Elegant Netted Bracelet

Can I get you a bracelet with that moose?

Does it matter where you sell your jewelry?

Over the weekend, I had two very different experiences shopping for beaded items.

On Saturday, I went to a craft show in another town. The show, held in a historic building, was arranged with like items grouped together in separate rooms–all the ceramic dishes in one room, all the jewelry in another. As a shopper, the arrangement made it easy to focus and quickly find items I was interested in. At the same time, the display of jewelry was so overwhelming, I felt it difficult to appreciate any individual pieces.

My shopping experience on Sunday was very different. I was wandering around a local health food store and found a display of children's beading kits–brightly painted beads and hemp for stringing–in between the cheese and crackers. It was easy to focus on the kits, but only because it was so oddly out of place like fruit punch at a brie-and-caviar reception. None of the other shoppers seemed to notice the kits and just breezed right by.

Those two experiences left me with far more questions than answers. Is it better to sell at expected places like craft shows? Should you seek out the more unusual venues? Does it hurt–or help–to have the competition clustered around your work? How much does location matter?

Elegant Netted Bracelet

This week's featured project, Elegant Netted Bracelet by Deborah Meyer, is from Beadwork magazine. It uses size 11 seed beads, hex-cut bugle beads, 4mm cubes, 5mm crystal bicones, and a button with a shank. This is an easy project to coordinate with your holiday outfit by making simple changes: switch out the button, change the crystal color, replace hex-cut bugles with plain ones, use larger seed beads–the possibilities are endless!


Interviews with Two Lampwork Artists

When you're admiring lampwork beads, it's always fun–and sometimes surprising–to learn about the artist behind the torch. In my conversation with bead artist Lori Greenberg, for example, I learned that she prefers working with earth tones rather than bright colors. I would have never guessed that looking at the many bright and beautiful beads on her website!

Check out the interviews with lampwork artists Lori Greenberg and Cindy Gimbrone.

See the new Interviews page for other bead artist interviews you may have missed!

At left: Lori Greenberg's Amber Marquis Bead. At right: Cindy Gimbrone's spiral bead in the "Spiral of Kronos" necklace by Sandi Wiseheart.

Coming This Week: On Wednesday I'll share some ideas for using buttons in jewelry and on Friday I'll announce the winners of the first Beading Daily challenge!

Are you making handmade gifts this year? This poll ended November 30, 2007.

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She is in post-Thanksgiving recovery mode today.

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