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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

Seven Sisters Shell Coins

About this design:

I have been in a 3 year creative slump. Haven't picked up a pair of pliers or touched a bead in that time. I felt like I was in a pretty decent place before the lid snapped shut on my creative treasure chest. I could sell things here and there at tiny shows and to my far flung friends. It was FUN mostly, then one day it just wasn't. Not sure what happened but my internal muse packed her bag and hit the road.
So....I am working on what I am calling my 100 pieces project. I read somewhere once about a lady that had a similar disconnect from her art and then forced herself to create(her medium was paint) 100 somethings. Just for the sake of CREATING.
Anyway I have been taking pics of my stuff as I go to document my journey and sharing with friends.
These were 9-15 of 100 :)
Well these started an unexpected fervor lol.
They have all been "spoken for" but I can't decide what kind of dough to expect. I wasn't expecting to sell te right off the bat. I am out of practice in crafting AND the selling part.
Is it too much to ask you guys, if you were to sell these(and ship them) how much would it be??
I'm not known around here and don't want to seem "trollish". Any ideas would be awesome.


40mm shell coins, miscellaneous glass and wooden beads and some SS and resin spacers.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. GypsyMom
    GypsyMom says:

    Good luck on your plan to dig out of your slump – it really looks like you’re starting to have fun with it again! I truly believe that creating any “something” is important for health and happiness. Keep going! :)

    I personally would suggest $10-$15 for these earrings, but I do not what you paid for raw materials. As for shipping, package one up how you would ship it, and take it to the post office for an estimate.

    Hope that helps… best wishes!

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    fun earrings :) . I say 15 , but I don’t know what it cost you.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Being a professional watercolor artist as well as jewelry designer, and lots of other things…I can relate to a slump!LOL I do agree that just “creating” is vitally important. If I couldn’t create something everyday, I would die. Good luck in your quest! As for pricing, take what you paid into the piece, then add more for you time as well as estimated shipping. I’d say around $20 each pair including shipping.

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Good luck on your journey, keep as posted, those are lovely :D I had the same problem with pricing and the girls on Lima suggested that it should be 2 1/2 price of the components plus you should add the shipping charges, hope that helps :D

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I can see why they started a fervor, they’re lovely! Pricing is such a tricky little beast, but it seems that the $15-$20 range suggested would promote sales. I’d pay that for them. Good luck on your 100 “something’s”.

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Kudos for do something active to entice your muse to return to her proper place!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I’d say your muse is at least getting her toes wet! :) These are really cute! I would think $20 is fair but again, what did they cost you? I agree with Asia’s formula. Somewhere from $15 to $25 maybe? Good luck!!!

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Well,I don’t know much about pricing,because I’m useless at it. However..I’m glad you got your mojo back! These earrings are lovely. Each one I look at says “fav color”and then I look at the next color..ha ha ha. They’re so vibrant and happy looking. The sapphire blue shade is awesome! They jumped right off the page.
    Good luck,and welcome back!!! ;)

  9. MermaidSoulGirlTracey
    MermaidSoulGirlTracey says:

    Thanks a TON for your sweet and super helpful responses!
    I am leaning toward $15 including shipping.
    Hoping I don’t “undersell” myself, but really? They were very inexpensive to make.
    Maybe $2.50?? Made all of them in maybe an hour, plus a twin of the orange ones.
    Thanks again for your responses. I am hoping to encourage my wandering muse to come back ;) looking forward to rejoing this fabulous group of inspiring bead junkies.

  10. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    Bead Junkies? Yes that would be quite accurit to say. lol your earrings are really cool. love the colors. I sell my wares and I was told that the formula to use is 3xs’ the price. 1 is to cover the cost. 2 is to cover your overhead cost. And 3 is for your time. It works great for me and puts my cost to the customer at a resonable price.

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    I also wish you good luck, and yes, in my experience, just sitting down doing what feels right at that moment usually leads to another thing, and then another… Plan ahead, but then just follow your feelings! By doing _anything_ you get more done than by doing what you had planned!
    I use a 2x formula mostly, depending on what it is, and to whom I sell (aware that 2x is not much, but then occasionally it is more like 4x, if the materials happen to be very cheap, and I think I’ve put in a lot of innovation and effort…)

  12. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    You are starting out wonderfully. These are so pretty.

  13. leahs1956
    leahs1956 says:

    Good job, I design and create fine costume jewelry and was given the gift by God. I never run out of designs or ideas. I have some of these disc shells and they are beautiful and this was a good idea to attach them as you did to make an earring. I think they should go for $15, especially if you are rebuilding your customer base. I personally think the ability to create art in jewelry form is priceless. I would however charge maybe a $2.00 shipping fee or taxes, not both.

  14. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    Drink wine & listen to Etta James. That usually gets me out of my slump. Sometimes the simplest things can be your top sellers! these would make great summer pieces that are lightweight for hot summer days. I’d price them at $15. each and be ready to make more when they sell out!

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