Without jewelry, pearls would be nothing but oyster gallstones and treasure chests would contain nothing but dirty back issues of The Economist. Embrace the power of bling with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two group or private beading classes and $15 worth of beads at Busy Beedz (a $45 total value).
The experienced instructors at Busy Beedz bestow aspiring bijou-smiths the technical know-how and imaginative inspiration to craft sparkling bling. Bead bedazzlers can try their hands in an array of two-hour beading and wire-wrapping classes to handcraft adornments for ears, wrists, or macaroni elbows in a fun group setting. The element of wire adds its novel tendrils in classes that fashion wire-wrapped flowers, wire-wrapped bracelets, and provide expert instruction in wire-tapping tin-can telephones. Beadsmiths may also attend private classes for instruction tailored to their own ornamentation aspirations.
Supplies are not included with the classes, but students receive $15 to use toward more than 2,000 twinkling beads, including Swarovski crystals, cultured pearls, and semiprecious stones, as well as a variety of findings. Popular choices include glass ($4–$15 for 16 in.), agate ($23 for 16 in.), onyx ($25–$40 for 16 in.), and clear quartz ($30 for 16 in.) strands, which can be clasped with sterling-silver toggles ($13) and lobster clasps ($4.25).