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 Groupon: for $19, you get $40 worth of beads, jewelry supplies, handcrafted jewelry, or classes at Beadazzled in Old Town.
Beadazzled is an art-glass studio and custom-jewelry shop that specializes in creating jewelry out of glass beads and natural stones. In addition to fully formed necklaces ($50+), bracelets ($48), and earrings ($20), Beadazzled supplies the experienced or novice jewelry-maker with everything needed to realize his or her own jewelry visions of stringing sugar-plum focal beads or sewing beads into knuckles and punching slabs of beef. Most beads are sold per piece; prices per bead range from five cents to $20.
Beadazzled offers a variety of classes including basic jewelry design ($10 plus cost of beads and supplies). Some courses begin with the end in mind, such as the wire-and-beaded-bangle-bracelet class ($45, includes most supplies). The six-hour beginning glass-bead-making class ($125 including materials and supplies), held in the studio, covers all aspects of bead making, from safety and set-up to silvering bead surfaces. Students usually leave the class with more than a dozen beads forged by their own newly knowledgeable hands. Collect your kickball team and turn a class into post-practice team bonding, or grab your grocer and learn about blowtorch safety together before swapping friendship beads hot off the mandrel.