Beads' versatility makes them a welcome addition to most creative pursuits, decorating the wires of jewelry makers, embellishing the needlework of seamstresses, and plugging the nostrils of anchovy-sensitive pizza chefs. Revel in the many facets of beads with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a basic stringing 101 or basic wire-working 101 class for two (up to a $60 value) plus a $15 merchandise voucher at Kasie's Beads in Naperville (up to a $75 total value).
In jewelry-making classes at Kasie's Beads, a band of accessory advisers instructs students in the art of crafting unique baubles. During a basic stringing 101 class, students receive all the materials and instruction needed to cord, bead, and clasp a bracelet ($30/person). Although the class focuses on constructing a bracelet for students to take home or swap as tokens of friendship with favorite grocery baggers, the skills that are taught also apply to the construction of necklaces, anklets, and stylish shish kebabs.
Ears claim their own accessories in basic wire-working 101 ($25/person), where students manipulate wires with head and eye pins to create a network of beadable loops that form two pairs of earrings to add to personal treasure troves. With a $15 merchandise credit, patrons can snag extra materials to continue their practice at home, harvesting a crop of beads from an international selection that includes Czech glass ($2–$2.75/strand), freshwater pearls ($3+/strand), and 8mm Swarovski crystal bicones ($12.50/25-piece bag) that, when planted, grow stunning Swarovski crystal pine trees.