Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Nurture budding artistic visions with today’s Groupon to Ancient Beads in Vineland. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get admission to any beginner’s class (a $20 value).
- For $49, you get six drop-in beginner’s classes (a $120 value).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of jewellery, beads, and supplies.<p>
Ancient Beads’ instructors teach students to properly manipulate beads, crystals, glass, wire, and chain maille into artful decorations during more than 125 classes. Courses such as Basic Beading spend 2.5 hours outlining craft uses of beads, chains, and other materials. Beginning students with previous crochet experience weave a sterling-silver bracelet from wire and coloured beads in Crochet Fantasy Bracelet, or stitch a delicate intermingling of seed bead and small crystals in the Russian St. Petersburg Chain Bracelet class. The Netted Christmas Ornament class encourages students to employ a simple stitch to create decorative bead netting for draping indecent bulb ornaments or wine bottles. Check the calendar for exact class dates and times.
Ancient Beads also supplies crafters with a full-service bead store, gathering a cadre of pieces by Swarovski, Miyuki, and Toho as well as original pieces. Clients can supplement their stock and bejewel beepers with a 50-pack of Swarovski crystal beads ($6.79) or assorted grade-A gemstones ($7+). Ancient Beads donates 10% of all jewellery sales toward breast cancer research.
Judging from the hordes of magpies waddling outside its windows, Ancient Beads is obviously full of shiny objects. Pegboards line the walls, gridded with tiny baggies of gleaming Swarovski crystals and glass beads in all colors. Semi-precious stones and wooden baubles stand ready to be thread into delicate lengths of wire.
During more than 125 classes, visitors learn the finer points of jewelry-making from experienced threaders, including such techniques as glass fusing, chainmaille, and macramé.