Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Maintain your crafty skills with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of beading and jewelry-making classes at Caravan Beads of Chicago.
Caravan Beads of Chicago educates and equips jewelers with a rotating schedule of daily classes and an inventory bursting with more than a million types of beads. Wrap wrists or pet eggplants in self-made creations from the 90-minute Blooming Bracelet class (a $30 value), where students string fire-polished beads into floral links to form a bracelet and matching earrings, or the Ladder Stitch Bracelet class (a $30 value), a two-hour lesson in trendy weaving techniques using a variety of stones and cords. The two-hour Let’s Make a Beaded Necklace! class (a $35 value) introduces students to the basics of stringing necklaces, as well as how to finish pieces with various clasps, beads, and old dentures. Although not all classes include materials, the retail shop carries all the necessary equipment for any of the lessons.
Caravan Beads of Chicago
Throughout nearly two decades of collecting and reselling beads, owner Charlene Steele has gathered more than one million types of baubles including Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and Miyuki seed beads and Delica beads. In addition to a variety of beads and jewelry components from Czech glass buttons to crystal pendants, customers can drape themselves in the shop's finished jewelry. To learn techniques for making their own treasures, patrons can attend beginner to advanced classes, in which knowledgeable instructors teach students how to wire wrap a stone or preserve a small photo or dried flower in a resin pendant. The shop hosts private parties for kids and adults alike.
3339 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657