BEAD GIRL 2445 Yonge, 416-322-2202, beadgirl.ca Rating: NNNNN
BEAD GIRL 2445 Yonge, 416-322-2202, beadgirl.ca
Bead Girl’s story started eight years ago, when owner Arlene Perlas made her first pair of earrings for an office party. Positive co-worker feedback led to silversmithing and casting courses at George Brown College and an art cart in the Distillery District, where she spent summers selling her simple semi-precious pieces.
Now, with the opening of her Yonge and Eglinton bead shop, she’s ditched the mutual fund day job to indulge and pass on her love of jewellery-making. Bright turquoise mouldings frame walls of semi-precious aquamarine and sodalite stones. Freshwater pearls, glossy kukui nuts, Czech glass and Swarovski crystals are ready to be strung into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
The back of the shop is full of wire, bead counters and instruction books that are bound to spawn another new batch of local bauble lines.
Photo By Kathryn Gaitens
Bead Girl picks: A beginner beading kit includes lengths of nylon wire, sterling silver crimps and guards, $6; pendants are made from shell pieces and painted with geometric and free-form patterns, $5.75; pick up a pair of round-nose pliers to easily loop and bend wire, $14.50.
Look for: Courses in basic stringing, weaving and earring-making starting soon.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.