Giving the gift of jewelry is a great way to say, "I love you," "You're special," and "Sorry for auctioning off the dog." Repent with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of beading supplies at Cosmopolitan Beads in Cave Creek. This Groupon can also be used toward beading classes.
Cosmopolitan Beads helps bring jewelry projects to life with sparkling crystals, charming wood beads, and a slew of handmade beads designed in the on-site glass studio. String a one-of-a-kind necklace with colorful seed beads ($6/tube on average) and a strand of accent crystals ($4.80), or grab glittery Swarovski sparklers ($15 each or $25 for two) to accent a black-tie pet photo shoot. Handcrafters can also get added assistance from beading tools such as chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, and flush cutters ($10.99 each).
Alternately, bite into bigger projects during beading classes, such as the one-hour Summer Fairy session ($10/class, including materials), which teaches tyros to fabricate a delicate beaded figurine to use as a pendant, bookmark, or motorcycle-handlebar dangle. Customers can also put the value of today’s Groupon toward a three-hour class, which usually cost $30 a session plus an additional $20–$50 for materials.
At Lynda Orescanin’s lampwork studio, she melts rods and tubes of glass into silver-studded spheres and delicate aquamarine swirls. Intricately detailed and no bigger than an eraser tip, the glass beads resemble paperweights for a doll’s desk. “I love the way the glass flows,” says Ms. Orescanin. “I love that you can’t rush it.”
Ms. Orescanin brings that same passion and expertise to her shop’s jewelry-making classes. She seeks out striking materials for her students, from Czech pressed-glass beads and Afghan lapis to metal charms cut from recycled filing cabinets. Inside her intimate studio, she strives to create a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages experimentation. Classes allow up to six students to sidle up to the well-lit worktable and try their hand at making jewelry. Ms. Orescanin walks them through the basics of jewelry making, from tool use to beading technique. “People say, ‘Oh, I’m not creative, I don’t know anything about color,’" she says. "But when they finish something, I’m like, ‘Wow, it's magnificent. I would have never thought to put those together in that particular way.”
6061 E Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, Arizona 85331