Accessorizing is a natural instinct of the animal kingdom, as evidenced by fur-wearing raccoons and the 1990s invention of ancient-looking tribal-band tattoos. Flatter accent-craving appendages with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of beads, jewelry, and more at Peraza Bead & Jewelry Glass Art Studio in Fuquay-Varina.
Peraza Bead & Jewelry owner Marilyn Peraza draws upon years of glass-shaping prowess to handcraft an eclectic mix of beads and jewelry and shares trade secrets in lampwork or glass bead making classes. Shoppers can nab the foundation for body-embellishing displays with floral-designed focal beads in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes ($35–$75). Intricate glass-blown sculpture beads of multi-colored roses ($36), fish ($26), and rose-perched hummingbirds ($22) put beauty into the hands of the beholder, leading to a sense of accomplishment rivaling that of a financially successful mime. Wrists and other readily exposable parts gleefully exhibit Marilyn’s handmade creations, spanning an eight-strand vintage bead necklace ($225), Swarovski crystal bracelets ($49.95+), and versatile ring designs ($29–$48).
Patrons can also use this Groupon toward the purchase of lampwork classes ($225–$425). Held in the art studio, Marilyn limits classes to six students. Sessions include all materials unless otherwise noted, and the duration varies depending on each student's prior knowledge of extracting genies from lamps.
212 S Main St.
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina 27526Get Directions