Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 toward glasswork and jewelry classes, and supplies at Bliss Beads in DeKalb. This Groupon is valid until July 31.
Bliss Beads' extensive jewelry classes bestow students with new skills in silversmithing, flamework glass bead making, wire wrapping, and other feats of adornment. Courses in dangle earrings and necklaces and bracelets ($8/class) invite novice jewelers to string a variety of filaments with Czech glass beads ($0.10 each), gemstones ($0.10–$4 each), metal beads ($0.10–$3 each), and other flourishes. In flamework glass bead making workshops and classes ($70–$160), students wield tiny torches as they learn about the properties and manipulation of glass and annealing, and silversmithing pupils ($45+/class) transform precious metal into rings, pendants, and spittoons.
Bliss Beads' quaint storefront boasts festive purple walls and racks teeming with beads, premade jewelry, and handmade gifts. Monthly art exhibits celebrate drawings, paintings, sculptures by northern Illinois artists.
161 E Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, Illinois 61105