If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then beads are the eccentric aunt who encourages self-expression and conga lines at weddings. Fight for your right to bead with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 to use toward jewelry-making classes at Boston Bead Company, which has two locations—Cambridge and Salem. Though most classes are offered at a rate of $40 per student, the value of this Groupon can be applied toward any higher-priced class at either location.
Boston Bead Company offers a bevy of jewelry-making classes for beginning beaders and advanced stringers alike. Class fees include the use of all tools and materials, and all classes are capped at six students for the sake of personalized, hands-on instruction. Both locations offer basic technique classes (wire work, stringing, weaving, and knotting) as well as project classes, which allow more experienced crafters to create a personal, wearable accessory such as a set of gemstone hoop earrings or chain maille earrings. Regardless of what students string together, BBC's enthusiastic instructors remain on-hand to answer any questions regarding techniques, materials, or the true meaning of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
Boston Bead Company (formerly named Beadworks) has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including The Boston Globe. Yelpers give the Cambridge location a 3.5-star average and the Salem location a 4.5-star average:
- …you can string together pieces of jewelry at prices that won't break the bank. Explore their seasonal color report and create jewelry that will perfectly match the staunch colors of autumn in New England. – Jeff Miranda, The Boston Globe
- Whether there just to ogle the pretty stuff, get creative with self-made jewellery [sic], learn in their classes…I love this place. – Kiwi H., Yelp, Cambridge location
Boston Bead Company
A Harvard Square landmark since 1991, Boston Bead Company has provided numerous individuals with the training and materials needed to construct jewelry by hand. Introductory classes can cover basic stringing, wire work, knotting, and macrame techniques, preparing students to form their own bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or other eye-catching pieces. Knowing the techniques isn't enough though, so Boston Bead Company's locations feature open stock bins and displays brimming with an ever-changing selection of jewelery-making implements that can include everything from gemstones and freshwater pearls to crystals, nuts, and seeds. Both stores also sell an assortment of specialized pliers, although staff members are also on-hand to help perform basic beading repairs or undo stubborn knots via telekinesis.