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Time Machine

About this design:

I've been planning to make a portable time machine for around two years. The elements kept accumulating, but I wasn't sure of all the specs. Got it now--can't wait to test it!


Necklace: Antique brass Kabela and Vintaj elements; JBB antique brass end caps; Swarovski crystal; antique silver, brass, and gunmetal chain; seed beads. Bracelet: seed beeds

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  1. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    This is gorgeous! I love it! =^___^=

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I can never wait for you next design! They are always so stunning and exceptional. I am your biggest fan! Love this one!

  3. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    So if we never hear from you again…. :-)

  4. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Future or past?

  5. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Very cool! Love the clasp. :)

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    JC Hamm says:

    Another knock-out design,love it!

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, everyone. This one took me a week to do, so I’m really glad it’s completed. Wish I’d captured the beads better; they’re pretty shades of luminous gray/gold, matte brass, antiqued brass and smoke/gold. As I worked on the necklace, I figured out how the machine would operate, so I had lots of fun.

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Too freakin’ cool!!!! I LOVE this!!! I have a collection of gears, too, but not enough other cool parts …. yet…. maybe I will join you in another era. :)

  9. Laud
    Laud says:

    OK! Where should we go?

  10. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Fabulous! Concept and execution! It came together beautifully! :)

  11. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow! Stunning

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Laud–I always have the feeling that I belonged in another era–certain things trigger it like the beginning of Disney’s Pocahantas movie and pictures of the temperate rainforest along the coast of Washington and British Columbia. I want to go to either place, back about 600 years. :) Are you game? :)

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Are you going to wear this or sell it?

  14. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Simply spectacular ! And your photos are really good, too.

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I forgot to say how much I like this…. I do, I do!

    Before you take off on your time-traveling adventures, could you take a picture of the necklace on a person? I want to see how it hang and drapes….

  16. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    One more thing: Have you read the novel A Scientific Romance, by Ronald Wright? It’s a great time-travel story.

  17. Laud
    Laud says:

    Becky, so pre-Columbian Pacific northwest? Cool idea. I think we’d have a hard time fitting in, though–genetically too odd. I’d favor Bronze Age Europe, but there’s still that oddity factor. (Don’t want to be executed as malicious strangers…) How about Victorian?

    Eeka, I’ll get a picure done in the necklace. And no, I haven’t read the book, but it sounds really interesting. I’m always looking for great tt stories.

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is such a cool piece, Laud, can I hitch a time ride with you girls any era will be fine with me :D

  19. Laud
    Laud says:

    Oh, I forgot to answer: wear or sell? This version, with the beaded sides, takes way too long. I could re-create it with chain–but what price might I get?

  20. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    My cousin Judith does bead crochet rope necklaces (some w/cool tiny stones)and she sells them for very ‘well-healed’ prices.

  21. Laud
    Laud says:

    I went back and re-priced the components in this. Came to around $48. That doesn’t leave much room for profit.

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    All that work, Laud, you need to go at least to $100 even though that begins to be a scary number for people. I think Eeka made a great point under Asia’s necklaces above–when you price it high people will appreciate that a great deal of talent and work went into it and they will value it more. I’d start at $120 for this one with the beaded sides and even then, that is still not 2.5x the cost. This set is fantastic! and, yes, we’d be freaks in a lot of eras so let’s try someplace that was friendly to newbies. :)

  23. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I want to go too!!!
    Victorian era sounds good. Awesome clothes and jewelry. I’m a sucker for anything Shakespearean so I could do Renaissance… England or Italy.

    Laud, Becky is spot-on about price. There are so many components and the beadwork is so detailed. Any buyer would know these pieces were worth it. True, it would be a selective clientele, but isn’t that true for most handmade jewelry pieces!

  24. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    You could make a pair od earrings that aren’t extravagent in terms of components or time, then price like this
    Necklace $ 125
    Coordinating Earrings $19
    SET $135
    Then they will feel like they are getting a bargain!

  25. Laud
    Laud says:

    Love it. You’re right, Eeka: two items with a set price lower are enticing.

  26. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Its an awesomely cool necklace Laud. I personally think $125 is low for that. I look at Etsy a lot and people are charging $80-$100 for items that take nowhere near the amount if time and are nowhere near as detailed as your designs are.

    So if we are time travelling just drop me off avoute5 years ago when I first.saw this house so I can NOT buy it! I really don’t.wish to go back in time. Too fond of HOT showers, razorblades, video games, cars, body boards, freedom of choice, equality, did I mention HOT SHOWERS, and microwaves.

  27. Laud
    Laud says:

    We’ll have to book a trip to the future, then!

    Asking price is one thing, but do these high-cost items sell? I’m a babe in the woods on the sales side. No idea what people will go for. I did pop for an expensive bracelet/earrings set as a gift for my mother-in-law, but I balked at $100 for another piece that took a lot of time to do (bracelet with peyote base, surface layer of square stitch and crystal). I suppose there’s no harming in trying a high price–if it doesn’t sell, it’ll still be there.

  28. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Some if the best sellers on Etsy also have a facebook page which basically they use to advertise their business. I’m sure they didn’t sell a lot when they started but they have an established and loyal customer base now. I also noticed that what really sales is OOAK (one of a kind, that confused me for days lol). People want pieces that no one else has. Elaborate beadwork, vintage componets, handmade focals and art beads. You would do well on Etsy I’m sure. Especially if you go into your former work on costume. As I’ve said all your pieces are works of art.
    Also I know a lot of high priced stuff does sell. I will see a piece on pinterest. It is linked so I can go to Etsy and look at it. Almost every single time.that.piece has sold…and recently.

  29. Laud
    Laud says:

    All good info–thanks! I didn’t know people were searching for OOAK, but I’d had that idea as a way to differentiate my work. I know it’s sensible to turn out the same thing over and over, but where’s the fun in that? It would be like doing a painting multiple times.

    Pinterest confuses me. I see a bunch of images, but what is one to do with them?

  30. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    How annoying!!! I commented and it is NOT HERE!!!!

    LOL I understand that. But Pinterest is great. You make different boards and then pin appropriate images on that board
    I have a recipe board, a jewelry board, a surfing board (lol), an art biard. So when I want the recipe for 3-2-1 microwave its right there. Then you follow boards if other people and when they post new pins you see them.on your feed. And you can repin or not. I must follow about 40 jewelry boards. Pinterest is how I found Lima Beads.

  31. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    That should say 3-2-1 microwave cake!!!!

  32. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Just have to comment on Becky’s about feeling like you belong to a different era. I get weird vibes about Tibet, Himalayan Mountains. The book Shangri-La is one of my favorites and this other book that the name escapes But…I.don’t like snow or heights at all so go figure.

  33. Frida
    Frida says:

    This is freakin awesome, cool !!!! Love everything about it.

  34. Laud
    Laud says:

    Hey, Frida, thanks–and thanks to everyone I haven’t thanked before.

    Deb, I’ve got a barbarian (pre-Roman Europe) somewhere in my past. The Victorian current is strong, too. I’m not sure if I feel kinship for the Renaissance because I’ve studied it so much or because of some ancient tug.

  35. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love the renaissance era, too! AND ancient Japan…I have a big pull towards that.
    Still love this one, Laud!

  36. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, Susie. Man! We have travel plans for 1) North America, 2) Japan, 3) Tibet, 4) Europe and 5) the future. Looks like a busy time ahead.

    So I’ve decided to make another time machine–one less complicated . It’ll still be an OOAK since it won’t be an exact copy. Wish me luck!

  37. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Just don’t turn them both on at the same time. It.would probably cause a rift in the space/time continuim.

  38. Asia
    Asia says:

    LOL, Deb, good luck Laud :D

  39. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Could someone please just send me back to AZ? Don’t care what era, just need to return. I’ll even agree to be a member of the Hohokum, and mysteriously disappear. I can’t take this northern weather anymore ;)

  40. Laud
    Laud says:

    How about NM, Lois? I’ll book you on the trip to Chaco Canyon.

  41. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I’m there! LOVE NM :)
    Thanks, Laud.
    PS – I so admire your artistry.

  42. Miannda
    Miannda says:

    So fun! Have a pleasant teleportation experience :-)

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    deborahmorris61 says:

    I make jewelry also and believe me this piece is GREAT……….I LOVE it!and yes charge high for it. It is a piece of ART, just wonderful.

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