Giving the gift of jewelry is a great way to say, "I love you," "You're special," and "Sorry for auctioning off the dog." Repent with today's Groupon: for $22, you get enrollment in either the Basic Stringing or Basic Wire Work class at Baubles and Beads in Berkeley and San Rafael (a $45 value). Classes occur twice a month at both locations; click here for descriptions and schedules of classes occurring June–September.
The affable and capable instructors at Baubles and Beads expertly guide students along the path of successful stringmanship in three-hour classes. Students in the Basic Stringing class acquire the introductory skills of bead stringing, learning material selection, design basics, and finishing techniques, and leaving the course with a newly-fashioned bracelet and a firmer understanding of string theory. The Basic Wire Work class imparts the fundamentals of wire wielding with lessons in loop-making techniques such as earring construction, simple loops, and wire-wrapped loops. All necessary materials, including beads, wires, strings, and ornament-ready floss, are included in both classes.