People celebrate special occasions by decorating things with baubles, as evidenced by hanging ornaments on Christmas trees and emptying drums of diamonds over winning coaches. Be a gem with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a beginning beading or stringing class (a $60 value)
- $58 for a beginning beading or stringing class for two, or both classes for one person (a $120 value)
During a three-hour beginning beading class, new students craft a 16''–18'' necklace using provided clasps, tools, and beads. Though beads are provided, they are also encouraged to bring any from home they are anxious to use. Those who have already taken the beginning beading class can pop in again to learn simple wire-wrapping techniques that enable hanging pendants from necklaces. Alternatively, in the beginning stringing class, the instructor demonstrates how to weave embroidery thread and waxed linen cord into a basic friendship-bracelet pattern, allowing students to add flourishes to their creation with provided embellishments. Classes are scheduled on Tuesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.
McGowan and McClain
When they were just little girls, Marian and Laura Jones cooked up the dream of working together once they were old enough. Years later, after both had undergone classical training in metallurgy and jewelry making, the dream became a reality. Today, the duo draws inspiration from organic textures such as the surface of seeds and the shape of raw stones as they sculpt wax, batter metal, and cast objects in bronze to create custom necklaces and earrings. In just four years, their designs have made a splash, leading to collaborations at Chicago Fashion Week and a LA Oscar gift-bag giveaway.
Their collections center on specific themes, such as with earrings and bangles that echo the texture of banana leaves. They also shape pendants whose sterling-silver and semiprecious-stone arrangements evoke antique architecture or New York windows that haven’t yet been cracked by Santa.
Marian and Laura also share their passion for and understanding of the process of jewelry making through classes. During in-studio workshops, they delve into the skills needed for beading, basic metalsmithing, and casting. Their pupils form shapes imitating organic materials such as leaf pendants or strawberry-smoothie bracelets.