On the International Space Station, brave astro-pioneers pass the time by making crafts—namely, dreamcatchers to catch the dreams of any nearby aliens dreaming of attacking Earth. Make your crafting dreams come true with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of beads, tools, and stringing materials at Fandangle Bead Store.
Melanie Bentley, owner of Fandangle, fills the shop's 3,000 square feet with colorful cascades of glass, crystal, and semi-precious beads. Hand-picked in the Czech Republic, glass beads dangle on display walls beside a global gathering of string-fillers including Hill Tribe pearls from Thailand, Murano glass beads from Italy, and energy crystals snagged from disorganized wizards. Individual beads cost between $0.10 and $10, and strands start at $1. Stringing materials start at $3 and include beading wire, which beautifully binds Miyuki seed beads into striking necklaces. Leather straps adorn wrists with Swarovski crystal, and an array of jewelry tools ($5–$35) aids crafters in constructing wrist decorations and neckwear of their own design or strands selected to complement a peacock sidekick.
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.