Though threading macaroni noodles and Smarties on a guitar string makes an amazing edible instrument for a science fair, a sparkling handmade necklace or bracelet can catch the judge's eye and win your air-purifying elliptical machine first prize. Customize your accessories with today's deal: for $19, you get a pair of jewelry-making classes at Bijoux Design Creations (a $50 value). Learn the skill sets of stringing beads and creating earrings. You'll walk away with beautiful beadwork that turns heads like snow owls and the skills it takes to make more; classes do not include the cost of materials (most people spend between $10 and $20).
The two classes covered by your Groupon are Basic Stringing and Basic Earrings. During the 1.5-hour stringing course in stringing beads along so they feel like your friend even though you're just keeping them around so you look good, you'll learn to make your own snazzy necklace. Most learners use semi-precious stones, Czech glass beads, or Swarovski crystals. Basic beading tools are provided, and you'll be taught how to use them to make durable, wearable art. Go through the steps of laying out your design, stringing it together, and finishing it off to complete your creation. The Basic Earrings class will teach you to build three types of lobe trotters using your handpicked beads, headpins, eye pins, and chains.
Bijoux Design Creations' friendly, expert crafters will teach you the tricks of the trade and guide you through dictating what dangles from your ears. "Bijoux" means jewelry in French, and the full-service bead shop specializes in teaching people to create personalized designs. The flexible class times are between Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gather a group of like-minded ladies and get together to add some exclusive trinkets to your nightstand. Call ahead to schedule a time and date for your jewelry extravaganza.
- Walk into Nancy Albert's store, and you are enticed by beads of all colors and sizes just waiting to be strung into unique designs. You may be inspired by the wall-sized hand-painted message: play, create, explore. – Nancy Dahlberg, Miami Herald-Times