Bead Cellar is currently closed in response to the Governor’s stay at home order.
We want our customers to know that we’re thinking of them in this stressful time.
In the meantime, we’re offering a mail order service to keep folks supplied with anything they need for current projects. We’re all going to have plenty of beading time on our hands!
A San Diego bead store, located at Mira Mesa Blvd & I-15 in Scripps Ranch, selling a huge variety of jewelry-making supplies including beads, Swarovski crystals, semi-precious gemstones, gold and sterling silver findings, chain, and seed beads.
We also offer a wide variety jewelry-making classes for all abilities! We have classes for the absolute "beginner" to the experienced "pro". We also offer free classes and private classes!
To check out the classes we're offering this month on our Calendar page.
To view all of our classes, please explore our Classes page
WELCOME TO BEAD CELLAR!
Upcoming Special Event
Bead Work and Metal: Meet in the middle
The best of both worlds come together in this workshop to explore the process of creating miniature boxes. In the 18th century, Grand Tours were de rigueur for the royal families of Europe, as well as, wealthy young men experiencing life before settling into the demands of having a family, along with couples on their honeymoon. Many travelers commissioned miniature boxes, called souvenir boxes, to remind them of cities that they had visited or a spectacular event that they witnessed, like a circus act; or to document the excitement of a fox hunt. Some boxes were commissioned to show off an ancestral home, castle or palace. A lymnerist (miniature portrait painter) could be commissioned to paint miniature portraits of children, family and friends, making these little boxes keepsakes, as in the collection of Easter eggs created by Fabergé for Tsars Alexeander III and Nicolas II of Russia. These miniature works of art were the aristocracies’ form of souvenir collecting.
Kings and Queens commissioned souvenir boxes, presentation boxes and snuffboxes to give as gifts to loyal subjects. Nothing but the best materials was used for these little masterful gems. The boxes were made of gold, enamel, precious gems and pearls, cameos and intaglios along with miniature paintings. The craftsmanship is truly spectacular!
In this workshop we will explore techniques that lend themselves to a variety of box shapes. Using seed beads and Delica beads, fine patina copper sheet, CZ’s and pearls, tiny cup-chain, specialty findings along with embellishing and finishing materials, students will create their own souvenir box. Once the box body is underway, we will work on options for embellishing. This portion of the workshop will be really exciting, as there will be lots of samples to look at and plenty of materials to work with to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir box.
Coming in May.....Please check our calendar page for more details.
Here's just a tiny selection the classes we offer. To browse all of our classes, start on the classes page.