Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210I wanted to make earrings this weekend to match our Amaru Muru Bracelet, but didn’t have my loom with me. Fortunately you can do square stitch with loom patterns! This trick is handy for when your loom isn’t around or when you’re making a smaller piece of weaving, like for a pendant or earrings, and don’t want to take the time to set up the loom and weave in the warp threads later. The reverse is also true, meaning you can switch from square stitch to beading on a loom if you have a large project and want to add multiple beads at a time.

Use loom pattern with square stitch

This trick works because the finished structure of beads is the same for both square stitch and beading on a loom. You stitch your beads into a grid pattern with both techniques, keeping them directly in line with each other, in consistent rows and columns. Even though you add one bead at a time in square stitch and a whole row at a time in loom work, the patterns for these projects are interchangeable!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen




March Color of the Month: Aquamarine!

The lead color for women for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer.


Source – http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=spring&year=2015&pid=3#aquamarine

Colors that go well with aquamarine for spring 2015 are Glacier Gray and Marsala; Pantone’s color of the year!

pantone colorsWith its light airy feel, aquamarine is the perfect color or accent  to incorporate with your wedding decor and apparel this season. You’ll make a splash with subtle hints of this heavenly hue, or go big with aquamarine as your main focus. Either way, this color is absolutely stunning for a springtime wedding.

pantone wedding

Source – http://www.wantthatwedding.co.uk/2014/09/23/pantone-colour-report-spring-2015-weddings-2/

Somewhere between the color of the sky and the sea, this light and soft shade signals that people need a stress reducer in which they can wrap themselves up. “Whether you know it or not, when you are standing in front of your closet making choices about clothing, you often do so out of instinct, because it satisfies a need.” Eiseman said.

pantone fashion

Source – http://www.westofgrey.com/home-decor-finds/spring-color-watch-aquamarine/

Aquamarine in your everyday wear should feel effortless and accessible. Easily paired with an endless amount of colors, you wont have a hard time staying on trend.

Aquamarine Sofa

Source – http://thecottagemarket.com/2013/10/35-sensational-sofas-you-might-love-as-much-as-your-spouse.html

Aquamarine Sofa 2

Source – http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2441287/list?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u107&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery16

pantone decor

Source – http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2010/02/valentines-inspiration-breakfast-at/

Aquamarine has such an elegant feel when used in interior design. Just like your wardrobe, a little splash of aquamarine in an accent pillow or chair can go a long way and light up any room. There’s also no need to play it safe if you want a room filled with such a stunning color. It looks and feels so calming, and is a wonderful color to help you relax and escape from the day-to-day grind.

aquamarine makeup

Source – http://www.zcool.com.cn/show/ZODk5NTY=.html

Aquamarine is my birthstone so I’ve always been drawn to it, and I definitely favor this gem for my own personal jewelry, but it’s still one of the most popular gemstones and looks amazing when set in a ring, in statement jewelry and much, much more! The possibilities are endless with such a universally loved color. You can browse our Pantone Spring 2015 Aquamarine Product Picks for a fun collection of product you can use to incorporate this color in to your own jewelry designs.

pantone aqua gem

Source – http://blog.luxuryarmy.com/aquamarine/

We have some amazing jewelry designs in our Inspiration Gallery that  use aquamarine. Any of them would be perfect for this seasons hot color trend! Some of my favorite pieces using this fresh hue are Dream a Little Dream Necklace, Highlights Necklace, Path to Atlantis Bracelet, Opal Stripes Bracelet, Perfectly Pastel Earrings and My Baby Blues Earrings!

pantone necklaceDream a Little Dream Necklace

nacklace 3Highlights Necklace

pantone braceletPath to Atlantis Bracelet

bracelet3Opal Stripes Bracelet

pantone earringsPerfectly Pastel Earrings

pantone earrings 2

My Baby Blues Earrings

Happy Beading – Allie


Tuesday Tips and Tricks!


I try to keep a Fusion Beads tape measure in my bag at all times, but every once in a while I’m caught without one. If you’re in a bind you can use today’s trick to take a wrist measurement on the fly!

Tools for measuring your wrist with a ruler

This is how I take wrist measurements when I don’t have a flexible tape measure, but I do have a ruler. It can be tempting to try this trick with a piece of yarn or a ribbon, but fibers can stretch and give you an inaccurate measurement. Instead cut a thin strip of paper, no wider than an inch and at least 10 inches long. I like using the margins of notebook paper for this trick because it has an easy line to follow when you cut!

Wrap the wrist you’re measuring in your strip of paper, making sure the fit is comfortable. Mark where the paper overlaps.

Wrap the paper around your wrist and mark

Lay the paper strip flat and measure it with your ruler. Now you have a reasonably accurate wrist measurement!

Measuring your wrist with a straight ruler

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen






10K Fantastic Fusion Beads Twitter Followers Giveaway!

This Giveaway has ended! Congratulations to our lucky winner of the exciting 10k Fantastic Fusion Beads Twitter Giveaway! We hope you enjoy all of your new Nunn Design goodies! 

10K Fantastic Twitter Followers Giveaway Product! We want to thank our fabulous Twitter followers for helping us get to 10k and so we are giving away a fun assortment of Nunn Design pendants, charms, beads, ring forms and earring findings valued at over $100 for one lucky winner! All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and retweet our 10K Fantastic Fusion Beads Twitter Followers Giveaway post to be entered for your chance to win! Visit FusionBeads.com for all of the contest rules! Retweet our Twitter Giveaway Post from now until March 03, 2015 at 4pm PST! The lucky winner will be announced on March 4, 2015 at 9am PST!

Thank you all for your continued support. Good Luck! – FusionBeads.com!

Outstanding Jewelry from the Oscars!

What a year for jewelry at the Oscars! It looks like bold accessories have made a comeback for 2015! I’m happy to see jewelry have such a big impact on the red carpet again! I could go on and on with how amazing I thought so many of the designs were this year, but below are just a few of the looks that I was impressed with.


Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/scarlett-johansson-atelier-versace-2015-oscars/

As a jewelry designer, this look was the one that inspired me the most from the 2015 Oscars. I was in awe of the stunningly beautiful emerald green custom Atelier Versace gown with a Swarovski crystal embroidered collar Scarlett Johansson was wearing. I’m a HUGE fan of the color emerald and all I could think about was how much I want a piece similar to Scarlet’s in my collection! This is definitely possible using some of our Swarovski Emerald Crystals incorporated with other elements and using our Bead Embroidery and Fringe techniques. We can’t forget about the mismatched gold and emerald earrings and ear cuffs she also paired with her dress. Some think this look was a little “over the top” but I love when actresses don’t play it safe and think outside the box.

Cate Blanchet

Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/cate-blanchett-martin-margiela-2015-oscars/

It was hard to miss the bold and beautiful turquoise floral bib necklace Cate Blanchett was wearing by Tiffany & Co. This stunning color brought out her eyes while the Maison Margiela Couture design – created by John Galliano black dress looked sleek and effortless! I think pairing bold statement jewelry with any simple dress will always be a big hit. You don’t want your outfit to be too loud, but this is just the right balance between accessories and gown in my opinion. If you’re in love with turquoise as much as I am and want to try to make your own statement necklace, we have many turquoise options for you to choose from.


Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/margot-robbie-saint-laurent-2015-oscars/

Margot Robbie dazzled in a Saint Laurent gown with a plunging neckline that showed off her Van Cleef & Arpels necklace featuring rows of diamonds, sapphires and a dramatic tassel beautifully. Tassels are a huge trend in jewelry right now and that necklace was proof of how elegant they can look! The wonderful thing about tassels is how you can dress them up or dress them down, and add them to anything! Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, shoes and much, much more can be accented with these fun textured elements. If you want to give the tassel trend a whirl in your own jewelry designs, be sure to check out our easy step-by-step Tassel technique and our Fantastic Tassels blog post.


Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/lupita-nyongo-calvin-klein-collection-2015-oscars/

Although her jewelry was minimal, Lupita Nyong’o  wore a custom Calvin Klein Collection pearl and ivory beaded dress that was breathtaking and definitely deserves a mention in my book! It looked stunning in images from afar, but when taking a closer look you realize that the full extent of this gown is beautifully adorned with pearlized embellishments, a dress any designer can appreciate.

Zoe saldana

Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/zoe-saldana-versace-2015-oscars/

Zoe Saldana wore a stunning Atelier Versace gown that is right on trend channeling one of Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors; Strawberry Ice. She paired the soft and feminine hue with a lovely diamond choker. Everything about this look oozes elegance.


Source: http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/2015/02/23/gwyneth-paltrow-ralph-russo-couture-2015-oscars/

Another actress that adorned herself with shades of the stunning Strawberry Ice is Gwyneth Paltrow! She wore a beautiful Ralph & Russo Spring 2015 Couture gown in this blush pink with an over-sized rose detail on the shoulder. To pair beautifully with her dress, she wore berry-hued and diamond-encrusted drop earrings! Her look is so subtle, sweet and glamorous.

What did you think of the jewelry worn by the stars during the 2015 Oscars? Do you have a favorite design? Share with us in the comments below!

Happy Beading – Allie


Kick Off to The 30 Day Bead Challenge!



This March, join FusionBeads.com in our brand new 30 Day Bead Challenge to celebrate National Craft Month! All through the month, we will have a new and exciting beading project for you every day. Want to get a jump start on planning so you can hit the ground running? Check out the 30 Day Bead Challenge Calendar so you can start preparing your projects! Now is a great time to look over your supplies and tools to see what you need to create beautiful pieces all month long! The first challenge is one every beader will love: make a pair of fabulous earrings! Need a little inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Take a peek at our Earring Inspiration for some great ideas and let your imagination go wild! Don’t forgot to post your pieces on our Facebook Timeline to share your creations and see what your fellow beaders are making!

Have a Great Challenge!