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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.

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  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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