I'm preparing to relaunch my etsy store, and I'm very excited about it. The one thing I'm still having to think about, though, is shipping. I live in the US and want to make sure I have reliable shipping internationally for a rate that won't scare people away. I make jewelry, so I will have pretty little boxes inside bubble-wrap envelopes. I would like to have insurance and tracking, for my benefit as well as my buyers'. I have been checking out the websites for USPS, FedEx, and UPS, but I have to admit, I'm just plain lost. Help??? Please? Who do you use to ship and why?
I like the daffodil idea and would have to think about how I could execute the concept really nicely. I LOVE morning glories, but I don't think they'd translate well into a beaded flower for a necklace because one of the most beautiful aspects is the trumpet shape, and I couldn't recreate that into a mostly 2-d piece of jewelry. I have been working a lot on developing an orchid design, though! I love orchids and think they'd work really well for what I'm doing because they're so artistic-looking. I just have to figure out how to make one that looks really good- they're so complicated and I want to do justice to nature!
I can totally imagine and only hope to be able to wear something so pretty and artistic when I get married. The asymmetrical aspect of the last two just pushes them over the edge for me from "that's really pretty" to "that would make me cry to own". Not even kidding, you're very talented.
pjr107, thanks so much for your compliments! The photography is definitely my biggest challenge, and I'll definitely keep working on it.
As for the Crohn's, it hasn't been too bad so far (knock on wood!). I have a great online support group and a wonderful GI doc. Meds are definitely my friend now, as is salmon (yay omega 3 anti-inflammatory properties!), exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Those are beautiful! They really are wearable art which is what great jewelry is. I love how you combined beaded flowers into necklaces. If you don't mind me asking... how long did it take for you to complete one?
Just a thought... I wonder if the plumeria and the cherry blossom necklaces might pop out better against a darker background? Not black, but blue maybe? They're too beautiful to fade into the white.
The amount of time it takes me changes a lot depending on the piece. The french beaded sections of each of these took 2 1/2- 5 hours. The complex shading of the plumeria took quite a while, the cherry blossoms weren't too difficult to shade, but there's a lot of them, and for the peacock, the color changes and the fringing along the edge added quite a bit of time.
I will probably eventually have to find a model for my necklaces, beacause I do use a lot of lighter colors. I don't have a lot of choices with the cherry blossom necklace, especially, because the seed beads are translucent, so whatever color I put it on will show through, and I want people to be able to see what color the beads actually are. I'm also just kind of a sucker for white backgrounds. I might try adding some props to help the colors pop, like resting the plumeria on a shell or some sand.
lvl0rg4n, I actually did wear the peacock necklace with a simple black dress to an event at the bead store I teach at. It got a lot of attention- maybe too much? I got my hair cut earlier in the day (not dramatically, but usually people notice), and a friend at the event didn't realize until she saw me again a few days later! It was kind of amusing, actually...
I know it's been FOREVER since I've posted anything new. This past year has been crazy. Last May I was super sick and ended up in the ICU for 4 days getting boatloads of tests done. I ultimately was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and now have a wonderful GI and medicine that's been working out really well. It took a few months to start beading again. By then, I had decided to change my focus and combine my loves for french beading and jewelry using some new techniques I developed. Here are some of the results! I would LOVE to get everyone's critical feedback, as I hope to be selling these in the near future.
Thanks for looking!
Plumeria: Made with 15/0 seed beads, shell beads, glass leaf, various crystals
Peacock: Made with 15/0 seed beads, real and glass pearls, various crystals, czech glass