Live From Lancaster PA With Sara & Kristen For The Bead Fest Maker Festival

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Live From Lancaster PA With Sara & Kristen For The Bead Fest Maker Festival

Exciting news for the Soft Flex team! Sara received an award at  Bead Fest in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She was recognized as a Top 5 Community Leader in 2023 by the Interweave Bead & Jewelry Team. This award was given to shining stars in the creative community as an acknowledgment of their hard work and innovation. While at the show, Sara and Kristen explored the Maker Festivals and even took to the stage to teach beading and crimping techniques. It was an amazing time and we cannot wait to share everything we saw and learned in the upcoming weeks!

Sara and Kristen explored the Maker Festivals at Bead Fest this week. This event featured beads, yarn, stitch, and art - a paradise for artists and creatives! You can be sure they will be bringing their discoveries to future videos and sharing tips and tricks they learned. They also threw a little beading party in their hotel room and gave us a jewelry making demonstration with items from our new Beadwork Findings and Miyuki Seed Beads.

Sara & Kristen at the Amish Farm

There is nothing better than sharing a fun moment of art and inspiration with a good friend.  Sara and Kristen used Beadwork Findings, from our site, to create pendants with Miyuki Seed Beads and Diamond Glaze. They made earrings and strung jewelry designs. It was the perfect way to shake off the stress of travel and the hustle of a bead show.


Design Kit
Beadwork Findings
Miyuki Seed Beads
Diamond Glaze
Soft Flex Beading Wire
2x2mm Soft Flex Crimp Tubes
Magical Crimping Pliers

Here are the pendants that Sara created using  Beadwork FindingsMiyuki Seed Beads and Diamond Glaze.

Seed Bead Bezel Pendant by Sara Oehler

Seed Bead & Stars Bezel Pendant by Sara Oehler

Kristen made this necklace using our new Half Moon Semicircle  Beadwork Findings.

Filigree Pendant Necklace by Kristen Fagan

Filigree Pendant Necklace by Kristen Fagan

Filigree Pendant Necklace by Kristen Fagan

Kristen also made several pairs of earrings using our new  Beadwork Findings.Metal Rainbow Beaded Earrings by Kristen Fagan

Eye Earrings by Kristen Fagan

Beaded Eye & Leaf Earrings by Kristen Fagan

Check out a couple of the  Instagram Reels they made while there:

Instagram Reels by Sara & Kristen at Bead Fest

Sara & Kristen

Designing with the Stars for Beads of Courage at Beadfest

Beads of Courage Blog Post

Beads of Courage is a fantastic organization that provides innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them. Find more information about them on our blog by clicking here.

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Sara Oehler (pronounced Ay-ler) is a well-known jewelry designer living in the Bay Area. Sara is the author of several beading books, including her latest title, written with Kristen Fagan, Seed Bead Revolution. She has designed and written for numerous publications including: BeadStyle, Bead&Button, Bead Trends, Stringing, Jewelry in Fashion Trends, Simply Beads, The Flow and Today's Creative Home Arts. Currently, Sara is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company.
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