Top 10 Charms

Welcome back to another week of beading recaps as we look back at some of this year’s most popular charms! We were so excited to share these charms with you throughout the year and couldn’t believe the magic you created when adding them to your jewelry designs. Take a look at our list of Top 10 Charms that resonated most with our community below and let us know what charms jumpstart your imagination as you plan your designs for next year!

1. Swarovski Glue-In Pear Shape Charms

With so many Swarovski stones to choose from, it’s no wonder these spectacular glue-in charms are a popular choice for jewelry designs. Check out our top-selling Swarovski Crystal DeLight Pear Stone Collection for a new spin on this classic favorite!

2. Pewter Snowflake Charm by TierraCast

Winter arrived in full force this year and these snowflake charms were fundamental in spreading holiday cheer. We’re not sure if you were more excited about our snowflake design ideas or our Treehouse Charity Drive (where $1 from each charm purchased is donated to charity until December 17, 2018), but we absolutely loved seeing your flurry of snowflake designs!

3. Swarovski Round Channel Charms

These Swarovski channel charms are a long-standing favorite for delicate designs and perfect for combining with other charms or styling solo. The channel setting allows light to shine through the crystal from both sides, giving you the most color and sparkle with over 20 classic colors to choose from!

4. Pewter Heart Charm by Nunn Design

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way is there to celebrate love than with these pewter heart charms by Nunn Design! Watch your heart grow with four sizes and finishes to choose from, complimenting any Valentine’s Day jewelry design requirements.

5. Pewter Mini North Star Charm by TierraCast

Stay focused on the road ahead and never stray from your beading destiny with these Mini North Star charms by TierraCast. These adorable pewter charms launched with the World’s Away Collection and were designed to complement tokens you collect along your journey. Satisfy your wanderlust as you add these charms to wrapped cord designs, or hang from a fun wire hoop component that opens and closes for a customizable design!

6. Pewter Royal Elephant Charm by Green Girl Studios

When Green Girl Studio’s newest collection of charms arrived it was love at first sight with this Royal Elephant Charm! This imaginative charm quickly inspired our creativity with so many ways to combine in lighthearted necklace, bracelet, and earring designs.

7. Druzy Charms

Design boutique style jewelry in a flash with dazzling Druzy charms. These charms feature a bunch of tiny but super sparkly crystals on top of a mineral base and are perfect for adding a little glam to your simple necklace designs!

8. Gemstone Charms

Make a set of glamorous gemstone charm necklaces with our simple component inspiration ideas! Choose from almost 100 charm styles in varying shapes, settings, and stones for a bezeled component that arrives ready to be incorporated into your next project.

9. Monstera Leaf Charm

Slide on some sterling silver with Amoracast’s recent release of modern and whimsical charms. We loved designing with these Monstera Leaf Charms and you loved our earring project inspiration, carving out a spot for these silver beauties just in time for this year’s recap! Check out the complete Amoracast collection and find additional inspiration for your upcoming designs.

10. Sterling Silver Vertical Moon Phase Charm

We are over the moon for this sterling silver Vertical Moon Phase Charm from Nina Designs! This etched and oxidized piece represents all of the lunar phases, as the moon waxes and wanes from New Moon to Full Moon, with different meanings associated with each phase. We hope this textured charm inspires your designs as you create jewelry that is out of this world!

Let us know what charms you used in your designs, or which of the Top 10 Charms you hope to style soon, in the comments below. Then stop by next week as we recap the top seed bead mixes used by the Fusion Beaders this year!

Top 10 Beading Essentials

The year may be coming to an end but that means it’s almost the start of a whole new year full of limitless beading potential! Whether you’re way ahead of the game with a fully stocked design room, or looking for new ways to prepare for the upcoming year, we’re here to help with a recap of the top 10 essentials every beader should consider for their stash.

FireLine Beading Thread

1. Beading Thread

Like the age old question of what happens when a tree falls in a forest, we wonder if any craft room is truly complete without a healthy stash of beading thread?

 

Tulip Beading Needles

2. Beading Needles

We have found that these beading needles may be one of the most essential tools you could own… they even have the word need in them!

 

Thread Magic Thread Conditioner

3. Thread Magic

When the going gets rough, make sure your thread is smooth and easy to manage with this fan-favorite thread conditioner.

 

Bead Board By Bead On It Boards

4. Beading Board or Beading Tray

We absolutely love these custom bead boards by Bead On It Boards. Along with saving many a bead that has tried to roll away, these boards come in our signature Fusion pink with multiple shapes and sizes to fit any craft space requirements!

 

Base Metal Lobster Claw Clasp

5. Lobster Claw Clasps

What could be more important than a classic clasp to finish those quick projects for your favorite relative or best friend?

 

Sterling Silver Head Pin

6. Head Pins

Don’t forget to keep some handy head pins on deck for days when inspiration strikes.

 

2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Bead

7. Crimp Beads and Covers

Keep these popular project findings on hand to finish your designs with flair. Then disguise your essential crimp beads with our shiny crimp bead covers for a piece that truly amazes.

 

Artistic Wire Shimmer Tool Kit With Case

8. Tool Sets

The bread and butter to any good design is the proper tool for crafting your vision! Check out our top-selling tool kits with ergonomic styles to fit any beading needs.

 

Fusion Beads Tape Measure

9. Measuring Tape

This Fusion essential is one of our most popular tools for all of your measurement needs. Bring it along for beading on-the-go and quickly check your necklace or bracelet length to create the perfect design.

 

Clear Plastic Storage Box

10. Plastic Storage Boxes

Don’t forget these plastic storage boxes for the ultimate organization system to kick off the New Year! Stack these clear boxes for a quick peek into your beading stash and find out what’s running low before you begin your next project.

 

Let us know your top 10 beading essentials in the comments below and stay tuned for next week’s top 10 recap of your most loved charms!

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.