Giving the gift of jewellery is a great way to say, “I love you,” “You’re special,” and “Sorry for auctioning off the dog.” Repent with today’s Groupon to Gecko beads. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a basic beading class (a $25 value).
- For $12, you get $24 worth of jewellery and beading supplies.
Artisanal jewellers at Gecko beads empower budding bauble-makers to string up lustrous strands of semi-precious-stone, metal, pearl, and glass beads. Guests can scour Gecko’s vast selection of loose beads and finished pieces, many of which originate from the jewellers on staff. A pair of smoky quartz orbs ($17.50) dangle daintily from earlobes like a diamond-encrusted stethoscope, and a sophisticated pearls ($25) bracelet swathes pulse-points in a ring of frosted glass and oblong pearls.
During a Basic Beading class, students fashion their own earrings, necklaces, or tiny lassos from a trove of provided materials. Instructors delve into construction basics such as attaching clasps, using crimps for a sturdy cinch, and knotting elastic to keep jewels firmly affixed to their owners. Classes range from one to two hours depending on size, and are held any time during the week; students need only call or dispatch a carrier pigeon to ordain a class time.
Initially, beading for Marja Veldhoen was just a hobby. The then-graphic designer started sliding down the slippery crafting slope more than a decade ago after discovering Cindy Jenkins' book How to Make Glass Beads. Soon, she was hooked. Marja shares her zeal for unusual looking beads and jewellery that springs from nature's influence with students through courses teaching the art of inventing handmade wearables from semi-precious stones, pearls, and glass. Her Bead blog keeps crafters abreast of events and promotions, which can include trunk shows, tax-free offers, and workshops on installing chic beaded garage doors.