Most wonderful bead store...
Beadniks in Santa Monica is the place to learn to bead. They offer wonderful classes at reasonable prices. The materials are beautiful and varied. After selecting the beads and cord that you like the best thing is to sit down for a mere $3 table fee and make your own jewelry. The staff is attentive and eagerly helps in anyway that they can.
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I had wanted to learn to make jewelry for years but found it hard and intimidating to find good classes. With one wire wrapping class at Beadniks I was off and running-making jewelry for friends and altering my own jewelry. Rather than working at home I go to the store to make jewelry and learn new techniques from the staff. I can't say enough good things about Beadniks!