Just For Fun Necklace – A Fernando’s Atelier How-To

ONE NECKLACE – SO MANY DIFFERENT LOOKS!

Just For Fun Necklace Designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead

 Materials Needed

10g  Delica 8/0 rd red/orange silver lined

6g  Delica 8/0 Cut Palladium Plated – 8 690BBLC-0038V

2 bicone Unicorne beads

2 sterling silver cone ends

4 bead caps

5 rhodium-plated TC 1.25in. link bar

1 ant silver TC “grow” charm , 1 ant silver TC “live” charm , 1 ant silver TC “love” charm , 1 ant silver TC ‘create’ charm , 1ant silver TC large fleur-de-Lis charm, 1 ant silver 27mm TC wing

5 rhodium-plated TC abstract-round links

.015mm Beadalon Dandyline white thread

silver-plated German style wire

10 silver-plated 8mm jump rings

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Rhodium-plated rectangle/round 30x11mm chain

Tools:

Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Beadalon Spin-N-Bead loader

Instructions:

1. Pour both colors of delica seed beads into the spinner tool.

2. Cut a 60inch piece of Dandyline. Pass through the curved needle followed by another seed bead.  Pass both ends of the thread back through the bead and then tie a double knot to place the seed bead at the end of both of the threads.

3. Start spinning the bowl and capturing the beads onto the thread until you have a 25inch strand of seed beads.

4. Cut thread and then pass both ends of it back through last bead and knot it in same fashion as the opposite end.  Leave a little slack in the Dandyline (about a 2 bead distance)

Make 4 more beaded sections in the following lengths: 24inch, 23inch, 19inch and 18inch.

5. Open a jump ring, slide one-drop bar bead and then attach through one of the holes of an oval TC connector and then close it gently. Open a second jump ring, slide one TC charm and then through the other hole of the connector, then close jump ring. Repeat to create 4 more similar sections using one TC connector and two charms for each of the beaded strands.

6.  Attach each of the components made in step 5, one at a time onto the beaded strands by passing one end through the center hole in the TC connector.

7. Cut an 8inch piece of German style wire. Place round –nose pliers an inch away of one of the ends of the wire and make a medium size loop, then slide in-between the thread of the longest strand made in step 4, capturing both ends of strands onto the same loop.

8. Add the 25”, 24” and 23” strands of seed beads to this loop. Finish the loop wrapping around its wire base twice and then trim excess wire. Be careful not to cut the longest portion of wire.

9. Add to wire the following components: sterling silver bead cap, a flower bead cap, a bicone lamp work glass bead, and another flower bead cap.

10. Connect the chain so that you have 18 rectangle components with round rings in-between each of the rectangle components in an endless necklace.

11. Attach component set aside in step 9 to one of the large rings on the chain with a wire wrapped loop, then wrap around the base to finish one side of the necklace.

12. Finish the other side of necklace repeat steps 5-9, attaching the two remaining beaded sections.  Then follow the steps 10 – 11 to finish the necklace.

13. Embellish the back of the  ‘message’ charms by gluing ‘ss 09’ crystal flat back stones. Use a single dot of Hypo-cement glue to affix the crystal.

Just for fun!

Designer’s Tips:

1. Add charms and drop bars to the oval connectors randomly.

2. When knotting the ends of strands of seed beads leave a ¼ inch space so it doesn’t get stiff once the oval connectors are added to the end of necklace. The connectors and the charms will add some weight to end of necklace.

3. Necklace can be worn in many different ways. Play with it, just for fun!

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. 

Double Bell Earrings – A How -To from Fernando’s Atelier

 

 The repetition of a single shape creates an interesting texture between a crystal bead and hammered cone. A simple pair of earrings to face the holiday crowd at the mall. Have fun!

Designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead 

Material:

2 17mm Crystal Red Magma Swarovski Elements Artemis Beads

2 black brass Tierra Cast hammered cone ends

2 black brass Tierra Cast ornate bead  –  8691 3930 418-13

1 pair gun metal ear wires

2 gold-plated 2 inches long eye pins

2 gold-plated 4mm round jump rings

6 clear bead bumpers

18 inches of  hematite small cable chain

Tools:

Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Instructions:

1. Cut chain in 2 pieces of each of the following sizes: 1 inch,  1 ½ inch, 2 inches, 3 inches.

2. Open a 4mm gold-plated jump ring and slide 5 pieces of the pre-cut chain. Place it so the longest rope is in the middle.

3.  Feed following beads onto gold-plated eye pin.

One ornate black bras spacer bead, two bead bumpers, one crystal red Magma Artemis bead, one TC black brass hammered cone, one clear bead bumper. Make a simple loop on top of last bead and trim excess wire.

4.  Open French ear wire and slide it through the dangle (earring). Repeat all steps for matching earrings.

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. 

Archangel Legion Necklace

This new project will help you with some of your holiday project planning.  I know many of you start early and this necklace is going to inspire you!  This is a new free project by Swarovski Elements Ambassador Fernando Dasilva for John Bead.

This necklace is festive but discreet enough to survive even after the holidays. If time is an issue, replace the back with an antique chain and you will have more time to spend wrapping the gifts. May the angels be with you! – Fernando

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. 

Materials:

Swarovski Elements:

3 10mm Emerald Crystal Flower Sew-on Stones

2 6mm Emerald Crystal Flower Sew-on Stones

3 18x12mm Crystal Beads

2 9x6mm Crystal Beads

5 9x6mm Emerald Crystal Beads

10 ss9 Crystal Foiled Round Flat Back Stones

10 ss9 Sapphire Foiled Round Flat Back Stones

4 antique bronze fan shape metallic beads

10 gold plated TC spacer donuts

20 copper TC spacer donuts

5 antique gold TC glue-in angel wing beads

5 gold plated 2.5 inches long head pins

3 antique gold Bali style TC spacer bails

1 copper 25mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 19mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 15mm TC beaded ring

1 copper 19mm TC spiral ring

1 copper 15mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold  19mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold 15mm TC spiral ring

1 ant gold 19mm TC beaded ring

1 ant gold 15mm TC beaded ring

2 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 satin gold 2mm bead bumpers™

2 gold plated wire guardians™

28 gold plated 9mm jump rings

14 gold plated 6mm jump rings

4 gold plated TC oval jump rings

10 inches gold plated .018’ 49 Strands Beadalon stringing wire –

1 antique brass extension chain with end drop.

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

Instructions:

1. Using 2 part Epoxy, glue flat back crystal stones on angel’s wings. Use aquamarine on one side and pacific opal on the other side. Set them aside for half hour.

2. String following beads onto a head pin: one 18x12mm crystal, one wing spacer and one 9x6mm emerald crystal. Make simple loop on top of bead, trim excess wire and set aside. Make 2 more of those.

3. String one crimp tube onto gold-plated stringing wire, add a wire-guardian and loop it through its hole and then back to crimp tube. Crimp it using standard crimp tool.

4. Begin stringing beads on following pattern:

one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one 9×6 crystal pear bead, one 6mm  emerald crystal sew-on stone, one copper donut, one gold plated donut, one copper donut,  one fan bead, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one Bali-style bail, one 10mm emerald sew-on stone, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one fan bead, one copper donut, one gold-plated donut, one copper donut, one Bali-style bail, one 10mm emerald sew-on stone .

Repeat on reverse to finish other half of beaded section.

5. Start linking TC rings using 9mm gold-plated jump rings alternated by 6mm jump rings.

Follow this pattern for one side of the necklace:

two 9mm jump rings, 25mm ant copper TC beaded ring, two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mmm jump rings,  19mm ant gold TC beaded ring + two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mm jump rings, one 15mm ant copper TC spiral ring , two 9mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings, two 9mm jump rings, one 15mm ant copper TC beaded ring, one 6mm jump rings, two 6mm jump rings attached to an extension chain.

6. Create the other half of necklace linking components on same fashion done on step 5 placing TC rings on following pattern:

15mm ant gold TC spiral ring + 19mm ant copper beaded ring + 19mm ant copper TC spiral ring +  15mm ant gold TC beaded ring.

7. Add hook to end of previous linked section of necklace.

8. Open a loop of a dangle and add to one of the Bali-style bail.  Add two more to the other bails.

9. String an emerald pear shaped crystal bead onto a head pin, make simple loop and add to final link of extension chain. Trim any excess wire.

(PS. Create matching earrings using extra findings.)

 

Crystaloise Necklace – Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project

This is the Crystaloise necklace designed by Fernando Dasilva for John Bead.

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. 

Materials 

8 light Azore 8mm crystal bicone beads

1 oval 3o x 40mm  African turquoise  bead

3 round 10mm African turquoise beads

4 round  8mm African turquoise beads

4 round 4mm African turquoise beads

4 facetted square 16mm African turquoise beads

4 smooth square 18mm African turquoise beads

11 ball head pins

19 oval jump rings

12 pre-cut pieces of  3 ½  inches of dark chain

11 pre-cut pieces of 1 inch of the same chain

3 ft silver plated German style wire

Tools:   Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1.  Feed one round turquoise bead onto a head pin and make a simple loop on top of bead. Trim excess wire. Make ten more of those using all the round turquoise beads left and then set them aside.

2. Cut a 3 inches piece of silver plated wire. Use round nose pliers to make a wrapped loop (two turns) at one end and trim excess wire. Feed one crystal bead + square 17mm turquoise bead + another crystal bead. Make a second loop at the opposite end and then trim excess wire. Make a second link alike, set aside and call it “link A”.

3. Repeat previous step to make one similar link using one crystal, followed by one 16mm facetted turquoise and then another crystal. Make a second one and set aside. Call it “link B”.

4. Continue working on same fashion as previous steps to make one link using one crystal bead, one 17mm turquoise, followed by another crystal bead, one 16mm turquoise and then another crystal bead.  Make a second one of this and set aside and call it “link C”.

5. Cut a 4 inches piece of silver plated wire. Make a wrapped loop at one of the ends and then string on one crystal bead, oval large turquoise bead and then another crystal. Make a second wrapped loop at the far end and then set aside.  Call it “link D”

6. Begin assembling links and chain sections following given pattern.

Oval jump ring + two long sections of chains + oval jump ring + link C + oval jump ring +  two long sections of chains + oval jump ring + link A + oval jump ring + two long sections of chain +  oval jump ring + link B + oval jump ring + two sections of chain . Repeat on reverse from here and attach both ends of last section of chains to first oval jump ring.

7.  Carefully open central jump ring and attach link D to it. This is the focal point of your necklace.

8. Open loop of one of the dangles made on step 1, add one small pre-cut piece of chain and close it gently. Make ten more of that and set aside. Those will be the “fringe” of your tassel.

9. Open oval jump ring and add one by one all the eleven chain strands made on step 8 and then attach to bottom loop of link D.

Your necklace is ready. Enjoy it!

Duplicity Necklace – How To From Fernando’s Atelier

This is a wonderful project featuring purple and green, so favoured in so many of the trend reports for the Fall.  It is another necklace design created by Fernando for our series:  Fernando’s Atelier.

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. 

Instructions:

1.  Cut an 8 inches piece of stringing wire and string on a crimp tube followed by a wire guardian.  Pull one of the ends of wire close to crimp and crimp it properly. Trim short excess wire.

2. String beads as follows: one seed bead + one large bead cap +  one 12mm pearl + one bead cap + one seed bead + emerald cat eye cube + one seed bead. Repeat pattern until you have 8 seed beads strung on. Alternate cat eye cube colors using one of each of the other two.

3. Finish end in the same manner that was done in the beginning.

4. Create a second string shorter than the previous using same style of  beads – this will be the inside strand.

5. Feed one peacock bead, followed by one spacer bar (through one of the end holes) and then add a second peacock bead. Make simple loop at the opposite end and trim excess wire. Add a similar link to far end hole of spacer bar using same quantity of beads. Create a second section to be used on the other side of necklace. Set them aside.

6. Cut chain in 2 equal pieces of 7 inches. Set aside.

7.  Cut a second piece of chain in 2 equal pieces of 6 ½ inches. Set them aside.

8. Open 2 jump rings  and attach both to circle portion of toggle clasp, followed by one 7 inches piece of chain. Close both jump rings and then attach end link to one of the loops of the peacock-beaded link. Open opposite eye pin loop and attach to beaded section created on step 2.

9. Attach another 7 inches piece of chain to the opposite side of previous strand.

10. Attach short chain, beaded-peacock section and beaded link on same manner you attach the previous strand, adding other portion of toggle to finish necklace.

Here is a list of the materials he used for Duplicity:

2 emerald green cat eye cubes

2 apple green cat eye cubes

2 olive green cat eye cubes

8 peacock beads

4 multicolored 12mm pearls

4 multicolored 10mm pearls

4 gold plated wire guardians

16 galvanized green Miyuki seed beads

2 ½ inches of antique brass large/small heart link chain

6 round gold plated 7mm  jump rings

2 bronze spacer bar 5 holes

8 bronze bell cap flower

8 bronze cap

4 copper crimp tubes #2

Beadalon satin gold stringing wire

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose  Crimper Tool 

J’adore Earrings – How To From Fernando’s Atelier

 

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. 

Materials

34 glass peacock dagger 17x7mm red Labrador drops

6 padparadscha ab Swarovski Elements bicone beads

6  rhodium plated Tierra Cast rhodium plated connectors

6 silver plated 6mm jump rings

2 carded red size #6 silk thread

6 silver plated flat head pins

2 inches silver plated chain link 8x3mm 

1 pair fish hook with flat coil 16mm

Tools:

 Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

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.

Summer To Fall Colour Palette – Fernando’s Atelier Free Project

 

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

Material:

30 17x7mm glass red Labrador peacock daggers

33 9x18mm red silk agate glass drops

1 ft 1mm clear stretching cord

2 10mm lapis crystal pearl by Swarovski Elements

2 dark lapis crystal pearl by Swarovski Elements

4 silver-plated 8mm round jump rings

4 rhodium-plated 1.5in head pins

G-S hypo cement stringing glue

Tools:

Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

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.

Wildflower Necklace From Fernando DaSilva’s Atelier

Earlier this week I posted my pictures of this wonderful necklace in the John Bead showroom.  Fernando has given us a set of instructions so you can make something similar!

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. 

Instructions:

1 – Making beaded flower rings

1.1  Cut a 4 inch piece of stretch cord and feed one gunmetal seed bead followed by one light green dagger. Continue alternating the two beads until you have 6 of each onto the stretch cord.

1.2  Pull both ends of stretch cord and tie a double knot making sure cord is stretched to the max. Make a simple single knot on top of that and then add two dabs of stringing glue on top of knotted area. Put aside and let it dry. Make 15 more flowers like that. (See picture below)

2 – Making metal links

2.1 – Cut a 2 ½  inch of silver-plated copper wire. Placing round nose pliers 1 inch away from one of the ends of wire make a simple loop. Make sure to position wire in the middle of the pliers to make large loops. Trim excess wire with nippers.

2.2 – Feed one metal bead onto wire and then make half of a loop, add one fern green crystal briolette and finish shaping loop on top of bead. Trim excess wire and reserve. Repeat similar steps to make eight more similar dangles and set them aside.

3 – Making beaded links with light green dagger and green delica beads

3.1 – Cut a 5 inch piece of copper wire and make a loop 1 ½ inch away from one of the ends of the wire. Wrap wire two full turns around the base of loop and then trim excess wire.

3.2 – Feed components onto wire on the following pattern:

one spacer bead +  one flower ring + one delica seed bead (any color)  + one checker round bead + one delica, one flower ring +  one spacer bead

Finish making similar loop on top of the spacer. Trim excess wire and set aside. Make 7 more of those and set aside.

3.3 – Repeat steps 3.1-3.2 to make 6 more links using flower beaded rings made on step 1.3. Set them aside.  (See final double link below.)

4 – Creating structure of the necklace

4.1 – Section the chain in four pieces of 7 ½ inch that equals to 5 complete sections of round links alternated by 4 sections of rectangle links. Follow lay out of photo below to create the structure that will hold the cascade effect of  linked components.

5. Attaching all sections together

5.1 The small sections of chain will be used between links to tie the design elements together. Long linked sections will be attached only to the first 4 links from the center to the back of necklace.

Double links made with checker beads sandwiched by spacers and flower beaded rings will be placed between some of the chain sections.  Feel free to create your own cascading effect.

6. Create an extra single flower beaded ring and attach to the end section of necklace like on the photo below.

Materials Used:

10 fern green 13×6.5mm Swarovski Elements briolettes

9 brushed silver-plated navette shape beads

14  green 18mm checker round beads

102 peacock dagger light green Labrador 17x7mm

72 peacock dagger yellow Labrador 17x7mm

28 antique silver TC spacer beads – 94 5743 – 61

130 gunmetal Delicas 8/0 RD seedbeads

60 paladium plated Delicas 8/0 Cut

20 ft copper German style shaping wire

2ft silver-plated German style shaping wire

2m rhodium-plated rectangle/round 30x11mm chain

clear 0.8mm Elasticity stretch bead cord

1 x-large aluminum jump rings

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:

Side Cutter , Flat Nose , Round Nose