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.
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.
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 nose, Round Nose
All of Fernando’s projects for the Atelier are linked here.