$40 for a Glass-Bead-Making Class at Beads by Design in Marietta ($85 Value)

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  • Learn to make colorful glass beads
  • All materials included
  • Experienced instructor

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Promotional value expires Apr 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

On the International Space Station, brave astro-pioneers pass the time by making crafts—namely, dreamcatchers to catch the dreams of any nearby aliens dreaming of attacking Earth. Make your crafting dreams come true with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a glass-bead-making class from Beads by Design in Marietta, about a mile south of the Big Chicken (an $85 value).

Beads by Design teaches nimble fingers the string-'em-up skills necessary to create dazzling works of beaded finery. The 2.5-hour beginning class introduces students to glass bead-making and lampworking, and includes all materials—glass rods, oxygen, tools, propane, eyewear, and a safety chute. Students can learn to make fun, colorful, chunky glass beads as an experienced instructor helps uncertain hands fashion molten glass baubles. Once formed, the glass beads cool in a kiln overnight, awaiting pickup the next day by beaders anxious to cover naked clavicles.

Should glass bead-making already be a notch on your craft-knowledge belt, this Groupon may also be used toward the repair of broken necklaces or bracelets using Beads by Design's restringing services. The knowledgeable staff stands ready to help with product searches or the inevitable queries about how to turn glass into diamonds. Classes are currently scheduled for April 7 (10:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), April 8 (2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and April 9 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), with similar schedules in following weeks.

Beads by Design

Hidden just east of Cobb Parkway, a complex of low, slate-blue warehouses shelters a community of textile workers, sculptors, and graphic designers intent on refining their art. Beads by Design's shop and atelier contributes to this creative wellspring, and today the Southern Flames—a society of glass-bead makers—gather there for their monthly meetings. The shop opened in 1998, displaying a wealth of Japanese Delica seed beads, fire-polished and pressed glass beads, pearls, gemstones, and glittering Swarovski crystals under the high, exposed-metal roof. Visitors can pick up notions or tools, or stick around for jewelry-making classes. These begin with the basics of knotting wire rings and stringing necklaces and expand into the creation of broad, beaded cuffs inspired by Ndebele jewelry and macramé techniques for braiding copper wire. To give students complete creative control of their work, instructors provide propane torches attached to work tables, and safely teach how to fabricate glass beads and intimidate nay-saying critics.

Customer Reviews

It's a group of wonderful people that share a passion for what they do and convey it to others. I enjoyed the class very much!
Susan G. · December 23, 2014
Stephanie was the instructor. She was great at explaining what you needed to do, and equally great, she prepared you for what you might and probably would do being new at working with glass so as not to worry. Very educational and fun experience!
Kendra B. · December 17, 2014
Loved the 2.5 hour glass bead making class! Fun! Definitely exceeded my expectations. My husband enjoyed it also.
Judy C. · December 12, 2014
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