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Thursday, May 26, 2011

What's going onin my studio right now





The image above tells a little about what I have been working on lately...creating new "in-use" designs for my formidable and visionary Canadian customer. I have been feeling bold and extravagant lately and I am translating that in all the newest jewelry pieces. I want them to be big and serious and I am making little beaded flower rings to start with.

But that is not all..last week was hectic in my studio, and messy...I made 4 pieces and send to Create Your Style with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to be considered for some of the activities during the CYS Show in Tucson 2012. I hope to be part of that again.

The necklace below is from a small collection I designed for a Brazilian customer form Sao Paulo. I incorporated stainless steel modern beads with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS on two of my favorites colors at this moment, and a touch of organza ribbon to make it more feminine and French-patisserieesque. 




Necklace featuring components by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS -  De Art  sunflower  and crystal silver night sew-on flat back stones, Article 3267. Stainless stell beads available from www.dasilvajewelry.com

Nando

Photos and design by Fernando Dasilva © 2010.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Barnes and Noble review

My book got its first costumer review on Barnes and Noble.com and it's really mindblowing to read positive comments and find out what words were used to evaluate your work. 
Here it is:


"An explosion of unique fashionable jewelry designs"

"If you are looking for incredible creation ideas, this is a book that I strongly invite you to buy. The very interesting association of materials, shapes and colours is a real pleasure for eyes and truly develops a rich and creative imagination."
A.Homes





I have to illustrate this post with one of the designs form the book so I picked one of the necklaces she had mentioned on a private message she sent me to be one of her favorites- "Bougainvillea".
Sad thing is that she had to wait for more than a month to get the book. 
Fyi,  you can buy my book directly from my website now and pay with all major credit cards and PayPal. It does cost more than all the other places that are selling it but you get a signed copy and an extra personal vibe with it...lol 
Here is the link:

http://www.dasilvajewelry.com/buyersguide.html#purchase

More fabulous new to come.
Have a good day all!

Nando.

Photo by Christine Polomsky for North Light Books © 2010.
From the book "Modern Expressions, making fabulous and fashionable jewelry..." by Fernando Dasilva.

It's always in my mind

Lately, I have been reminiscing a lot about Italy ...basically remembering all the places we have visited during our fabulous journey on Italian soil. Not only the food and wine and the architecture but the vibe, the colors and that endless thirsty for life and joyful days.
Today I want to pay homage to this place where we planted seeds of happiness, friendship, camaraderie and on top of all hope for better days.

"La amore eh la cosa pio forte del mondo."



A street of Pisa...on the left a great color palette...and  that yellow Fiat parked by the sidewalk...




"Italian stars" charm bracelet...featuring Murano glass beads and stainless steel eye links chain.
All murano glass beads from the assortment of Murano Glass...www.muranoglass.com


Photos and bracelet by Fernando Dasilva © 2010.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there


I am slowly getting back to business after the fabulous, fun but exhausting CYS Cruise.  It was totally worthy and pictures will be posted here soon.
I want to celebrate Mother's Day with a few more designs spotlighting big focal heart pieces to emulate all the unconditional love that only mothers are capable to offer without expectation.

If you are a mother, Happy Mother's Day to you, and if you are a kind of mother or act like a big mother with all the people who surrounds your day to day life Happy Mother's Day to you, too.

Thanks mom!
Obrigado maeinha e bencao!




Vintage textured faux pearl heart  bead, chili peppers, Czech peacock bead and gun metal chain.




Do you know the best way to make low-end gemstones beads to look like a million bucks? Adding SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to it. On the necklace above triple strand of gold rutilated quartz, faceted cherry chalcedony, golden shade polygon crystal beads and pink crystal "Miss your heart" focal pendant both by SWAROVSKI ELEMETS.
Wire wrapped work done on detachable drop by Wyatt White.

Gold-plated spacer bead, charm and toggle clasp by Tierra Cast thorough John Bead Corporation-Canada. Stones strung onto 19 Strands Beadalon gold color stringing wire.

Focal SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS "Miss your heart" crystal pink.




Earrings made with sterling silver cone ends by Stars Clasps, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal heart  pendants, cubic zircon round beads, cherry chalcedony and squaredeles.
Necklace posted previously featuring white howlite and white coral beads.


 

Faceted dark raspberry glass roundelles and high end Murano glass milefiliore heart pendant and focal bead both by  Murano Glass. 

All designs and photos by Fernando Dasilva © 2010 / 2011.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Soft mood for my mother



A small homage to my mother to begin this lovely weekend.
(flawless turquoise donut heart by IGM, faceted garnet, white coral and white howlite, matte gold chain and sterling silver findings wrapped in 14 ky gold-filled wire)

Design and photo by Fernando Dasilva © 2010.