Giving the gift of jewelry is a great way to say, "I love you," "I’m sorry," and "I didn’t know you couldn’t give a baby coffee." Speak through sparkles with this Groupon.
$35 for a Fun-damentals of Beading Class for Two ($70 Value)
During two-hour workshops, beginning bauble builders make their own glass pearl earrings and necklace with provided Swarovski crystals and other materials. The class covers the fundamentals of bead stringing and a simple wire-wrapping technique for making focal pendants, earrings, and charm bracelets. Sessions take place Monday–Friday at 10 a.m.
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.