Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

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 […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

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 […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

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 […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Being a jewelry aficionado I love to make little jewelry gifts for my co-workers and acquaintances for the holidays. One of my favorite gifts to make are Swarovski Christmas tree earrings. These wonderful earrings are easy to make, inexpensive and are always well received! Fusion Beads offers numerous free Christmas tree earring patterns in […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

Over the years I have picked up many bead weaving tricks the hard way by fighting through frustrating setbacks or reworking projects that never quite came together as I hoped. I have learned that bead weaving takes practice, a lot of patience and some important preparation to achieve success. Today, we are going […]

Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

One of the most amazing aspects of beading is its interconnectivity with other craft art forms. We have all seen beads and crystals used to embellish knitting projects, quilts or clothing. But have you ever thought of how items traditionally used in fabric arts can be repurposed in jewelry projects? Take for example the […]