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Jeweling hobbyists of every skill level, from rank amateur to Sauron the Dark Lord, will find a class suited to them with today's side deal: $20 for $60 worth of jewelry-making classes at Bead & Pearl's Newton Highlands location. Classes are small, so you'll get plenty of one-on-one tutoring in modish metallurgy. If the class costs less than $60, you can apply the remainder of your Groupon toward an additional class, or bring along a friend. This deal does not cover the cost of materials for the classes.
Bead & Pearl's class schedule gives newbies a chance to learn the basics in stringing techniques ($25), silk knotting ($35), and the surprisingly unhallucinogenic peyote stitch ($35). Both beginners and more practiced practitioners can try their hand at making briolette earrings ($25) with chain and wire or crocheting a bracelet with beads and wire ($45). Classes can take between 90 minutes (roughly an episode of Saturday Night Live) and three hours (approximately 240 videos of cats falling down). Space is limited, so book ahead.
Featured classes this month include the basics in crafting your own charms with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) ($135 with materials) and a ring series, where you'll learn how to make one ring to rule them all—and two others, for a grand total of five types of rings (binding in darkness not included, $65). With one class, you can give your loved one a personalized token of affection that you made yourself. With the other, you can defeat those snooty Noldor Elves, a legitimate token of affection in its own right, to the right person.
Note: Materials not included for classes.
Yelpers give Bead & Pearl four stars:
- I took a class there with my mom and we had a fun time. – E.F., Yelp
Bead & Pearl
Bead & Pearl's myriad jewelry-crafting classes illuminate the art of creating your own adornments as students learn a range of skills from basic stringing techniques to crocheting and wire stamping. The classes welcome even stone-cold beginners, and since classes are project based, instructors narrate every necessary step of the process as students create their pieces. This practice ensures that students don't have to come to class with prior knowledge from art camp or a past life as a ball of yarn that rejected a family career in kitten baiting to pursue its crafting dreams. Using the store's colorful inventory of beads, crystals, and gold and silver findings, classes give students the opportunity to create traditional bead jewelry as well as opulent rings and jewelry knitted from silk and leather. Customers can also purchase individual materials for at-home crafting or enlist the expertise of the staff to design jewelry or repair damaged pieces by heavyweights such as Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
1183 Walnut St
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts 02461Get Directions