Exciting Jewelry Making and Bead Weaving Happenings at Bead Fest

Each year, Bead Fest rolls out the red carpet to welcome you and to entice you to dive into all the fun! Not only are there workshops led by nationally recognized instructors, you can shop for all the latest and greatest beading and jewelry-making products. You can engage in conversation with vendors, learn what’s new, as well as watch their expertly run jewelry-making demonstrations. You can also join the fun by partaking in the hands on make and takes, affordable hands on classes (that take only 30 minutes), as well as beginner workshops right on the show floor!

Bead Fest 2018 holds so many opportunities for learning; to follow is a taste of what you can expect to find.

Make-It, Take-It

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Beadalon and Jesse James Beads present this hands on make and take.

Use Beadalon Polyester Braided Cord, crimps, pendants, and beads to make a super, trendy necklace in an instant! Or try your hand at the Artsy Wire Bangle Bracelet, made with easy cold connections – no fire necessary!

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Beadalon and TierraCast bring you this fun and easy bangle bracelet.

ImpressArt brings the LOVE with their Hand Stamped Love Cuff. Learn basic metal stamping techniques as you create a trendy hand-stamped cuff.

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Hand stamped cuff bracelet you can make and wear (almost) in an instant, from ImpressArt.

Create charming charms with bezels, ICE Resin, ephemera images, and other mixed media products from Ranger, including German Glass Glitter, Opals, and foil sheets. Choose one or choose one of each!

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Charming Ephemera

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Faux Druzy

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3D Layers

Also from Jesse James Beads – The Wonder Cuff! Learn to wrap an eclectic cuff that is sure to turn heads.

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The Jesse James Beads Wonder Cuff, a highly textured dynamite bangle.

Sign up for the above $5 workshops at the Registration Desk in the lobby August 15-19. Space is limited!

More In-Depth Workshops at Bead Fest

Ranger brings you more jewelry-making with these two hands-on workshops. Sign up for these now or on site.

ICE Resin® Tint Frenzy

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Join Debbie Tlach to learn techniques using mixed media and create a vibrant and unique piece of mixed-media jewelry. In this 1 1/2 hour class you will use translucent colorants to create a one-of-a-kind image to showcase in your bezel. Complete the necklace with a cord you create and finish yourself.

ICE Resin® Go With the Flow Creation

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Join Debbie Tlach and learn how to create flowing images that look like watercolor using patinas and special paper. These watercolor effects look magnificent when used under ICE Resin® by Susan Lenart Kazmer! In this 1 1/2 hour class you will paint beautiful watercolor-flow art to showcase in a bezel. Complete your one-of-a-kind necklace using a neck cord you create yourself.

Visit the Interweave Booth!

Yours truly along with a host of others will be live and in person on the Bead Fest show floor. Stop by to check out all we have to share. Here’s the schedule and information on what we’ll be covering.

Friday 12 PM

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Salt-and-Vinegar Patina with Karla Rosenbusch

Learn how to color your copper with ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Watch as Karla demonstrates a very simple method to getting a great patina.

Friday 2PM

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Heat Patinas with Tammy Jones

This isn’t your normal heat patina! See how you can create intricate patterns and custom designs on metal using rubber stamps with flux and ink resist methods. SPONSORED BY: Ranger

Friday 4PM

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Picture Cab with Karla Rosenbusch

Learn to use your computer, printer, and very minimal tools and supplies to create your own personalized photo cabochons that you can set in your jewelry creations. It’s a simple technique that will spice up your designs!

Saturday, 12 PM

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Beading on a Loom with Tammy Honaman

Tammy shares how to warp a beading loom, bead a design by following a pattern, remove the design from the loom, then finish to create a wearable piece of jewelry. SPONSORED BY: Beadsmith

Saturday, 2PM SuperDuo Bangle

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SuperDuo Bangle with Lavon Peters

Join Lavon as she demonstrates how to create a right-angle-weave base for a bangle bracelet and finish it by peyote stitching 2-hole SuperDuos around the outside edge.

Saturday, 4PM

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ICE Resin Buttons and Bezels by Tammy Honaman

Join Tammy to learn how to create quick and easy image transfers and other artworkyou can then capture in a bezel with resin. See examples of how you can use the finished bezels in a beaded design. SPONSORED BY: Swarovski, Ranger, and Nunn Design.

Sunday, 12PM

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Torch Fired Metal Clay with Tammy Jones

No kiln required! Learn to make metal clay jewelry that can be fired with a torch. Then watch as things heat up and we torch-fire metal clay in minutes with a simple butane torch! SPONSORED BY: Art Clay World USA

Sunday at 2:00, Tammy repeats her ICE Resin demo from Saturday to round out the demonstration schedule. In addition to the demonstrations, please stop by to say “hello,” ask questions, test out products we have in the booth, and see our books in person. We look forward to seeing you at the show and wish you a wonderful and exciting adventure!

But wait, there’s more! There will be door prizes for several lucky Bead Fest attendees every day. Plus many vendors are demoing the newest tools and techniques in the jewelry arts world today. Designers and vendors from Canada to Florida, Minnesota to California, vendors who only make one appearance per year on the east coast, if that! Join some of the most amazing people in the jewelry making community converging for just one week at Bead Fest in Oaks, PA. Be sure to save money and buy your Bead Fext Expo tickets online in advance. (Students who are taking a workshop get in free with their student badges!) We can’t wait to welcome you!

Editor, Beadwork magazine

If you can’t make it to Bead Fest this year, learn these techniques from some of our top teachers at home!


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