Over the last few years I have been dabbling in silversmithing. As with anything, it took quite a lot of practice before I could manipulate the metal and successfully solder anything. But thankfully, a friend has shared a little tip about annealing sterling silver with me that has really made a big […]
Wrapped cord bracelets continue to be an enduringly popular beading technique. The most common question we hear is what stringing material is best for a wrap cord bracelet? Today we are going to compare three commonly used threads and discuss how their unique characteristics function in a wrapped cord bracelet.
For a whimsical touch try a tassel in your next jewelry project! Tassels can be made from many different materials such as thread, chain or leather, which makes them a fun and versatile addition to any design. Tassels are incredibly easy to make. You can either use your fingers to quickly […]
One of the many perks of my job at Fusion Beads is trying out products. Today, I’m going to share my testing experience using Beadsmith Opelon Stretch Jewelry Fiber Cord. Many of us are already familiar with Stretch Magic for stretch bracelets, but Opelon has a few key advantages over other elastic cords […]
As the year wraps up I like to start looking towards the future and to begin planning projects I would like to create before spring. I always start this process by taking some time to put away the ransacked holiday supplies, to categorize and reorganize my beads, and make an up-to-date mental “inventory” of […]
When I make jewelry I prefer to use sterling silver wire or findings. Though base metal is a great money saver, there is just something so appealing and special about sterling silver that captivates me, so it is my go-to metal every time. It is traditional, it has intrinsic value and it makes me […]