What You'll Get
Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with the help of today's deal: for $35, you get a DIY jewelry jumpstart class (a $70 value) at 1 Stop Bead Shop in Dublin.
Many of 1 Stop's classes are taught by owner Lisa Busch, a long-time crafty woman and education-degree holder who started 1 Stop to fill it with supplies beaders need for anything from simple bracelets to beaded barbed-wire fences that wrap around the entire length of a secret desert compound. Over the course of the three-hour class, you'll create a pair of wire-wrapped earrings, a wire-linked bracelet, and a beaded necklace. With a toolkit of new skills tucked under your gleaming champion belt, you'll be prepared to sally forth and create your own jewelry designs, obtain further skills, and never buy another holiday or birthday present again. Classes take place on Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first Friday of each month, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Additional day and evening classes may become available on a weekly basis; check the 1 Stop website for further options.
1 Stop is a huge store strung to the rafters with every imaginable bead, finding, and tool needed to craft the loveliest of cursed necklaces. Walls drip with color-coded jewelry supplies, a veritable dragon's den of enticing elements for the savvy artist. Beads cavort in cubby boxes beneath bright lights and a chandelier to craft an open, social environment. Whether you simply enjoy the process of creating your own designs or are looking to create items to sell at craft fairs, Renaissance fairs, and Internet fairs, today's deal will give you a basic grounding in the artisan skills of bead stringing and wire wrapping.
Customers who arrive more than 15 minutes after the start of their scheduled class will be considered no-shows and forfeit their Groupon. This Groupon is available for prospective beaders age 14 and up.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 21, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. For no-shows or customers arriving more than 15 minutes late, Groupon will be forfeited. Must be 14 years or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 1 Stop Bead Shop
Lisa Busch—a jeweler, beader, and crafter—often left her local bead shops unsatisfied by their paltry inventory. When most people would have accepted the status quo and started making jewelry out of upcycled banana peels, Lisa took action, opening 1 Stop Bead Shop as a haven where she and other beaders could find all of the materials they needed under one roof. She started stocking the necessities and more, including tools, books, semiprecious gems, Swarovski crystal, glass, wire, and findings. In less than seven years, her inventory grew fivefold, requiring the shop to lay down roots in a shiny new 3,200-square-foot facility.
In addition to supplying self-sufficient beaders, Lisa shares the art of crafting with newcomers through her roster of classes. A staff of 26 instructors teaches approximately 100 lessons each quarter, ranging from beading and crocheting to wire wrapping and girls’ night out parties.