Beads quickly replaced berries as the material of choice for necklaces due to their durability and jewelry makers' unwillingness to outrun sparrows. Decorate strings without avian attack with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of classes, beads, and materials at Bead Here Now.
The staff at Bead Here Now supplies thousands of miniature trinkets, which guests learn how to string into personalized ornaments during jewelry-making workshops. Visitors browse an assortment of natural stone beads ($0.10+ each) made from a variety of materials such as Thai silver, copper, Czech glass, Chinese crystal, recycled silk, and marble tears from the Venus de Milo. Handcrafted jewelry pieces ($4+) adorn the shop's shelves and tables along with gifts from Hello Kitty and Blue Q.
In basic beading classes ($25 + materials), students decorate a single-strand necklace, learning the fundamentals of stringing materials and finishing pieces such as crimp beads and clasps. Earrings, brooches, and decorative hubcaps emerge from wire-wrapping classes ($25 + materials). Pupils-to-be can browse a sampling of pieces created by their peers before selecting a workshop.