Bohemian Chic Necklace Showcasing Czech Seed Beads

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Necklace designed by Laura Ripley Mena for John Bead featuring black and hematite 2cut and yellow Czech seed beads from the John Bead assortment and yellow opaque and light chrome Swarovski crystals.

Technique: Wire Crocheting

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This necklace was on the Creativation 2017 Catwalk at the Association For Creative Industries (formally CHA) show in Phoenix last week.

Jade, the Beaded Mannequin!

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Niagara Region Artist Makes a Tropical Splash for Toronto’s John Bead with Jade, the Beaded Mannequin

When Toronto’s John Bead Corp. was looking for a new impact piece for their wholesale division, they turned to beading artist Brandi Jasmine.

“Jade’s tropical beading design was a collaboration between myself and John Bead’s Creative Director Fernando DaSilva” says Jasmine, who resides in the Niagara Region of Ontario “Fernando presented the tropical theme and gave me the specific motifs to use. We worked together to refine the design as I worked from the top to the bottom of the mannequin.” 

“I asked Brandi to represent the lusciousness of a tropical land,” DaSilva said. “After she submitted several sketches, I was impressed with how well she captured my vision and ultimately made into reality.”

It took more than a year to fully complete this project and hundreds of hours were needed for the beading, using a process the artist calls “embeadering.” Using adhesives and special tools designed by Jasmine, thousands of tiny seed beads were then set onto the mannequin frame.

According to Jasmine her average square inch has 325 beads so there are approximately 700,000 seed beads covering the slender body of the mannequin. She also applied crystal sew-on stones and flat backs by Preciosa to create rays of light and extra pizzazz to the artwork.

“I actually dropped the bodice on a hardwood floor when I was showing it to Fernando via Skype,” Jasmine recalls. “We thought we both stopped breathing for a moment, but there was no damage at all.”

Jade is currently on display in John Bead’s Wholesale showroom.

 

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Tropical Muse by Brandi Jasmine

Tropical Muse by artisan Brandi Jasmine was commissioned by us for our 2015 events.  It was exciting to unveil her at the Craft and Hobby show this past weekend along with our brand new show booth.

The theme was selected by our Creative Director Fernando DaSilva who wished to see images incorporated such as slices of tropical fruit, birds, feathers and bugs.

Brandi is using Czech glass seed beads and Czech flat back crystal stones exclusively.  She has her own application technique for this mannequin makeover.

“Jade” is the name of our muse and she is a work in progress.  The bottom half of the mannequin will be completed in 2015.