Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Slight Change in Direction

After the sale at the Easley Farmer's Market, I remembered that several folk said that they would have purchased one of our necklaces, if we had matching earrings.  Later, I discussed this with Debora, and we decided that this would be a wonderful idea. 

So I removed all the necklaces from the online shop.  Then Debora took each necklace and with her trays of beads matched up the necklace with a set of beads that could be used to make earrings for the necklace.  As she did this she put each necklace and the beads (gem chips) into a quart baggie.  
Then I took the stack of baggies (somewhere around 80) into the shop.  I started fashioning earrings for each necklace.  I had ordered headpins and French ear wires from Rio Grande (ordered arrived in two days from when I called them) as part of selling my silver scrap to them.  Of course, about twenty of our stock of necklaces could not be mated with ear rings.

Now I have the task of taking pictures of each set, and then putting them up in our shop (https://handmadeartists.com/shop/rasmussengems).  This process is time consuming, but in the end we will have a complete group of necklace/earring sets available.  To complete this process, every time in the future that Debora designs a bead necklace, she will also do the ear rings at that time.  I will have to extend this idea to my
  lapidary and silver smithing.  When I cut stones or make a pendant, I will have to make matching earrings also.

This little diversion from out previous creative path will, I hope, make out customers happier. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Comings and Goings April 2014

The past week or so have been rather interesting.  Two weekends in a row, we have been to a show.  The first being at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe.  Saturday was raining so Sunday was the new date, many good contacts, sales ok, but not as good as before at that venue.  This Saturday, the Easley Farmer's Market was the place to be.  Lots of traffic, and many sales.  We don't have a large, showy setup, but I really enjoy talking to the people.
This was the opening market for this year.  The first Saturday of each month is given to art and crafts.  I signed up for the rest of the year. 

Looked at a couple stones for a valued customer.  These are beautiful natural spinels.  The red in this gemstone is fantastic.
Lastly, it was my Daughter in Law's birthday this past Friday.  They have three sons; so I designed a necklace for her to honor her sons.  The metal is Sterling silver, the stones: Emerald, Garnet and Sapphire.  All in all a great week.