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Coral Grace (Revised)


About this design:

I'd asked if the dangles worked in this piece, got some good critique, and compromised! The long dangles are gone, but not the silver leaves. Also took out material near the clasp and added earrings. Better now?

Components:

Grace Lampwork kalera and pillow beads; antique silver links, chain, bead caps and clasp; rock crystal; Swarovski crystal.

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  1. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Another wonderful design…that focal is gorgeous! I like the dangles, but I would remove the two on either side of the focal. Either way, it’s great!

  2. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I love the intricacy of this design! The bead caps look wonderful. Like Beadaholic, I would remove the two dangles framing that gorgeous focal :) unless they hang differently when on – ending perhaps at or above the top edge of the focal?

  3. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    I love those colors and the design is so delicate. Beautiful.

  4. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow, now there’s a statement piece. If you remove the dangles, they’d make very pretty earrings. When I wear a busy necklace I like a simple earrings. But the focal and matching beads are gorgeous.

  5. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    A beautiful necklace. For me, I would remove the dangles, but I like simplicity. I think it all comes down to a matter of taste. It is a beautiful statement necklace.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous piece, Laud :D

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I’d remove the dangles too. The lampwork beads are stunning on their own, especially with the bead caps. Beautiful design!

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Me– I’d leave the dangles–more movement is my favorite and I’ll bet they hang just right when the necklace if on–it’s just the way they are in the picture that is distracting. I think the intricacy of the diamond shaped links allows the addition of the dangles. Either way, Laud, it has to be up to you and what you like. I think this is gorgeous!!!

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I love it Laud! I especially like the tiny leaves, they add some whimsy that goes great with the swirly gorgeous beads!

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    What would you charge for a piece like this? I know what it cost me–too much–but what do you think a buyer would pay?

  11. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    Laud, I would charge at least double your cost. I have seen people charging 120 or even higher. I see items in magazines that are all plastic selling for 65 dollars, so these are all handmade pieces with expensive components.

  12. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Gorgeous piece!. :)
    I would also remove the dangles on sides of the focal .
    Del is right about pricing it . If the buyer is educated he/she knows that Lamp work beads are itself expensive and besides it is your time of designing, trying and creating the piece.

  13. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the colors in that pendant, and the square filigree connectors! I have also wanted to by those bead caps. They look so cool!

  14. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    OOps buy not by :)

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Beautiful Laud. It has an almost antique feel to it. As far as the dangles…hmm I think that would really depend on the way it looks on. Price..definitely double your costs. I wish I could find that online chart.

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, everyone. I took the dangles away from the focal and removed diamonds from near the clasp. Got some simple earrings in the transition!

    Wanda, the bead caps don’t fit Grace pillows well. I had to pry them apart–and wasn’t entirely happy with that–but they look nice, I think.

  17. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Check out Rena Klingenberg rena@jewelrymakingjournal.com for how to price your jewelry. She has some formulas to go by. Beautiful set by the way. Don’t underestimate your worth.

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I just love this, Laud!! I think you should ask at least 2.5 times your cost because of the expense and the fact that only you would have found all these absolutely perfect components for the glass. There is so much about these pieces that is so perfectly matched that it almost looks as if the parts were made for each other!!

  19. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Laud, this is SO pretty! I didn’t see the original, but I like the flow and movement in this one. I like that the filigree squares mimic the lampwork beads.

  20. Laud
    Laud says:

    Becky, I just don’t think I could sell a piece for that much. Hey, I’m having trouble getting any traffic. Julie,I’ve put back the pictures of the original for comparison.

  21. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Laud, Petra told me that sometimes you have to go high because that way the buyers know you did a good job with quality parts. Try making some treasuries (Etsy walks you through it). That generates more traffic and so does favoriting other artist’s work. It takes awhile to get traffic and every shop needs to find the set of buyers who like their stuff. Hang in there!!!

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, Becky. I’ll try the treasury idea, though I’m not sure what a treasury is. I’ve done some favoriting–will do more. Got an Etsy mailing talking about curators, and that’s another unknown area. Also had one man offer blogger advertising. Just not sure about so many things…

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I wouldn’t pay Joe-off-the-street for Blog space, but Etsy does have advertising you can pay for at different levels. I do the lowest level. What it does is kick you up higher when someone is looking for things. Asia told me about the Treasuries. They are a collection of items from all different Etsy shops. You put them together in a box like a fresh pick and you can even rearrange them. If you go to your profile page, the treasury instructions appear below your profile. Click on that and you can begin. If you go to mine, you can see how I did mine. When a piece sells, it disappears from your treasury unless you go recapture it.

  24. Laud
    Laud says:

    The treasury idea is sort of a wish list? I’ll check yours out.

  25. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Love the little leaves which I didn’t even see before! The piece is even more stunning now!
    Don’t get discouraged Laud, it’s a tough time of year to be a new shop as well. People might stop by a shop they’ve frequented before to see what’s been added but most are trying to recover from holiday spending and aren’t browsing as much.
    Also there’s a “follow” function on Etsy. Truthfully, I’m not sure of the details but I get emails when I get added to someone’s circle and I always look to see if they have a shop. Might be another way to get traffic?? Becky would probably know more.

  26. Laud
    Laud says:

    Circle–there’s another mystery. I’ve noted the follow function, but not sure how that works, either. Yikes! Etsy is complicated.

  27. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I’m just going back through the months I haven’t been on here (before I joined a week ago) and I am seeing some very nice things I’ve been missing; I LIKE, LOVE, this.

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