Unlike diamond necklaces, beaded necklaces can be untied midchase to comically trip up flat-footed diamond thieves. Embrace practical fashion with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of beads, tools, and stringing material at Fandangle Bead Store on Stony Point Road.
Fandangle Bead Store unfurls more than 3,000 square feet of handpicked fashion orbs, strings, and tools from all over the world. Dive headfirst into Fandangle's backlit wall-to-ceiling displays, draping dreary décolletage in loose and semiprecious beads forged from Swarovski crystal, Italian Murano glass, and Czech fancy glass. Fledgling fashionistas can eschew graceless candy Lifesavers strung together by dental floss for a string of stylish Miyuki seed beads draped on high-end beading wire or rich leather ($3–$16 for stringing materials). Creative vanguards can flex their bead-begetting ability with a selection of jewelry-making tools, ideal for crafting necklaces, bracelets, and effervescent halos ($5–$35). Prices of beads vary depending on material, ranging from $0.10 to $10 per bead, or $1 to $35 for strands.
Fandangle Bead Store
Melanie "The Bead Empress" Bentley established her commonwealth of creativity after years teaching aspiring artists how to work with metal clays. Within her 3,000-square-foot embellishment emporium, Murano glass from Italy, hill tribe silver from Thailand, and Swarovski crystals fill shelves from floor to ceiling. Polymer clays, sterling silver, stringing materials, and Czech fancy glass that Melanie handpicked on a recent trip to the Czech Republic round out the store's stock and arm patrons with the materials necessary to line their family's treasure chest.
But Melanie goes beyond filling the supply boxes of local jewelry makers. She also aims to expand the crafting community by welcoming beading newcomers and showing those who don't believe in their creativity that there's an artisan inside everyone. Along with her fellow specialized jewelrysmiths, Melanie leads more than 45 classes per quarter, providing her customers with a means of acquiring jewelry that’s guaranteed to be free of curses.
3022 Stony Point Rd.
Richmond, Virginia 23235Get Directions