Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's on My Work Table?

I haven't done one of these posts in a very long time!  It's not that I haven't been working on jewelry projects, because I most certainly have.  I just don't seem to think to blog about it as often as I used to.  But this project is a little bit different and was begging to be documented.

I found these interesting pendant bails in Tucson.  They allow the wearer to pick and choose which pendant they want to wear.  A perfect item for those who want versatility in their jewelry!

In the above photo, you can see that I've wire wrapped several briolettes and a few still need to be wrapped.  The above mentioned bails have an opening and secure closure which holds the hanging briolette.  It may be easier to see how this works in the photo below:

These bails rest very nicely on a snake chain or any sort of link chain.  But I suspect it would work really well with a leather or satin cord as well, for a more casual look.

My biggest problem with this new product is how to market it.  Should I offer them with individual drops?  Should I make duets?  Trios?  Obviously, the price will be higher, the more drops I offer with each bail.  And how do I approach this if I want to sell them on etsy?  Should the duet selections (if I go that way) be fixed, or should the buyer select the desired stones?  My guess is that would be a nightmare, involving too many convos and extra photo-taking, just to make a single sale.

If you have any suggestions for me, please share them with me! 


Pricilla said...

Maybe you could offer the bail (it is very cool!) with one drop and then just post a listing with what else is available and they could put what they want in the "notes to seller"

As I typed that I thought of costs; you could have a listing for each price level and put the stones in each one at a price level.

I hope I made sense...

Beadwright said...

I really like these. uuhhhmm and why haven't you been taking pictures and sharing???

Brandi Hussey said...

As a buyer, I like the idea of mix-and-match, but the reality of doing it as a seller sucks. You're right, the number of work that option would entail is too much.

I'd say list them individually, with a note that there's a specific discount available (via refund) if buyers want two or more.