About

Hi! I’m Yasmin and I’m the founder and designer of Beadeze.

I believe that colourful jewellery can be expressive, wearable and give you the confidence to be yourself. Wearing colour and patterns is all about being unique and moving away from the mainstream. It means you can dare to be different.

Beadeze is about creating products with colour that enhance your wardrobe and fit with your lifestyle. Handcrafted jewellery that is unique, effortless and lightweight. You can wear pieces together to create a coordinated look or on their own for a pop of colour and fun.

The jewellery is created using polymer clay - a synthetic clay that is versatile. Unique colours are created when mixing the clay and by rolling, layering and cutting, a pattern is formed based on designs I've drawn. I create beads from the patterns which are then used to make bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Clay patterns are used to create free form pendants in different shapes or are molded into a structured form such as silver plated bezel.

Clients are extremely pleased when wearing my jewellery because the pieces are lightweight and fits well with their desire for effortless accessories.

My love for crafts started as a child when I was taught how to sew and knit. Crafting became my hobby while working full time; it was a great way to relax. I made cards, tried quilling and created various cross stitch pictures. When my children were young, we often enjoyed 'making things' out of different craft supplies. It was a special time to get out all the art materials from the cupboard and just start creating.

When I discovered jewellery making, I felt that it combined all of the crafts I learned over the years plus reminded me of the happy times spent 'crafting' with the kids. My journey started with beading and when I realised I could make my own beads from polymer clay, I was hooked.

I've been working with this medium for 2 years and continue to be inspired by the potential uses. I regularly attend workshops to develop my skills and am a member of the British Polymer Clay Guild.

 

Award

Winner - British Polymer Clay Guild 2018 competition

In December 2018, I was fortunate to win in the Emerging Artist category for wearable jewellery. The theme was 'Celebration' and I decided to celebrate colour. And what is more representative of colour than a rainbow? So going with that idea, I started drawing some designs which included colour, shape and size. The whole process took quite a few days. Essentially, I would make some sketches; leave it and continue. Sometimes a design comes quite easily but this one took more time as I wanted more elements. That's when I decided to include the element of shape with the rainbow colours.

My final idea was showing the harmony between nature and science - a rainbow and geometric shapes.

The piece took approximately two weeks to make over a period of a couple of months. There was quite a lot of trial and error especially with creating the rainbow colours. The colours are created by mixing other colours together (and I made sure I wrote the recipe down!).

Working on this piece pushed my artistic skills and knowledge. I am definitely looking forward to the next competition!