paper or fabric before you pour resin over it.  As you can see from the picture above, I used a paint brush to paint my sealer over my image.  I seal my image and then let the sealer/decoupage medium thoroughly dry before I add a second and third coat.Three coats is my recommendation for insuring that you image will not stain under a resin pour.

All of these sealers and decoupage mediums are in my studio.  Essentially they are a glue and a sealer.
I added some rhinestone chain to create this pretty edged effect.
My last step was to pour in Jewelry Resin.

The Bead Style Seed Bead Cover Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

We are so proud to showcase the dramatic multistrand seed bead necklace created by our Product Development and Creative Manager Fernando DaSilva for the cover and featured article in the March 2014 Bead Style magazine.  Bead Style quoted Fernando as saying “I was inspired to create this necklace by the women of the Ipanema neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro.  Seed beads are very popular in Brazilian culture, where women wear bright necklaces in tropical colours.  I added the colour-blocking style to give this necklace extra pizzazz.”

Here are all the seed beads (7) and the fire polished pink beads that Fernando used for his necklace.  (Only one seed bead picture is missing.)

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Pink  Rainbow Transparent

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light  Orange Matte Dyed

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Blue AB Opaque

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Ivory Opaque Pearl

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Pink Solgel

Czech Seed Bead 11/0 Pink Silver Lined Dyed

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Also, Fernando used  Czech Seedbead 11/0 Pink Metallic Solgel – no picture available.

Fire Polished 8mm Pink Opal Beads

These are the fire polished pink opal beads featured throughout.

 

Bead Style has a wonderful set of instructions from Fernando explaining how to make your own version of the necklace using difference colour palettes.

One necklace also prominently features an Instant Glam by Fernando bezel.

Congratulations Fernando!