This is a section of beaded chain I’m making for one of the pieces in my line for the Build A Line Master Class sponsored by B’Sue Boutiques. In Part 1, we talked about the inspiration for our lines. In Part 2, I’m talking about some lessons learned during the last month from our class discussions.
One of the challenges is to make pieces that are priced in the impulse buy range – $10 to $50. Last month I mentioned that the inspiration piece for this line sells for $75- $150, depending on the materials, so I knew I’d have to be creative in reducing the cost. I decided to use polymer clay to make some of the parts. To do that, I spent some time making test swatches of textures and color combinations.
After getting opinions from classmates, I made a second round of test swatches.
Test swatches part deux
I bought some bezels from B’Sue Boutiques to use with the clay. Only after coloring the bezels and baking the clay pendants did I realize there was no way to attach them to my necklace. Lesson learned: a little planning is a beautiful thing. You’ll see my clever solution in the reveal blog in March. Hint: I’m still using the bezels.
I learned that I can’t really reduce the amount of time I spend making the necklace. By making a production line, I cut assembly time a little bit, but making the pendants myself added time, so I called it even. I am using silver plate and mixed base metals in this one to help keep the cost down.
I’ve got 3 different metals in this one.
Nevertheless, the necklaces are going to end up being my mid-range pieces. So then I had to come up with some lower-priced items. I shall not reveal all now, but here is a sample:
Polymer clay bracelets
You won’t believe how light these are! I still have to test-drive them. If they can stand up to a couple of days of me wearing them around, they will be fine. I’m hard on anything near my hands.
From a business standpoint, generous class members gave some tips on improving blog features. See my new search box on the upper right? And I added contact information. I’ve also been encouraged to get pinning on Pinterest, so expect to see more from me there (Beadsophisticate on Pinterest).
Please visit Brenda’s class notes blog (B’Sue Boutiques), and the blogs of the other class participants to see what they are up to and get their take on what we’ve learned
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MJCasady Copper Works
Leila Nicole Designs
Leila Bee Designs
Wings and Beads
Wind Dancer Studios
Jan Lea Designs
Sweet Willow Designs
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