Instant Glam Bezel and Vintage Paper

This drop shaped bezel is from the Instant Glam by Fernando collection from Metal Complex.

It is one of my favorite shapes from the Tuscany collection.

When I work in a special bezel I feel compelled to use something unique and special.  This vintage Notre Dame postcard was a risky selection.  The reason I say risky is because I planned to use my original (not a photocopy) AND the image was printed on a velum like paper.

I cut a template out of wax paper to act as my guide for cutting my image.

I write a lot of resin how-to posts for Resin Crafts Blog reminding you to seal your paper or fabric before you pour resin over it.  As you can see from the picture above, I used a paint brush to paint my sealer over my image.  I seal my image and then let the sealer/decoupage medium thoroughly dry before I add a second and third coat.Three coats is my recommendation for insuring that you image will not stain under a resin pour.

All of these sealers and decoupage mediums are in my studio.  Essentially they are a glue and a sealer.
I added some rhinestone chain to create this pretty edged effect.
My last step was to pour in Jewelry Resin.

We Instant Glammed the Omar Dorsey Family!

At the Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge last month we had the great pleasure to meet and “Instant Glam” Omar Dorsey and his family.  Omar is known for his featured appearances on Eastbound & Down, NCIS, CSI: NY,  Rake, Django Unchained, BONES, Rizzoli & Isles and Castle.

When I asked Fernando about this meeting he said “they were ultra nice…all of them got an Instant Glam necklace…Omar was surprised when I told him that I was going to make one for his little daughter, too.”

You can see that Omar loved the Instant Glam Tuscany 
Arrow and his wife chose the Instant Glam Tuscany Quatro bezel.

Fernando had the whole family working!  What a pleasure to meet such a wonderful family!

At The Emmys with AJ Buckley and James Madio

Here we have celebrity guests AJ Buckley, Fernando DaSilva and James Madio!

It was great to see these two friends sit down to make an Instant Glam statement necklace at the Emmys last month.

I can see that James is quite interested in the diamond bezel AJ selected to work with.

CSI: New York alum AJ Buckley has joined the cast of FX’s Justified. James Madio is known for his lead roles in the television miniseries Band of Brothers, in which he portrayed Frank Perconte.

Mekhi Phifer & Instant Glam

Mekhi Phifer was one of our favorite guest celebrities in our Emmy Gifting booth.  He was completely hands-on with our make and take.  Mekhi Phifer said about Instant Glam by Fernando: “This is a conversation piece.”  

We were so pleased that he wanted to make sure his wife had a necklace too!  Mr. Phifer is probably most recognizable for his starring role on the Emmy Award winning series, “ER.”

Instant Glam Bezel Ideas

The Instant Glam by Fernando bezels are easy to work in.  Fernando has showcased two fast and fun techniques in this photo.

Two Swarovski crystal rock appliques can be cut and combined in one bezel to create a gorgeous dual toned pendant.  These exclusive shapes were designed to work in the bezels.

Seed beads can be glued or embedded in resin to create a similar look.  Smaller pieces of a crystal applique can be applied over the seed beads for a dimensional look.


Tips For Cutting Fish Leather

Today on the Dazzle-it Blog I featured this leather kumihimo necklace.  It is showcasing our Instant Glam Arrow Bezel which was designed by Fernando DaSilva.

I chose to line the bezel with our Second Skin Fish Leather.  In order to cut a unique shape, I first photocopied my bezel so I had a paper pattern.

I cut out my paper template and tested it in my bezel to ensure it did indeed fit.

Then I taped the pattern to my fish leather.  The tape holds the paper in place making it easier to cut out.  You don’t have to worry about tape residue because you won’t be using the taped section.

Instant Glam and Chainmaille

Chainmaille jeweler Lauren Andersen created this necklace which features the Instant Glam Tres bezel.  I love how she created a two tone effect with her chainmaille design!

Lauren is a Beadalon Design team member.  Thank you so much for sharing your design with us!

Instant Glam™ by Fernando is the newest addition to the Metal Complex line of specialty products.  Inspired by Italian architecture, Fernando designed a collection of metal bezels and matching shapes featuring Swarovski Elements crystal rocks.

The geometric shapes provide an eye-catching surface for the incredible sparkling effect produced by double pointed chatons. This first collection is named Tuscany – one Fernando’s favorite cities.