Crocheting With Beads

Have you tried crocheting with beads?  Nancy Donaldson completed this lightweight fiber necklace with our Lovely Knots cord.  She is an accomplished crocheter, so we wanted to give you a look at how quick it was for her to work on all the strands.  This makes me want to take a crochet class now!

The necklace looks wonderful when worn!

Nancy used Aqua Blue Lovely Knots cord for her necklace.

The beads are from our Czech Glass Mixed Bead box collection.  This is called Santorini Coast.




Astral Pink and Instant Glam Show Stopper

This is a serious piece of eye candy from Fernando DaSilva!

Everything I love is in this necklace.  We have a kumihimo braid and fiber embellishments created with Dazzle-it rattail, new end caps, a Metal Complex Instant Glam Bezel, our summer sensation semi-precious peace symbol beads and best of all; Astra Pink Swarovski Elements floating on a bed of clear resin.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Metal Complex Instant Glam “Quattro” silver bezel is showcasing a collection of Astral Pink Swarovski crystals.  They are suspended in place because Fernando placed them on a layer of Jewelry Resin.

The pink and yellow rattail looks fabulous in both the braid and knotted elements. You can see how Fernando is using some of the Chinese knots from his book to create new embellishments.

The peace beads are semi precious and were launched by Dazzle-it this spring.

Metal Complex Instant Glam “Quattro” bezel.

Crystal Astral Pink Bicones

Crystal Astral Pink Wild Heart

Crystal Astral Pink Twist Bead

Our new End Caps are beautifully featured in this closure.  Fernando always makes his necklaces look gorgeous even in areas that may not be seen.

Lovely Knots with a Hearts Toggle

On the Dazzle-it blog today we have a beautiful necklace featuring the double button knot.  This necklace was designed by Fernando DaSilva for the Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting booklet.

Fernando used this fancy heart toggle set to finish the necklace.  In case you didn’t know, the John Bead catalog is chock full of heart toggle sets.  Take a peak here!

Magnetic Ball Clasp Designer Necklace


I love everything shown in this picture of Fernando DaSilva’s newest necklace.

This is Fernando’s way of introducing you to some of our new findings.

The new magnetic clasp range is wonderful and I have started a new category on the sidebar of the blog called “Magnetic” so you can see all our posts about it!  These glue-in clasps give you such a clean and professional finish.

He also used:

Our new Silver and Gold  end caps.

The knotted leather cord and Fernando’s hand made Lovely Knots tassels are a wonderful salute to the 2013 colour of the year; Emerald Green.

Last, my favorite feature is how Fernando incorporated these heart shaped pewter end caps into the cord design.


Magnetic Clasps

This new necklace features so many wonderful John Bead products.  It was however designed to show you one very special new item.

Fernando DaSilva is John Bead’s product development and creative manager.  So it should not surprise you that if you ask him to “describe our new magnetic clasps” that we are going to get a fabulous sample to show off.

These new magnetic clasps finish your designs so elegantly!

Red Lovely Knots cording just pops against the gold!

Fernando also used 20mm Jump Rings.

Brass tube with dots spacer beads.

Bronze Open Heart Pendant

Lovely Knots and Crystal Mesh

This choker is absolutely one of a kind and is featured in Fernands DaSilva’s new booklet for John Bead:  Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting.  You’ll find the choker in the gallery pages.

The Lovely Knots cord Fernando wove through the Swarovski Elements crystal mesh is interesting because they feature cross knots. Fernando teaches you how to make a cross knot in the booklet.

Lovely Knots – The Virtue Knot

These black chandelier earrings are featured in the new booklet written and designed by Fernando DaSilva.

I think they beautifully illustrate how a simple knot can become a focal point in a jewelry setting.

Lovely Knots cording is designed for this type of knot tying.

Fernando used the “virtue knot” (which is explained in the book) with filigree and crystal briolette accents.