Something like this happened to me only instead of wedding jewelry it was a maternity wedding dress for my friend's sister. I sketched out a design, she okayed it, she said she could pay $300, I told her I'd take $150 (I felt sorry for her). I made a mock-up out of a bedsheet, we tweeked the design, then I made the dress (luckily, I told her to find and purchase the fabric.) When I was almost finished she called and said, "Guess what! I found a dress at a thrift store so now I don't have to pay all that money!" I was speechless. I think she could sense my shock and she offered to give me $50 for my time (about 6 hours). When I picked up the money I gave her a piece of my mind (I'm usually very nice and accomodating) and it seemed that it never even crossed her mind that what she did was lame.
A friend of mine went to the wedding and told me she had copied the design I had made (lacing up the back with ribbon) only she just left the zipper open in the back and cut holes for the ribbon to lace up. Klassy.
Here was my dress:
I guess all you can do, Bead Bakery, is take the $30 and chalk it up to a learning experience. Stress to your friend that you LOST money in this deal and wish she would make up for it. Can you use the beads for anything else?