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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “After reading Crystal Canary's comments, I had to do a double-take ... fabulous composition and beadwork!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “For my American Friends”:
    “Thank you, Annie! Your designs would make any American proud! And Happy Birthday to Canada!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “Gorgeous work and composition! Really like your choice & mix of colors and beads with that…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Early Sunset”:
    “Really pretty and not overdone. The Tibetan beads really take center stage!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Koi Pond”:
    “How cool is this? You do amazing things with these challenges and this is no exception!…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Tibetan Life”:
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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Mysterious”:
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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Love the brighter blues pop against the darker hues! Lovely design.…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I just love how you do those wrapped circles! Do you wrap them around something? They…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “More Bones and Leather”:
    “You have good bones! Love everything here! There is a lot to look at but it…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “One the Wings of a Vintaj Butterfly”:
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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Early Sunset”:
    “Wonderful color scheme and great design! So nicely done!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Koi Pond”:
    “This is such a great concept! I love the challenge given to you by your husband.…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I want to say ditto to everyone's comments above. This is so well done. I've looked…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “This is definitely a work of art. Great piece!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “This is asymmetry perfection. It is so visually interesting. The colors and textures work so well…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Mysterious”:
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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bluesy Bronze”:
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  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Donna, I just love the way you combined the Tibetan agate beads with the Czech ivory…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful necklace - love all the blues together.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
    “Love it, love it, love it. From the mystery focal to the chainmaille to the…” read »

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    C Wathen on “Hidden Treasures”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “Thank you! ;) What intrigues me is the wire wrapped part. I am just…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
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  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
    “Everybody loves a mystery and this is no exception. The focal is unique and gorgeous.…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Little Round Chick on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
    “Very, very cool!!!!!!!!!!! I love your wire/maille work but in this piece it is the…” read »

Nickel plated byzantine


About this design:

I like these nickel plated jump rings. They are really shiny and I think they would look great for mens jewelry. I had a show this weekend that was a complete flop.It was raining and windy so I know I can use that for an excuse but the guy across from me was making a killing on his jewelry. He had mostly metal work and pendants. Still it was discouraging. I have decided not to do anymore shows for a while because I rarely come out ahead. The show I did a few weeks ago wasn't that great either. I am starting to really get rid of a lot of supplies. This venture just isn't profitable especially now that I am unemployed!

Maybe I will just stick to classes and etsy. Check out my listings at
www.etsy.com/shop/cdiperri

thank you




Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Don’t get discouraged too soon. With the holidays coming up sales should improve. Right now I’m selling at the local Farmers Market and it has been an up and down proposition. I’ve committed myself until the end of the year. If sales pick up I might consider doing more next year. If they don’t then I’ll drop back ten and punt.

    BTW, I think your Byzantine chain is fabulous. Some day I’d like to learn how to do it.

  2. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Your necklace is beautiful. I’m sorry the craft shows didn’t go well for you. The jewelry in your shop is beautiful. I’m not selling any jewelry in my etsy shop either … could be the economy.

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    D watson says:

    Hi my name is Dianne Watson I live in alittle town in mid Florida. I do a lot of chain maile and wire wrapping and peolpe tell me my things are beautiful but don’t buy anything. It is the economy as Linda has said. I sold more when I did beading but then the price is anywhere up to twenty dollars and less. I did a show this past weekend and only low price stuff sold!!!People are scared about spending cause they could loss their jobs any minute.And I found alot of people can’t wear nickel.So I never use it now. Keep your chin up and hang in there, if jewelry is your craft then things will pick up,tks Dianne

  4. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Dont feel bad it is like that every where, I go with what Dianne W said… My last show was bad too… did not get ahead..

  5. Violet
    Violet says:

    Love your necklace !!!!
    Don’t get too discouraged with the shows…. the economy is really
    tough right now… hopefully sales will be better with Christmas coming

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    K H says:

    My most recent show produced more lookers than buyers – and that was pretty much what everyone who participated said. I am trying to get a few friends to have a party as we get closer to the holidays. A friend of mine has had good luck doing small shows at gatherings like book club and Bible study groups – she has items in showcases that can be set up in no time flat – people can browse during the social/refreshment time and make their purchases. You might also look into doing small shows at office buildings. My building occasionally has a vendor set up in the lobby from like 10:30 to 2 – that’s when everyone is going into the lobby coffee shop for lunch or the pre/post lunch coffee fix. I asked about doing one of these – but alas, there is a rule about doing a show in your own building – outside vendors only. So now I am trying to set something up in one of the neighboring office buildings.

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