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Beads and Beads Shop

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published September 3rd 2014
I had broken one of my favourite necklaces and was wondering where I might take it to get it fixed for a reasonable price. As I was shopping one day I came across the best place. Its called Beads and Beads and is in the Myer Shopping centre on the ground floor. I walked in to ask if they could fix the necklace. They rethreaded it while I did my shopping and the cost was very reasonable. So now you know where to go to get your necklaces fixed.

There is however another angle to this article. The shop is a kaleidoscope of beads of all sizes, types and colours, and just seeing them all lying there makes you want to pick them up, run them through your hands, place them by your cheek and your cleavage, and think about what you could wear to set the beads off to maximum effect. It is one of these shops where the surrounds actually do the talking for you. So when I asked the inevitable question I was ready for the positive and enthusiastic answer I got; "Yes we do teach beading and we run beading classes."

I have always wanted to learn and this was the perfect opportunity. The classes are held in the shop - you spend the first twenty or so minutes getting acquainted with the beads, choosing what you want to work with to create that perfect necklace, that show stopper pendant and earrings. Our instructor, young and with flair, was able to guide us and help us with our choices. She was able to contrast colours and schemes and even mix materials to give us a stunning combination even before we had put them all together.

Then it's the technical bit of learning what it takes to create loops, to tie several beads together, and to string them in the proper way. Some of the techniques require a little skill and some are easy. As you see your necklace coming together it is all good fun. Several trips to the mirror are required to see the length, to look at the colours again and to judge the combination before everything is set in stone - pardon the pun - and the beads are finally firmly in place.Then you can get on with creating a set of earrings to match the necklace.

I can honestly say I surprised myself with what I managed to create and I wear it with considerable pride. Of course if people ask where I got my necklace from I answer, "I made it myself," radiating a cheeky, proud grin.

So if you think you would like to make your own set go along to the Beads and Beads shop and book a class. You will bedazzled.
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Why? Make your own necklace and earrings
When: At various times in the year
Phone: 07 5593 0049
Where: Beads and Beads, Shop 82, Myer Centre
Cost: $40 for workshop and extra for beads
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