Art Deco Lovely Knots

This is an art deco inspired infinity bracelet by Fernando DaSilva.

It appears in our Lovely Knots article in the current issue of Perles et cetera magazine.  I wanted you to have a closer look at it.  The English version of the article is posted here.

This is the infinity knot Fernando teaches you how to craft in his book:  Lovely Knots – An introduction to Chinese Knotting.

He used both Lovely Knots and Kumihimo cord for his bracelet.  The black lovely knots cord is 2mm and the gold rattail is 3mm.  He also used one of our new kumihimo specialty end caps.

 

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

Nine Drops Necklace – Made with Swarovski Elements

 This is the NINE DROPS necklace by Fernando Dasilva.

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. 

Please read the instructions before you start working on your piece.

Materials 

2 silver pink 17 x 17mm metallic diamond beads

silver pink 19mm metallic circle beads

silver pink 35 x 20mm large metallic beads

9  Indian pink 11.5 x 5mm crystal briolette pendants

8  olivine 8mm crystal bicone beads

2  jonquil 8mm crystal bicone beads

2 olivine 6mm 5301 olivine

2 jonquil 6mm 5301 jonquil

10 eye pins

10 eye pins

19 oval jump rings

9 pre-cut pieces of 18 ½  inches of dark chain

3 pre-cut pieces of 7 inches of the same chain

8  extension chain end drops or any little metal charm, heart or leaf can be used as that extra pizazz

Tools 

Side Cutter

Flat Nose

Round Nose

 

Instructions:

1.  Feed one large silver/pink metallic bead onto an eye pin and make a simple loop at the opposite end. Trim excess wire. Make a second one of this and set aside. 

2. Feed one 17x17mm silver/pink metallic bead onto an eye pin, make a simple loop at the opposite end. Trim excess wire. Make a second of this and set aside.

3. Feed one 19mm circle bead onto an eye pin, make a simple loop at the opposite end and trim excess wire. Make a second one of this and set aside. 

4. Split links made on previous steps in 2 groups, each with only one of each style of bead.

5. Use one oval jump ring to attach large bead to a 17x17mm bead – just slightly open one of the eye pin loops and add jump ring to it. Open opposite eye in of square bead and add a second oval jump ring and attach one circle bead on same fashion. You must end up with 3 links of beads attached to each other. (look at the image for guidance).

6. Feed one 8mm olivine crystal bead onto an eye pin, thread through large and square beads of previous attached section and then add one 8mm jonquil crystal bead. Make a simple loop at the opposite end of eye pin and then trim excess wire.

7. Repeat last step using one 6mm olivine crystal bead and one 6mm jonquil crystal bead. Place them on same fashion between square bead and circle bead. Switch colors positions to make it more interesting.

8. Open one oval jump ring, slide three 18 ½ inches pre-cut pieces of dark chain onto it and then add to eye pin loop of large metallic bead and then close it carefully.

9. Add another groups of 3 pre-cut pieces of chain using a second oval jump ring and then attach to previous jump ring.

10. Add third group of 3 pre-cut chains onto another oval jump ring and then add to previous jump ring attached on step 9.

11. Open one oval jump ring and attach group of three 7 inches pre-cut lengths of same chain onto eye pin loop of circle metallic bead and then close it carefully.

12. Attach symmetrically the opposite end of each strand of chain to other section of beaded links from step 4 on same fashion. Your necklace is almost ready.

13. Randomly place 9 Indian pink crystal briolette pendants on bottom and longest portion of your necklace. Use a jump ring with each crystal to attach it securing to two strand of chain at a time. You can use image for guidance or create your own crystallized section.

14. For final and extra sassiness add one silver plated end drop to each of the eye pin loops of the crystal bicone sections. Again use image for guidance.

Voila! Enjoy your necklace.

* You can adjust length according to the neckline of your top. It can goes well with a cocktail dress as well with jeans and tee.

** If you are not a big fan of crystals, drop the briolette pendants and stick with only metallic beads but in this case give priority to a small size.

 

Lovely Knots in Perles et cetera Magazine

In the latest issue of Perles et cetera we have a wonderful six page article on Lovely Knots.  The magazine did an amazing job designing the layout for this special how to!  This magazine is in French, so I have provided you with the English translation and a closer look at some of my photos.

Lovely Knots – Learning The Ancient Art of Chinese Knotting

By Carmi Cimicata for Perles et cetera

This spring, Fernando DaSilva’s latest written work was published by John Bead.  Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting is a super way to be exposed to a craft that has risen in popularity.  Now that Fernando has reviewed the basic knots and added his own vision and flair to it you will be inspired to incorporate these special knots into jewelry making projects.   I know that I was excited about the possibilities and the booklet is filled with fabulous finished pieces.

However, like all new techniques, you need to practice before you can complete a finished piece.   This booklet made me feel like Fernando was sitting by my side instructing me in person.  The step-by-step photos walked me to through each and every twist I needed in order to make the “Infinity Bracelet” which features a special knot made with eight strands of Chinese knotting cord.

Chinese knotting requires some basic supplies.  Ideally you have Lovely Knots cord, which is a twisted nylon, designed to hold the shape of complex and simple knots.  A corkboard and some pins are very helpful and depending on how you finish your cords some basic jewelry making pliers and findings are an asset.

My first attempt was almost perfect.  It seemed as though I was talking directly with the author.  Fernando is a jewelry designer, published author, TV personality, a Swarovski ambassador and the product and creative manager for John Bead Corporation.  It occurred to me that he would be seeing my finished sample and I wanted him to be impressed!  Fernando wrote, “I have had fun researching each unique knot and finding ways to incorporate them into stylish, trendy and fashionable jewelry designs.  The possibilities are endless and I am sure you can do it!  Remember, practice is the key, so grab some cord and let’s get started…”

I did have fun!  When my knot lined up and all my cords were exactly where Fernando showed me they needed to be I was thrilled!

I added a section of leather on the end pieces before gluing on my crimps and toggle set.  Fernando explained how a little tape on the edges before you add your crimp makes this step a breeze.  I followed the advice in the book to use a nylon jaw plier to close my crimp so I would not scratch it.

The bracelet was perfect but I also found a little vintage button that made it even prettier.  The button is simply held in place with a pin, so I can switch buttons or wear it without embellishment.

Having completed my project, I learned that Fernando was making a special bracelet to submit to Perles et Cetera as well!  Knowing that his work would be glamorous and ideal for party going made me think outside of the box.  Fernando had already taught me how to make the bracelet, now how could I add a little spin to it?

This is when I decided to replace one of the cords in the bracelet with rhinestone chain.  Thank goodness I had already practiced the knot!  This was a little harder to control.  I also had a new issue.  How would I be able to finish my cut cord and rhinestone edges?  They would no longer fit into the classic crimp like I used with the first bracelet.

Happily, John Bead had also released a new line of end caps.  This unique gold set had a very wide mouth and I was able to insert everything in a way that would hold the knot beautifully.  Then I added a classic toggle set for the closure.  Fernando won’t be seeing this version of my Infinity Bracelet until this issue is published and I can’t wait to see what he thinks.  Learning from a true jewelry-making artist was a pleasure and I plan to make quite a few new pieces inspired by Lovely Knots.

Material Used

Lovely Knots Booklet Published by John Bead for Dazzle-it!

Dazzle-it Lovely Knots Cords  2mm(different colours)

Dazzle-it Finding Kits (toggle clasp, crimps)

Rhinestone Chain (I cut up a rhinestone necklace)

Quick Grip Glue

Flat Nose Plier

Pointed scissors

Nylon Jaw Pliers

Pins

Corkboard

Special Gold End caps (John Bead)

 

Verdi Difacto Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

This is the Verdi Difacto necklace by Fernando Dasilva.

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. 

Here is a closer look at Verdi Difacto’s linked sections.

 

Materials Used

2 topaz 8mm crystal bicone beads

2 mooca 10mm crystal round bead

1 silver  pink  17x17mm metallic diamond glass peacock beads

4 blue metallic 17x17mm peacock beads

1 African turquoise 30x40mm rectangle bead

4 oval dyed green shell donuts

10 oval jump rings

3ft of dark chain

2 rhodium plated frames

16 black bead  bumpers

silver plated wire guardians

10 silver plated 4mm crimp covers

19 strands Beadalon pink colored stringing wire

3 ft silver plated German style wire

Tools

Side Cutter

Flat Nose

Round Nose

Crimper tool

Instructions:

1.  Cut chain in the following lengths:

– four pieces of 5 inches length

– one piece of 10 inches length

– for bottom fringe cut one of each of the following lengths: 5 inches; 4 ½ inches; 4 inches; 3 ½ inches;  2 ¾ inches and  2 ½ inches.

Set them aside.

2. Create individual links using silver plated wire.

Making loops: Cut a 3 inches piece of silver plated wire. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop at one end and trim excess wire and then feed beads following directions given below.

link A:  simple loop + frame + bead cap + round crystal + bead cap +simple loop (make 2 of  it)

link B: simple loop + metallic bead + simple loop (make 5 of it)

link C: large simple loop + large turquoise bead + simple loop

3. Strung sections:

Cut a ten inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.

String on wire one green donut, one crystal bicone and then feed through other hole of donut, placing crystal inside of donut. Start stringing one pre-cut piece of 4 inches chain onto wire, passing wire end through chain links but skipping two links at a time.  Chain will “collapse” onto wire making a rugged section. Add another green donut, eight black bead bumpers and then pass it through the second hole of donut. Secure its end repeating first step and then set aside. Make similar second section.

4. Cut a twelve inches piece of stringing wire. Feed a crimp tube onto wire followed by oval jump ring. Pass wire back to crimp and then using the crimper tool secure it in place. Trim excess wire.  Feed the ten inches piece of chain onto wire creating a larger “rugged” section. Finish the end repeating first step. Make other two similar sections using the other two left pieces of chain.  Set them aside.

5. Assembling necklace: open and close loops of links using chain nose pliers.

Open one loop of a link A then attach the six pieces of chain left and then close gently.

Continue attach other sections on pattern as follows:

One link B + one link A + one link B + one green donut section + link B + large rigged chain section + one link B + second green donut section + one link B + one rugged section + link C + last rugged section + then open jump ring and attach to first link A.

6. As a final touch add one piece of approximately 1¾ inches of chain on the outside surface of turquoise bead. Add a second on the other side. Use its own loop to attach chain links.

7.  Use one crimp cover on each crimped section to hide crimped tubes. Use the outside jaw of crimper tool to close each crimp cover properly.

Tips:

* “rugged” chain section is named after the sections where pieces of chain are strung onto stringing wire. The numbers of links feed onto wire will determine the look of each section. I suggest skipping every other link for a subtle look.  If you wish for a more “collapsed” section, feed stringing wire every two links of chain.

* Keep in mind that asymmetrical designs give you an opportunity to add your own “twist” to the design, making it more personal and unique.

* Always read the instructions before start working on your piece. Have fun!

 

The Duecarino Necklace

Duecarino – in Italian is two cute!

This is the second in the Fernando Dasilva Atelier for John Bead series.  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 now have a series on this blog giving you a closer look at the finished jewelry.  Fernando has written all the instructions and is sharing them with you. 

Materials 

4 rosaline/silver foiled 13mm  heart pendant

28 inches of matte silver large/small heart link chain

28 inches of matte gold large/small heart link chain

6 round gold plated 7mm  jump rings

1 bronze hook/eye ribbon toggle clasp

2 inches of gold plated small cable chain

Tools

Side Cutter plier and Flat Nose plier

Instructions:

1. Cut matte gold chain in 2 equal parts. Fold in half together and attach 2 jump rings to the ends, close gently and then add a third jump ring onto it. Close carefully.

2. Cut matt silver chain in 2 equal parts, pass it through gold matt chain and attach the ends like on previous step. Both sides will be hooked to each other and this is the structure of your necklace.

3. Cut small cable chain in 2 equal parts. Attach one section to one of the sides of necklace and then attach to half of your clasp. Finish opposite end attaching piece of small chain left to other side of clasp.

4. Use one jump ring to add each of the rosaline pendants to front section of necklace. Place two rosaline hearts on the matte gold side and two other on the silver matte side.

 

 

The Azzuro Necklace

Azzuro in Italian means blue or shade of blue.  This wonderful necklace by Fernando really does showcase some of the beautiful shades of blue in the John Bead catalog.

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, I am going to start a series 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.

The Azzuro necklace will have you day dreaming about the Mediterranean.  If you can’t travel, at least this necklace can give you a temporary vacation feeling.  The blues are so gorgeous together!

The agate slab is attached with wire.  There are many new slabs in the catalog that already have finished components making them easy to wear.

What Fernando Used

1 blue agate slab (John Bead has many new slabs to choose from)

70 Czech glass leaf pendants

12 Czech blue flower glass beads,

14 African turquoise 8mm smooth roundelle beads

18 Swarovski 6mm emerald AB crystal bicone beads

1 rhodium plated lobster clasp

4 oval jump rings

4 inches of silver plated German style wire

4 silver plated wire guardian (24 000 999)

6 inches white matte chain (74202016)

49 Strands Beadalon .018” bright stringing wire

Pliers  Side Cutter (745 27304) Flat Nose (745 27312) Round Nose (745 24883)  

Instructions:  

1. Use flat portion of chain nose pliers and bend both ends of German style wire around it. Insert piece of German style wire through middle hole of agate slab and press it with two fingers around the agate.  

2.  Cut a 18 inches piece of stringing wire. Pass wire through the loop of bail made on step 1. String beads following pattern below:   one crystal bicone + 5 Czech leave pendants + one blue flower spacer + one turquoise disc + one blue flower  spacer . Repeat until you have 20 leaves strung on and finish with one crystal bicone.  

3. Add one crimp tube, loop one wire guardian and then slide a jump ring and then pass wire back through crimp tube. Place it next to bicone bead and crimp it properly and then trim excess wire.   

4. Repeat step 2 symmetrically to finish the other half of outside strand.  

5. Start stringing inside strand of beads through the middle again. Cut another 18 inches of wire for outside strand. String beads following pattern bellow:

6. Czech leave pendants + one crystal bicone + one turquoise disc + one crystal bicone . Repeat this pattern 3 times and then add one more turquoise disc and one  last crystal bicone. Finish ends on same fashion was done on outside strand.   Repeat step 5 symmetrically to finish the other half of the inside strand.

7. Add piece of chain towards to end of necklace. Count two small round circles on for one side of a necklace, and then count one small circle and one oval link for this side of the necklace.  To disassemble chain just uses chain nose pliers.

8. Add lobster clasp with one jump ring on each side of necklace.

* You can wear necklace with nested strands or you can twist both ends and make it shorter.

Summer Bright Kumihimo and Ori Crystal Interchangeable Necklaces for Perles et Cetera

 

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These necklaces are going to make my summer bright!

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I designed them for the spring issue of Perles et cetera.

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My original idea for a summer necklace was to create something lightweight and bright. I wanted something unusual to pair with all the neon colours being showcased in the fashion world.

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Last year while in Paris, I noted the use of neon in so many different displays and product groupings.  I fell in love with the hot pinks and yellows.  I can’t wait to add some neon to my own wardrobe!

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To begin my summer jewelry collection I started by creating some kumihimo braids on my Dazzle-it kumihimo disk.  Hot pink looked fabulous.

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I also had a spool of bright Dazzle-it rainbow rat tail.  I thought I would see what a kumihimo braid would look like using this multicolour spool.

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I combined it with some gold rattail and created a very unique braid.

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Now, I was torn between the rainbow colour braid and the hot pink braid so I made a new decision. Why not make several interchangeable necklaces?

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Dazzle-it has ten neon Ori crystal colours in its collection.  I chose three two tone colours; pink/white, green/yellow and orange/yellow.

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I made each necklace interchangeable by adding two clasps to each side of the necklace. I have the option of wearing it with the kumihimo braid showing or the crystals.  I can also interchange all the braids and crystal strands.

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If I am feeling daring, I can wear all the necklaces at once!

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Products Used

Dazzle-it Kumihimo Disk

Gold Kumihimo Findings Kit

Dazzle-it Rattail

Dazzle-it Ori Crystal Neon Beads