Beads and Bears Oh My!

Patricia McCourt has designed several unique pieces of jewelry for John Bead.  As the designer of the Cali bead, we have had the opportunity to share some of her projects with you throughout 2017.  She has also created four Cali bead project PDFs that we shared with our customers.

This necklace (above)  is special to us.  We rarely have the opportunity to share some of the components at John Bead that are staples for First Nations designers.  This is a wonderful example of using traditional components in brand new designs.

Patty was born in Colombia and moved to England in 1985 along with her husband, Bill and has since lived in Jordan, Indonesia and Ecuador. She has 2 lovely girls, Katerina and Stephanie.

Patty’s beading career started after successfully finishing her Diploma in 3D Design, Custom jewellery and her City and Guilds Teaching Certificate and her patience and enthusiasm for beading knowledge  have made her workshops very popular in Nottingham and the surrounding areas, including many branches of the Women’s Institute.

You can read more about Patty on her website.

Acrylic Imitation Bear Tooth.  Available in two sizes.
TURQUOISE PONYBEAD 6/0 
Seedbead 12/0    Strung Opaque   Dark Red
Seedbeads / Rocailles
Claw Toggle

Statement Necklace with Wire Wrapped Glass Beads

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Looking to create some free spirit style jewelry this summer?

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You might think I took a great deal of time to wire wrap a large number of turquoise pressed glass pieces for this long necklace/

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I did not!  We sell them already wrapped!

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The fabulous pendant is part of our new statement peice collection.

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To complete the look I created links with a number of left over metal and red beads from other projects.

Here is a closer look at some of the pendants in the collection.

PicMonkey Collage

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Each peice is a showstopper.

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Of course, I made a bracelet to match!  This will be one of my summer 2017 go-to sets!

The Midnight Leaves Soutache Statement Necklace

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This soutache statement necklace by Nancy Donaldson was commissioned to showcase our fabulous line of soutache cords.  The necklace was displayed in our “New Innovations” booth at the Craft and Hobby show earlier this month.

In our It’s Soutache manual written by Fernando DaSilva (released in the fall of 2014) Soutache was described “as one of those materials that defines not only a look but also a whole technique.  Recently, Soutache has become popular among many European designers excited by the endless possibilities this material provides to their creations.  The technique requires a lot of precision and a certain finesse to handle and stitch trims together.”  There are many applications for this fantastic trim and the main rule is that you must insert your needle in the centre of the soutache groove with every stitch.  That can be challenging and requires practice.

When we released our Soutache manual, Nancy was given an early copy along with some of our cords to experiment.   (she is a regular contributor of projects on this blog)  We assumed that she might make a few of the projects in the book.  We never imagined she would immerse herself into soutache, teaching herself new and unorthodox ways to use the cord.  Our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva recognized her talent immediately and met with her to select a color palette and theme for this necklace.

Many recognized soutache jewellers pre-plan their designs with mathematical precision.  Nancy is much more free with her designs.   She creates individual pieces that are collaged together.  She does not glue her sections into one single backing pad.

Her piece is also unique because some sections are left open.  The sections that are padded showcase our fish leather in a way that sets Nancy apart from other soutache designers. Our fabulous tilapia leather created the perfect texture when paired with soutache trims and beads.   Her finished necklace is not stiff.  It conforms to curves on the body beautifully.  She also created matching cuffs that sit perfectly on a wrist.

The cabochons used by her in this necklace are “JB Vintage Atelier.”  Selected by Fernando just for this design they are incorporated in a way that is fresh and appealing.  We are proud to showcase this new soutache designer’s masterpiece.

What Nancy Used To Create Her Necklace

 

Dazzle-it Soutache Cords

75000900-11   Wine Soutache Cord

75000900-46  Acai Soutache Cord

75000900-45   Alloy Soutache Cord

Fish Leather

751-35101-02  Light Grey Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-03   Plum Suede Fish Leather

751-35101-01   Black Suede Fish Leather

Pearls

27758101096 313  Swarovski 6mm Lavender Pearl

27758101245 001  Swarovski 12mm Light Grey Pearl

27758101160 328  Swarovski 8mm Blackberry Pearl

Beads

45s 1960206004700 Preciosa Siam 6mm

45s 1960204004700 Preciosa Siam 4mm

27004139 Czech Fire Polished Garnet 6mm

27004137 Czech Fire Polish Garnet 4mm

27290000-41 Ori Crystal Donut Amethyst 4x6mm

680-02069  Czech Square Metallic Mix 3.4mm

45s1960203003600 Preciosa Round Jet 3mm

45s1960204003307 Preciosa Round Jet 4mm

45s6930205003600 Preciosa Round Jet 5mm

JB Vintage Atelier

Black Cabochons

Chain

Czech Rhinestone Cup Chain

The Christmas Sunrise Necklace

 

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.

Instructions:

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.

Material:

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 noseRound Nose 

All of Fernando’s projects for the Atelier are linked here.

Pink Neo Graduated Chain Necklace

This graduated chain necklace was created with our new Neo Chain.  Nancy Donaldson created it with a few simple tools; a side cutter and a flat nose plier set to open and close jump rings.

Neo Chain is available in two sizes:  5x3mm and 3.5x2mm.  This is the larger chain linked together.

It is the cut in the brass chain that gives Neo a dual colour appearance.

The Neo Chain collection also includes matching findings like this lobster clasp.

Jump rings are also available in two sizes: 4.5mm and 6.5mm.

With matching findings everything links perfectly.

This is the complete Neo Chain colour palette.

Fabulous Chain Necklace

This is a wonderful necklace I discovered in our showroom last week.  Many of you will immediately recognize this as the work of Fernando Dasilva.

I love how his selection of different chains combines to create such a gorgeous finished necklace.

I am giving you a closer look so you can see how he attached everything.

A combination of metallic colours was used. Here are some of the amazing chains Fernando used to create this necklace:

Oval Cable
Cut Link Chain
Large Round Chain

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.

Fashionable Spikes!

From Left to Right:
Christian Louboutin-Net-a-porte, Christian Louboutin-Net-a-porte, Anita Ko-Net-a-porte
Valentino-Net-a-porte, John & Pearl-Bottica, Ines Susaeta-Bottica

We are not getting away from spikes in design anytime soon.  They are hotter than ever. The types of spikes available continue to grow as well.  We have then in glass and metal throughout the catalog.  Now spacer spikes are now at John Bead too.