People celebrate special occasions by decorating things with baubles, as evidenced by hanging ornaments on Christmas trees and emptying drums of diamonds over winning coaches. Bauble up with today's Groupon to Beads by Design in Marietta. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a bracelet-making class (a $65 value)
- For $35, you get a glass-bead-making class (an $85 value)
Beads by Design's experienced instructors walk students through the creation of wrist ornaments in bracelet-making classes and the crafting of colorful orbs in glass-bead-making classes. In the 2.5-hour shamballa bracelet-making class, pupils learn to fashion a trendy bead-and-cord bracelet to cover up regrettable wrist tattoos of chemical formulas needed in an 8th grade exam. All materials, equipment, and tools are provided during the class. The 2.5-hour introduction to glass-bead-making course provides oxygen, propane, eyewear, and tools and teaches budding beaders to melt glass and reshape it into basic shapes, dots, and stringers out of glass. Once formed, the baubles sleep in a kiln overnight, ready for pickup the next day to become part of future earrings, a necklace, or engagement ring.
Beads by Design
Hidden just east of Cobb Parkway, a complex of low, slate-blue warehouses shelters a community of textile workers, sculptors, and graphic designers intent on refining their art. Beads by Design's shop and atelier contributes to this creative wellspring, and today the Southern Flames—a society of glass-bead makers—gather there for their monthly meetings. The shop opened in 1998, displaying a wealth of Japanese Delica seed beads, fire-polished and pressed glass beads, pearls, gemstones, and glittering Swarovski crystals under the high, exposed-metal roof. Visitors can pick up notions or tools, or stick around for jewelry-making classes. These begin with the basics of knotting wire rings and stringing necklaces and expand into the creation of broad, beaded cuffs inspired by Ndebele jewelry and macramé techniques for braiding copper wire. To give students complete creative control of their work, instructors provide propane torches attached to work tables, and safely teach how to fabricate glass beads and intimidate nay-saying critics.