People often wear jewelry as a form of self-expression—for instance, wearing a necklace tells people, “Hey, my neck is strong and goes all the way up.” Decorate your décolletage with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $7 for a Jewelry Making 103 class for one (a $15 value)
- $14 for a Jewelry Making 103 class for two (a $30 value)
During beginner-level Jewelry Making 103 classes, instructors introduce students to the art of weaving with seed beads and demonstrate the techniques of a basic spiral stitch, which students use to make their own bracelets with beads, a needle, and thread. Participants can finish their pieces at home and return to the studio for a complimentary 103 SOS session, where instructors help untangle any knots and show how to add clasps and thread. The use of tools are included, customers must purchase own supplies.
Tampa Bead Cafe
Perched in wrought-iron chairs at a gleaming marble bar, students and artists sip coffee, sharing inspiration and plans for upcoming projects. Nearby, Tampa Bead Cafe's instructors preside over a range of jewelry-crafting materials, which provide the necessary hardware to follow up on the grand artistic plans under discussion. Beneath the terra cotta–hued walls, shelves brim with beads, metal chains, and wire, as well as less conventional media such as metal clay and polymers.
The staff guides visitors along racks of bracelet and necklace supplies, and exclamations of happiness drift from a classroom, where teachers introduce specific styles, such as kumihimo. Students to use real tools such as pliers, cutters, and magnifiers to intimidate their jewelry into making itself, and most courses end with the creation of piece for pupils to treasure. A roster of guest artists, who have included polymer-clay artist Christi Friesen and Maria Rypan, lead style and material-specific workshops.