Shop this week's new additions and save up to 20% through Sunday… and don’t miss all the restocks!
fresh picks

“Experiment”

   

Chatter


Buy the Beads!

16" strand $8.30 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $4.55 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

Piece
Was $2.05You save 50%
$1.02 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

Last Chance—All sales final.

16" strand $12.90 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $6.95 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

16" strand
Was $40.90You save 30%
$28.63 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose)
Was $20.95You save 30%
$14.67 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

Last Chance—All sales final.

16" strand $32.70 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $16.85 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

Piece
Was $1.20You save 30%
$0.84 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

Last Chance—All sales final.

16" strand $16.70 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $8.85 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

16" strand $20.40 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $10.70 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »

16" strand $8.90 OUT OF STOCK
½ strand (loose) $4.95 OUT OF STOCK

More Photos & Ideas »


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Beautiful! Goes to my favs…..:)

  2. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Thanks, Nicole, I want to try some odd combinations. Give me one & I’ll try it!!! My brain is tired, I don’t want to think!!!!

  3. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Being tired hasn’t affected your picks a bit. They’re all still gorgeous!!!!!

  4. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Your such a sweetie!!! Do you need to be adopted? NO, I can’t cause you’d want all my beads!!!!LOL

  5. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Why I’m sure I would…how many do you have??? I have boxes full, probably over 3 foot high! I LOVEEEEEEE beads!

  6. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    I have a beading room,(since this is what I do for a living) I don’t think I want to know how many beads I have!!!! Yikes!! But, I’m not even close to having them ALL!! Which is a life-time goal…..LOL!!

  7. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I have a small space in my bedroom. Wow! I think it would be great to be able to make jewelry for a living. (that’s what I want to do, along with doing something with animals)…do you have a website or where do you sell your pieces? (I do craft shows).

  8. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    No, I don’t have a website. Myself & 2 partners have a small bead store in the Waupaca Community Art Center. We give beading classes & have beading parties, and of course sell beads & findings. We also sell finished pieces of one-of-a-kind jewelry. Three stores also carry our jewelry & we do about 3 shows a year!! I do other arts too!! I buy specialty beads like on LIMA BEADS for my own stash, so my jewelry is different (the stuff I sell) We Buy whole-sale for the store from other companies, that sell only to whole-salers!!!! But the prices are so good here that it’s worth it to me!!!!!

  9. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I was thinking about doing a website or sell my things to a small store (but I find it hard to find one). I do one craft show a year. During the rest of the year, repeat customers call me & make custom orders, or order the same thing again. But it works fine…. :)

  10. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Nicole The reason I’m not doing a website, is because I don’t make the same thing twice. It would be a real pain for me to constantly change pictures!! Unless I sold my jewelry for $300 or $400, in which case, the turn over would not be to much!! But, I try to keep my prices affordable, to us average folk, I have an occasional expensive piece!!! Oh by the way our jewelry line is “Original Links” & our store is “Original Links Bead Emporium”
    What ever you should choose to do, really check into it, the website’s very so much in cost- and you want something that’s easy access & well advertised…..

  11. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    It sure would be a pain to constantly change pictures (especially since it’s so hard to take them). I don’t have a problem with re-making things (and I’ve done it many times). I have a customer who bought a pair of earrings at the craft show, and she later called back ordering 6 more pairs (for gifts & for people who complimented her). However if I made a necklace that took me an hour or two, I wouldn’t be so interested in making it again… :) P.S. My business name is “Nicole’s Jewelry Creations.”

  12. No Photo
    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    i find this all so interesting. i have been considering doing home parties to sell my pieces. has anyone tried this approach to selling?

  13. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Nicole, Your certainly on your way!!!! I must have been about your age when I started, and I too sold some of my pieces! It’s just after all these years I get bored doing the same pieces, Dianne V, 1 of my partners (who also is on Lima Beads from time to time) she does’nt mind it so much!!! I’m just onery, and it makes me cranky to have to repeat myself!!!!LOL!!!

  14. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Yep, I’ve noticed Dianne V. It seemed like you two knew each other. Well, now I know! I think I know what you mean by getting bored of doing the same pieces. But if people order them, I make them. Otherwise, I usually don’t!

  15. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Yes, we have done about 3 home parties, so far they have all been for friends, who know friends, who they know would like our jewelry!!!! They were all for the younger crowd, with enough notice we could make a few extra pieces that would appeal to them, it went well!!!!

  16. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    M mccallister, I did do one small, last-minute “home party”. It turned out fine.

  17. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Marcia, the home party is the only approach I HAVE tried so far. Ebay hasn’t really worked for me. I have 2 or 3 home parties a year. Two at my house and one at my mom’s house in another state. My sister knows everybody!, so the turnout at my mom’s open house is fantastic! It has been very lucrative for me as I feel if you invite someone into your home and they come, they are there to purchase something! I wanted to try having parties in other peoples homes this year but I don’t think people have quite the disposable income they had about a year ago. I am still forging ahead with an open house tho’! You never know until you try, so give it a shot! I’d be happy to answer any more questions if you have them.

  18. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    That’s how you have to start out!!!!! You can’t buy more beads & learn more new techniques, if you don’t make some money!!!! Eventually, people are excited about owning a one-of-a-kind piece,made by: “NICOLE’S JEWELRY CREATIONS”…..

  19. No Photo
    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    i think i may try it. i work in a huge business office so i usually just bring in a few pieces and they tend to sell well.

  20. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Yes, you’ve got to let people know you make jewelry!!!! that get’s your name out there. I’ve already had people buy jewelry from me that I was wearing!!!! Since my things are one-of’s that’s what they want, they buy right off your neck!!!!!

  21. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I’ve heard from lots of designers who sell jewelry that they were wearing. My mom wears my things every day, so people have ordered the same thing, but not right off her neck (mainly cause she wants to keep it!)

  22. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    PS. This pick has turned into quite a conversation!

  23. No Photo
    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    i am sure i will have many more questions. i am having trouble determining how to price my pieces. does anyone have an effective method of pricing that you can suggest? any help at all and all advice is surely appreciated. thanks so much

  24. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m listening to your chat, hope you don’t mind. I’m just getting started. I have more ideas than I have time or skills to create (I have a full time job in a totally different field)
    I thought about the challenge of making the same piece twice, if I created a real winner. I wondered if a color xerox of the piece(s), with reminder notes – a recipe of sorts, of all the ingredients for my file might not be a thought… Again, not like this is a pressing concern for me – I haven’t yet even tried to sell a single piece. I belong to a rockhounding society – they have show/sells twice per year. I’m thinking that might be a way to get started?…

  25. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    To price my things, I take the costs of the materials, plus part of the shipping, then multiply it by two (unless it was really time consuming, then I multiply it by 3). I try to keep my prices affordable.

  26. No Photo
    M mccallister mrs chick says:

    the more the merrier. these ladies are a great source of information and inspiration. i work a full time job too and have very limited time also to devote. i think the open house mentioned above was a terrific idea.

  27. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’ve got beads that go together (picks, if you will)in zip-lock bags all over the dining room table. I really want to take a long weekend and knock out some projects. (maybe with Good Friday coming up…) I think this is the coolest site – it’s like a neighborhood bead shop – all the ladies meet (and some gentlemen too, I’m sure) and we hang out, have coffee, chat, and create – it’s awesome!

  28. CAS
    CAS says:

    Anita *Groovy Chick* your pick got quite the conversation going (I LOVE the pick)!!! I thought that you might have known Dianne from some of your comments to her, I’m glad my intuition was working alittle bit.

    Marcia, I asked the same pricing question a while back, and most said double the cost of materials and $25 to $30/hour labor (***”DON’T UNDERVALUE YOUR WORK!!!!”*** I was told). I’ve made many things, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet and sold them (most I’ve given to family/friends or kept for me).

    Mary, I love that you put beads together for future projects! I do that sometimes too. It’s a habit I got from scrapbooking, I’d put paper combos together to have a starting point for future pages.

    Nicole, I think it’s fantastic that you’ve taken the plunge already and sold things. You’re braver than I am appearently.

    You gals have given me alot of ideas, now I just have to get the guts to implement one or two.

    PS Hi Debbi!

  29. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Hey CAS! I do scrapbooking too! Glad you’re back. I enjoy making & selling my things. :)

  30. No Photo
    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Nicole and CAS, thanks for the tips on pricing. Beyond the cost of materials I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I think I’ve been selling my things far too cheaply. My husband always told me to mark them up because “you can always lower the cost and give them a deal”.
    Having heard your tips I believe he is a very smart man. Thanks gals! I love this bunch of beading friends!

  31. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    Wow this is quite the convo. this is what has worked for me-I have had lots of home parties- love them. I probalby double my prices but really try to keep them reasonable- especially in this economy. if I wire wrap something I have to sell it for me but still try to keep everything under 50.00. This might be crazy but I sell alot of pieces. I also give the host 10% of the sales for jewelry for herself. Women love to get together and buy jewelry- just get some cheese and wine and let them shop. I have sold some pieces in a boutique but didn’t like doing that because they doubled/tripled my prices so they could make money. I am currenly about to sell on Etsy.com. Check it out- there are lots there but hopefully my stuff will stick out. I bring my jews to work everyone once in awhile too and often can make 200.00 in about 1/2 hour. I have also sold many pieces right off my neck and ears-my friends joke around we me cause I will take them right out of my ears, sanitize them and sell them.
    Good luck to everyone that is thinking of selling. Remember to package your pieces in a nice bag or box. I also had buisness cards made up and give one to everyone that comes.
    AS far as making a piece again- I have only done that twice. I prefer to make one of a kind pieces. It really isnt that hard to add pictures of your new pieces.

  32. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    oops that is sell it for more not sell it for me- although that kinda works-lol

    and its my jewels to work not my jews- I guess I should have read me post before I posted it :-)

  33. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    It is a beautiful pick,Anita!

    I make only one of a kind pieces but I rarely can price it under $50. As only materials cost me that amount and often much more…And boutiques do charge a double so the sets moving very slow. I have beautiful business cards and velvet bags… I do need to go with the house parties for my paintings as well as jewelry…

  34. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    PS. I do sell off my neck,too, he-he…

  35. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Anita, Nicole and everyone else,

    thank you so much for this inspiring conversation about how to do beading – I’ve been beading for about 6 years but havent gotten to the point that you describe, of going to craft shows, or giving home parties yet. I have been making pieces (usually necklaces esp lariats) for various nonprofit community auctions in the local area, and each time they have sold, even tho for not much $$… love this conversation, it’s giving me lots of other ideas to consider. I’m currently in grad school and have income challenges like so many other folks these days…love how we can talk to each other thru “Fresh Picks”!

    Joyce

  36. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    We’ve been considering creating an online venue (think Etsy) for beaders and/or jewelry designers to sell their work. It would be jewelry only.

    We feel like we could create something very cool. Some of the ones out there don’t seem to be done very well and Etsy is awesome, but it is very large. We’d like to have something focused on jewelry only and designed to drive sales.

    The front end (public side) of the site would be a stylishly designed, hip store for people, whether they’re into crafts or not, to shop for (and hopefully buy) jewelry. The back end (artisan side) would be a place to submit/store/manage your product information, control your marketing efforts (blogs, etc.), and collaborate with other designers to find out what is working and what’s not.

    What does everyone think? Don’t get too excited, this is just an idea we’ve been kicking around the office :)

  37. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    That would be awesome!!!!!!

  38. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    wow – sounds cool!

  39. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I think it sounds amazing..and “knowing” all of you guys, it would be the hippest, coolest, most innovative new site on planet internet!

  40. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    that’s true – if it can be done well, you guys are the ones to do it.

  41. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Kevin, that sounds like an great idea! So many people come in to the art center & ask how we got started. We had to do it the hard way, it would be so nice to tell them about a great website devoted to jewelry makers!!!!!

    Anita

  42. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    Kevin- sounds great and sounds like you should take the talk and get it started. I do love Etsy but like you said it is BIG… there are 10,000 pages of just jewelry. Is there anything we can do to help you get it going???

  43. CAS
    CAS says:

    Kevin – A DREAM COME TRUE!!! It sounds like a wonderful, amazing idea to me. If anyone can do it you can (Steve is THE MAN). If you do it, I’d certainly sell jewelry on the site without question.

  44. No Photo
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Me too!!!

  45. No Photo
    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Kevin, the website sounds like a great idea. So many people have told me I should put my pieces online, but don’t know where to start.

    To add to the previous convo – I’ve mostly sold at work. I get some custom orders and have a few pieces that I have duplicated. People keep asking for them. And like Joyce have donated to several chinese auctions at my daughter’s school. It’s a great way to get your name out there.
    A local boutique has offered to take some pieces on consignment this summer, but she caters mostly to high school and college kids, so I’d have to really think about what to do.
    Pricing is always a challenge. I know I’m way too low with friends and colleagues.

  46. No Photo
    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Sounds great Kevin! I hope you guys decide to ‘experiment’ with it.

    Anita, just look at what your Experiment has turned into!!! he he

  47. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Hi Cas! Maybe you should think about taking the plunge with a home party to get your feet wet. My last home party-open house was for Christmas and it was SO successful. I make invitation postcards on my computer, I have business cards, I make gift boxes out of used Christmas cards and out out some food. Everyone gets a gift box for every purchase, I get to recycle cards and all gifts are ready to present to the recipient…people like something for free!

  48. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    And besides Cas..I bet your jewelry is BEAUTIFUL!

  49. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I agree CAS. You have to stop hoarding all of the beads for yourself and sell some jewelry :)

  50. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Kevin, I think this idea is very innovative!! I have been seriously considering selling my jewelry through Etsy. I have an account, but have not posted anything as of yet. My customers are always asking me if I have a website. One of these days I would love to say, “Yeah, check out LimaBeads!!” I would definitley jump right on board. One of my hesitations with Etsy is that it is so big. Please, please make this happen!! I know Steve could make this happen. HAHA!!

  51. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Girls~ I have been selling my jewelry for about 3 years. I sell a lot of pieces to my colleagues at work. I usually, not always make 3 piece sets. This is kind of one of my signatures. People seem to like the fact that can get a set that is coordinating. I make mother’s bracelets, which are very popular and a good seller. I only make one of a kind pieces. If I make bridal jewelry, that is my only duplicates. If someone likes something in particular, I will make it, but maybe change the toggle or put the beads in a different pattern:)
    I have also had a few home shows. They have actually been very lucritive for me as well. I have had open house at my home with sending out invitations. I have also had several bigger events with another crafter who sells purses. I do very well with this venue. She invites her customers and I invite mine. We have it in the afternoon for a couple of hours and people can come and shop. Another idea….. is to have a couple of hostesses who send out invites for the Open House (along with my invitations). Their customers bring their invites with them and the hostess earns 10% of their sales. This is an incentive for the hostess to do more invites!!! It works out well for everyone!!!!!!

  52. No Photo
    KarenDe-Challenge Chick says:

    I’m trying to get my feet wet with selling my jewelry, too. I would LOVE to be able to tell people they could check out my stuff on Lima Beads! Right now I’m planning my first party – I’m running out of space to store my finished pieces. :) Any suggestions on how many people to invite? Do you ever put out sample beads and take special commissions for jewelry featuring them?

  53. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Sounds like an awesome idea Kevin! I think it’d be cool if (here’s where you say uh-oh!! ;) ) if you chose a fresh pick (once a week? a month?) and send to it’s designer two sets of each item ( it is up to them to buy more if their designs need it), provided that they agree to make two identical necklaces or pieces (using at least one of each item). One to keep for themselves and one for you at Lima beads to do…whatever with. I know, just what you need, another giveaway feature to organize but I thin it’d be cool!

  54. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Maybe you could have freshpickers submit picks (which you would have to approve) for a drawing.

  55. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Kitty, L.B. should make you the creator of, suggestion of the week!!!! Each week submit 3 new ideas for L.B. to give away more beads!!!! They’re bound to pick one!!!! I love it!!!!!

  56. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    It does sound great! I sell mine through 2 boutiques and it takes some times as their prices are high and I also been considering Etsy. Also , are you going to sell SS findings? It would be great too.Of cause I need to start making less expensive jewelry as well:)

  57. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    I’m rereading this conversation about how we sell our jewelry. funny chick, glad to hear you and a couple of others have your own store in Waupaca where you sell your stuff, teach classes etc. having a great local place to connect with like yours is really key, the staff at my fav bead shop in Seattle are very helpful, they don’t make you feel stupid for asking questions, and they give out info readily. one of the teachers there makes her classes so fun and conducive to learning too. love all the tips from others about selling and pricing. Kevin, if L.B. were to have some spot like etsy where folks could sell their stuff, that would be great!!!

Comments are closed for this Fresh Pick.

Design Your Own!

The Fresh Pick on this page was designed by a customer. You can design your own Fresh Picks, too!

Or, you can browse more Fresh Picks at Lima Beads.