Handmade jewelry has come a long way from its earliest failed incarnations of popcorn strings and daisy chains, both of which proved too great for the willpower of kleptomaniac nesting birds. Assemble a more permanent adornment with today’s Groupon to Beads on the Ave in Delray Beach. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get a 2- to 2.5-hour Intro to Beading class, including supplies (a $40 value).
- For $22, you get a 3-hour Viking Knit class, including supplies (a $45 value).
- For $22, you get a 3-hour Macramé Slide Bracelet class, including supplies (a $45 value).<p>
Beads on the Ave combines an impressive selection of gewgaws with expert instruction from the likes of Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches president Jen Ursillo to create stunning works of wearable art. Each class includes supplies, though specialty beads and more expensive materials cost extra. In the Intro to Beading course, students pore over the fundamentals of stringing jewelry, from design, assembly, and tool usage to stealing baubles from the ears of snoozing dragons. Created by Norse warriors to brace sagging socks when out hunting for helmet horns, viking-knit techniques require no knitting knowledge to forge filigreed chains of varying lengths and widths. Students weave wire around a wooden dowel, yielding delicately patterned cords that can incorporate multiple colors and beads to drape ears in shimmering elegance. Macramé classes employ classic knot-tying techniques in a beginner-friendly setting to create vintage-style bracelets. Students learn basic patterns, as well as how to fashion an adjustable slide clasp from square knots. Inside Beads on the Ave, Swarovski pendants, semi-precious and precious stones, and glittering craftsmanship from local artists surround shoppers and glimmer as light floods through them from the all-glass storefront. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite libations, and though class sizes may vary with a preferred size of one to six students, teachers can easily accommodate groups of up to 25 beaders in the spacious back room.
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Beads on the Ave
Beads on the Ave combines an impressive selection of gewgaws with expert instruction from the likes of Tonia Turner, affectionately known as "The Bead Doctor." Inside the shop, Swarovski pendants, semiprecious and precious stones, and glittering pieces from local artists glimmer as light floods through them from the all-glass storefront. In the spacious back room, instructors lead up to 25 students through a range of hands-on classes, teaching them how to create stunning works of wearable art as they sip on brought-from-home libations. The teacher provides supplies appropriate for each class, though they may charge extra for specialty beads, more expensive materials, or top-secret access codes to the White House's ruby vault.
151 NE 2nd Ave.
Delray Beach, Florida 33444