The Making of Instant Glam by Fernando

Our first line of exclusive components named Instant Glam by Fernando brings a wave of fresh air and innovation to the do-it-yourself category.

When a singer records a new rendition of a standard song people start looking for all the possible changes that the artist added to the arrangement. We review things like melody, rhythm, phrasing, vibe and most important of all: performance. When a new rendition is done, with a new and distinct personality, that artist takes ownership of that song.

Metal Complex and Fernando DaSilva are like a newly recorded duet. They did not invent bezels or crystal rocks, however they created new pieces for the Instant Glam collection that are original. Their new and improved “rendition” features two components that go together but that still have versatile functions on their own.

Instant Glam bezels are unorthodox because they are large enough for a variety of techniques including working with polymer clay, resin, and two-part epoxy clays. If they were small, they wouldn’t lend themselves to these techniques as readily. They were intentionally designed to inspire designers to create big statement, eye-catching, bold and trendy pieces that deliver a red carpet look on a frugal budget.

The bezels are unique. The quality of the heavy zinc alloy cast is perfect for craft and jewelry use. There are six shapes available in two different finishes; silver and gunmetal.  If the silver finish appears too bright, you will be pleased to learn that the bezels readily take liver of sulphur or gilder’s paste for a more subtle finish.  The bezels also feature unique and detailed textures.  These special markings make Instant Glam™ bezels stand out from the others in the marketplace.

The matching shapes of crystal rocks; tres, arrow, drop, rectangle, quattro and diamond were designed by Fernando as well and made exclusively for Metal Complex by Swarovski Elements. Although the shapes have hot fix film on the reverse (making them easy to attach to fabric) they do require an adhesive to adhere them into the bezels. Simply apply a glue to the back of the crystal rock shape and set it into the bezel.  Naturally, the crystal rock shapes on their own can be used to embellish home décor items such as pillows, place mats and curtains with ease.

In a recent interview in “Salt” magazine, Donatella Versace said “…Swarovski Elements are a really powerful resource for me…Crystal adds instant glamour.” Coincidentally that is also one of the reasons for our Instant Glam™ line.  We want to empower any person to become a designer and to turn their ideas into a business with an easy-to-use components line. In few minutes a piece of jewelry can be created, and in few hours a jewelry collection can be assembled. Instant Glam becomes Instant Gratification!

Bring some of this “fresh air” to your customers by offering them components from Instant Glam™ by Fernando, now available through Metal Complex.

Fernando DaSilva

Designer and Product Development and Creative Manager

John Bead Corp.





Resin Repair

 You might be wondering why this fabulous Instant Glam bezel is appearing under the title “Resin Repair.”  It is a great example of how to fix a mistake.
Fernando Dasilva, the designer of Instant Glam, was working on many different samples for the launch of this new Tuscany bezel collection.  He added the leather embellishment to the bezel and poured in Jewelry Resin.
Then he discovered the “mistake.”
Overnight a little of the leather, which should have been completely encased in resin was sticking out of the surface.  It may not have bothered everyone…but Fernando and I both felt it was very visible.  Happily, I offered to REPAIR it!
All I did was sand the surface of the resin until it was even again.  See how scratched up I made it?  I sanded and sanded until the area the leather popped out of was smooth again.
Then I mixed a small batch of Jewelry Resin and painted a glaze layer onto the entire piece.
The scratch and sanding lines magically disappear!
Bezel saved!
Money saved!
Artwork Saved!
Learning how to repair a resin mishap will make working with resin less worrisome.
This post also appear on the Resin Crafts Blog, the home of ETI resin products.

Instant Glam and Jewelry Resin

Today I am showing you the first Instant Glam bezel I have used to create an exciting new pendant.

The silver arrow is a fabulous canvas to work in.

Jewelry Resin is what I used to encase my images and inclusions into the bezel.

To start, I made a photocopy of my bezel.  I wanted an easy template which would allow me to cut out an image to glue to the bottom of the bezel.

The unique arrow design means it would be difficult to just “eye ball” cutting an image that would fit.  My template will save lots of time and now I can work in many additional arrows!

The Instant Glam Tuscany collection made me think of all the art in that region of Italy.  The David is a universally loved icon.  I applied the paper image to my bezel and sealed it with several coats of mod podge.  Then when my image was dry (overnight) I poured in the first of two layers of Jewelry Resin.

When my first layer of resin was cured I added some paint and gel marker lines.

Here, you can see my bezel after the second pour of Jewelry Resin encased my final inclusions.

1./2.  The paint and gel marker now looks like it is suspended.

3.  I wanted to also point out how beautiful the edges of these Instant Glam bezels are.

4.  Yes, that is a mini “David.”  I bought this charm ages ago and it finally found a home in this piece.

I think the pendant lovely!

The fabulous chain is in the Dazzle-it collection.  I just weaved a little silk through it for some colour.

John Bead also has a great Jewelry Resin handout.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Instant Glam Now Launched!

The white and hot pink flowers were a clear indication that Instant Glam was in the house!

And by house, we mean John Bead!  You can see the designer of “Instant Glam by Fernando” busily tweaking the display area before the launch guests arrival.

There are some stunning new Instant Glam pieces on display now.

Here you see Daniel John, the producer with Fernando Dasilva the designer.

The display area was filled with new samples by the time the guests arrived.

The partnership between Instant Glam and Swarovski was showcased in both jewelery and home decor.

Fernando “Instant Glammed” these place settings.

The table for two was set up in the Swarovski lounge.

Fernando even made the pillows glamorous!

These new Instant Glam crystal rock appliques can be used is so many ways.

Our guests were able to meet one on one with Fernando, but he did take the time to address the whole group after a wonderful introduction from Vince from Swarovski.

Instant Glam, now available to John Bead customers online!