Friday, September 4, 2009

It was an earring kind of day

I made approximately 5000 pairs of earwires today. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating but it sure felt like 5000. It was probably more like 50. But still, that's a lot, right?
I've been making more one-of-a-kind earrings lately and I'm having quite a bit of fun with them. Usually I work with the same designs and if they sell I make a million more just like them (yep, I'm in the exaggerating mood) but I need to mix things up a bit. Below is a little sample of what I've been up to. The little turquoise hoops are part of my regular line-up but the other three pairs are true one offs.

I'm curious to hear what you guys think of one-of-a-kinds. Are you more likely to purchase something if you know that there won't be another like it?

They will all be in the shop on Saturday. :)


TesoriTrovati said...

Actually...yes! I dislike seeing the exact same thing on someone. Now I am in an earring making mode as well (I am so coveting your ear wires...wish I could make some...or buy some of your 5000! LOL!)because it is easily portable and I have worked at the gallery last Sat and tomorrow. But I ran out of ear wires, so it is mostly making dangles...but I digress...

I like to pick a pattern and then do riffs on them. You could do that since you likely have the same component in a multitude of colors. I think they are really pretty. That last one is cool with the sort of geometric pattern.

Enjoy the day!

The Joy of Nesting said...


I'm sure I can't be counted on to be the norn but I almost always buy one of a kind or at the very least 2 of a kind, when it comes to hand made jewelry. I don't want to run into Dolly Dollwood wearing the exact pair of earrings as I am!! :) I also have that artist's superstition that a tiny bit of the artist's soul is placed in their creations. So if you are making a kigillion (small exaggeration)of the same piece I wonder if the same love and bit of soul that was placed in the first pair has faded with the growing mound of "similars" :( But then that's just me and as I said I have never been accused of being part of the norm :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

Round Rabbit said...

Oh, very good comments, ladies! I appreciate the feedback!
And Erin, the earwires are super easy to make - just ball the end of a piece of sterling wire and then hammer the ball flat! :)

Justine said...

I'm not that picky as long as I look better in it LOL :) I didn't like doing school shopping for the kids at the Target/Kohl type places though because all the kids at school do too and then it's awkward.

That's the joy of Etsy though, I figure if I buy something, no one else will have it at least in my area, so it's still OOAK :)

You have lovely jewelry pieces! Happy Labor Day!


Unknown said...

Huh? What did you say about one of a kind? Sorry I got so interested in the way your ear wires were made the rest of the post went over my head. LOL. I really do like your ear wires. As for buying one of a kind, yes definitely. I don't want to meet myself coming down the street. That's a bit of an exaggeration but I do like having something different.

SillyLittleLady said...

I love one-of-a-kinds! I adore being the only person in the world who has a certain set of earrings, or a tshirt or something :)

becca.elpy said...

um, okay, those are crazy awesome! *swoons*

Stacey said...

I love one-of-a-kinds, but of course there is always someone who gets them first and it seems its never me, so I say make as many as you want and do some a per request from customers.

Lisa Peters Russ said...

One of a kinds??? Um, you get a thumbs up from me.. Considering I have a hard time making 2 of a kinds! LOL!... your work is really wonderful and i love seeing the new directions you go in each week..