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

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