Color Design Trends: What’s Hot in the Beading World

One of the hottest color combinations in the beading world right now is turquoise, gold, and white. When I heard about this mix of trending colors, I immediately went to the Beadwork archives to look for projects in these colors. Little did I know how many I would find just in the past few years! However, I was most surprised by how many of our projects used turquoise, gold, and/or white combinations in their alternate colorways. I’ve compiled a list of 10 projects and included the materials lists for you to make these trendy projects in turquoise, gold, and/or white variations.

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Bromeliad Ring by T. Alyx Alyxander

1. Bromeliad Ring by T. Alyx Alyxander

Beadwork, February/March 2015
T. Alyx Alyxander’s Bromeliad Ring was originally published in chartreuse/topaz. This exotic domed ring uses netting, tubular peyote stitch, seed beads, pearls, and two-hole triangles. For a super trendy version of the ring, make it in this turquoise colorway.

Materials
0.5 g cream size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g lime-lined crystal AB size 11° seed beads (B, C)
8 lime-lined crystal AB size 8° seed beads (D)
24 metallic light green suede 6mm 2-hole triangle beads (E)
8 cream 3mm crystal pearl rounds (F)
Clear size D nylon beading thread

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Raindrops Bracelet by Abigail Myer

2. Raindrops Bracelet by Abigail Myer

Beadwork, June/July 2015
Abigail Myer’s Raindrops Bracelet was originally published in green, but you can make a stylish variation with gold seed beads and turquoise SuperDuos. Only three simple rounds of circular peyote stitch are needed to make the medallions with dewdrop embellishments for this versatile bracelet.

Materials
2 g gold size 11° Japanese seed beads (A)
70 turquoise 5×2.5mm SuperDuos (B)
24 Jet AB 6mm 2-hole lentils (C)
36 transparent green 2.8mm Japanese teardrops (D)
1 antiqued brass 18mm round toggle clasp
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

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Rivette Pendant by Patrick Duggan

3. Rivette Pendant by Patrick Duggan

Beadwork, December/January 2016
To make Patrick Duggan’s Rivette Pendant, originally published in silver and blue, weave a circular peyote–stitched donut and transform it into an industrially inspired pendant with fringes resembling rivets. Use turquoise triangles to make a trendy version of this pendant.

Materials
3 g black size 15° seed beads (A)
1 g bronze size 15° seed beads (B)
Use B for C in this colorway.
8 g black size 11° seed beads (D)
5 g black size 8° seed beads (E)
5 g bronze size 6° seed beads (F)
20 bronze 6x3mm 2-hole bricks (G)
10 bronze 6mm flat 2-hole triangles (H; used for Gear Round 1)
10 opaque turquoise Picasso 6mm flat 2-hole triangles (H; used for Gear Round 2)
10 matte metallic antiqued copper 4x2mm rondelles (J)
26 bronze 4mm rounds
14 bronze 5mm rounds
8′ gold 24-gauge craft wire

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Crescendo Bracelet by Nichole Starman

4. Crescendo Bracelet by Nichole Starman

Beadwork, February/March 2016
Nichole Starman’s Crescendo Bracelet, originally published in purple, uses a variation of circular peyote stitch to work two-hole crescent beads, textured melon rounds, and seed beads into a cuff of joined components. Make a turquoise version of this fashionable bracelet.

Materials
6 g antiqued bronze size 11º Japanese seed beads (A)
152 Persian turquoise 3mm fire-polished rounds (B)
152 green opaque luster 3x10mm 2-hole crescent beads (C)
1 gunmetal 6x8mm magnetic clasp
Beige nylon beading thread

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Dashing Diamonds Cuff by Andrea Mazzenga

5. Dashing Diamonds Cuff by Andrea Mazzenga

Beadwork, February/March 2016
Andrea Mazzenga’s Dashing Diamonds Cuff, originally published in green/purple, uses a mix of two-hole SuperDuos, bricks, and crystal bicones to create a Scottish-inspired argyle pattern. Stay on trend by making this cuff in a stylish turquoise colorway.

Materials
4 g bronze size 11º Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g gold luster 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (B)
5 g turquoise green Picasso 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (C)
50 matte metallic flax 6x3mm 2-hole bricks (D)
56 light green 3mm Chinese crystal bicones (E)
1 gold 20x10mm 3-strand tube clasp
Crystal 6 or 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

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On the Vine Bracelet by Jacqui Higgins

6. On the Vine Bracelet by Jacqui Higgins

Beadwork, February/March 2016
Jacqui Higgins’s On the Vine Bracelet, originally published in amber, uses two-needle right-angle weave to create a base of fire-polished rounds and seed beads embellished with a lush, intertwining vine of pressed-glass rose petals and bellflowers. Make this fashionable version using turquoise rose petal beads.

Materials
4 g gold green-lined size 15º Japanese seed beads (A and B. Use for B of the base; use as center of each bellflower)
3 g bronze size 15º Japanese seed beads (Used for Row 1 only)
Use A for B in this colorway.
66 pink lumi 4x6mm center-drilled pressed-glass bellflowers (C)
14 Persian turquoise 7x8mm pressed-glass rose petal beads (D)
13 opaque light beige 7x8mm pressed-glass rose petal beads (D)
15 milky topaz copper Picasso 7x8mm pressed-glass rose petal beads (D)
42 goldenrod Picasso 4mm fire-polished rounds (E)
21 turquoise luster 6mm fire-polished rounds (F)
1 antiqued brass 12x20mm floral box clasp
2 antiqued brass 5mm jump rings

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Starstruck Pendant by Honey Greene

7. Starstruck Pendant by Honey Greene

Beadwork, June/July 2016
Create Honey Greene’s Starstruck Pendant, originally published in purple and green, with crystals, seed beads, two-hole crescent beads, and RounDuos to form this luminous tubular and circular netting pendant. With a golden shadow crystal rivoli and bicones, this turquoise and gold version is right on trend.

Materials
1 g bronze size 11° Japanese seed beads (A)
30 opaque Picasso luster 3x10mm 2-hole crescent beads (B)
30 jade Picasso 5mm 2-hole RounDuos (C)
10 golden shadow 3mm crystal bicones (D)
1 foil-back golden shadow 12mm crystal rivoli
1 bronze 10mm twisted unsoldered jump ring

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Whirligig Bracelet by Kassie Shaw

8. Whirligig Bracelet by Kassie Shaw

Beadwork, October/November 2016
Kassie Shaw’s Whirligig Bracelet, originally published in blue iris, is composed of cubic–right-angle-weave units and sections of spherical tubular herringbone stitch. Use turquoise and white beads to make a stylish version of this chic bracelet.

Materials
2 g bronze size 11° Japanese seed beads (A)
1 g turquoise frosted permanent-finish size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
56 limpet shell opaque 3x10mm 2-hole crescent beads (C)
60 champagne luster opaque 2mm fire-polished rounds (D)
1 gold 7x11mm magnetic clasp

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Poinsettia Bracelet by Kathy Simonds

9. Poinsettia Bracelet by Kathy Simonds

Beadwork, December/January 2017
Kathy Simonds’s Poinsettia Bracelet, originally published in red, uses QuadraTiles to create beaded components with a two-tiered structure. Make a trendy version of this bracelet with turquoise drops and English-cut rounds.

Materials
1 g bronze size 11° Japanese seed beads (A)
1 g bronze size 8° Japanese seed beads (B)
60 matte metallic flax 3x10mm 2-hole crescent beads (C)
2 g turquoise opaque 3.4mm Japanese drops (Use for A in Round 4.)
60 bronze 4x2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (D)
60 bronze 5×2.5mm 2-hole SuperDuos (E)
30 Picasso luster opaque 6mm 4-hole QuadraTiles (F)
35 matte turquoise 3mm English-cut rounds (G)
6 gold 6mm unsoldered jump rings
1 gold 16x12mm textured magnetic round clasp

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Heavy Metal Bracelet by Shanna Steele

10. Heavy Metal Bracelet by Shanna Steele

Beadwork, December/January 2017
Shanna Steele’s Heavy Metal Bracelet, originally published in silver and gunmetal, is created with a two-needle right-angle-weave technique. Make a stylish turquoise version of this bracelet.

Materials
184 bronze-plated 4mm large-hole rounds (A)
140 turquoise 4mm large-hole rounds (B)
1 antiqued brass 31×10mm 5-strand tube clasp
30 antiqued brass 5mm jump rings


Which of these projects will you make? Have you used turquoise, gold, and white for other beaded projects? Let us know in the comments and submit to W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) by sending photos to beadworksubmissions@interweave.com and including “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.

For more intriguing color combinations, check out Beaded Colorways by Beverly Ash Gilbert, available in the Interweave Store.

Happy beading,
Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine


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