Another Stitch-In Connector Project PDF

You may not realize it, but this bracelet is using a brand new bead finding called Stitch-In Connectors from TierraCast.  The stitch-in is the reason that button looks so great sitting on the beadwork.

This sweet new component has been introduced by Danielle Wickes in a video step by step.

Today we have a new project PDF for the Two Band Peyote Cuff.  Click on the image below to get to the PDF.

The project PDF to make this is right here:
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The Beaded Raindrops  – A Herringbone Stitch Earrings Design for Michaels

The Beaded Raindrops  – A Herringbone Stitch Earrings Design was created by Danielle Wickes for Michaels.

Everything you need to create these earrings are available at Michaels.  This link will take you to the instructions page and will share with you the products needed.  (Canadians please click on the link twice.)

Michaels project page and products used linked here.

Project PDF you can download and print  Beaded Raindrops Earrings Step-by-Step

More color inspiration!

Create Your Own Badge With Leather and Beads

John Bead Beaded and Leather Badges!

Earlier this year we shared some images of the “make and take” project John Bead presented at the winter trade shows.  These leather and bead badges were very popular so we are sharing our step by step with you.

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Color has meaning and we chose to focus on five unique palettes.

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The leather badge was created utilizing tooling leather for the shaped background and leather sheets for the stripe.

Leather sheets  Tooling Leather

We have attached the PDF created by our Marketing department so you can make your own.

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Leather Badges template

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It is helpful to have a leather punch so you can make holes for the pins to go through.

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We also provided some leather crafting tools so that the leather edges received some detailing.  This is the leather edge beveler.

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Each badge featured one of these kilt pins.  There are three open spots to hang an embellishment or charm on.

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Beads we have an abundance of!  We provided a selection of gorgeous Czech glass beads for our make and takes along with eye pins and jump rings.  We think everyone really enjoyed creating their own bead charms/dangles.  We also had some tiny metal spacers available for anyone wanting to add some metallic shimmer.

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Although we had a color palette for inspiration we noticed quite quickly that some participants wanted to select their own colors.  That worked out really well too!

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We also gave our participants one more opportunity to embellish their pins since there was a little extra space available before setting the kilt pin onto the leather badge.

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I think the extra beads made the top look extra special.

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This is an easy make and take to set up.  It is a great way to use up smaller beads and leftovers.  We hope you enjoy making your own badges, with and without, a leather badge background.  The kilt pins are perfect for all awareness campaigns.

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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.

The Bead Style Seed Bead Cover Necklace by Fernando DaSilva

We are so proud to showcase the dramatic multistrand seed bead necklace created by our Product Development and Creative Manager Fernando DaSilva for the cover and featured article in the March 2014 Bead Style magazine.  Bead Style quoted Fernando as saying “I was inspired to create this necklace by the women of the Ipanema neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro.  Seed beads are very popular in Brazilian culture, where women wear bright necklaces in tropical colours.  I added the colour-blocking style to give this necklace extra pizzazz.”

Here are all the seed beads (7) and the fire polished pink beads that Fernando used for his necklace.  (Only one seed bead picture is missing.)

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Pink  Rainbow Transparent

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light  Orange Matte Dyed

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Blue AB Opaque

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Ivory Opaque Pearl

Czech Seed bead 11/0 Light Pink Solgel

Czech Seed Bead 11/0 Pink Silver Lined Dyed

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Also, Fernando used  Czech Seedbead 11/0 Pink Metallic Solgel – no picture available.

Fire Polished 8mm Pink Opal Beads

These are the fire polished pink opal beads featured throughout.

 

Bead Style has a wonderful set of instructions from Fernando explaining how to make your own version of the necklace using difference colour palettes.

One necklace also prominently features an Instant Glam by Fernando bezel.

Congratulations Fernando!