What You'll Get
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 $10, you get a beginners' beading class at Bunches of Beads in Lodi (a $20 value).
Bunches of Beads strings together jewelry design, jewelry repair, and jewelry-making classes into a metaphorical necklace of bead-based services. The shop brims with a surfeit of supplies, and a rainbow of beads—including seed beads, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, and imitation kryptonite—and supplies line its walls. The beginners' beading class is a two-hour affair that immerses newcomers in the ancient world of bead craft. The class covers stringing materials, tools, and uses, as well as the techniques needed to design and finish a bracelet and matching earrings, self-made jewelry that can produce a sense of satisfaction unmatched even by drafting an impressive fantasy curling team or finally realizing that you’re (spoiler alert) a ghost. Aspiring beaders can check the schedule online before calling ahead for a reservation.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 14, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. In-store only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bunches of Beads
Inside Bunches of Beads, visitors might get lost. It's not that the store is giant. In fact, the space is rather cozy. But the trove of multi-colored beads, chains, charms, and supplies is sure to bewitch any DIY-jeweler into a state of wholly positive disorientation. Inside their wooden display cases, strands of freshwater pearls and rows of tiny seed beads provide inspiration for a new necklace, bracelet, or beaded beer koozie, while tools such as rentable micro torches encourage crafters to complete a project. You can also start a project in one of Bunches of Beads' classes, which range from beginners beading courses to wire-wrapping and repurposing vintage pieces into new works of wearable art.