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.

 

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. 

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.)

 

Wildflower Necklace From Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier

Earlier this week I posted my pictures of this wonderful necklace in the John Bead showroom.  Fernando has given us a set of instructions so you can make something similar!

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. 

Instructions:

1 – Making beaded flower rings

1.1  Cut a 4 inch piece of stretch cord and feed one gunmetal seed bead followed by one light green dagger. Continue alternating the two beads until you have 6 of each onto the stretch cord.

1.2  Pull both ends of stretch cord and tie a double knot making sure cord is stretched to the max. Make a simple single knot on top of that and then add two dabs of stringing glue on top of knotted area. Put aside and let it dry. Make 15 more flowers like that. (See picture below)

2 – Making metal links

2.1 – Cut a 2 ½  inch of silver-plated copper wire. Placing round nose pliers 1 inch away from one of the ends of wire make a simple loop. Make sure to position wire in the middle of the pliers to make large loops. Trim excess wire with nippers.

2.2 – Feed one metal bead onto wire and then make half of a loop, add one fern green crystal briolette and finish shaping loop on top of bead. Trim excess wire and reserve. Repeat similar steps to make eight more similar dangles and set them aside.

3 – Making beaded links with light green dagger and green delica beads

3.1 – Cut a 5 inch piece of copper wire and make a loop 1 ½ inch away from one of the ends of the wire. Wrap wire two full turns around the base of loop and then trim excess wire.

3.2 – Feed components onto wire on the following pattern:

one spacer bead +  one flower ring + one delica seed bead (any color)  + one checker round bead + one delica, one flower ring +  one spacer bead

Finish making similar loop on top of the spacer. Trim excess wire and set aside. Make 7 more of those and set aside.

3.3 – Repeat steps 3.1-3.2 to make 6 more links using flower beaded rings made on step 1.3. Set them aside.  (See final double link below.)

4 – Creating structure of the necklace

4.1 – Section the chain in four pieces of 7 ½ inch that equals to 5 complete sections of round links alternated by 4 sections of rectangle links. Follow lay out of photo below to create the structure that will hold the cascade effect of  linked components.

5. Attaching all sections together

5.1 The small sections of chain will be used between links to tie the design elements together. Long linked sections will be attached only to the first 4 links from the center to the back of necklace.

Double links made with checker beads sandwiched by spacers and flower beaded rings will be placed between some of the chain sections.  Feel free to create your own cascading effect.

6. Create an extra single flower beaded ring and attach to the end section of necklace like on the photo below.

Materials Used:

10 fern green 13×6.5mm Swarovski Elements briolettes

9 brushed silver-plated navette shape beads

14  green 18mm checker round beads

102 peacock dagger light green Labrador 17x7mm

72 peacock dagger yellow Labrador 17x7mm

28 antique silver TC spacer beads – 94 5743 – 61

130 gunmetal Delicas 8/0 RD seedbeads

60 paladium plated Delicas 8/0 Cut

20 ft copper German style shaping wire

2ft silver-plated German style shaping wire

2m rhodium-plated rectangle/round 30x11mm chain

clear 0.8mm Elasticity stretch bead cord

1 x-large aluminum jump rings

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:

Side Cutter , Flat Nose , Round Nose

Drops Of Love Bracelet by Fernando DaSilva

 

The John Bead show room is filled with wonderful examples of bead and jewelry making excellence.  Many of the samples are from Fernando DaSilva and he has provided John Bead with some instructions for some of his most popular pieces.   I’ll be sharing them here on the blog over the next few months.

Author: Fernando Dasilva for John Bead made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS™

Design title:  Drops of Love bracelet

Drops of Love features this gorgeous drop from Swarovski Elements.

What Fernando Used:

12 ruby SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS flat drops  347 6012 1005 501

12 antique silver vine briolette bails by TC – 9695 1945 668-12

6 bright rhodium 10mm TC rivet beads – TC# 94- 5745-12

12 bright rhodium 11mm TC rivet bead caps – TC# 94-5744-12

15 bright rhodium 10mm TC classic bead caps – TC# 94-5722 012

7 antique copper 10mm TC bead rivets – TC# 94-5745-18

12 non-tarnish 5.9mm silver Artistic Wire jump rings – 2280 0505-01

1 sterling silver snake chain– 9609 9000

1 sterling silver “LOVE” pendant – 9609 5061

Tools:

Flat Nose Plier (745 27312) 

Instructions:

 1. Carefully insert one antique silver bail around a crystal drop. Use flat nose pliers to gently squeeze bail inside of crystal holes. Repeat this step with all the crystal drops and bails and set them aside.

 2. Open a jump ring and insert into loop of bail, made on previous step, then close jump ring. Repeat one jump ring to each crystal pendant and set aside.

 3. Unscrew the end of snake chain, then string beads on in the following pattern:

 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead + one rhodium rivet bead  + 1 crystal drop from step 2 + 1 classic bead cap + 1 copper rivet bead + 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead  + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 classic bead  cap + 1 rivet copper bead + 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop + 1 classic bead cap + 1 rivet  copper bead + 1 classic bead cap + 1 crystal drop +1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 rhodium rivet bead + 1 rhodium rivet bead cap + 1 crystal drop.

 Repeat this pattern in reverse to complete the bracelet.

 4. Open a jump ring and insert the “love” pendant through the loop of the “l” letter and then slide onto the snake chain, followed by a classic bead cap with the opening towards the end of chain.

5. Screw the end of snake chain back in place.