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.
34 glass peacock dagger 17x7mm red Labrador drops
6 rhodium plated Tierra Cast rhodium plated connectors
2 carded red size #6 silk thread
2 inches silver plated chain link 8x3mm
1 pair fish hook with flat coil 16mm
1. Cut chain in two equal pieces.
2. Unravel the red #6 carded silk strand and pull it until the bend marks are removed.
3. Tie a knot at the end and string on one of the 17x7mm peacock red dagger drop. String the silk through one of the far end link of one piece of chain, then string on another of the peacock dagger drop.
4. Carefully tie a knot using the knotter tool. Tie the knot tightly so that the beads push together with the chain in-between the beads. Cut the silk leaving approximately 1/4″ of silk.
5. Repeat previous step adding four more dagger beads to same chain link. You must have a total of 6 peacock dagger drops per each of the links of chain, ending up with 34 red peacock daggers.
6. Open a jump ring, attach to final link of beaded chain piece and then add to one of TC connectors. Add two more connectors using jump rings.
7. Feed one bicone crystal bead onto a head pin. Make simple loop above the bead, trim excess wire and set aside. Make 2 more of these.
8. Use flat nose pliers to attach one crystal bead to each of the rings of TC connectors.
9. Open ring of ear wire and attach to top connector. Close gently. Repeat all steps to make matching earring.