Be My Valentine 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.  

Be My Valentine Necklace

1.  Feed one 4mm Indian red crystal onto a head pin. Make a simple loop on top of bead and trim excess wire. Make 17 more of these and set them aside.

2. Cut a piece of 1 ½ “ of silver-plated wire.  Make a simple loop at far end of the wire, trim excess wire and then string onto a crystal silver night bead. Make simple loop on top of bead and trim excess wire. Repeat to make 7 ore of these links and set them aside.

3. Section large gunmetal chain in 4 pieces of 3 inches and set them side.

4. Section small gunmetal chain in 6 pieces of 1 inch, and 4 pieces of ¾ inch. Separate in 2 groups by length and set them aside.

5. Making focal center link.

Cut a 3 ½ inches of silver-plated wire. Make a wrapped loop at one of the ends of wire with a single full turn. Trim excess wire. String beads on the following pattern:

one silver night crystal + one hourglass spacer + one silver night crystal + double hole red magma crystal  +  one silver night crystal + one hourglass spacer + one silver night crystal.

Make wrapped loop on the opposite end as you did previously. Trim excess wire. Repeat similar steps to make the other side of this component.

6.  Using pliers attach one crystal (made on step 1) to center hole of 4-hole open-heart connector. Attach 2 more of the same on its bottom hole.

Repeat steps with the 3 other 4-hole open-heart connectors and set them s aside.

7.  Attach one crystal made on step 1 to one of the end links of small cable chain piece. Repeat 5 more times to create the centerpiece fringe.

8. Open a 4mm jump ring, slide 3 sections of chain made on step 7 and then attach to one of the loops of centerpiece made on step 5.

Add 3 more sections of chain to side loop using a second 4mm jump ring.

9. Open a 6mm jump ring and attach to one of the top loops of center piece , and then connect it to silver night link made on step 2.

10. Open another 6mm jump ring and attach the other loop of previous piece to one of the hearts assembled on step 6.  Add a second silver night link on same fashion followed by a 2-hole heart connector .

11. Repeat similar steps until you finish with four silver night crystal links.

12.  Open a 6mm jump ring, attach to side hole of 4-hole hear connector and then slide two sections of large gun metal chain that was cut on step 3.

13.  Connect both opposite ends of gunmetal chain to another jump ring.

 14. Add another jump ring to previous piece and then half side of toggle clasp.

15. Repeat all steps to finish the other side of necklace.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Materials Used: 

1 crystal red magma  SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS DOUBLE BEAD

16 crystal silver night 6mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Xilion beads

18 Indian red 4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS bicone beads

2 rhodium-plated Tierra Cast hour-glass spacer bars

1 ft  gun metal small cable chain

18 gold-plated 1” 24 gauge head pins

1 ½ ft round & oval gunmetal chain

1 sterling silver 20mm double heart toggle

2 sterling silver 20mm open heart flat 2 holes

4 sterling silver open heart flat 4holes

6 silver-plated 4mm round jump rings

20 silver-plated 6mm round jump rings

8 inches silver-plated 20 gauge German- style wire

Tools:

Side cutter, Flat nose , Round nose

Pearlvine Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

The Pearlvine necklace by Fernando Dasilva features pearls as the highlighted component. We have so many pearls in our catalog to select from.  For this post, we have attached information to a special collection of Czech glass pearls.

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. Using chain nose pliers take apart 2 equal pieces of 5 oval links sections off the silver matte chain. Set them aside.

2. Repeat previous step to take apart 2 equal sections of round links section of same chain with connectors in.

3. Using a 5 inches piece of satin gold stringing wire string beads as follows:

one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one pearl + one bead bumper + one square bead cap + one crystal cube + one bead  cap . Repeat in reverse and then add one crimp tube.

4. Add one section of chain cut in step 1 attaching it through oval link. Pass opposite end of stringing wire through same crimp tube. Pull them together and with crimper tool secure it in place making sure each wire is sitting parallel to each other.

5. Repeat step 3 to create 4 more pearl circles in same fashion, adding another section of chain before you crimp the last pearl circle.

6. Open connector of small section of chain and attach to oval links of both ends. Repeat the same on the other half of your necklace. This will give a more substantial look to the structure of your piece.

7. Open two small jump rings to attach clasps to both sides of necklace.

Tips:

Please read the instructions before you start making your piece.

* If you desire to add more dimension and drama to your piece build pearl circles with 2 more sizes of pearls. You can have circles made with any bead sizes you want.

 **To make it funkier you can hung several pieces of small Figaro style chain to every circle. Think: luscious!!!

Materials Used

Several strand of pearls – your favorite colours

5 Swarovski 8mm crystal golden shadow cube beads

40 bead bumpers

10 brass bead cap squares

5 gold plated #3 crimp tubes

2 small gold plated round jump rings

2ft of white matte silver chain

2ft of 19 strands Beadalon .018” gold satin stringing wire

1 bronze hook and eye clasp

Tools 

Side Cutter   Flat Nose Crimper tool

 

The Vitoria-Regia Necklace by 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 have been showcasing his design work here on the John Bead blog.  

Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of chain 10 1.2″, find the center of the chain.

2.  Unravel one of the #8 silk strands and pull it until the bend marks are removed.

3.  Tie a knot at the end and string on one of the peacock blue azuro dagger beads. String the green silk through the center link of the piece of chain, then string on another of the same dagger bead.

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 steps 3-4 to add 4 more beads onto the same link of chain. Each link will have 6 dagger beads. Continue until you have 15 of the blue dagger beads attached through the chain section.

6. Use blue silk to continue attaching a second group of green azuro dagger beads on similar fashion the first section was attached to the chain. String beads as in steps 3-4, as you work your way out from the center now alternating blue and green beads.

Use one strand of each color of beads on each side of necklace.

7. Repeat the pattern on the other side of the necklace to create center beaded section.

8. Create safety eye pins made with German style wire by forming a loop at the end of a 3″ piece of wire and wrap the end back around the wire.  Feed one Tierra Cast spacer bead, blue crystal bead and another spacer bead onto the wire and form another loop and wrap the wire back around itself three times forming almost a second wired cap against the blue crystal bead. Trim excess wire and set it aside. Repeat this step using the other five crystal beads left.

12. Open a jump ring, attach to one end of beaded section followed by one TC flat oval connector and then close it gently. Open a second jump ring, thread to the opposite hole of same connector and attach one blue crystal link created on step 8,  and then close it gently.  Repeat steps until you have four TC connectors attached to crystal links.

13. Open a 4mm jump ring and attach to previous piece. Add a second 4mm jump ring attach to previous piece and then to a circle side of toggle. Close it gently.

14. Repeat steps to finish the other half of necklace in the same manner.

Materials:

 

2 strands of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm blue azuro

2 str of glass peacock dagger 17x7mm green azuro

6  round 10 mm olive AB Swarovski Elements beads (out of stock)

12 rhodium TC spacer beads (out of stock)  (see options)

8 rhodium oval TC connectors

16 silver plated 6mm jump rings

1 sterling silver toggle round floral 2mm

4 sterling silver 4mm jump rings

7 ½ inches of silver plated chain link 8x3mm

3ft silver plated 20 gauge German-style round wire

2 carded # 8 cobalt blue silk thread

2 carded #8 emerald green silk thread

Tools:

flush cutter, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers

Beadalon knotter tool

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

Ciao – Cavalli Necklace Designed by Fernando Dasilva

Materials Used:

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS – fancy stones

8 oval 22x16mm crystal comet argent light – art 968 4137 1057 001

14  oval 15 x 11mm jet

6  oval  15x11mm crystal comet argent light – art

41 x-large aluminum jump rings

13 yds of black leather lacing

2 matte silver lobster clasp

Tools – Side cutter, 2 flat nose pliers

Instructions:

1 – Cut 26 pieces of 18 inch of black leather.

2 – Take one pre-cut piece of leather and fold it on half. Pass it through one large jump ring and then pull the two cord ends through the loop until the leather snug against the ring, just like a slipknot.  Set aside.

Repeat the same with all the other pre-cut pieces of leather.

 

3  – Cut 13 pieces of 16 inch of black leather. Use large jump rings to create a slipknot on same fashion as on step 2. Set aside.

 

4 – Take one of the pieces created on step 2 and using two flat nose pliers open jump ring and slide one large oval crystal ring towards to the right side of the ring, and then add a second oval crystal ring towards to the opposite side of the ring. (see picture for guidance)

 

5 – Use piece assembled on step 4 as the middle of your necklace and start adding leather fringes towards to the back on both sides. Start adding other crystal oval rings followed by leather fringes. Alternate large oval crystals with small jet oval stones.

 

6 – Continue assembling necklace from the middle towards to the back. Create a chain using 5 large jump rings and then attach a lobster clasp on each end.  (picture below shows lay out of inside strand with no clasps attached to the ends).

7 – Using a 16-inch piece of leather from step 3, start assembling the second strand of necklace on same fashion as done with previous strand.

Open jump ring and scoop up the two last large oval crystal stones. From now on repeat pattern using only small oval crystal alternating leather fringes with jet and crystal argent light.

8 – After adding a 4th small oval crystal argent ring to last leather fringe, attach to a jump ring placed 2 rings away from the lobster clasp of outside strand finished on step 6.

Repeat the same on the other side of necklace.

Designer tip:

Assembling a necklace from the center towards to the back (neck) provides a different way of previewing what you are making. Notice that every time a component is added to the neckline another one must be added right after on the opposite side.

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.

 

Big Love Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

 

This is yet another stunning necklace featured in our Swarovski Cafe (in the John Bead Showroom) which was designed by Fernando DaSilva.

Last week I had the opportunity to remove it from the cabinet to take these pictures.

All the crystals and links are so lovely.

I think you’ll agree that this is a wonderful show piece.

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 regular posts 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. 

Swarovski Elements:

12 roundelle 6mm Siam Bead

6 roundelle 8mm Indian pink Bead

4 roundelle 8mm cyclamen opal Bead

4 roundelle 8mm greige Bead

4 roundelle 12mm crystal silver shade Bead

6 roundelle 18mm crystal red magma large hole Bead

6 flower 12mm Light Siam Pendants

12 heart 10.3 X 10 rose ab Pendants

1 heart 40mm crystal red magma xilion Pendant (many Swarovski hearts to choose from)

8 Brass bead cap square

6 Brass small side bails

1 Brass large plain side bail

16 Silver 2.13 Eye Pins

2 drilled hammered gold oval links

2 drilled hammered rhodium oval links

18 6mm round silver plated jump rings

12 6mm oval jump rings

17mm round jump ring

60 galvanized pink Miyuki seed beads

1 antique brass toggle heart clasp

Please, read all the instructions before you start working on your piece. Some steps will be referred as “a”, “b”, “c”, etc.  Have fun!

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose Bent Nose

Instructions

1:  Feed the following beads onto an eye pin: one Indian pink crystal roundelle bead followed by a brass bead cap, eight seed beads, a red magma crystal roundelle, another brass bead cap and one Siam crystal roundelle. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop at the opposite end. Use cutters to trim excess wire. Repeat pattern to make a second link and set aside.  (this link will be referred as link A)

2: Repeat step 1 to create similar links following pattern given below. You will make two  links of each pattern and will set them aside.

Link B : Cyclamen opal roundelle + brass bead cap + 8 seed beads + crystal red magma roundelle + brass bead cap  +  Siam roundelle

Link C: Greige crystal roundelle + one seed bead + silver shade crystal roundelle + one seed bead + Siam roundelle

Link D: Indian pink crystal roundelle + one seed bead +  silver shade crystal roundelle +

one seed bead + Siam crystal roundelle

Link E: Cyclamen opal crystal roundelle + one seed bead + silver shade crystal roundelle + one seed bead + Siam crystal roundelle

Link F: one seed bead + one greige crystal roundelle + one seed bead

Link G: one seed bead + one Indian pink crystal roundelle +one seed bead

Link H: one seed bead + one Siam crystal roundelle + one seed bead

3: Use chain nose pliers to open an oval jump ring and attach to a hole of oval connector and then close it gently. Attach a second oval jump ring to the opposite hole and close gently. Repeat same step to attach in same manner oval jump rings to gold hammered connectors.

4: Attach large brass bail to big red magma crystal Xilion heart pendant. You can use  chain nose pliers to close bail around the crystal pendant but be gentle to not chip the edges of  the crystal.

5: Repeat previous step using small brass bail to secure a rose AB heart pendant. Use a bail for each of the crystal heart pendants and set them aside.

6:Use chain nose pliers to open a 6 mm jump ring and then slide a light Siam crystal flower pendant onto it. Close it gently and then repeat step with all the other flower pendants and set them aside.

7: Open a 6mm jump ring and attach to antique brass toggle bar ( half of the toggle). Close it gently.

8: Begin connecting all links mimicking a “rosary” style necklace. Follow sequence below:

toggle  bar + link “h” + one 6mm jump ring +  link “g” + one 6mm jump ring + link “f “+ one 6mm jump ring + link “e” + one 6mm jump ring + link “d” +  gold plated  oval connector  +  link “c” + link “ b” + rhodium plated oval connector +  link “a” + one oval jump ring + another oval jump ring feed with big crystal red magma heart pendant ( close jump ring) – this is the focal component of your necklace.

9: Use a 4mm jump ring to attach one crystal rose heart pendant between links “g” and “h”, and then another one between links “ c” and “b”.( you can use image as a guide).

10. Add a flower pendant next to gold plated oval connector and another one to rhodium plated oval connector. 

11. Attach a flower and a heart pendant to oval jump ring next to focal piece.

12. Repeat all steps to finish the other half of your piece.

Resources: All Materials used are found at John Bead Corporation. This design was created with products by: Swarovski Elements, Beadalon, Tierra Cast and Miyuki.

 

Golden Days Necklace – A Fernando DaSilva Atelier Project

Materials

2g Delica 8/0 rd gun metal

8 icy bead pebble metallic gold – 2780 0486-06s8

8 large bronze jump rings

1 topaz 14mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS rivoli stone

14 xilion pp18 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS gsha chatton

2 large wood rings

9 textured 22mm gold curved pewter links

1 pewter bail sun rays 20mm gold plated

Gilder’s paste – Foundry Bronze

Gilder’s paste –Antique Gold

2 part epoxy clay Apoxie – orange

21 pieces of 14inch gold twisted cord

5 antique brass chain

1ft gold-plated German style wire

G-S-Hypo cement glue

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1. Use a small piece of sand paper to sand the work surface of a wood ring. Repeat the same with a second wood ring. Attach one gold-plated bail onto one of the rings and set aside. 

2. Follow packaging instructions to mix 2 part epoxy clay to be molded on top of wood rings. Spread clay on top of sanded area molding around of the edge slightly elevated. Preserve an open area right across gold-plated bail – middle of the ring. The quantity of clay used on each ring will be divided in two portions, leaving two sections of the ring exposed.

3.  Once clay is molded on top of rings, use a sponge, brush or small piece of cloth to rub gilders paste on top of clay before it starts hardening.  Cover both sides and and edges of wood ring with gilders paste. Use one color as background and then add second color to create a ore interesting effect.

4. Adding components on top of Apoxie clay.

Ring 1: topaz rivoli + four gold icy pebble beads + 8 golden shade crystal chatton stones + 74 delica seed beads.

Ring 2:  four icy gold pebble beads + 14 golden shade crystal chatton crystal stones + 38 delica seed beads

Add big components first and then sprinkle delicas and set crystal stones on top of clay.

Please, use the photo as a guide when your placing components on top of clay.

Let both rings cure for 24 hours.

5. Cut 21 pieces of 15-inch length of twisted gold cord.

6. Cut 1ft of 20 gauge of gold-plated German style wire.  Put all the cords together and begin wrapping wire right in the middle to create a tassel with it. Using one of the ends of wire, wrap wire 5 times to secure all the strands of cord together.  Make the sixth turn to go around the other long end of wire and wrap it around its base 5 times and then trim excess wire.  Be careful not to cut the wrong end of wire.

7. Cut a 20-inch piece of twisted gold cord. Wrap each tip of the cord three times around the cords put together on step 6 and holding both tips tight a double know to tighten all the cord ends together and finish forming a tassel. Add several dabs of stringing glue underneath of knot. Use same glue to cover ¼-inch on each cord ends.

8. Use large portion of round nose pliers to make half loop of wire tip form step 6.

Slide over the loop five gold-plated textured rings, then start finishing the loop wrapping several times around its base. Open a large jump ring and scoop up tassel through its loop. Open another jump ring and attach through the loop of bail of wood ring.

9. Section gold antique chain on the following sizes: four pieces of 3-inch, and then two pieces of 21-inch. Set all section of chain aside.

11. Open a link of one of the pieces of chain and attach to jump ring of wood ring. Close link and then add a second piece of chain on same fashion.

12. Repeat step 11 attaching both ends of both chains to another large jump ring and then attach to wood ring # 2. Place jump ring over the open space left between both sections ornate with components set on Apoxie clay. Add a second large jump ring on the opposite side.

13. Open one of the end links of a 22-inch piece of chain and attach to large jump ring attached to previous piece. Add second piece of chain on same fashion.

14. Create a intertwined section over the final 3-inch length of chain linking components on following pattern:

one large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links + large jump ring + two gold-plated fancy links .

15. Weave the chain inside and out of the rings to create an interesting visual appeal.

16. Finishing necklace attaching both final links of antique gold chain to center large jump ring. Close links carefully.

Designer’s Tips:

1. Many components were “randomly” placed on top of Apoxie clay.

2. Perfect measurements are not important on this project. Create your own version based on this design but feel free yourself to make it your own.

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. 

Pirandello Necklace – Fernando DaSilva Atelier How-To

Material:

7ft antique brass fancy 17x9mm chain

18 pcs of large copper  jump ring

18 antique copper spacer beads by TC

1 inch gold-plated head pins

12 15x12mm icy stone pink metallic or pressed glass

18 ant copper 9x8mm 2cone beads

15 pink cat-eye cube beads

20 gauge copper German style wire

1 set antique gold TC lock/key toggle

38 9mm antique copper jump rings

Tools:  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1- Cut a 3-inch piece of German style wire. Placing round nose pliers 1 ½ inch away from one of the ends of the wire make a loop and wrap twice around wire’s leg.

2- Feed a copper spacer bead, one pink cat-eye cube followed by another copper spacer bead onto wire. Repeat first loop on the end of wire and set aside. Make 8 more of those and set aside.

3- Insert one pink icy stone bead onto a head pin.. Make 6 of these plain dangles and set aside. Use picture below for  guidance. 

4- Cut 6 pieces of 7 ½ inch of fancy chain.

5. Attach each end of each of the 3 chains to Tierra Cast antique copper toggle ring, and then attach the other 3 ends to the toggle bar. Set aside.

6. Open large jump ring and slide one of the cat-eye links through one the loops and close jump ring gently. Slide opposite loop of cat eye link on same fashion. Set aside. Make 8 more of these links and set aside.  See picture below.

7- Open all 10mm AW jump rings and place aside. Connect large copper jump ring vertically to another large jump rings using two 10mm jump rings as connectors. This is the focal point of necklace. Use picture for guidance. 

8 – Attach each missing end of chains attached on step 5 to one of the large copper rings of the focal section. (see picture  below)

 9 – Use jump rings from the fancy chain to scoop up large copper ring. Repeat the same with the other half of necklace. The ladder section must hang vertically.

 9 – Cut 4 pieces of 2 ½ inch of antique gold fancy chain.

 10 – Feed one small copper bead followed by one cat-eye cube onto heavy head pin. Wrap that twice around its neck and trim excess wire. Make 3 more of those and set aside.

11.  Cut four 2 ¼ inch pieces of fancy chain and attach one cat-eye cubes at one of the ends of each one.  Attach two of those dangles to each one of the bottom large copper rings.

12. Cut eight 1-inch pieces of fancy chain. Add icy bead dangle on each end of each of those chains. Attach four of those on each copper ring at the bottom of the “ladder” section. 

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. 

Warped Elegance – A Fernando’s Atelier Necklace

This is another of the wonderful samples you can see in person the John Bead showroom.

The agate slabs are beautifully showcased!

Design title: Warped Elegance Necklace

Mood: Summertime, wedding on a beach, art exhibition opening

Skill level: Intermediate

Duration: Aprox. 2 ½ hours

Material:

4 4mm dark indigo bicone crystal beads by Swarovski Elements

2 6mm dark indigo bicone crystal beads by Swarovski Elements

22 ss12 denim blue flat back chatons by Swarovski Elements

12 ss16 denim blue flat backs chatons by Swarovski Elements

17x7mm glass red azuro peacock daggers

4 hexagon black azuro peacock beads

two teal blue agate slabs pendants

two 29mm plain silver 24ga star blanks by Metal Complex™

two gunmetal clover crimp ends

4 silver-plated wire guardians

4 silver-plated crimp tubes

4 silver-plated 4mm sparkle crimp covers

1ft 7strands .015’ blue Beadalon® stringing wire

1 ft 1mm clear stretching cord Elasticity

4 silver-plated 8mm round jump rings

1 set of gold-plated Kumihimo findings

ft of 1.5mm white Dazzle It™ rattail cord

ft of 3 mm red/blue Dazzle It™ rattail cord

E6000 glue

GS hypo cement

Tools:

Metal Complex™  hole punch,  Side cutter,  Flat noseRound nose

Instructions:

1. Follow the package instructions to create a 18 inches Kumihimo braided necklace using 1.5mm white and 3mm red rattail cords by our Dazzle It™ line.

2. Use gel glue to secure gold-plated Kumihimo tube ends finishing off with antique gold-plated set of toggle. Set necklace aside.

3.  Cut a 5-inch piece of stringing wire.  String a crimp tube followed by a wire guardian and then back through tube. Crimp tube using standard crimp tool and then cover it using a crimp cover, and then trim short end of wire.

4. String components onto stringing wire as follow:

3mm bicone, hexagon peacock, 6mm bicone, peacock hexagon, 3mm bicone

Finish this section on same fashion done on the opposite end. Create a second beaded section like this and set them aside.

5.  Open a 6mm jump ring and then attach to hole of one agate slice followed by a beaded section done on steps 3-4, and then close jump ring gently. Repeat with second agate slice and set them aside.

6.  Use punch hole pliers to create a hole at the far end of one of the points of a silver star blank making sure the hole is centered. You can use a sharper pen to create a dot so pliers can be placed right on top of it.  (use our picture as guidance)

Repeat the same to punch second star blank.

7. Randomly place small dots of gel glue on top of star blank and then begin gluing crystal flat backs immediately after. You can glue ss16 stones in the center and use small stones to ornate the points of the star.

Cover surface of second star on same fashion and set aside.

8. Find the center of your braided necklace, and then fold a four inches piece of red rattail. Pass it over braided section and then passes both ends over its circle and pull both ends down, leaving one cord ends smaller than the other.

9. Slide one of the tips of the cord ends to crimp cord making sure loop is facing outside end of cord. Gently squeeze the sections of back tube of crimp end using flat tip end of standard crimp tool. Trim any excess of rattail cord flush with squeezed section.

10. Open a jump ring and then attach to one agate dangle made on step 5 and then close it gently. Repeat the same to add second agate dangle to other end of rattail cord.

11. Place a double overhand knot at far end of a 10 inches length of a Elasticity cord. Begin feeding 80 red azuro dagger beads onto the cord.

12. Wrap one of the ends of stretching cord 3-inch away from center of necklace (use dangle as your start point). Place a tight double knot around this section, and then start wrapping daggers and stretching the cord to create exposed spaces throughout the area but still leaving the Kumihimo visible.

13. Add a dab of stringing glue on top of each knot placed on each end of stretching cord. Let it sit for few minutes and then trim excess.

14. Open a jump ring and attach one start through wire guardian loop on the bottom of each final ends of beaded section of agate dangle.

Designer’s tip:

* You can edit this design incorporating only the agate slices dangles to its middle section.

* Or you can also cover the entire braided necklace with stretched dagger  strands or reduce it to only middle section without agate slices.

* For ultra glamorous look try a black and silver Kumihimo version covered only by metallic daggers from end to end. That will provide you a strong subtle version of the design with a dramatic allure.

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.