Like building your own house or crafting a high-quality monster from scratch, making jewelry is a great way to show off your self-sufficiency. Sport some custom-made bling with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of custom jewelry classes and supplies at Wicks & Stones in Wyandotte.
Wicks & Stones keeps artists busy with numerous jewelry-making classes and a diverse selection of beading and jewelry-making supplies, including clasps, earrings, and swarovski crystals in dozens of colors. Juvenile jewelers can explore new career options by taking the basic wire wrap class, which teaches the essential art of wrapping wire loops to attach components to their finished pieces ($10 plus supplies). The wire spiral earrings class provides a slightly more advanced lesson ($15 plus supplies), and basic beading gives crucial advice for what to do if you accidentally swallow too many delicious 12mm bicones ($10). Classes such as diagonal peyote ($25 plus supplies), shimmering embellishment ($20 plus supplies), and waves of color ($25) focus on more specific skills to satisfy budding jewelers looking for new challenges.
Classes at Wicks & Stones typically last for two hours, and the small class sizes (usually with 1–7 other students) mean students get a lot of personal attention from knowledgeable teachers. Future brides and bridesmaids can bond before the big day by making the jewelry they’ll wear down the aisle together; the sessions are also fun options for birthday parties or Lottery Winners Anonymous meetings.
Wicks & Stones
With the help of her husband, Chris, Crissi Ballas put her heart and soul into opening Wicks & Stones nearly a decade ago. Blossoming from a simple idea, the business grew into a gallery, jewelry and supply store, workshop, and candle emporium. Today, Wicks & Stones offers a wide variety of classes, from basic beading to stitching bracelets out of high-grade tennis balls. For gift-givers, the shop stocks 100% soy candles, a smattering of Swarovski crystals and other semi-precious stones, and displays packed with already-assembled jewelry.