The inability to make jewelry is the only thing separating most people from total self-sufficiency, now that middle schools teach potato cultivation, cottage construction, and animal whispering. Solidify your independence from society with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of jewelry making classes at Briolette Beads & More in Forest Park.
A crafting mecca, Briolette Beads & More offers a variety of jewelry making classes alongside a cavalcade of supplies for beaders, rubber stampers, and paper artisans alike. Learn to make Byzantine bracelets and suits of armor with a chainmaille seminar, or perfect the delicate skill of bead weaving. Briolette Beads proffers a threadtastic throng of stringing workshops, including knotting for beginners ($30), a 90-minute lesson in knotting necklaces, stringing pearls, and baking Challah bread. Explore the world of wire working with a dazzling crystal ring class ($35), a two-hour tutorial that teaches junior jewelers how to fashion a wire band and set it with a sparkling Swarovski crystal. Briolette Beads & More provides instruction on myriad miscellaneous techniques including soldering, resin-work, and steampunk jewelry.
Accessory authorities helm each class, lobbing knowledge nuggets and passing out wisdom in both parable and non-parable form. Students receive plenty of personal attention as they matriculate toward their decorative doctorates, ensuring that no one is left to gather questions in a paper bag and carry them around in scholastic shame. This deal is good for classes that cost more than $30, with customers responsible for paying the difference. Classes are designed for crafty pupils ages 12 and up, and though materials are not included with all classes they can be purchased at the time of the class.
Four Yelpers give Briolette Beads & More an average of 4.5 stars:
- Walked in here this past Sunday and I was just astounded by how many beads can in one place at a time! – Sheena H., 10/10/2007
- They have always been really enthusiastic and patient with us. I am going to sign up for the Boot Camp, so I can be a little more independent in the future. But, I loved how we came in with ZERO experience and the staff patiently taught us a little more each time. – S D., 10/10/2010
Briolette Beads & More
Inside Briolette Beads & More, hardwood floors and walls lined with multicolored glass beads and beading supplies envelop customers perusing DIY materials or embarking on jewelry-making classes. Under the tutelage of experienced teachers, hands-on sessions abound, from metal smithing to stringing to wire working—in which students twist government surveillance materials into rings and pendants. The brightly hued party room's](http://gr.pn/w7ZafC) neon-green walls are decked in a vibrantly painted peacock and flowers, inspiring revelers as they fashion myriad beaded items, and Thursday evenings boast crafty diva night, during which participants can finish new or existing projects in the company of other crafters.
7322 Madison St.
Forest Park, Illinois 60130Get Directions