Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

Aqua Flower Necklace

October 18, 2012

I just realised that I still haven’t shown the result of last week’s Bead Table Wednesday – I don’t make that much jewelry at the moment, and I was away visiting my parents over the weekend… anyway, this is the necklace, and the final one of this batch of fimo (so now I finally have an excuse to start a new one):

And did I mention that this wallpaper is my new favourite photo background?

Bead Table Wednesday

October 10, 2012

I’s Bead Table Wednesday again! Finishing the matching necklace to yesterday’s earrings, and the rest is to become simple bracelets with memory wire and one of the little charms I used to make from my leftovers a while back. I wanted something that I can throw together pretty fast and easy, with materials that aren’t too expensive, because I’m thinking of attempting to sell a couple of little things at the local christmas market. People don’t have much money here, and they don’t value handmade particularly. I tried this a couple of years ago already, so I don’t really know why I bother – must be masochistic tendencies. I didn’t sell a single thing, and the conversations with potential customers weren’t exactly a boost to my self esteem either… a couple of examples for your entertainment:

Customer (looking at a necklace interestedly, then incredulous upon seeing the pricetag): “How much is this?”
Me (confused, thinking that maybe I dind’t write clearly enough): “Ten Euro.”
Customer (looking appalled): “I could get a real necklace for that!”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Since she can’t have meant gold and jewels, I can only assume that a real necklace would be made by the thousands in a real factory by real underpaid chinese workmen… *rolleyes*

And another:

Customer (looking at a necklace, then at me interestedly): “You made this?”
Me: “Yes, I did.”
Customer (pointing out one of my art beads): “These look interesting, do you know what they are made of?”
Me: “Yes, actually, I made those myself, too.” (she looks impressed) “They are made of polymer clay…” (intentionally using a word she might not know rather than the brand name)
Customer: “Polywhat?”
Me (inner sigh): “Fimo.”
Customer: “Ah… yes. I know that.” (looks at me with a positively disgusted expression) “My son did that once… in kindergarten.”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Check out the Flickr group to see what other beady people have on their table:

Back to Beading

October 9, 2012

Back from my vacation, I finally finished two of the necklaces from my last Bead Table Wednesday post:

I’m particularly fond of this one:

The third design didn’t work out, so I turned two of the pendants into earrings instead, and the third one into a matching necklace (I ran out of seed beads on that one, so I couldn’t finish it yet):

Spring Flower Bracelet

March 8, 2012

A new bracelet. I really like the look of the soft green jade parts with the copper.

Bracelet Design and Photography

March 3, 2012

A simple bracelet without Art Beads. I had these beads lying around, wanting to turn them into a necklace. But they missed a key element, the design was too simple for a necklace. Today I gave up and turned it into a bracelet instead, for that the design works well enough.

Unfortunately my camera just doesn’t capture the colours (no flash this time), that blue is much darker in reality. Also, crappy photo. I need to work on that…

EDIT!

I recruited my boyfriend to take a new photo. Better?

Sparkly Snowballs

February 26, 2012

I finally decided on a design for these rhinestone beads. I wanted to do something more “special”, but every design I could come up with was overpowered by the sparkle. So simple it is.

Not quite back in the swing of things, but I’ll get there.

Valentine’s Day?

December 19, 2011

No, it isn’t quite Valentine’s day yet. But I had this heart pendant and wanted to use it… besides, if I create this stuff now, I might be able to sell it around Valentine’s day – who knows. I’m not really a big fan of that holiday, or heart-themed jewelry for that matter, but I still kind of like how this turned out – dainty and cute, but not too sweet, I think. The green beads and dark chain probably helped a bit, at least that was my intention… I’ll have to shorten it and add a toggle, for some reason I always make my necklaces too long. I could save so much chain if I didn’t.

Bloody Moon – Earrings

December 18, 2011

I finally finished the earrings… of course the store did not have any dark jumprings, so I resorted to making my own from wire leftovers of the eyepins I had used – they are probably not the most accurately shaped jumprings in the world, but at least the colour is a perfect match now:

Those polymer clay crescents had been lying around forever after I made them for a necklace that didn’t work out because of colour issues. Now I decided that two identical components just ask to be turned into earrings, even though I have no use for earrings. Couldn’t find an interesting colour scheme for those, either, so I stuck with something monochrome that always works, dark faux metal and deep blood red.

Why do I keep making earrings? I really should sell some, but I can’t even take photos of them being worn (don’t have pierced ears). And the Artfire shop I had planned earlier this year never got started, since I choose Artfire because they had no fees for up to 12 items – that would have been a nice risk-free chance to try if anyone would be interested in buying my stuff at all. Now they have changed that to a monthly fee of 9,16€, which makes Artfire entirely uninteresting for me – with my handful of items, it would be much cheaper using Etsy, and there’s probably more “walk-in customers” over there, too.

Still, I don’t really see anyone being interested in buying my stuff – other than the IDIC or Seal of Rassilon pendants, which I will not offer for sale, because they are copyrighted designs I have no right to sell – a couple of bugs are not worth getting in trouble with the BBC or Paramount or whoever has the rights to sell their merchandise here in Germany. If favourites on DA are any indicator of customer interest (and I’d expect more people would leave a favourite than spend money on some luxury item like jewelry), then I won’t have much of a chance. I don’t know, maybe I’m spoiled by the feedback on my fanart. I had forgotten how hard it was with my jewelry, hunting for every single favourite… it’s a little depressing.

Green Envy Necklace

December 16, 2011

Using up my old art beads… I couldn’t think of anything to team them up with, so I decided to go monochrome. That may be a bit lazy, but I’m not a natural with colour, and after such a long time not making any jewelry, I kind of had to ease back into it. I don’t think I ever made a green necklace before, but I kind of like it – it’s rather an opulent holiday necklace, just right for christmas.

Small Change, Big Difference

December 15, 2011

It’s the little things that make all the difference. Also in a jewelry design… I created this necklace a while back, and it looked bland, boring and badly matched (horrible photo taken on a dark day on my window sill, best lighting I could get):

Now I looked at it again and decided that I had to pick up the silver metal of the spacers on the dangles in the upper part of the necklace, so I inserted spacers between the beads:

I tend to forget spacers, because I don’t have many in stock – I can only buy them individually around here, and that makes them quite expensive. Those that are available in packages are crap. But, looking at these two pictures, I really have to pay more attention to them. Good thing is, I have a bead store close by now, so i can just drop by when I need them.

You also might have noticed the new background on the bottom picture – I used to take my photos on a marble window sill, but obviously that didn’t move with me. Now I have to find something else… might be good, as it forces me to experiment a little.