Jewelry can subtly communicate its wearer’s personality, with color representing mood, size corresponding to confidence, and charms spelling out what to prepare for dinner tonight. You are what you wear with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a choice of a basic beading class for two at Boston Bead Company, with locations in Salem and Cambridge (an $80 value). The available beginner classes are the following:
From wooden counters that line each store, Boston Bead Company dispenses glimmering beads, semiprecious gemstones, and other jewelry-making equipment, along with the know-how to string them together. Each 90-minute class, held at each store at least once per month on either a Saturday or a Tuesday, includes all tools and materials for crafting the day’s project, such as bracelets, earrings, and do-it-yourself TV antennae. In the Stringing Techniques classes, instructors show how to start and finish beaded bracelets, and Wire Work Techniques attendees practice bending wires to produce pairs of earrings. Freshwater pearls encircle wrists using traditional European knotting learned during Knotting Techniques class, and three kinds of knots form the intricate braids of macramé jewelry in the Macramé Techniques class.
Boston Bead Company
A Harvard Square landmark since 1991, Boston Bead Company has provided numerous individuals with the training and materials needed to construct jewelry by hand. Introductory classes can cover basic stringing, wire work, knotting, and macrame techniques, preparing students to form their own bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or other eye-catching pieces. Knowing the techniques isn't enough though, so Boston Bead Company's locations feature open stock bins and displays brimming with an ever-changing selection of jewelery-making implements that can include everything from gemstones and freshwater pearls to crystals, nuts, and seeds. Both stores also sell an assortment of specialized pliers, although staff members are also on-hand to help perform basic beading repairs or undo stubborn knots via telekinesis.