The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

Midnight Leaves

This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers.  Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace

  

Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather

Pearls

27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl

Beads

45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons

Chain

Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

More Showroom Samples from Adela Kodonova

Before John Bead’s social media program began we had a series of stunning jewelry and jeweled pieces created by one designer for the showroom.  These pieces were designed Adela Kodonova and you can read more about her here.

This bracelet features a Unicorne bead no longer in the catalog known as the “pretzel” bead.   The UNICORNE FLOWER BRACELET is a simple stringed piece and you can see here how Adela used a bead that did not have a hole as the focal points.

This is a wonderful accessory to make.

The purse fob showcases a watch component perfectly.  This is both pretty and practical!

We have a great selection of swivel clips if you want to create some similar pieces.

Interchangeable Earrings

These are earring you can design in minutes.  How is that possible you might wonder?

These are our new Interchangeable Earring available in three shapes; Marquise, Rectangle and Round.  Fernando DaSilva our Product Development and Creative Manager called them “Italian style” as they are sleek, modern and lightweight.

You simply open the earring and place your chosen beads.

This is a unique and new way to make earrings that match beaded designs.

The interchangeable earrings are also an ideal way to use up the extra beads left over from other projects.

They are also a wonderful showcase for higher end beads as well.

 

Pirandello Necklace – Fernando DaSilva Atelier How-To

Material:

7ft antique brass fancy 17x9mm chain

18 pcs of large copper  jump ring

18 antique copper spacer beads by TC

1 inch gold-plated head pins

12 15x12mm icy stone pink metallic or pressed glass

18 ant copper 9x8mm 2cone beads

15 pink cat-eye cube beads

20 gauge copper German style wire

1 set antique gold TC lock/key toggle

38 9mm antique copper jump rings

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1- Cut a 3-inch piece of German style wire. Placing round nose pliers 1 ½ inch away from one of the ends of the wire make a loop and wrap twice around wire’s leg.

2- Feed a copper spacer bead, one pink cat-eye cube followed by another copper spacer bead onto wire. Repeat first loop on the end of wire and set aside. Make 8 more of those and set aside.

3- Insert one pink icy stone bead onto a head pin.. Make 6 of these plain dangles and set aside. Use picture below for  guidance. 

4- Cut 6 pieces of 7 ½ inch of fancy chain.

5. Attach each end of each of the 3 chains to Tierra Cast antique copper toggle ring, and then attach the other 3 ends to the toggle bar. Set aside.

6. Open large jump ring and slide one of the cat-eye links through one the loops and close jump ring gently. Slide opposite loop of cat eye link on same fashion. Set aside. Make 8 more of these links and set aside.  See picture below.

7- Open all 10mm AW jump rings and place aside. Connect large copper jump ring vertically to another large jump rings using two 10mm jump rings as connectors. This is the focal point of necklace. Use picture for guidance. 

8 – Attach each missing end of chains attached on step 5 to one of the large copper rings of the focal section. (see picture  below)

 9 – Use jump rings from the fancy chain to scoop up large copper ring. Repeat the same with the other half of necklace. The ladder section must hang vertically.

 9 – Cut 4 pieces of 2 ½ inch of antique gold fancy chain.

 10 – Feed one small copper bead followed by one cat-eye cube onto heavy head pin. Wrap that twice around its neck and trim excess wire. Make 3 more of those and set aside.

11.  Cut four 2 ¼ inch pieces of fancy chain and attach one cat-eye cubes at one of the ends of each one.  Attach two of those dangles to each one of the bottom large copper rings.

12. Cut eight 1-inch pieces of fancy chain. Add icy bead dangle on each end of each of those chains. Attach four of those on each copper ring at the bottom of the “ladder” section. 

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. 

Archangel Legion Necklace

This new project will help you with some of your holiday project planning.  I know many of you start early and this necklace is going to inspire you!  This is a new free project by Swarovski Elements Ambassador Fernando Dasilva for John Bead.

This necklace is festive but discreet enough to survive even after the holidays. If time is an issue, replace the back with an antique chain and you will have more time to spend wrapping the gifts. May the angels be with you! – 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 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. 

Materials:

Swarovski Elements:

3 10mm Emerald Crystal Flower Sew-on Stones

2 6mm Emerald Crystal Flower Sew-on Stones

3 18x12mm Crystal Beads

2 9x6mm Crystal Beads

5 9x6mm Emerald Crystal Beads

10 ss9 Crystal Foiled Round Flat Back Stones

10 ss9 Sapphire Foiled Round Flat Back Stones

4 antique bronze fan shape metallic beads

10 gold plated TC spacer donuts

20 copper TC spacer donuts

5 antique gold TC glue-in angel wing beads

5 gold plated 2.5 inches long head pins

3 antique gold Bali style TC spacer bails

1 copper 25mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 19mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 15mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 19mm TC spiral ring

1 copper 15mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold  19mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold 15mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold 19mm TC beaded ring

1 ant gold 15mm TC beaded ring

2 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 satin gold 2mm bead bumpers™

2 gold plated wire guardians™

28 gold plated 9mm jump rings

14 gold plated 6mm jump rings

4 gold plated TC oval jump rings

10 inches gold plated .018’ 49 Strands Beadalon stringing wire –

1 antique brass extension chain with end drop.

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Instructions:

1. Using 2 part Epoxy, glue flat back crystal stones on angel’s wings. Use aquamarine on one side and pacific opal on the other side. Set them aside for half hour.

2. String following beads onto a head pin: one 18x12mm crystal, one wing spacer and one 9x6mm emerald crystal. Make simple loop on top of bead, trim excess wire and set aside. Make 2 more of those.

3. String one crimp tube onto gold-plated stringing wire, add a wire-guardian and loop it through its hole and then back to crimp tube. Crimp it using standard crimp tool.

4. Begin stringing beads on following pattern:

one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one 9×6 crystal pear bead, one 6mm  emerald crystal sew-on stone, one copper donut, one gold plated donut, one copper donut,  one fan bead, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one Bali-style bail, one 10mm emerald sew-on stone, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one fan bead, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one Bali-style bail, one 10mm emerald sew-on stone .

Repeat on reverse to finish other half of beaded section.

5. Start linking TC rings using 9mm gold-plated jump rings alternated by 6mm jump rings.

Follow this pattern for one side of the necklace:

two 9mm jump rings, 25mm ant copper TC beaded ring, two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mmm jump rings,  19mm ant gold TC beaded ring + two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mm jump rings, one 15mm ant copper TC spiral ring , two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mm jump rings, one 15mm ant copper TC beaded ring, one 6mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings attached to an extension chain.

6. Create the other half of necklace linking components on same fashion done on step 5 placing TC rings on following pattern:

15mm ant gold TC spiral ring + 19mm ant copper beaded ring + 19mm ant copper TC spiral ring +  15mm ant gold TC beaded ring.

7. Add hook to end of previous linked section of necklace.

8. Open a loop of a dangle and add to one of the Bali-style bail.  Add two more to the other bails.

9. String an emerald pear shaped crystal bead onto a head pin, make simple loop and add to final link of extension chain. Trim any excess wire.

(PS. Create matching earrings using extra findings.)

 

Nine Drops Necklace – Made with Swarovski Elements

 This is the NINE DROPS necklace by Fernando Dasilva.

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. 

Please read the instructions before you start working on your piece.

Materials 

2 silver pink 17 x 17mm metallic diamond beads

silver pink 19mm metallic circle beads

silver pink 35 x 20mm large metallic beads

9  Indian pink 11.5 x 5mm crystal briolette pendants

8  olivine 8mm crystal bicone beads

2  jonquil 8mm crystal bicone beads

2 olivine 6mm 5301 olivine

2 jonquil 6mm 5301 jonquil

10 eye pins

10 eye pins

19 oval jump rings

9 pre-cut pieces of 18 ½  inches of dark chain

3 pre-cut pieces of 7 inches of the same chain

8  extension chain end drops or any little metal charm, heart or leaf can be used as that extra pizazz

Tools 

Side Cutter

Flat Nose

Round Nose

 

Instructions:

1.  Feed one large silver/pink metallic bead onto an eye pin and make a simple loop at the opposite end. Trim excess wire. Make a second one of this and set aside. 

2. Feed one 17x17mm silver/pink metallic bead onto an eye pin, make a simple loop at the opposite end. Trim excess wire. Make a second of this and set aside.

3. Feed one 19mm circle bead onto an eye pin, make a simple loop at the opposite end and trim excess wire. Make a second one of this and set aside. 

4. Split links made on previous steps in 2 groups, each with only one of each style of bead.

5. Use one oval jump ring to attach large bead to a 17x17mm bead – just slightly open one of the eye pin loops and add jump ring to it. Open opposite eye in of square bead and add a second oval jump ring and attach one circle bead on same fashion. You must end up with 3 links of beads attached to each other. (look at the image for guidance).

6. Feed one 8mm olivine crystal bead onto an eye pin, thread through large and square beads of previous attached section and then add one 8mm jonquil crystal bead. Make a simple loop at the opposite end of eye pin and then trim excess wire.

7. Repeat last step using one 6mm olivine crystal bead and one 6mm jonquil crystal bead. Place them on same fashion between square bead and circle bead. Switch colors positions to make it more interesting.

8. Open one oval jump ring, slide three 18 ½ inches pre-cut pieces of dark chain onto it and then add to eye pin loop of large metallic bead and then close it carefully.

9. Add another groups of 3 pre-cut pieces of chain using a second oval jump ring and then attach to previous jump ring.

10. Add third group of 3 pre-cut chains onto another oval jump ring and then add to previous jump ring attached on step 9.

11. Open one oval jump ring and attach group of three 7 inches pre-cut lengths of same chain onto eye pin loop of circle metallic bead and then close it carefully.

12. Attach symmetrically the opposite end of each strand of chain to other section of beaded links from step 4 on same fashion. Your necklace is almost ready.

13. Randomly place 9 Indian pink crystal briolette pendants on bottom and longest portion of your necklace. Use a jump ring with each crystal to attach it securing to two strand of chain at a time. You can use image for guidance or create your own crystallized section.

14. For final and extra sassiness add one silver plated end drop to each of the eye pin loops of the crystal bicone sections. Again use image for guidance.

Voila! Enjoy your necklace.

* You can adjust length according to the neckline of your top. It can goes well with a cocktail dress as well with jeans and tee.

** If you are not a big fan of crystals, drop the briolette pendants and stick with only metallic beads but in this case give priority to a small size.