Monday, February 25, 2013

Kicking It Into High Gear

Oh, the things we do for love! Today I have to finish up work for two deadlines tomorrow. One is the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge. The other is the jewelry I'm donating for my son's preschool fundraiser taking place Saturday.

The most important thing I've ever made,
for whom I make so many other things ...

I feel like I have a brain block about the fundraiser. I really have no sense about who the audience is, other than the parents, like my husband and I, have to pay school tuition and probably aren't in the market for anything too extravagant. Grandparents, neighbors, and friends will also be there, but my only clue about what to make for them is that they're voluntarily coming to a fund raiser.

Given that I've been making the letter initial beads for the project I initially planned for the event, I am going ahead with that idea. I'm nervious about it, though. Even though I offered a pendant giveaway on this very blog I didn't get any responses about the merit of the idea or the style of the beads. It's a little embarrasing. At this point I'm just going to assume that no one saw the post and hope for the best. I don't want that to be the only donation, though. I'd like to donate a bracelet and some earrings, too, but ... what? Do we all have that anxiety, when we know that what we make needs to sell, that we freeze and doubt we know how to make that perfect, creative piece? No? Just me, huh? Okay. I'm comfortable with who I am.

Personalized Letter Initial Pendant and Necklace
Sterling silver chain, findings, fine silver wire, and headpins complement this customizable letter initial pendant - available in your choice of letter and color. The handmade lampwork focal bead is accented by a cluster of fine gemstones in complementary and contrasting colors. Comes with a sterling silver maker tag.

UPDATE: After some pondering, and calculating the retail price of the sterling option, I think I'm going to do that style necklace in base metal. It's still pretty, and trendy, but thirty dollars less. I also made an option with no gemstone cluster, which knocks off even more labor cost and some material costs, which is priced at less than thirty dollars total. I just feel like a preponderance of people are making jewelry desisions based on style and value more than whether they have higher quality materials. What do you think?

Personalized Necklace with Initial Lampwork and Gemstone Cluster

Personalized Necklace

initial beads

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