Bracelets – it’s a numbers game

When ever I make pieces of jewellery like earrings and bracelets I try to make sure there are several choices in each colour. There may not be duplicates of many, but so long as there are a few colour choices it helps.
This is why when I store my bracelets they are in their colour-ways. Returning from market and getting ready for another means laying them out and seeing what needs adding to. This is the best way to make sure there are not loads of one or two colours and only one choice for others.
On my table I can see 6 with blue (1 had red with and 1 has green and white), 4 with green, not including the one with blue, 5 red, 3 neutrals (brown, black, white) and one each of purple, pink and yellow/orange. I think I I went overboard on the greens, blue and red rather than having sold lots of the others.
I also find this is a great way to use up fiddly little beads, or what we call ‘bead soup’ – a mixup of all sorts of beads, where the quantity is not enough for one item, but perfect when mixed with others.
A selection of bead soup..

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So they will be my next job. These are memory wire bracelets. They are wound in such a way that they bounce back into shape and are easy to put on and off as there is no clasp. Just rounds of beads.
How many do I need to make. Well I like to have about 4-5 of each so I can mix and match what I take to each market. And for something like the Annual Fair coming up, they will all attend. Loads of choices, overloading the basket.

I then have a selection of semi precious memory wire bracelets and I will be doing the same with these. Checking out what beads I have to make new ones.

The numbers game – the smaller the beds the more I need – the fiddlier it is – the more time consuming.

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Then will come the normal clasp bracelets. I can see already it will be pink, purple and green. I might, if I have time, get a few more rings done, but they’re not so important.

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Marvellous Markets

Today was my first market for 2013, and the first also for Woodbridge Village Markets. It was one of those rare days where people were talkative. It was a lovely change and I definitely appreciated it.

I usually get to set up at this market on a Saturday afternoon which gives me a one up in case I need to add to or alter my display. Like I did this time. I don’t mind which tables I am given (I have a regular spot) but when I pack my boxes with a certain table in mind and it changes, it means re sorting props and a waste of time. I could of course pack everything I may need, but I want to keep my packing limited to the car boot which is 4 boxes.

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I changed my layout a little today. All my canvases stayed at home, and I took my bag rack. But then I had a normal table and a card table. Ahh, what to do. I fiddled around a bit and it all fit, but I will work on it for something better next time. And then ask that I get the same table each time. Puh-lease. It was awkward and left m out of whack.

What I did take was a whole lot of bracelets and a new earring rack. Only problem there, my earrings are usually too long for the spaces allocated. Grr. I have a 3 tier bracelet rack that is now full, plus my single tier which has the semi precious one on it. My basket of memory wire bracelets as chockers as I made 8 more, and the basket of $5 earrings was bursting.

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A few changes to make for next time.
The bag rack will have only half as many bags, it was way too full and not really appealing, even though there were plenty of lookers, I think too crowded.
I will also take my easels and pin the glass and polymer necklaces to those. Easier to see and label. Buy another bracelet rack, and use both my earring stands. Or make smaller earrings. As well as my 3 girls and any other busts I choose to take, (normally 3 small ones).

I am not too fussed about the quantity of stock, the beginning of February heralds the Annual Middleton Expo, so having a full stall will be nice. I just need another table, a small one.

The other good points for today. I sold a necklace that had been around a while and has always garnered lots of appreciative comments. (C’mon people, love it, buy it!) A wonderful, classy lady arrived that I know and really took to it. We tried it on her and it looked gorgeous. She said it was too dark for her, but it worked perfectly with her outfit, and she wore it so well. (Everyone else would say how good it was for an evening out, not this chick). Anyway, her husband says yeah, but looks too gothic on you. So she bought it for a daughter/grand daughter and I get to deliver it tomorrow along with a repair job I had done earlier for her.

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Bad photo, but you get the idea. Still a gorgeous necklace.
The other times bought were put on and not taken off, I only wrapped one item to take away. Love it when that happens.

I now have to go and empty those beady boxes, and stash the others back in the corner. (Several hours later and have not done anything, actually got to speak to hubby who is overseas)

See you soon, and be crafty 🙂
Jennifer