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.
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.
7 N Cherokee Ln.
Lodi, California 95240