Jewelry making, like back-alley wrestling, requires drive, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to improvise when you lose your soldering iron. Master the finer side of creativity with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a basic beading boot camp or advanced basic beading boot camp at Caravan Beads of Chicago (a $50 value).
Caravan Beads of Chicago's bead experts lead students along the path to mastering jewelry with two-hour basic and advanced basic beading boot camps. A prerequisite for the advanced class and admittance to underground bead exchanges, Caravan's basic beading boot camp delves into the fundamentals of DIY jewelry making. Workshop students focus on the subtle differences in stringing materials while crafting a set of earrings or a necklace. In the advanced basic-training workshop, bead intermediates tackle tougher knotting and wiring skills such as the floating-pearl knot and bailing technique for wire wrapping. Bead beginners evolve through the advanced class as they learn to create wire-wrapped earrings and knotted bead bracelets using telekinesis. Caravan Beads provides all materials required for classes.
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.