A jellyfish's handshake is simultaneously weak and poisonous, which is why it seldom makes good first impressions. Avoid the jellyfish effect by crafting can’t-miss accessories with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a three-day pass to Bead Fest Philadelphia (a $16 value), held Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.
Bead Fest Philadelphia’s hundreds of jewelry and bead merchants hawk their wearable wares, luring in wrists, fingers, and necks with bejeweled bedazzlements. Add the glimmer of lampworked glass to necklace projects with handmade beads from 2 Bead Sisters, or replace second or third eyes with a glittering gemstone from Atlantic Gems, Inc. Like disco balls for your fingers, epoxy-based Crystal Clay blings out rings with a workable foundation ideal for pave-set Swarovski stones. Ceramics become wearable art at Firefly Design Studio, with double kiln-fired mermaid pendants and ethereal ceramic crabs singing siren songs to passersby and ribald sea shanties to one other. Beads crafted from Italian, American, and German soft glasses unite to encircle wrists with intercontinental savoir faire courtesy of Lone Tree Studio’s globe-trotting designers.
Guests can also expand their own artisanal aspiration with enrollment in one of Bead Fest Philadelphia’s engaging workshops not included in today’s Groupon). Led by seasoned instructors, classes such as Exploration of Resins: Creating Transparent Jewelry ($185) and Fundamentals of Bead Stringing: Bracelet ($20) equip crafters with the knowledge needed to produce functional finery or grant rogues a +9 to attacks against hobgoblins.
100 Station Ave.
Oaks, Pennsylvania 19456Get Directions