Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 toward any bead-stringing or pearl-knotting class and class materials at Originals Beads & Gems. This Groupon is only valid at the Artisan's Alley location.
Originals Beads & Gems, a full-service bead shop and jewelry design center, offers an extensive selection of classes for both budding beaders and experienced artisans. Make your first splash in the beading pool by signing up for Introduction to Beading, a three-hour course that teaches beginners the proper way to craft a single-strand necklace and a pair of earrings ($20, plus a $20 estimated kit fee). Or upgrade existing skills in a Beading Multi Strands & More class, which also lasts for three flippings of the hourglass and helps brave designers avoid potential tanglings when necklaces join forces ($25, bring your own beads). The three-hour Pearl Knotting session introduces future gem buffs to the art of hand-knotting clam chaws, and the kit comes with an awl, tweezers, silk, and pearls to create fashionable pearl bracelets and neck belts ($25, plus a $15.99 estimated kit fee).
Operated by jewelry expert Barbara Garrett, Originals aims to improve the bland bodies that nature gave us by burying them in a great mound of sparkling gems, beads, minerals, and crystals. Dress for the occasion by wearing an outfit that requires a brand-new ornament. Check the class page for dates and times, and call ahead to set up a beading bash.
Originals Beads and Gems
At Originals Beads and Gems, sparkling jewels, minerals, and beads dazzle eyes with their glossy colors and willingness to come together for a cause. Customers can sort through the wide inventory and take home materials for solo crafting, or put in a request with the design-savvy staff for hard-to-find beads or beading materials. Crafters looking to learn a new skill can enroll in one of many classes that cater to all skill levels. During three-hour beginner classes, experienced instructors impart the essentials of single-strand jewelry, and in intermediate and advanced classes, students can learn how to stamp metal, wrap beads, or choose a favorite between their two wrists. For customers whose ideas for jewelry design exceed their skills, the creative staff at the design center can weave opulent adornments from their customers’ materials and design ideas.
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555 W Bitters Rd.
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