Chain Necklace by Thanh Tran

This exquisite necklace by Thanh Tran brilliantly showcases our new aluminum chain in a high end designer sample.

The chain is available in seven sizes and in ten colours.  Thanh choose the gold family including the new cut chain available in gold and silver.

 She wove soft goat suede through the cut chain and finished it with a sweet bow.

Aluminum chain.  Not just for costumes.

More Show Room Masterpieces – The UFO Beaded Crystal

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.

Here is how Adela described this sample in the showroom.

“The UFO is nice big crystal (diameter approx. 6cm) covered by Miyuki seed beads and Swarovski MC rounds. The technique is tricky, because there is no glue.”

Show Room Bracelet 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.

What Adela had to say about the GREEN CURLY BRACELET which is one of her favorites:

“When you are in rush in the morning, just put this masterpiece on quickly. No clasp – no problems, LOVE elastic bracelets!

I used hundreds of Preciosa machine cut beads combined with many meters of Soft-Flex wire to make my bracelet. This bracelet was also featured in a special exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Prague.”

How Adela managed to weave her way through this bracelet is a wonderful testament to designer ingenuity!

We have a wonderful Soft Flex collection of wire to choose from.

To inspire you even more, here is a set of earrings featuring Adela’s special wire and crystal combination technique.

Show Room Designs By Adela Kodonova

Before John Bead’s social media program began in earnest in 2011 we had a series of stunning jewelry and jeweled pieces created by one designer for the showroom.  I for one have always been mesmerized by these huge beaded balls in the showroom.  

Allow me to introduce you to Adela Kodonova.  Her website is www.adelakodonova.cz.

“Adela Kodonova is a very successful Czech Fashion Jewellery designer. Adele started her designing career, with students from all over the world, at a renown specialize Artistic Glass School at Zelezny Brod, Czech Republic followed by studying at the Faculty of Design at the University of Liberec, Czech Republic. After graduating, she became a member of Fashion Jewellery designing team of Jablonex Group, Czech largest Fashion Jewellery and Bead manufacturing and exporting company.

During almost ten years of working in the world of Fashion Jewellery, Adela has been a co-author of many seasonal and specialized sample collections and an author of many Fashion Show designs presented by Jablonex Group in many countries of the world, including Canada.”

At our last showroom event I met with Adela who showed me some of her work in the showroom.  I was so pleased that she was willing to share some thoughts and inspiration on the pieces many of you see each time you visit John Bead in person.  For those of you who have never been to the showroom I can now give you a glimpse at some of our wonderful showroom samples.

Adela shared a photo of her table as she crafted these art pieces.  She wrote:

“My goal was to create a different style of advertising for beads from the Czech Republic. Not just nice colors strung one by one. I wanted to push customers to see there is more than just jewellery to be made and encouraged them to think about more complex ways to use the components.”

Aren’t these spectacular?  In the next few weeks I will share with you Adela’s projects and link all the posts to a category on  sidebar simply titled “Adela Kodonova.”

Big Love Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

 

This is yet another stunning necklace featured in our Swarovski Cafe (in the John Bead Showroom) which was designed by Fernando DaSilva.

Last week I had the opportunity to remove it from the cabinet to take these pictures.

All the crystals and links are so lovely.

I think you’ll agree that this is a wonderful show piece.

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 regular posts 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. 

Swarovski Elements:

12 roundelle 6mm Siam Bead

6 roundelle 8mm Indian pink Bead

4 roundelle 8mm cyclamen opal Bead

4 roundelle 8mm greige Bead

4 roundelle 12mm crystal silver shade Bead

6 roundelle 18mm crystal red magma large hole Bead

6 flower 12mm Light Siam Pendants

12 heart 10.3 X 10 rose ab Pendants

1 heart 40mm crystal red magma xilion Pendant (many Swarovski hearts to choose from)

8 Brass bead cap square

6 Brass small side bails

1 Brass large plain side bail

16 Silver 2.13 Eye Pins

2 drilled hammered gold oval links

2 drilled hammered rhodium oval links

18 6mm round silver plated jump rings

12 6mm oval jump rings

17mm round jump ring

60 galvanized pink Miyuki seed beads

1 antique brass toggle heart clasp

Please, read all the instructions before you start working on your piece. Some steps will be referred as “a”, “b”, “c”, etc.  Have fun!

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose Bent Nose

Instructions

1:  Feed the following beads onto an eye pin: one Indian pink crystal roundelle bead followed by a brass bead cap, eight seed beads, a red magma crystal roundelle, another brass bead cap and one Siam crystal roundelle. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop at the opposite end. Use cutters to trim excess wire. Repeat pattern to make a second link and set aside.  (this link will be referred as link A)

2: Repeat step 1 to create similar links following pattern given below. You will make two  links of each pattern and will set them aside.

Link B : Cyclamen opal roundelle + brass bead cap + 8 seed beads + crystal red magma roundelle + brass bead cap  +  Siam roundelle

Link C: Greige crystal roundelle + one seed bead + silver shade crystal roundelle + one seed bead + Siam roundelle

Link D: Indian pink crystal roundelle + one seed bead +  silver shade crystal roundelle +

one seed bead + Siam crystal roundelle

Link E: Cyclamen opal crystal roundelle + one seed bead + silver shade crystal roundelle + one seed bead + Siam crystal roundelle

Link F: one seed bead + one greige crystal roundelle + one seed bead

Link G: one seed bead + one Indian pink crystal roundelle +one seed bead

Link H: one seed bead + one Siam crystal roundelle + one seed bead

3: Use chain nose pliers to open an oval jump ring and attach to a hole of oval connector and then close it gently. Attach a second oval jump ring to the opposite hole and close gently. Repeat same step to attach in same manner oval jump rings to gold hammered connectors.

4: Attach large brass bail to big red magma crystal Xilion heart pendant. You can use  chain nose pliers to close bail around the crystal pendant but be gentle to not chip the edges of  the crystal.

5: Repeat previous step using small brass bail to secure a rose AB heart pendant. Use a bail for each of the crystal heart pendants and set them aside.

6:Use chain nose pliers to open a 6 mm jump ring and then slide a light Siam crystal flower pendant onto it. Close it gently and then repeat step with all the other flower pendants and set them aside.

7: Open a 6mm jump ring and attach to antique brass toggle bar ( half of the toggle). Close it gently.

8: Begin connecting all links mimicking a “rosary” style necklace. Follow sequence below:

toggle  bar + link “h” + one 6mm jump ring +  link “g” + one 6mm jump ring + link “f “+ one 6mm jump ring + link “e” + one 6mm jump ring + link “d” +  gold plated  oval connector  +  link “c” + link “ b” + rhodium plated oval connector +  link “a” + one oval jump ring + another oval jump ring feed with big crystal red magma heart pendant ( close jump ring) – this is the focal component of your necklace.

9: Use a 4mm jump ring to attach one crystal rose heart pendant between links “g” and “h”, and then another one between links “ c” and “b”.( you can use image as a guide).

10. Add a flower pendant next to gold plated oval connector and another one to rhodium plated oval connector. 

11. Attach a flower and a heart pendant to oval jump ring next to focal piece.

12. Repeat all steps to finish the other half of your piece.

Resources: All Materials used are found at John Bead Corporation. This design was created with products by: Swarovski Elements, Beadalon, Tierra Cast and Miyuki.

 

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.