How do you get a $250 necklace for $15? You make it yourself.

It’s easy to create a pirate’s trove of jewelry on a geezer budget with beads.

There are good bead stores around ( especially the granddaddy of them all-

Yone in North Beach yonebeads.com) but most are small and the selection narrow.

If you want to really want to be beadazzled, try the massive show at the Oakland Convention Center on November 14 and 15. Over 160 vendors, includes ones specializing in ancient ,vintage or ethnic beads, will be displaying their wares. For anyone who needs help on the complexities of making clasps, there will be over 40 classes.

The 2-day admission fee is $7.

Prepare for visual overload.

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