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Experts believe that the way a color affects us correlates with how that color behaves in nature.
Energetic and joyful, Light Topaz expresses the sun’s brightness, warmth and light. It’s the color of ideas and dreams, stimulating creativity and boosting confidence, as well as clearing the mind, reviving the spirit, and encouraging us to live life to the fullest.
Be inspired by our new Sunshine Sparkle earrings featuring Swarovski Crystal Light Topaz in a trendy beaded cluster design.
We also have many more jewelry designs featuring light topaz to inspire you, as well as different crystal shapes and sizes on our website
DID YOU KNOW?
• This rich color is a dominant color on the runway for S/S 2020.
• The use of topaz goes back to Egyptian times when the ancient Egyptians believed that yellow topaz received its golden hue from the Sun God, Ra.
• Topaz was first discovered in Ouro Preto in Brazil in 1735.
The results of our annual Earth Day charity drive are in! With your help, we were able to raise $628 for the National Wildlife Federation to support habitat protection, restoration, and management.
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 for your support and helping us give back to this wonderful planet we call home.
The psychological power of color should never be ignored. Colors evoke emotion, influence our thoughts, and even moderate our stress levels. Experts believe that the way a color affects us correlates with how that color behaves in nature – think about the carefree outdoor mood that we associate with the color blue, for instance; in evolutionary terms, it says clear, storm-free skies, which brings to mind stability and calm.
The colors we are drawn to reflect our personalities, telling the world about the kind of person we are, what we want to communicate, and even revealing a glimpse of our anxieties. So, it’s important to choose colors wisely. Swarovski has always been fascinated by the psychology of color, and applies its color-coding expertise to each and every new color palette. During this program we will feature some of the hues in the current assortment, and find out how to identify the shades that complement the person that you are.
Subscribe to the Fusion Beads Newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we explore the psychology of colors during this exciting 11-month journey. We start with the first color in May, and highlight a new color and it’s importance each month until March 2020! We’ll also be sharing sparkling Swarovski crystal jewelry designs as each month’s color is announced. Stay Tuned!
We’ve got fresh new beeted designs for you! You carrot beet these new brick stitch and peyote patterns. They’ll put you on the path to healthy beading and help you cultivate your stitching skills.
Plant the seed for better beeting by layering your vegetables with this everyday look. Layer pieces, like you would your flavors, for a daily reminder to eat well.
Mix it up with a colorful palette for your eyes and your taste buds with our A-B-C salad recipe. Simply add avocado, beets, and carrots to your everyday lifestyle and reap the health benefits.
A-B-C Salad Recipe
3 cups Spinach
1 cup Herb Salad Mix
2 Carrots, shredded
1 Avocado, sliced
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup Goat Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
For the Roasted Beets:
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Sea Salt to taste
Roast the Beets:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash beets and remove the stem and end of the root. Peel and cube into 1 inch pieces.
In a bowl, toss beets with olive oil and salt.
Place beets in a single layer on parchment paper.
Roast in oven until the beets are fork tender (20-25 min). Let cool completely.
Assemble the Salads:
Mix the spinach and herb salad mix together.
In two large bowls, add the mixed greens, then top with roasted beets, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and pumpkin seeds. Drizzle with dressing.
Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
3/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Parsley
1/2 cup Green Onions
1/2 cup Basil
1 clover minced Garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Sea Salt to taste
Make the Green Goddess Dressing:
Add all ingredients to a blender. Puree until smooth.
Learn how to make these fresh beet designs with our free brick and peyote stitch patterns! Create your own A-B-C necklace set and try making your own fruits and vegetables with our free graph paper. Make sure to share your designs with the community!
Enter a world of sparkling crystal innovation and inspiration. A world where stories are created and captured in pure radiance, where every brilliant piece sends its own crystal-clear message. It is time to enter a world of emotion: to reconnect, to celebrate, to retreat, to create, to dress up by dressing down. Let your emotions shine in the cuts, colors and inspirational magic of the new crystal collection
The Serenity of Being – We all need a calm place, somewhere to escape from it all. The importance placed on the need for serenity, on the necessity of getting away, has never been stronger. A retreat, a rest, a space to call our own are necessary to offset the detrimental effects of overcrowding and information overload. Designs will tap into this mindset, with gently expressive elements that embody a sense of stillness. The world has to come to realize that sometimes we get the greatest productivity from just doing nothing — and increasingly our designs and consumer choices will reflect this. It is time to embrace the serenity of simply being.
The Joy of Expression – Finding our nirvana has never been easier. With younger consumers clamoring for a style outlet, designs capture life’s joie de vivre and make us feel like dancing. Radiating energy and good vibes with 80s flair and a “look-at-me” attitude, hedonistic opulence dominates as the “Insta-generation” create show-stopping statements and Instagrammable moments with their wardrobe choices.
The message is crystal clear: There is nowhere to hide with this joyful, expressive direction because, quite simply, who would want to!
The Surprise of the Unexpected – In a world of absolute extremes, a new generation of consumers is determined to close the gap. In this brave new world we will shake off old-fashioned restraints, elevating our designs to new levels of artistic expression. A closeness between streetwear and couture will emerge to create a modern-day direction, as dress codes continue to unravel. Impactful and expressive, we embark on a new casual way of dressing up … Or is it a high-end way of dressing down? No matter, it is really only the surprise of the unexpected that interests us. The Excitement of Creativity – Why wear one piece when you can wear 10? Making a stand against perceived “good taste” and “normcore” fashion, radical self – expression and a new fantastic fusion of design collide in
multicultural hi-lo styling, with individual and eccentric style mash-ups defining the look. “Wear it your way” is the guideline, with a modern manifesto of creativity paying homage to Africa rising. Vibrant patterns, clashing colors, and an irreverent attitude abounds as we pile on layer after layer to highlight the complexity and multifaceted directions of everyday life. The urge to be different, to be heard, to make an impact will intensify as we seek the excitement of renewed creativity.
It’s that time again for our final week of 2018 product and project countdowns! These past weeks we have covered all of Fusion Beaders’ favorites, including your top 10 beading essentials for a well-stocked craft room, plus popular charms, mixes, and tools to get your projects going. With all of our supplies ready to go, let’s take a look at the top 10 projects that inspired your designs from ultra-popular crochet to earrings perfect for everyday wear. Follow along and find your next technique as we walk into the New Year and fulfill those beading resolutions!
Crochet bracelets were undoubtedly one of our most popular projects of 2018 with so many new designs to take home and create! Supported by multiple video tutorials and a visual step-by-step technique page, we hoped to make starting your next project a breeze whether creating our Sunset Crochet Bracelet (with a pretty pink palette) or the Seabreeze Bracelet (with lots of lovely blues and greens).
You fell in love with these classic Amor Earrings featuring stylish scarlet Swarovski Crystal rounds and TierraCast charms. Designed as the perfect pairing to your Valentine’s Day ensemble, these earrings also work wonderfully for anniversaries, birthdays, and more with so many ways to wear throughout the year! Plus when you purchase select heart charms, we will donate $1 to Heifer International in an effort to help end world hunger during our Hearts for Heifer Charity Drive (ends February 14, 2019).
The new Swarovski Innovations for Fall/Winter 2019 left us nothing short of amazed this year with countless designs that introduced new ways to “Be Yourself”. These drool-worthy innovations featured a number of unique pendants, pearls and stones that inspired us to create this popular Cascading Crystal Earring design plus many more that easily mix-and-match for a classic jewelry collection.
With spring came bright fire polished flowers as you made this top-selling Vibrant Hibiscus bracelet. Recreate this multi-strand marvel with an assortment of glass, fire polished, and seed beads then top it off with a cute-as-a-button clasp detail that is expandable for ease of wear!
Seed beaders perfected these pretty Color Pop Earrings, using a delightful array of Duracoat rounds by Miyuki. With over 200 silver-lined and galvanized hues, we invite you to try this carefree design for fun-loving fringe that is easy to reprise or customize!
We were floored by this Flora Necklace by TierraCast designer Tracy Gonzales, who used pieces from their Dulce Vida Collection. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on these pretty pewter pieces and the collections that followed as soon as we saw this design. Watch the video tutorial to make your own while learning tips and tricks for a flawless necklace.
Get inspired by these golden earrings featuring a variety of metal components and a novel take on using Swarovski sew-on stones. Find out how we combined this collection of rounded, gold-hued components for a stunning pair of earrings ready for any occasion in our free project tutorial.
To celebrate our company’s 21st anniversary we designed a collection of five unique pieces using our exclusive Party Round Japanese Seed Bead Mix anniversary giveaway. These designs were created to inspire your own projects and featured fun pieces to compliment any style. However due to popular request, these example projects were made available and include complete instructions that can now be followed to make your own at home!
We watched it snow jewelry this year as you created these stylish Snowflake Dream Earrings with new sterling silver charms by Nina Designs. These serene snowflakes were easy to switch with four fabulous snowflake charms to help you create your perfect pair of personalized winter earrings.
Finally we saw reindeer fly around the world with our newest take on our extremely popular Rudolph Earrings. We loved seeing your exciting reindeer renditions with so many cute creations shared with us on Facebook and Instagram! We’re excited to see how you pair your deer next year with new gold-plated or classic silver antler styles to match your metal preference.
Welcome back to another week of Top 10 recaps as we cover your favorite products and projects of 2018. Over the past few weeks we have covered everything from beginning to middle, with recaps of your top beading and craft room essentials, favorite charms, and popular beading mixes. While you prepare your next design from these tried and true favorites, we think it’s about time to talk about the tools that will help you get the job done without unnecessary frustration. So join us as we review the Top 10 Tools our community took home to get projects started on the right foot and support countless design needs during 2018!
Stitch everything from a quick pair of brick stitched earrings to the beloved wrapped cord bracelet with our ultra popular Tulip beading needles. Both flexible and springy, Tulip needles resist bending and breakage while delivering a high-quality bead weaving experience for days to come!
Stop your seed beads from rolling away with super soft, foam-like beading mats. Use these favorite project helpers to keep your Delicas and other small beads in line, or try our new Tacky Bead Mat for extra design security and peace of mind.
This indispensable tool will cleanly and easily cut beading thread, as well as a wide variety of other stringing materials. We keep these readily available while designing and consider them one of our must-haves for bead weaving and general craft and jewelry making.
Transport your beading projects and design on the go with this trendsetting project case. Open your Design Save’n Go Junior to access the built-in bead mat and design template, then close and carry your projects wherever you go, knowing that everything is safe and in place for the next time you resume.
Burn away frayed thread ends with a transportable heating element tip. Often considered a bead weaver’s best friend, the Perfect End Thread Burner is ideal for melting and cauterizing K.O., FireLine, Nymo, Superlon and other synthetic beading threads for seamless projects that you will certainly look forward to showing off.
Treat yourself to an Artistic Wire Shimmer Tool Kit with convenient carrying case. This kit contains five essential tools made of high-quality stainless steel and comfortable shimmering purple non-slip handles to satisfy your high-standards and project needs!
Quickly secure stones without scratching metal findings with these popular nylon jaw pliers. Pick up a pair for the perfect project companion when working with Gita findings, such as in our Shine Bright Bracelet project, or use to straighten and wrap wire for a stunningly smooth style.
Try out a new technique with this complete set of crochet hooks. Including five crochet hooks in a variety of sizes, this set arrives ready to travel in a stylish pink polka dot case with comfortable tools you will praise again and again.
Once you use crimping pliers, you’ll never go back to conventional methods, which can leave an unsightly, sharp-edged crimp in your jewelry designs. These popular 4 in 1 crimping pliers can be used to crimp 1mm, 2mm and 3mm crimp beads and come fully supported with video tutorials to support your beading success.
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced beader, the right tool for your design can make all the difference and should never be underestimated. Let us know what tools you always keep on hand in the comments below and stay tuned for our final recap covering our community’s favorite projects of 2018 on the blog next Friday!
Welcome back to week three of our top product and project recaps for 2018! In these past few weeks we’ve taken a look back at Fusion Beaders’ top choices for beading essentials and creative charms, with so many fun favorites to inspire countless projects in 2019. This week let’s begin with a look at some favorites that just arrived last month as we uncover what our community chose as this year’s Top 10 Mixes!
One of our most popular new mixes featured your favorite two-hole beads in a brilliant collection of colorways! We simply love these SuperDuo mixes for quick wrapped cord bracelet projects, while you adored our Raku Mix of earthy blue, green, and red hues, which came in as your top pick for 2018.
Our next mix inspired you to bring home the 21st anniversary celebrations with this unique assortment of Fusion-inspired colors. From our favorite Fusion pink to beautiful blues and greens, these size 8 seed beads arrived with a collection of inspiration projects and free instructions for creating chic crochet bracelets, a bubbly memory wire bracelet, a brick stitch component necklace and more!
These hand-selected size 11 seed beads are a mainstay in our top mix list and an ideal choice for both loom and off-loom bead weaving designs. Explore a wide assortment of colorways including this Riverside Blue Mix starring 5 shades of deep blue and silver for refreshing seed bead designs.
Newly released from Beadalon, these mixes arrived just in time to make our list with an assortment of silver-plated, gold color, copper, and hematite crimp beads to complement a variety of projects. Find your perfect project solution with three crimp bead sizes for the ideal fit for any design!
A second new arrival to our top 10 mixes list are these assorted finding collections in an assortment of finishes and sizes. Choose between silver plated and gold plated mixes to finish either 1mm or 2mm cord designs.
This popular set includes an assortment of hammers perfect for the aspiring metalworker! The Maker Hammer Set by Fretz includes five high-quality stainless steel heads for planishing, raising and embossing as you add new layers of texture to your next metal creation.
Another seed bead favorite are these hand-selected size 8 mixes in all of your favorite colorways! From brightly colored collections for approaching spring styles to never-out-of-style neutrals, these seed bead mixes were created with designers in mind, helping them secure a spot in our top 10 list.
Style your next project with our popular selection of metallic seed bead mixes. Stitch with this favorite Dragon Scale Mix or choose from our metallic O-Bead or SuperDuo mixes for a collection of compatible colors in fun shapes that add dreamy dimension to any project!
Last but definitely not least are these soft flex beading wire mixes for durable yet flexible beading projects. Take home this ultra-popular beading wire brand in a variety of colors for designs that drape delightfully and refrain from kinking during the design process!
Let us know your favorite mix from the list above and what you can’t wait to try with the New Year in the comments below. Then come back next week as we cover the top 10 tools our community couldn’t wait to use this year!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!