Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jewelry Class In-a-Box

Jewelry Class In-a-Box!
I have always been crafty and love to work with my hands. I love needle arts, crochet is my favorite and the first of the arts that I learned at the tender age of 6.

I started beading just four short years ago. I was looking for something to do for "extra income", something fun and crafty. I found my passion at the local Joann Craft and Fabrics in Kissimmee, Florida, in a package called Jewelry Class in-a-Box. Hey, it was on sale—something like 40 or 50% off. Couldn't pass THAT up! I had really not made any type of beaded item before. I had done some on-loom bead weaving and had made a couple of crochet necklaces from yarn but had never created a strung beaded object so it was all new to me.

The kit came with glass pearls, crystals, bugle beads, metal beads, beading wire, crimps, clasps, head 7 eye pins, earring findings, a bead board, and some round-nose-type pliers. I followed the written instructions carefully and was delighted to find that I had just produced my own professional-looking beaded and crimped necklace and earrings although they were very simple. The pastel colors of the beads were not the greatest, and now I know that the quality of the beads was also not that great. But I had done it. I had made jewelry, and I saw that it was good...very good! Not bad for an initial $15.00 or so investment.

From that point on I was totally and completely hooked!


  1. Nice to have you back in the blogging world, Rachelle!

  2. Those kits are great for the money, though I've never tried one.

  3. FYI, the "Jewelry Class in-a-Box" isn't available from Amazon any more - but is for sale from Joann's website, and they have an affiliate program. May want to look into that...