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Friday, June 24, 2011

Fee Friday Project

I have not posted free projects for the last 3 months so I am sharing with you this design create by me for a book called "Four Seasons of Beading" edited by Barb Switzer and published by DRG on 2009.
It's perfect for lazy afternoons and breezy summer days.
Enjoy it!

Papaya Flower Necklace by Fernando Dasilva © 2009.

Photograph by Matt Owen for DRG ©  2009. 


A delicate petal filigree, a lustrous strand of pearls, the incredible fruity padparadscha crystals and the sophisticated off-set Venetian pebble took me back to the tropics and  this design duet was born blossoming to the everlasting Summer mornings.



10  8mm Padparadsha Round Beads – Article 5000
13  4mm  Padparadscha Round Beads  - Article 5000
1 6mm Padparadscha Bicone Beads  - Article 5328

30 12 mm white cultured freshwater coin pearls
1 19 x 14mm  rubino pink dichroic pebble Venetian bead  by Murano Glass
41 2mm white oval bead bumpersä
4 silver plated wire guardianä
sterling silver spacer beads
4 silver plated # 3 crimp tubes
1 silver plated # 1 crimp tube
1 medium size white filigree rose
26 gauge white Artistic Wireâ
6 12/0 hexagon gold-lustered   seed beads
7 15/0 one side cut galvanized seed beads
1 sterling silver 3 rings square toggle clasp
40 inches .018  19 strands white satin stringing wire

Flush cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Standard crimp tool

Adding small crystals to filigree

1a - Pre cut 5 pieces of 4 inches length of magenta 26 gauge Artistic Wire.

1b - Feed one small crystal bead through one 4 inches piece of wire and then pass each of the wires through the two holes in the center of filigree petals, cross the wires and pass each ends through opposite holes, and then pass each wire in opposite directions through the hole of the bead.

1c - Cut one side of the wire off flush with the bead hole and then use the large end to wrap around the bottom of the bead.  Trim excess wire.

1d – Repeat steps to add 4 more crystals to the other petals.

Making beaded bail

2a. Pass a 3 inches piece of stringing wire through the middle top hole of one filigree petals. String one guava seed beads + one gold seed bead onto stringing wire and repeat the pattern until you have 6 guava seed beads on. Add a small crimp bead and go back with the wire end through to form a beaded circle.

2b.  Tighten the circle making sure the crimp is placed in the back of filigree pendant. Use chain nose pliers to flatten the crimp.  Trim excess wire and set aside.

Stringing shortest strand. (inside)

3a. String one wire guardian and one crimp tube 2 inches from one end of 20-inch beading wire; insert short strand wire tail  through round bottom ring of half portion of toggle  and back through  crimp tube.  Use crimp tool to flatten crimp tube properly and then trim excess wire.

3b. Feed the following components onto stringing wire:

2 bead bumpers + spacer + oval watermelon + spacer +  4mm crystal + spacer + oval watermelon + spacer + 8mm crystal + spacer. Repeat this pattern using only the 8mm crystals beads until you have 6 more oval watermelon glass beads on.

3c. Add one coin pearl + Venetian pebble + oval watermelon.  From this point you can symmetrically mirror the other half of necklace.

3d. Finish end of necklace as started.

Stringing longest strand. (outside)

4a. String a wire guardian and one crimp tube 2 inches from one end of 20-inch beading wire; insert short strand wire tail through top bottom ring of half portion of toggle and back through crimp tube.  Use crimp tool to flatten crimp tube properly and then trim excess wire.

4b. String the following onto beading wire: two bead bumpers + one spacer + one 4mm bead + one spacer + three bead bumpers + one coin pearl + three bead bumpers.  Repeat a pattern of 6 coins separated by only bead bumpers and after the 6th pearl is on add three bumpers, one spacer, one crystal, one spacer.  Repeat the last pattern twice.

4c. After the 18th pearl is on, add three bead bumpers an then attach filigree pendant through its beaded bail.

4d. Now that you have half of your necklace ready repeat the pattern on reverse to finish the other side.

4e.  Attach end of beading wire as you started. Ignore the middle ring of your toggle.

Final lengths : 19 and 18 inches.

Designer’s tips:

1 – If you want to use the middle ring of your toggle, add a duo color strand of same seed beads used on your beaded bail. A third layer will add extra texture to it.
2 - For a dramatic color contrast tries a vivid green seed beads strand…you can always blames on the papaya skin. 
3. Dress down: pair with white lace or cotton summer dress, striped leather sandals, big tote and plain hoops.
4. Dress up: white suit with a strapless top underneath, cork and leather stilettos, snake leather bag and a pr of crystal clear long tear drop earrings.

1. Padparadscha crystal beads from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment –

2.  White stringing wire, white Artistic Wireâ wire, wire guardianä, bead bumpersä, crimp tubes and crimp covers by Beadalon - 1 800. 423 2325 - (wholesale only)

3. Rubino pink dichroic Venetian pebble bead by Murano Glass Beads – 1-800- 439 3551 –

4. Sterling silver toggle clasp, seed beads and spacer roundels by John Bead 1-888- 755 9055 –

5. White cultured freshwater coin pearls by Majestic Pearls. 

6. Faceted flat oval watermelon glass beads by Wraps Stones & Things – (415) 863 4953

Picture by Fernando Dasilva  © 2009.

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