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.
Skill level: Beginner
Duration: Aproximately 30minutes
30 17x7mm glass red Labrador peacock daggers
33 9x18mm red silk agate glass drops
2 10mm lapis crystal pearl by Swarovski Elements
2 dark lapis crystal pearl by Swarovski Elements
4 silver-plated 8mm round jump rings
G-S hypo cement stringing glue
1. String 3 red silk agate drop followed by 3 red Labrador peacock daggers onto stretching cord. Repeat pattern until you have used both amount of beads.
2. Tie a single overhand knot pulling both ends of cord to the maximum stretch immediately followed by a double overhand knot. Add a good dab of stringing glue on top of knotted area and let it sit.
3. String one crystal pearl onto a head pin. Make a wrapped loop on top of bead, using round nose pliers. Trim excess wire, and then tuck tip of wire underneath of bead using flat nose pliers’ tip.
Make 3 more of these dangles and set them aside.
4. Open a jump ring, scoop up one of the lapis dangles and then attach to bracelet. Add a second lapis dangle straight across the opposite side of bracelet.
Add the two other pearl dangles to bracelet symmetrically so it creates a cross effect using the two shades of blue.
Designer’s tip: Make a second bracelet similar to the first one and stack them together for a more dramatic look.