Designing With The New Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

This bracelet and the second one featured in this post were designed by Fernando DaSilva for John Bead.  They will have you wondering how you have lived without the newest tool from Beadalon if you enjoy making or teaching others how to make wire bracelets.

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

In order to make these bracelets Fernando used:

1. The Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

2. Artistic Wire in various sizes.

3.  Preciosa Ripple Beads

4.  Preciosa Rondell Beads   (We have a fantastic collection of Preciosa Rondell beads in our catalog.  Fernando used 4mm size for these projects.)

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

The Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig comes with excellent instructions.  You can see very quickly how working on a circular jig will result in a perfectly formed circle in minutes.4

Fernando used wire wrapping techniques to add his beads.  Here is a closer look.

Ripple Bead

Ripple beads by Preciosa have a very unique shape.  Showcasing them in this way allows you to see the wonderful colours.

Ripple Bead

Here is the second bracelet utilizing copper and silver wire.

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The crystals just glitter against the copper Ripple Beads.

 

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig are in stock.

Ripple Beads

Our Ripple Bead collection has had a few new additions.

Macrame Choker With Hemp

This choker features traditional macrame knotting.  It really is a skill that is useful in so many stringing applications.

Nancy Donaldson created this necklace to feature our natural hemp strings.

Isn’t it delightful?  It will be just perfect for summer outings.

Dazzle-it has a huge assortment of hemp strings in many colours and thicknesses.  The natural collection is classic macrame for the 70’s

These Preciosa Rocailles in the opaque brown iris color added just the right amount of bling to the necklace.

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.

The ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards

Submitted by Fernando DaSilva, John Bead Product Development & Creative Manager.

Inspired by the popularity of  reality shows like “Project Runway”, Accessories Magazine has joined forces with FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and  Czech Crystal Manufacturer PRECIOSA to launch The ICE Crystal Jewelry Awards to celebrate innovation, creativity and excellence.

On December of 2013, top fashion jewelry industry experts granted 10 students from FIT with a mentorship. Designers had to create innovative and salable jewelry pieces inspired by Accessories Trend Forecasting. Six contestants made to the finals and 1st and 2nd places will be announced on May 7th during the FABB – Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball.

Regardless winning or not, the FIT students had an amazing opportunity to create jewelry sets showcasing crystal components by PRECIOSA, a brand that has been occupying the pages of top fashion magazines recently, acquiring an enormous visibility and recognition for its excellence and glamour.

Check the work of these amazing young designers and tell us, which one is your winner?

ALEXIA INNIS
 
TREND: DARK STAR

MENTOR: TANYA CREATIONS
 
 
KEELIN BRETT
TREND: DARK STAR
MENTOR: ALI-KHAN DESIGNS
 
MINJIN LEE
TREND: GYPSY TRAVELER
MENTOR: THE NES GROUP
 
 
ROSE JANE TAN BASA
TREND: POP IDOL
MENTOR: GERARD YOSCA
 
 
ROSELLE RAABE
TREND: GYPSY TRAVELER
MENTOR: ROBERT ROSE
 
 
YU-CHIEH KO

TREND: DARK STAR
MENTOR: BEN-AMUN
 

John Bead is a proud distributor of DIY components by Preciosa Crystals.  Haute-couture products can be specially ordered to attend to the needs of our customers.

Source: Accessories Magazine

The Very Large Preciosa Crystal Pendant

You might be surprised to see one of the “Real Housewives on our blog today.  We could not help but notice the very large crystal pendant that Kyle Richards has been wearing. (Kyle Egan Richards is an American actress and television personality. She is known for returning to television with her sister, Kim Richards, on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.)

These super large Preciosa Drops are 89-58mm.  I started to look in the catalog and found several that look like the one Kyle is wearing.

The more I looked, the more I found!  There are so many of these extra large almond shaped drops to choose from.  They will be in my basket the next time I visit the showroom!

Jars of Happy = Wood Pendants and Crystals

I can never resist a Treasure Mix!  I love these special jars from John Bead because they are always filled to the brim with great components.  The pricing is phenomenal as well.  Last year in Florida I took my niece to a bead store and paid between $2 and $5 for individual wooden pieces just like these.

The Tropical Adventure jar is so pretty.  You never know what you will get.  This sample shows a zebra, but in my jar I got tigers.  I love them all.  These wood pendants already come with a gold attachment.

I selected three of my favorite animals.  They are pretty as is, but I knew I could make them just a little better….

I used some Quick Grip glue to attach Preciosa Hot Fix Crystals.

I really think these are special now.  Since it is Mother’s Day on Sunday, I’ll show you a few ideas this week on how to use them in finished jewelry.  These would be fun for mother/daughter or auntie/niece projects and gifts!

Hearts To Love

Glass Lamp Pendant – one of my favorite hearts in the John Bead catalogue.

PRECIOSA M.C. PENDANT Heart 18mm LIGHT VITRAIL

SWAROVSKI PENDANT 6202 HEART  MM14.4×14 AB EMERALD

SWAROVSKI BEAD 5743 WILD HEART 17mm AMETHYST

SWAROVSKI PENDANT 6228 HEART  14.4x14mm ANTIQUE PINK CRYSTAL

CLOISONNE BEADS 17MM HEART LIGHT BLUE and strung.