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The BeadWorks


Downtown Lancaster's Bead Shop and open studio.  

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The BeadWorks


Downtown Lancaster's Bead Shop and open studio.  

Bead Shop and Open Studio

Everyone's welcome anytime to create their own unique piece of jewelry.  Or just buy beads to go.  In our open studio layout you can select your beads and materials, string your design, and, if needed, we'll help you size and finish your piece.  Try something as simple making a stretchy bracelet or a pair of earrings or try incorporating leather cord or chain into your piece.

Our Czech Glass strands individual blue bead selection

Strands or Singles

We have a big wall of gemstone strands, a big wall of glass, wood, bone, horn, pearls, resin, and porcelain.  Findings, focals galore . .spacers and swarovski.  Wire, Chain, cords of leather, satin, and silk.  There are lots of elements to choose from to form your unique piece of jewelry. Choose from strands of beads or individual beads.

Typeset trays full of charms slide out for your perusal while focal and feature beads await your browsing in our cases.

 

"The Wall" of seed bead tubes.  Ahhh....lovley. . .

"The Wall"

We like to gaze at our wall of seed beads.  So will all you bead weavers.  We carry a broad range of Japanese Miuyki seed beads.  6/0's, 8/0's, 11/0's, 15/0's, cubes, Delica's, Peanuts, Rullas, Tilas, Super Duo's and Uno's, drops, Magatamas, and more.  We also have those new, fun Czech shapes we're all seeing in the magazines - pyramids, two hole daggers, piggy beads, bricks, lentils, spikes, and more. Woo hoo - Seedbeads!!!

Our studio space and the front half of our shop

Studio Space

If only us bead gals could just call dibs on our dining room tables and claim them for beading space.  Come work with us in the studio anytime where the tables are always cleared and ready for your project.  Just walk on in.  

We're here to help if you need it.

Plus. . . .we want to "ooh and ahh" over what you're working on!

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Groups


We're not just a bead shop, we're a place to make memories.

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Groups


We're not just a bead shop, we're a place to make memories.


Creativity is intelligence having fun.
— Albert Einstien

Since you're going to make jewelry, why not bring some pals with you?

If you'd like to book a group we've got some great options.  Your gathering could be as informal as a reserved table after work with some friends or you could throw a party here in the studio.

The BeadWorks offers something different to do in downtown lancaster.

A creative family outing, a unique date, a pals night out. . .


 

birthday parties

Let's party!  We'll reserve a table for you and your pals to come in and make some jewelry together.  Jewelry parties aren't just for kids!

Girl Scouts 

Is your troop working on a jewelry badge?  Or maybe your girls are just looking for a new troop activity. Let us set up a custom session for your girls.  Prices start at $10 per scout.  Call for details, or take a look at the party pricing above to get an idea of how it works.

bridal parties 

Can't find the perfect jewelry to compliment your dress?   Why not design it yourself? 

Many brides make jewelry for their bridal party, themselves, or turn it into a "getting to know you" night for their bridesmaids to get together to design their own.  There's a lot of different ways we can help you make jewelry you'll love.  

 

 

 

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Classes


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Classes


We offer classes in all sorts of bead related techniques.  See below for our calendar of classes.  If those dates and times don't work for you give us a ring and we can set up a custom class.

(717) 490-6551

Beading Basics

$10 plus materials

If you're new to beading this is the perfect place to start. You'll learn crimping to attach clasps to your strung bracelets and necklaces.  We'll go over sizing, getting the right tension for your piece, and choosing the right clasp.

Then, we show you how to wire wrap dangle earrings.

There's so much you can do with just these two techniques!

Wire Work

$10 plus materials

It's pretty satisfying to take a material as mundane as wire and transform it into something spectacular.  

From simple earrings to more complex tumble wrapping, let us get you started.

 

 

 

 

 

Bead weaving

$15 plus materials

Teeny seed beads pair up with needle and thread to weave these intricate pieces of art.

We're passionate about seed beads around here and we've got "The Wall" of tubes to prove it!

Yeah, it takes time to make something so magical, but so does knitting, crochet, or anything worth doing, right?

Upcoming Classes at The BeadWorks:

  • Click on each image and hover for dates and details
  • If the date and time doesn't work give us a call to set up a custom class! (717)490-6551

 

 

shop tour


Have a look around our shop/open studio at The BeadWorks.

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shop tour


Have a look around our shop/open studio at The BeadWorks.

Have a little peak inside our shop . ..

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The Gem Den


Unearthed Beauty

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The Gem Den


Unearthed Beauty

Downtown Lancaster's Rock Shop

Unearthed Beauty

Located in the back of The BeadWorks, we have lots of rocks, fossils, crystals, minerals, and gifts to offer. Touting over 100 different varieties of tumbles, The Gem Den is sure to have something to intrigue any rock enthusiast.  Check out our 11 foot wall of display specimens, our mounted thumbnail collection, and our wide selection of gifts from around the world.

Our Sister Stores


While you're at The BeadWorks, be sure to visit our Sister Stores!

The PotteryWorks is our paint-your-own pottery studio, located just around the corner.

The Gem Den is our Rock, Fossil, Mineral, and Crystal shop located in the back of The BeadWorks.

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Our Sister Stores


While you're at The BeadWorks, be sure to visit our Sister Stores!

The PotteryWorks is our paint-your-own pottery studio, located just around the corner.

The Gem Den is our Rock, Fossil, Mineral, and Crystal shop located in the back of The BeadWorks.