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 to Beadniks in Bloomington. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a two-hour class on creating the Tree of Life necklace, including supplies (a $50 value).
- For $20, you get a two-hour Basics of Stringing and Working with Wire class, including supplies (a $45 value).
Nestled in the bustling confines of the Mall of America, Beadniks stirs up stagnant imaginations with a sweeping showcase of rare beads, beadwork materials, and custom-designed jewelry. Crafty customers can browse strands of semiprecious stones, loose beads, and other raw materials to imagine DIY adornments for naked necks, wrists, and imaginary 11th toes.
During a Basics of Stringing and Working with Wire class, up to four neophytes catch onto beading basics by finishing a bracelet and a pair of earrings under the guidance of a friendly and knowledgeable instructor. Pay heed to the instructor's guidance, as he or she can answer all manner of complex questions, such as "How do I make a wrapped loop?" and "What's the square root of 11?"
Those looking for a more intricate crafting experience can opt for the Tree of Life necklace workshop, which bestows beading pupils with the know-how to create the popular Tree of Life pendant using freshwater pearls, semiprecious peridot chips, and wire. Students can swap bead colors to imitate the tree leaves of their favorite season, such as vibrant autumn red, lively spring green, or volcanic winter gray.
No prior beading experience or knowledge of wire-based folklore is required, making each class a fun, stress-free way to test the glinty, gem-filled waters of jewelry making. Class reservations are necessary, so check Beadniks' online schedule for class times and dates.