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

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 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 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 in Oaks, PA. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Editor, Beadwork magazine

Bead Weaving with the Experts — Cheers and Sparkle Included

There is a lot to be said for that moment when you learn a stitch and feel “eureka!” Whether you learn it from a book, a friend, or an online course, you feel such gratification when you finally “get it!” Now, picture yourself at a bead show, surrounded by like-minded people when you exclaim “Aha!” out loud. There are cheers, applause, and confetti falling from the ceiling. That would be pretty sweet, right? Well — this is exactly what you’ll find at a Bead Fest event (minus the confetti, but add in lots of other cool stuff).

Learning a new bead weaving stitch is a wonderful thing. Using the stitch to create a beautiful finished design brings a whole other layer of satisfaction. It can also be intimidating to the point you find you’re afraid to start. Well, let one of our expert faculty members guide you along on one of their designs so you can feel that satisfaction and have a beautiful design to wear home.

To follow are just a few teachers that we know will get you to that next level and only a sampling of what they have to offer. Oh, and these designs are chock full of sparkle which makes them extra perfect!

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Diane Dennis

Faux Marcasite Bracelet
Using a combination of different sizes and shapes of seed beads and the newer Demi beads, this bracelet is delicate in nature and very lightweight. Stitch a dual-layered focal point with a Rose Montee and Swarovski crystal rounds, connecting half-loops to the focal for the bracelet band.

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Faux Marcasite Bracelet by Diane Dennis

Girls Just Want To Have Fun
These simple but elegant earrings remind me of the earrings of the glamour girls of the past and the jewelry they wore — Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford, to name a few. These earrings feature chatons and a pear-shaped fancy stone. You have the option of utilizing several options for earring findings, including an ear-wire or a post, so these are perfect just for you (or as a gift for someone special).

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun Earrings by Diane Dennis

Shae Wilhite

Shae Wilhite

The Marilyn Bracelet
Learn hubble stitch and turn it from basic to blingy by embellishing — then embellish the embellishment! This bracelet is worthy of long gloves and a walk on the red carpet!

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The Marilyn Bracelet by Shae Wilhite

Amy Katz

Amy Katz

Double Vision
Create a sparkly multi-look bracelet with great versatility. Combine a Swarovski *galuchat, crystals, and seed beads to obtain different looks. Wear it to highlight the sparkle or a chain look. Can’t decide? Just wear it down the middle to show it all. Learn how to connect parts and components in a way that adds to the intrigue of the piece. A hidden clasp is also a highlight of this bracelet, giving it more wearing options.

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Double Vision by Amy Katz

* “Fascinating yet discreet, Crystal Galuchat’s subdued sparkle is inspired by the otherworldly, sandpaper-like skin of the stingray. It reconnects us with our sense of touch while offering a glimpse of mystery and ethereal magic.” – Swarovski-professional.com

Leslie Venturoso

Leslie Venturoso

Arabesque Necklace
This necklace showcases the classic quatrefoil or clover shape. The clover shape is used everywhere in jewelry, architecture, and all types of designs. To some it means good luck (four-leaf clover) or harmony. This elegant necklace will be sure to bring you compliments and good luck as well as amp up your bead weaving and CRAW skills.

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Arabesque Necklace by Leslie Venturoso

Cindy Grayson

Cindy Grayson

Earth & Sea Kumihimo Graudating Necklace
Graduating bead sizes has never been easier. Learn how to use a center cord to support beads and prevent collapse in kumihimo. Learn “pattern coding” to easily apply and choose patterns by bead type/size. The goal of this class is to teach you how to begin creating your own graduating kumihimo bead patterns using your own beads

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Earth & Sea Kumihimo Graudating Necklace by Cindy Grayson

Quick and Easy Kumihimo Braiding with Beads

Maggie Thompson

Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet
The Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet is your little slice of the “Heavenly Kingdom!” It features mixed elements of silk cords and seed beads. This unique design is easy to create and even more fun to wear! Learn how to make the basic 8 cord kongo gumi spiral braid, including how to use the necessary equipment. Each student will also learn how to determine bead gauge to determine bracelet length as well as proper braiding tension.

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Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet by Maggie Thompson

Mary Soucy

Mary Soucy

Lacy Navette & Rhinestone Bracelet
Create maximum sparkle with gorgeous navettes, rhinestone montee beads, and Japanese chain maille techniques. You will learn how to mount rhinestones onto jump rings in a variety of formations. Then, use very basic chain maille techniques to link all rhinestone components together in a lacy pattern. This bracelet is an amazing statement piece that will dazzle the eye with color and glitz.

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Lacy Navette & Rhinestone Bracelet by Mary Soucy

Be sure to visit BeadFest.com for complete information on the above and all other workshop listings — there really is something for everyone. And stay tuned as there will be other announcements on what more Bead Fest holds in store for you!

See you at the show!
Editor, Beadwork magazine and sparkle girl at heart

Learn from the Experts at Bead Fest: Kumihimo with Maggie Thompson

Hello to all my fellow beaders & braiders! My name is Maggie Thompson and I LOVE to design and make kumihimo jewelry. I started out as a bead weaver 30 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. My design road took an abrupt turn about 4 years ago when my boss at Beadville USA in Chaska, Minnesota, handed me a foam kumihimo disk and said “figure out how to use this—we need to offer some new classes.” Well….she had no idea what she’d begun!

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Beadville USA owner Bobbie Wikre (right) and Maggie Thompson (left).

Ever since that fateful day I’ve grown to love kumihimo more and more. It seems I never run out of different ways to use all kinds of beads within my kumihimo designs. It’s kind of like a puzzle for me—how can I use this bead or that bead in a unique and original way?

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Hearts Afire Necklace by Maggie Thompson, kits available here.

Lately, my focus has been on designing with my friend Lisa Krupp-Dooley. We created a necklace together called AVA’s Planet that was included in my last eBook, 10 Kumihimo Projects to Braid: Kumihimo Bracelet & Necklace Patterns with Shaped Beads.

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AVA’s Planet in the Ancient Gold colorway by Lisa Krupp-Dooley and Maggie Thompson, get the pattern in her eBook here.

Lisa is an accomplished bead weaver and comes up with the most incredible beaded beads. We incorporated one of her designs into the Ava’s Planet necklace and the feedback has been great. My eBook features the original colorway of mixed color AVA beads and three different colored braids (hematite, crystal magenta & semi-glazed rainbow soft blue). Since then we’ve come up with an alternate colorway called Ancient Gold. It features copper tones in the beaded beads and three cream colored braids, each with a different “fade” bead color. We had lots of fun creating this colorway!

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Holey Tubes Cuff by Maggie Thompson in fuchsia and blue.

My new kumihimo challenge for myself is to offer more of these creative collaborations in both necklace and bracelet designs. Stay tuned to Beadwork magazine for more on these new ideas!

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Kumihimo 3 Ways by Maggie Thompson, kits available here.

I am so excited to make my first visit to Bead Fest! I’ve heard lots of positive feedback from other artists in my area—among them: Adele Kimpell, Doris Coghill, and Suz Klumb. They’ve all been attending for years and thoroughly enjoy their time in Philadelphia. Please stop by to say hello — I look forward to receiving your feedback in person as I unveil a new design I call I Spy. A necklace and bracelet set in three unique colorways also featuring one of Lisa’s unique beaded beads.

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I Spy Earrings by Maggie Thompson and Lisa Krupp-Dooley featuring Lisa’s beaded beads.

In addition to having an exhibitor booth, I’ve decided to jump in with both feet and will also be teaching 3 classes — won’t you join me?

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Oh! Bead Kumi Bracelet Workshop with Maggie Thompson.

Oh! Bead Kumi Bracelet – Friday 8/17 @ 8:30-11:30am

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Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet Workshop with Maggie Thompson.

Silken Threads Kumihimo Bracelet – Friday 8/17 @ 1:00-4:00pm

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Dragonscale Kumihimo Earrings Workshop with Maggie Thompson.

Dragonscale Kumihimo Earrings – Saturday 8/18 @ 8:30-11:30am

All three of these are beginner classes; however, they will appeal to a larger audience no matter the level. They include a lot of beginner tips & tricks as well as the actual instructions for each project.

Come visit us in my booth and sign up for a class if you can. I look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia!
Happy braiding my friends!

For quick Kumihimo tips, read: Kumihimo 101: 5 Easy Steps for Braiding Beads, and More Kumihimo Tips

See What’s New and Trendy in Jewelry Making for Bead Fest 2018

Bead Fest 2018 isn’t just for beaders! If you want to learn to water cast metal, weave chain maille, torch enamel, use a host of jewelry-making tools, or delve into many other skills and techniques, you can do that at Bead Fest 2018!  Read on for details about all the 100+ bead and jewelry workshops on offer and sign up today! Continue reading “See What’s New and Trendy in Jewelry Making for Bead Fest 2018”

Bead Fest 2018, Philadelphia – See What’s New and Happening!

Bead Fest 2018 is returning with all the things you love and have come to expect. You’ll find an awesome expo filled with all the beading and jewelry supplies you can’t wait to add to your studio. There will be non-stop jewelry and beading demonstrations happening on the expo floor. And, there’s a great line-up of workshops for every skill level and interest. Check out these workshops featuring new, trending, and hot topics sure to keep your skills up-to-date in the latest techniques and designs.
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