I've got a new bunch of pretty things this week! Still only $15 a piece! I'm not really sure how much longer that is going to last, to be honest. It started out with a bang but in order for it to be successful for all of us more has to sell. That's the bottom line. I'm putting in a lot of time and getting paid very little for my effort so unless things pick up this little experiment is going to have to end. I don't want it to, but my mortgage won't pay itself. As they say.
Anyhoo, that hasn't stopped me from making some great things this week. First up are the floral pendants shown above. Each one has been polished to the smoothest finish and feel wonderful to the touch.
I'm just crazy about these earring sets!
It's been several years since I've made these giant hollow pod beads.
This pic should give you an idea of just how big they are. They are big.
I have a lot of ideas for these pendants. They have a great exotic feel.
And lastly, some fun double sided beads with a little flower in the center.
I have an amazing shop update for you this week. I really went a little crazy with glazing techniques in this batch. Which means it took me many many many hours. And many many many hand cramps. But hey, just look how it all came out! I'm still trying out the $15 a piece experiment and this update would be a good one to take advantage of that deal! That is about half of what I would normally price some of these pieces (!).
First up are watercolor glazed pendants in an amazing array of colors.
See what I mean?
I carried on the watercolor glazing technique with these fun shadowbox beads.
I nearly made myself crazy and blind glazing these pendants. Well worth the trouble!
Fun rosebud double sided beads.
And lastly I made more shank button sets. I needed some for a knitting project so I figured I might as well make some more for you all! I can't get enough of them, myself.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful autumn! Things are hectic in my little part of the world but I managed to put together a lovely collection of pretty things for this week's shop update.
First up are the bee pendants shown above. I've made them in a variety of shapes over the years and this time they are round with two holes for endless stringing possibilities.
I'm really excited about these cute little shank buttons. I've had requests to shank buttons lately. Strange how different people ask for the same thing at the same time. Must be something in the water. These will come in matching sets of two.
Hello one and all! It's already the end of September. Hard to believe.
First up I would like to say that since my last update went so well I will be continuing with the $15 pricing! That's right! Each piece, no matter how snazzy, will be $15 each! Spread the word. :)
Since it's still my favorite time of the year I am continuing with some Autumn themed pieces. Above are some acorn beads. I have made these in the past and they continue to be a favorite of mine.
Large maple leaf buttons! These are a good size and would make a great focal button on a special fall jacket or sweater.
I love these simple yet striking earring pairs that feature pine needles. I like to call it "understated earthy."
Halloween is coming right up! This has become one of my favorite holidays just for the pure fun of it all. (mind you, I grew up not celebrating any holidays at all so I guess you could say I'm making up for lost time)
These witches are nice and creepy and extra classy. As only witches can be.
I can see these pendants with a cool spider charm hanging from the bottom.
Last up are some fun floral layered pendants in happy colors. Because we all need happy colors. Right? Right.
I've come up with a rather exciting plan. One of the biggest complaints I hear about hand-crafted art beads is that the prices are often too high. And because they are high it makes it very difficult to use them in your own hand-crafted jewelry and be able to sell that at a reasonable price. Am I right? I get it. I totally get it. For a long time I have struggled with this dilemma. Hand-crafted components take time to make and (in the case of most of my work) are often one-of-a-kinds. These are things that contribute to the cost of the final product. So I've been racking my brain to see if I could come up with a way to make it a win win situation for everyone. I need to make a living (this is my only means of income) and YOU need to make a living. So guess what I am doing?
For right now this is in the experiment stage and I cannot promise that I will be able to keep doing this, but all the pieces in my next update (which is TOMORROW, September 1st) will be $15 each. No matter how much or little work went into them they will all be $15.
It works this way: instead of pricing each of my pieces based on the amount of time and effort that went into each one individually I am putting one price on all of my work for each individual UPDATE and averaging that out. So, in order for this to be successful and worth it for me my updates have to sell and sell well. My hope is that, in turn, you will be able to make your jewelry more affordable for your customers and still be able to use hand-crafted art beads in the process.
I hope this all makes sense. In a nutshell: All pieces in my next shop update tomorrow will be just $15 each. And as long as I have good sales I should be able to continue doing this. So please spread the word and hopefully this will be a success for all of us! (Finger's crossed!)
All the usual things will still apply: No holds or reserves. No special orders.