Beads for Backpacks Charity Drive Results 2018

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The results of our Beads for Backpacks Charity Drive are in! 6544 select TierraCast charms were purchased during our charity drive, which means that we were able to make a $1070 donation to Treehouse, a charity that provides underprivileged foster children with much-needed school supplies!

Treehouse invests in the lives of young people who have faced the deep wounds from a crisis of parenting. In helping them to secure the essential education, basic material needs, and social experiences they equally deserve, they help kids in foster care discover their own resilience and strength. Treehouse is committed to leveling the playing field for youth in foster care, so that each is included, may prosper in, and contribute to society.

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Swarovski Fall/Winter 2019 Innovations Sneak Peek

We are thrilled to announce (drumroll please…) the much-anticipated first look at Swarovski’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection! These soon-to-be-released Innovations feature exciting new shapes and finishes that are sure to inspire your next design. Join us in daydreaming about future creations as we take a look at the upcoming collection then share what you look forward to using most in the comments below!

New Pearl Color – Tahitian

Drawing inspiration from the rare saltwater pearls hidden off the coast of Tahiti, the new Iridescent Tahitian pearl provides a natural feel to jewelry designs. Compliment the rich teal tones and iridescent shimmer with classic crystals to create over-the-top extravagance or mix with metals for sophisticated styling.

New Size – 2mm Pearls

Brilliantly suited for seed beading and delicate accessories, the new Swarovski Crystal 2mm pearls are the perfect addition to any beading collection. With a wide range of color options, including everything from classic favorites to trending neon, these pearls are perfect just by themselves but can also be combined for gorgeous gradient effects!

New Effect – Crystal LacquerPro DeLite Family

Inspired by the natural beauty of Mother Earth, the new DeLite Effect debuts in five shimmering colors that encourage us to slow the pace, enjoy nature, and live sustainably. Choose from a variety of crystal shapes and watch as the subtly highlighted facets provide luxurious depth and opaque sparkle to your creations. Combine with Shimmer or Shiny LacquerPro effects for another take on personal style while creating covetable designs that endure throughout time.

New Pendant – Metallic Cap Pear-shaped Pendant

Refined and versatile, the new Metallic Cap Pear-shaped Pendant offers a sleek alternative to traditional pendants with separate metal clasps. These on-trend pendants follow a familiar shape but feature a new permanent pointed metal cap for ultra-luxurious designs. Use these soon-to-be favorites for a flexible yet interchangeable look with a variety of stylish colors and shapes for endless design possibilities!

New Fancy Stone – Imperial Cut

Retro styles receive a modern makeover with the exclusive new Imperial Cut fancy stone. Inspired by the legendary Asscher Cut (one of the top ten diamond cuts in the world), this stone brings fine-jewelry brilliance to classic jewelry designs. Compliment the new Imperial Fancy Stone with other favorite Swarovski stones (in various shapes and colors) for a cutting-edge statement that champions contemporary style.

Having Fun With New Czech Glass Carrier Beads!

Our new Czech Glass 9x17mm Carrier beads are pillow-shaped glass beads that serve as a base to “carry” a Peyote woven strip on it. What makes this simple bead so fun and exciting is the endless design opportunities it affords. You can create a myriad of patterns using the even count peyote stitch. Then attach the completed strip onto the Carrier bead to create a beaded bead in no time. You can stay with one pattern or a monochromatic color scheme or you can mix and match patterns to make a piece with a rich and diverse patchwork of color and pattern.

For my first experiment I used the Size 11 Delica Bead Mini Palette By FusionBeads.Com in the Cozy colorway. This was a very convenient and time-saving way to start my project because it eliminated the need to coordinate my bead colors. The colors were already compiled and ready to go so I was free to spend more time developing my Peyote patterns.

The next step was to design 6 different Peyote patterns. To begin I downloaded the Size 11 Peyote Stitch Graph Paper from Fusionbeads.com and then plotted out a few designs with color pencils. The Carrier beads accommodate a Peyote strip measuring 6 beads across and 24 beads long. I had to experiment with my Peyote designs to discover which repeating pattern would work best within the confines this limited space.  My goal was to create a repeating pattern that dovetail together perfectly at the back of the bead without disrupting the flow of the design. I found that graphing the pattern beforehand saved a lot of time and frustration!

Once I completed my 12 Peyote strips (2 of each design) it was time for the next phase gluing the strips into the beads.There are many different types of glues that can be used to attach the strips to the Carrier beads. You can even use a glue dot from a craft store but I found my favorite glue, E6000, worked best for me.

Some beaders prefer to join the Peyote strip together first and then slide the looped piece over the Carrier bead. For me, I found a more incremental approach worked better. I used a toothpick to apply a thin layer of glue to one side of the Carrier bead.I then positioned the side with the glue faced down onto in the center of the Peyote strip.Next, I carefully applied glue on the up side. Lastly, I folded the Peyote strip towards the center of the bead and used the tail thread to zip up the Peyote strip.This method not only helped me control the spread of the glue but it allowed me to adjust the tension while finishing stitch. I adjusted the weave to make it tighter or looser as needed so the strip was perfectly wrapped around the bead. Once the strip was stitched up I turned the Carrier bead on its side and pushed edge of the bead down onto the surface of my desk. This allowed me to scoot the Peyote strip over a smidge so it became perfectly aligned on the bead.

Once all my beads were finished I strung them onto two parallel strands of clear .07 Stretch Magic Elastic Cord to make a stretchy bracelet.I used 8mm Dark Lapis Pearl Swarovski Crystal Round Pearl Beads in between the Carrier beads to provide a pop of color and to make the bracelet large enough to stretch over my hand. Prior to stringing the pearls on the elastic cord I used a needle to poke through the bead to clear away any blockages. This widened the holes by eliminating any residual color coating lurking in the center of the bead. To finish the bracelet I simply crimped the cord ends together using 2x2mm sterling silver crimp beads.

I was very pleased with the final project and I can’t wait to come up with more designs to use on the Carrier beads.

GIVEBIG 2018 is Today! Find a non profit and GIVE BIG!

Today is Give Big Day, a one-day online giving campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits!

GIVEBIG 2018 is presented by Seattle Foundation

Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. Focused on creating equity and opportunity, their goal as a community foundation is to simplify giving and strengthen the impact of philanthropy for the more than 1,200 individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits they serve. Seattle Foundation annually presents GiveBIG, a 24-hour online giving event to raise funds for area nonprofit organizations.  You can learn more at www.seattlefoundation.org.

Since May is Foster Care Month, we are going to donate $500 to Treehouse, a nonprofit helping to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Thanks to the support of tens of thousands of generous donors, their talented staff and many caring and committed partners, today Treehouse helps more than 7,500 youth in foster care each year.

Treehouse Mission:
Giving Foster Kids a Childhood and a Future
We envision – and strive to create – a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and become productive members of our community.

Five-Year Goal:
By 2022, youth in foster care across Washington state will graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers, with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood.

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

What I love about the Swarovski Crystal Shiny LacquerPRO family is all of the different color combinations that work so well together. You can mix them all up in a bowl and they would still look amazing! There’s every color in the rainbow (and then some) to get your creative juices flowing.

You already see some combinations you’re drooling over with these Swarovski Crystal Pear Fancy Stones , don’t you?Recently, Katie made these Rainbow Connections necklaces in 3 different color-ways using the Swarovski Crystal Shiny LacquerPRO effects. This fun design is super quick-and-easy to make, you just place the fancy stones in their matching prong settings to create a finished look in seconds. You can take a look at our step-by-step YouTube tutorial to see just how easy it is to make this sparkling design! Since the colors are all organized for you in the above image, you can also use that to decide which color combination you’d love to use out of these yummy crystals. 

Rainbow Connections Necklace – Lime

Rainbow Connections Necklace – Lilac

Rainbow Connections Necklace – Buttercup

The Rainbow Connections necklace is the type of design you could make in a billion different color combinations from this family of crystals. Below, i put together some colors that i think could be really fun to work with. You can even play with the colors to create a piece to go with any season or holiday during the year! Red, white and blue for Independence Day, red, white and green for Christmas, different shades of green for St. Patrick’s Day, different shades of pink for Valentine’s Day; the list goes on and on. I could sit here and come up with endless color-ways for this necklace design without getting bored, i love them that much. Just look at all this eye candy! What color combinations would you choose? Share with us in the comments below.

Happy Tuesday! – Allie

Earth Day Charity Drive Results – 2018

The results of our annual Earth Day charity drive are in! 796 TierraCast Tree of Life and Earth charms, pendants, and buttons were purchased in our Earth Day charity drive, which means that we were able to make a $796 donation to the National Wildlife Federation!

With as many as one-third of species at increased risk of extinction, a new report highlights the urgent need for collaborative action to increase wildlife funding.

Their ability to meet the needs of wildlife is inextricably linked to the amazing individuals, groups, organizations and corporations they call their supporters. Together, they form a pack, leveraging their influence to safeguard America’s wildlife and wild places. Your generosity and thoughtfulness will truly help make a difference!

Follow this link to learn more about the National Wildlife Federation!

 

Thank you from all of us at FusionBeads.com!