I’ve had a little time lately to have a play with some of my jewellery-making supplies and whip up a few more items for my shop on Folksy. I thought I might try something a little different to my normal line, so I did a few sets of earrings and then some necklaces that use natural seed pearls.
I love real pearls and sometimes I wonder if I should go a bit more up-market and use real pearls and sterling silver clasps. I’m not sure if using the faux pearls and plated fixings put people off, but at the same time the cost of buying real pearls and sterling silver fixings up front, not knowing if you are going to sell the item, is quite a risk. But if people are more interested in the real thing, then I’d be more than happy to do it.
This necklace uses the seed pearls and the pendent is a lovely glass, foil-centred heart:
This one also uses the real pearls, along with a gorgeous orangey-red crystal pendant:
After that, I ran out of real pearls, so I used some 3mm glass pearls and a Swarovski crystal heart:
Now for a few earrings! These are all glass pearls and, where used, Swarovski crystals. Again, these are silver plate fixings, but sterling silver can always be arranged.
Those aren’t all of the earrings, but they give you a sense of the main styles that I’ve been playing with.
Hopefully we’ll see an increase in sales in the run-up to Christmas. This year has been not so great for sales because of the recession (almost everyone on Folksy has had the same problem), but I’m hoping for an uptick.