Ocean Sky Beads is a unique jewelry, bead, and dichroic glass shop in Oceanside, California. They have gained a reputation for having some of the best beading and wire-wrap teachers in San Diego County. They specialize in fused glass jewelry, wire-wrap techniques, leather, seed beads, and findings of all metals.
Ocean Sky Beads is so full of a variety of inventory that it seems like the owners, Rod and Dee Layden, must have been beading for their whole lives. In actuality Dee was a school teacher and a stained glass artist back in Minnesota. Rod was a theatre technician and a wood worker.
In May 2000 they vacationed here in San Diego County, fell in love with Oceanside, and bought a home. Three years later, on a whim and with very little cash, they opened Ocean Sky Beads, just 6 blocks from the ocean.
Before long, Dee's stained glass sun catchers were replaced by strands of semi precious stones, glass and wood beads, and displays of dichroic glass jewelry. Rod put away his woodcarving tools for a hammer and anvil and became adept at wire work.
With its extremely dedicated employees, they offer daily one–on–one classes to suit their customers' needs. Most importantly, in spite of its tiny size, Ocean Sky Beads has become a comfortable part of the Oceanside community.
Early 2012 Rod and Dee found out their daughter wanted to move back to California permanently..so they decided to open a SECOND store! In May of 2012 Ocean Sky Beads Carlsbad was opened. They were then in need of more people to help out, so they brought on more employees!
So come on in and see both stores and meet all of the new faces!
"We're not small..we're concentrated!"