Without jewelry, pearls would be nothing but oyster gallstones and treasure chests would contain nothing but dirty back issues of the Economist. Embrace the power of bling with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of jewelry-making classes at The Beaded Venus in Mount Pleasant.
A jam-packed bauble emporium, The Beaded Venus sells a range of beading supplies and offers a variety jewelry-making classes. Needle neophytes can learn to string cavity-ridden orbs onto elastic, memory wire, leather, or nylon at stringing basics ($20) or brandish beading tools to craft handmade earrings, bracelets, and bejeweled leashes for pet platypuses at beading basics ($20).
Been-there-done-that beaders can acquire specialized skills in more advanced sessions, such as wire loops and wraps ($20). Nearly all classes include materials; check the schedule for times. During visits, students may learn from the shop's skillful staff members, who can design custom accessories, repair tired trinkets, and fashion commemorative Stanley Cup necklaces from knocked-out gold teeth.
- I ran in and had to make a pair of earrings in a hurry.. I was out of the store in 10 minutes with a fabulous gift in hand!.. Way to go Beaded Venus! – Taunya h., Insider Pages
- She likes to show people who walk into the shop saying they can't make anything that they are more creative than they realize – Jessica Miller, Post and Courier
The Beaded Venus
Her windswept tresses are still golden, and the turquoise surf still roils beneath her feet, but this Venus isn’t breathing or made of Botticelli’s brushstrokes. Her upturned face and ruby lips are made of beads, peyote-stitched together by Jennifer Lowe to create an award-winning sculpture that traveled to museums with a Beadwork Magazine exhibit. The Venus followed Lowe to her namesake store, where the masterpiece now stands in all her glory among a wealth of czech-pressed glass, natural seeds and pods from the Amazon, and vintage glass beads.
Visitors can gather up this glimmering bounty and take it to the store’s play table, where tools await to help them turn the seed beads and gems into necklaces or use them to jazz up their formal retainer. Helpful staff members hover nearby to give tips on wiring earrings or attaching fasteners, as well as teach a full schedule of classes that covers both basic and advanced techniques. They also impart their wisdom during parties to celebrate birthdays or a successful Crown Jewels heist.