Artisan, Vintage, Antique & Handmade Beads

Jul 21, 2015

Terry_Henry_bracelet_wireandbeadsCrystals, stones, and handcut gemstone beads.

Fabric, clay, shell, and resin beads.

Kiln-fired, torch, and “lampworked” glass beads.

Scarab, venetian, and ancient Roman intaglio beads.

Tribal, ethnographic, and African trade beads.

Yes, it’s all about beads at the 4-day Pasadena Bead & Design Show, July 23rd-26th.

One may need a mixture of grande quad lattes and power naps to get through the 300 artisan booths, galleries, merchant displays, design performances, and workshops at the Hilton Pasadena.




But not only beads are for purchase. Attendees may also shop for jewelry, clothing, hats, accessories, wearable art, and interior decor. Find hand-dyed silks, wools and cottons; handspun fibers and hand painted silks; kimono fabrics and shibori dresses; hand-woven rugs and vintage lace.




Studio-like settings are set up with “artisans in residence” and guests may participate in workshops, classes, and do-it-yourself projects.

Workshops include How to Drill Glass, Garden of Beadin Beadwork (for learning how to weave small seed beads together), Advanced Copper Alchemy, Kiln Enameling, and Torch Soldering.

Workshops prices range from $25 to $100. Find complete list of workshops here.


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Pasadena Bead & Design Show
Thursday, July 23rd-Sunday, July 26th
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles 91101
Admission: $10; children 18 and under are free; register online here
For complete details, visit


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Photo, top right, bracelet by Terry Henry.

All other photos sourced from Pasadena Bead and Design Show.





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