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.
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.)
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.
Fernando used wire wrapping techniques to add his beads. Here is a closer look.
Ripple beads by Preciosa have a very unique shape. Showcasing them in this way allows you to see the wonderful colours.
Here is the second bracelet utilizing copper and silver wire.
The crystals just glitter against the copper Ripple Beads.
Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig are in stock.
Our Ripple Bead collection has had a few new additions.
We love to share some of the pieces of jewelry that you would see during a visit to our showroom. If you shop online, you can see them here on the blog. Designer Adela Kodonova has created quite a few of our samples. This necklace series was designed to demonstrate how you could incorporate wire spirals into your projects.
Spiral Makers create perfect spirals out of Artistic Wire, German Style Wire and any other soft wire 20 ga (0.81 mm) and smaller. Use colorful spirals to embellish jewelry, scrapbooks and paper crafts.
Tip: count the number of turns to re-create the same size coils for multiple coils, or perfectly matching earring dangles.
This second necklace is simple and elegant. You could easily make earring to match.
The new Ori Crystals and easily paired with Dazzle-Its glass pearl collection.
I used memory wire to craft these super easy bracelets! This pink bracelet features Pink Crystal Cut 10mm ori crystal beads with Lt Chocolate round glass pearls. I also added some wire mesh.
Artistic Wire Mesh is available in many colours and sizes. I used the silver.
My teal crystal and aqua pearl bracelet was pretty all by itself.
I added a brooch from my personal collection to jazz it up.
The brooch can be added and removed anytime.
Artistic Wire Mesh is also now available at John Bead.
I used it in combination with the new wire wrappers to create this necklace.
If you have not worked with mesh before you’ll be happy to learn it is available in two sizes (18 and 10mm wide) and all the classic metallic colours.
For my necklace I used a number of fantatsic new items in the John Bead catalogue.
1. New for Dazzle-It : Rhodium/Teal Agate Nuggets.
2. Artistic Wire Horseshoe shaped wrappers and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS burgandy blue briolettes.
3. Silver Artistic Wire Mesh 10mmx1m Silver
4. Gold Artistic Wire Mesh 18mmx1m Gold
I was very happy with my finished sample. I did get lots of inspiration from Fernando Dasilva’s blog posts. I picked three of his samples to show you. Go to his blog to see them all. Then you will really want some wire mesh!
He used the mesh in a number of interesting ways which showcased the numerous different techniques you could experiment with.
I love how these big baubles are cradled in the mesh.
I thought his idea to fold the mesh was fantastic! Isn’t this gorgeous?
Take a look at the wire mesh today! You’ll think of all sorts of great ways to incorporate it into your jewelry designs!
This frame was so easy to wrap! The new Artistic Wire wrappers have grooves making wire wrapping a very simple technique. No skills required!
The new wrappers are like mini blank canvases for jewelers. There are endless ways to use them and they can become a wonderful addition to any of your design ideas. These circle wraps are available in several sizes too.
My bead began with a wire wrap pendant that Nancy Donaldson made. I wanted to add something to it. I had sapphire firepolish glass beads in my collection that matched the big bead Nancy had added to her pendant.
I love how this turned out! Just imagine using these wrappers as extra matching charms or for a matching set of earrings.
Wrappers are in stock!
I have to admit. Once you start working with the new Wrappers at John Bead you get a little distracted. Yesterday was all about the wrappers!
This marquee wrapper shape is so interesting! I knew that I finally had something great to use my coral/marble beads with.
I kept looking through my stash to see which of my beads would look great in these wrapper frames.
Once my wrappers were done….I decided I might as well make up the bracelet to showcase them. This seems very Egyptian to me.
Inspiration was only a blog link away. Look at the wrappers used on Fernando Dasilva’s bracelet. (I want to try the horseshoe shaped wrappers next!) Fernando always does something different than expected.
Then I spotted this necklace on Fernando’s site! I recognized the shapes but didn’t know where he got those crystal encrusted beads. Then I read his post. He pressed clay into the wrappers! Brilliant!!!
So, even though I had many many other projects to work on, I just had to pull out my Apoxie Sculpt clay to see what I could come up with.
Working on a non stick surface, I pushed some white clay into place. (I have posted about Apoxie Sculpt many times. You can check those posts for more information.)
I gathered some PRECIOSA M.C.CHATON diamond back crystals, a cameo from my collection and a few Rose peach SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS butterflies.
||Love my new pendants!
The wrappers are now solid. I could still add a little wire to them.
But I think I will leave them as is. They are very unique and special already.
Next week: wire mesh!!
Is this bead component not a show stopper?
Yesterday John Bead sent an email to its wholesale customers announcing the arrival of a whole group of new Artistic Wire Ltd. items. Where to begin? The wrappers are so unique I thought I would start with them.
This is just one of the shapes available: Silver Hexagon. I also just received these gorgeous SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS luminous green crystals to experiment with…..they seemed to belong together.
The crystals have now been safely “caged” just by simply wrapping wire. You can see how the outer edge grooves make this super easy to accomplish. I tried several different ways to wrap the crystals from many wraps to just two.
I think this wrap, using all the grooves, might be my favorite.
Now, where do you go from here? If you are Fernando Dasilva you create a masterpiece like this! More wrapping tomorrow!