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

Klik Vintage Image Necklace – Perles et Cetera Cover Necklace

 

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My “Vintage Imagery Statement Necklace” with Metal Complex DIY klik© Interchangeable Jewelry Components is on the cover of this month’s Perles et Cetera Magazine.  This gorgeous magazine is published in French, so here is an English translation.

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The DIY jewelry making audience continues to grow and allowing new jewelry makers the opportunity to combine finished jewelry components with pieces they can design themselves is what the new Metal Complex klik© product line is designed to do.  You can easily design and complete a project in minutes or hours.  The choice is yours by incorporating finished components with items you create yourself.

Unique statement necklaces are still a very popular trend this fall.  Creating pieces that are changeable will keep your jewelry options fresh and allow you to mix and match with your wardrobe. You can wear bright colours or crystals or both!  You can personalize your pieces with beads, buttons, tiny components, miniatures, photos and even other jewelry by gluing these pieces into blank snap bases.

The necklace I have designed features unique resin filled bezel snaps that I can mix and match with the finished snaps in the klik© interchangeable jewelry line.  The options are limitless!  Once you design your own klik© one-of-a kind snaps it is easy to then add them to a finished klik© necklace, earring, key chains, cuffs, bracelets and more.

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My necklace begins with some vintage magazines from France.  The September 1907 Paris issue of “Le Rire” had a gorgeous illustration of two women sitting in a park.  I scanned that image and shrunk it to size in Photoshop.

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You can see from my picture of my computer screen that I sized circle images that would fit into my blank snap bezels.

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I printed my images and cut them.

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I glued my ladies into place and then sealed the paper imagery with several layers of a clear drying decoupage medium.  I also glued-in some rhinestone chain.

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Since the snaps do not lie flat, I set up some cardboard spacers on my workbench.  Now I can pour resin into the snaps.Resin is easy to mix and pour.  Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you will have gorgeous finished pieces like these.

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I selected these finished components from the Metal Complex klik© product range. I love that I can simply change the components by adding or subtracting sections. The earrings are the perfect addition to my finished necklace design.  Now I have dozens of options to play with.

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I used jump rings to join my necklace components.  Flat nose pliers are the only tools I needed for this step.

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By selecting a chain that was made from links I could easily shorten or lengthen my necklace.

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Now I can use all my personalized snap bezels in the necklace or mix and match with the earrings option.

Supplies and Tools

Personalized Snap Blanks

Metal Complex Klik – Large Snap Base with Bezel #75190122-00
Metal Complex Klik – Small Snap Base w/Bezel #75190103-00
John Bead Corp – Rhinestone chain #95801055

Finished Snaps from Metal Complex KLIK

Metal Complex Klik – Small Interchangable Snaps Set of 3 – A Touch of Sparkle #75190150-02
Metal Complex Klik – Small Interchangable Snaps Set of 3 – A Touch of Glitz #75190150-06
Metal Complex Klik – Small Interchangable Snaps Set of 3 – Floral Delight #75190150-01

Necklace and Earring Components

Metal Complex Klik – Small Earrings Silver with Fish Hooks #75190030-00
Metal Complex Klik – Combo Pendant Silver with 2 Small & 1 Large Spaces #75190057-00
Metal Complex Klik – Small Pendant Silver with 3 spaces (two needed) #75190056-00

Chain Components

John Bead Corp Antique Silver Oval Cable Chain # 74202116-04
John Bead Outlet Magnetic Closure
John Bead Corp Jump Rings

Tools

John Bead Comfort Grip flat nose pliers #74524882
Jewelry Resin from John Bead Corp #88819013

The Christmas Sunrise 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.

Instructions:

1. Feed a crimp tube on 2 strands of red beading wire together and string back to crimp forming a small loop, and using crimping pliers crimp  properly, and then trim any excess wire.

2. Using only the 6mm golden shadow crystals begin stringing beads following pattern below:

3 crystals + pearl + metal bead + pearl + 3 crystals + pearl + metal bead + pearl + 3 crystals + pearl + metal bead

Finish the end. Repeat 3 more times to create 4 separate strands and set aside.

3. String the following pattern:

6mm crystal dorado + 8mm crystal golden shadow + 6mm crystal dorado +pearl + metal bead + pearl + crystal dorado + crystal golden shadow + crystal dorado +pearl + metal bead + pearl + 6mm crystal dorado + 8mm crystal golden shadow + 6 crystal dorado + pearl + metal bead + pearl

Repeat one more time to create a second strand like the one above. Set them aside.

4. Wrapping snowflake pendants:

Cut red Artistic wire in pieces of 10 inches length.

For the large pendants:

Wrap the wire vertical, on one side of pendant, wrap tightly in between the “v” in the pendant pedals. Press tight making 5 turns and trimming excess wire on the AB side (back) of the pendant.

Repeat same on the opposite side.

Then use a third piece of wire to wrap it horizontally, forming a “belt” around the pendant and on top of previous wraps.  Place half of the wire on the center of pendant and wrap both ends at same time finishing crossing both ends around the center of the AB side of crystal pendant/ Trim excess wire and use nylon p jaw pliers to tighten all the wires together neatly.

Repeat the same to wrap 3 more of those and set them aside.

5. Wrapping small pendants:

Use one 10-inch piece of red wire.

Wrap each of the snowflake pendants any way you choose. Start at the center of the wire and wrap the ends.

6. Add gently one pinch bail to each of the snow pendants made previously and set them aside.

7.  Wrapping beaded ring:

Cut a piece of 2ft length of gold plated 26 gauge German style wire.

Wrap the end of the wire around one section of TC beaded ring, and then after 4 turns add one crystal Indian red bead. Pull it tight and continue wrapping around the whole edge of the ring, always making 4 turns. Use your nail to pull the wire together and tight.

8. Assembling strands:

Cut a piece of 22 gauge German wire 3 inches and make a half loop using the large portion of round nose pliers. Make a loop big enough to fit 2 strands made in step 2 and one strand made in step3.

Finish the loop wrapping it around the wire 3 times down and going back up more 3 times covering the first wrapped section. Trim excess wire.

9. Feed all the strands assembled in step 8 through one square bed cone and then make wrap on top of cone. Trim excess wire.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to finish the opposite ends. Braid the 3 strands before you attach to half loop and then finish on same fashion using a round cone.

Repeat on same fashion to finish the other half of necklace.

11. Add a copper jump ring to the pendant bail. Add a second jump ring to previous ring and then add to a section of links of connectors in between the marquis shape links of gold matte chain to pendant.

12. Open one 9mm jump ring and thread through beaded ring. Add a second 9mm jump ring to it.

13. Open one 9mm jump ring and attach the square cone end of necklace to beaded ring. Attach the other side of necklace on same fashion.

14. Attach round cone end of necklace to a oval jump ring and then to “s   hook” clasp.

Build a small section of chain using 7 links of same oval jump rings and attach to opposite round cone end of necklace.

Add a 9mm jump ring to the end of the small chain section.

15. Make another extended chain section using 10 oval jump rings.

16. Make a single dangle using pearl and head pin, wrap twice and attach to final link of extension chain.

17.  Open a copper jump ring and attach one large snowflake pendant on necklace, going through 2 strands together and then close it gently. Start adding on same fashion all others snowflake pendants symmetrically using the photo attached as your guidance.

18. Attach a 9 inches of matte gold chain to one end of necklace using a copper jump ring. Attach the opposite end on same fashion.

19. Take apart 4 sections of links of connectors in between marquis links of matte gold chain.  Use them evenly throughout the chain to hold the extra inches of chain around the beaded strands to keep them together. You will be creating a “cage like” around those strands.

Repeat on the side of necklace on same fashion.

20.  Use leftover piece of 26 gauge gold plated wire to close one side of “s hook” so that side of necklace will not come out.

Material:

4 30mm Crystal AB Swarovski Elements Snowflake Pendants

3 25mm Crystal AB Swarovski Elements Snowflake Pendants

37 11x8mm Crystal Bronze Swarovski Elements Pearls

15 4mm Indian Red Swarovski Elements Xilion Beads

36 6mm Crystal Golden Shadow Swarovski Elements Round Beads

6 8mm Crystal Golden Shade Swarovski Elements Round Beads

12 6mm Crystal Dorado 2x Swarovski Elements Round Beads

1 antique gold 25mm TC beaded ring

1 gold plated Tierra Cast “s hook” clasp

2 bronze cones with slots

2 bronze cone square

18 9x8mm antique gold 2 cone metal beads

26 gold plated 20 gauge T.C. oval jump rings

1 spool (6yd) of 24 gauge red Artistic Wire

1ft 22 gauge copper German style wire

3 ft 26 gauge gold plated German style wire

10ft red Beadalon 19 Strands .015’ red stringing wire

18 inches matte gold plated marquis linked chain

12 copper #3 crimp beads

4 gold plated 9mm round jump rings

7 gold plated pinch bails by Beadalon

Tools:   Side cutter,  Flat noseRound Nose 

All of Fernando’s projects for the Atelier are linked here.

Golden Days Necklace – A Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project

Materials

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

Instructions:

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. 

Icon Inspiration Necklace

The current GLAMOUR  issue of Perles et cetera is on the stands and it features my Icon Inspiration Necklace for John Bead Corporation.

The article is in french, so I am going to share the “how-to” with you in English.

One of the hottest trends for fall/winter 2013 is a divine one with religious inspiration.  Byzantine icons, stained glass and the Maltese cross appeared on clothing, handbags and jewelry.  I clipped several fabulous examples and left them displayed in my studio.

I knew that somewhere in my studio was an icon image that would become the featured image for my necklace for this Perles et Cetera issue.

It took some time to find (because I do save everything) but I finally located a letter my husband had written to me several years ago.  The edge of the note had the perfect image!  The printed icon was quite large, so I decided to see if I could embed it in resin after dividing it between two large Instant Glam by Fernando rectangle bezels.

I carefully cut out my paper icon sections and sealed them into my bezels with glue.  I then made a small batch of Jewelry Resin (according to the manufacturers instructions) and poured it into my bezels.  I allowed this first layer of resin to cure for 48 hours.

I decided to add some extra paint lines and markings to the first cured layer of resin.

When the paint dots and dashes were dry, I painted a second layer of Jewelry Resin across the bezel surface.  This top layer of resin ensures that my own paint markings are completely covered in resin and cured in place permanently.

I did not have a plan or instructions to string two bezels into one focal piece.  I knew I would have to just gather some great crystals, chain and fibers and experiment with the design.

I started by wiring my two bezels together.  The backs of the Instant Glam bezels have two rings.  I knew they would help me to place my chain and beads too.

Working on the backside I was able to add and subtract beads.  This is the sort of free form jewelry making project when the only way to know if the necklace will work is by stopping to try it on regularly.  I wanted the bezels to sit quite high, so I needed a strong choker at the top to hold everything in place evenly.

I added seed bead chains through my chain to make it more glamorous.

The strung crystals and the seed bead chain looked quite beautiful by the time I was done.  I even made a dangle with some of my leftovers.  However, I felt as though the necklace needed more.

I pulled out some sari silk ribbon in colours that would match my featured icon.

I simply sewed my fibers in place and attached them to the body of the necklace.

I am quite thrilled with the Icon Inspiration necklace.  I can’t wait to wear it to a special event this holiday season!

John Bead Products Featured

The Bezels

Instant Glam by Fernando Tuscany Rectangle

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Fire-polished 6mm White pearlized glass beads

Fire-polished 8mm Crystals AB glass beads

Platinum and orange Seed Bead Cube chain

Oval Cable Antique Silver Leaf Chain

Hook and Loop Clasp

Black Flat nose pliers

Other Jewelry Making Components Used

Wire to string beads.

Split Rings to attach strung beads to chain.

Wire Protectors and crimp tubes

Sari Ribbon

Carmi Cimicata is also the author and designer of Resin Crafts Blog where you can read hundreds of how-to articles about resin and how to work with it. www.resincrafts.blogspot.ca

 

Just For Fun Necklace – A Fernando’s Atelier How-To

ONE NECKLACE – SO MANY DIFFERENT LOOKS!

Just For Fun Necklace Designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead

 Materials Needed

10g  Delica 8/0 rd red/orange silver lined

6g  Delica 8/0 Cut Palladium Plated – 8 690BBLC-0038V

2 bicone Unicorne beads

2 sterling silver cone ends

4 bead caps

5 rhodium-plated TC 1.25in. link bar

1 ant silver TC “grow” charm , 1 ant silver TC “live” charm , 1 ant silver TC “love” charm , 1 ant silver TC ‘create’ charm , 1ant silver TC large fleur-de-Lis charm, 1 ant silver 27mm TC wing

5 rhodium-plated TC abstract-round links

.015mm Beadalon Dandyline white thread

silver-plated German style wire

10 silver-plated 8mm jump rings

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Rhodium-plated rectangle/round 30x11mm chain

Tools:

Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Beadalon Spin-N-Bead loader

Instructions:

1. Pour both colors of delica seed beads into the spinner tool.

2. Cut a 60inch piece of Dandyline. Pass through the curved needle followed by another seed bead.  Pass both ends of the thread back through the bead and then tie a double knot to place the seed bead at the end of both of the threads.

3. Start spinning the bowl and capturing the beads onto the thread until you have a 25inch strand of seed beads.

4. Cut thread and then pass both ends of it back through last bead and knot it in same fashion as the opposite end.  Leave a little slack in the Dandyline (about a 2 bead distance)

Make 4 more beaded sections in the following lengths: 24inch, 23inch, 19inch and 18inch.

5. Open a jump ring, slide one-drop bar bead and then attach through one of the holes of an oval TC connector and then close it gently. Open a second jump ring, slide one TC charm and then through the other hole of the connector, then close jump ring. Repeat to create 4 more similar sections using one TC connector and two charms for each of the beaded strands.

6.  Attach each of the components made in step 5, one at a time onto the beaded strands by passing one end through the center hole in the TC connector.

7. Cut an 8inch piece of German style wire. Place round –nose pliers an inch away of one of the ends of the wire and make a medium size loop, then slide in-between the thread of the longest strand made in step 4, capturing both ends of strands onto the same loop.

8. Add the 25”, 24” and 23” strands of seed beads to this loop. Finish the loop wrapping around its wire base twice and then trim excess wire. Be careful not to cut the longest portion of wire.

9. Add to wire the following components: sterling silver bead cap, a flower bead cap, a bicone lamp work glass bead, and another flower bead cap.

10. Connect the chain so that you have 18 rectangle components with round rings in-between each of the rectangle components in an endless necklace.

11. Attach component set aside in step 9 to one of the large rings on the chain with a wire wrapped loop, then wrap around the base to finish one side of the necklace.

12. Finish the other side of necklace repeat steps 5-9, attaching the two remaining beaded sections.  Then follow the steps 10 – 11 to finish the necklace.

13. Embellish the back of the  ‘message’ charms by gluing ‘ss 09’ crystal flat back stones. Use a single dot of Hypo-cement glue to affix the crystal.

Just for fun!

Designer’s Tips:

1. Add charms and drop bars to the oval connectors randomly.

2. When knotting the ends of strands of seed beads leave a ¼ inch space so it doesn’t get stiff once the oval connectors are added to the end of necklace. The connectors and the charms will add some weight to end of necklace.

3. Necklace can be worn in many different ways. Play with it, just for fun!

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. 

Double Bell Earrings – A How -To from Fernando’s Atelier

 

 The repetition of a single shape creates an interesting texture between a crystal bead and hammered cone. A simple pair of earrings to face the holiday crowd at the mall. Have fun!

Designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead 

Material:

2 17mm Crystal Red Magma Swarovski Elements Artemis Beads

2 black brass Tierra Cast hammered cone ends

2 black brass Tierra Cast ornate bead  –  8691 3930 418-13

1 pair gun metal ear wires

2 gold-plated 2 inches long eye pins

2 gold-plated 4mm round jump rings

6 clear bead bumpers

18 inches of  hematite small cable chain

Tools:

Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Instructions:

1. Cut chain in 2 pieces of each of the following sizes: 1 inch,  1 ½ inch, 2 inches, 3 inches.

2. Open a 4mm gold-plated jump ring and slide 5 pieces of the pre-cut chain. Place it so the longest rope is in the middle.

3.  Feed following beads onto gold-plated eye pin.

One ornate black bras spacer bead, two bead bumpers, one crystal red Magma Artemis bead, one TC black brass hammered cone, one clear bead bumper. Make a simple loop on top of last bead and trim excess wire.

4.  Open French ear wire and slide it through the dangle (earring). Repeat all steps for matching earrings.

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.)