Fashion-forward workshops that won’t break the bank!

Wallet-Friendly Workshop Additions

At Bead Fest Tacoma, learning the jewelry techniques of your dreams is accessible, affordable and fun—no matter where you are in your creative journey! For just $120 and under, you can gain new abilities that will last a lifetime, and knowledge you’ll be dying to share with your family and friends. And depending on the workshop, you might even walk away with your own finished piece of jewelry on the spot!

When you take a Bead Fest Tacoma workshop, you’ll be able to explore beyond the classroom in the curated Expo, featuring one-of-a-kind artisans and exhibitors who will offer unique gemstones, beads, findings, tools and even finished pieces. With the holidays just around the corner, this is the perfect time to start shopping for the jewelry lovers on your list!

Add these $120 and under workshops before they’re sold out!

Embossed Enamels
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray
Featured Technique: Enameling

Whether you are continuing your exploration of enamels or just starting out, this twofer will advance your repertoire of skills! Learn how to cut and emboss metal, then finish by learning how to enamel your work.

PMC Silver Earrings with Pearl Dangle
Instructor: Donna Lewis
Featured Technique: Metal Clay

Beginners can get a taste of PMC by making these simple and stunning earrings! It’s a fun and breezy way to get a taste of utilizing PMC in your jewelry creations.

Three Stone Ring
Instructor: Eva Sherman
Featured Technique: Silversmithing

The Three Stone Ring incorporates two basic design principles: the use of positive/negative space and the rule of odds. These elements intertwine to create a visually-pleasing and fun-to-wear design!

Mosaic Bracelet
Instructor: Jeannine Mankins
Featured Technique: Wire Work

Discover how easy it can be to transform hardware store wire into a beautiful cuff that represents your personal style! This class combines many beginner skills to form a piece that looks anything but entry level. 

Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads
Kristal Wick
Featured Technique:
Bead Making

Enjoy a little creative “me time” by expressing your inner Zen! Learn new techniques for making simple Zendoodle beads that transform into beautiful jewelry creations using your imagination and special, personal touch.

Hi-Tech Hides
Instructor: Marti Brown
Featured Technique: Anodizing

Achieve a stunning metallic vibe in your jewelry wardrobe by using anodic painting with electricity! Utilizing this technique will create the perfect accessory to jazz up your everyday style. Cut, file and sand niobium shapes into custom jewelry, handmade by you!

Try a variety of techniques with easy, fun and affordable Make & Take projects!

Sample new techniques in the Shipwreck Beads Inspiration Playground, and enjoy masquerade-themed excitement in honor of Halloween! All Make & Take projects are just $5, and you can make your selection after you purchase your Event Expo Pass.

Browse the full list of Make & Take projects HERE.

We saved you a seat in our top budget-friendly workshop picks. Now all you have to do is register!

Bead Fest Tacoma will be here before you know it! Take advantage of Bead Fest’s rare and highly-requested Pacific Northwest return by indulging in the inspiration-packed getaway of your dreams. The only thing left for you to do is call up your jewelry-loving friends, and join the celebration this October 26-29 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center!

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