Thank you, so much, for all the inspiration you give me. My life would be a dismal thing if I wasn't blessed with your gift of creativity. You song flows into my ears and through my veins and out of my fingers to create objects of beauty that have brought myself and others much joy.
But I have to ask, dear Muse, why does it have to be so dang fancy?
Seriously, the ideas you inspire me with are full of colour and movement and grace. They are beautiful and tactile and they just take too much blooming time to make. I mean seriously:
Do you know how long it took me to make this darn thing? Like, seven hours, that's right, seven. whole. hours. And yes, it was an enjoyable seven hours, though I got to sleep at two in the morning and had to get up a seven (what have I told you about school nights Muse?). And yes, I am very pleased with the resulting necklace.
But my potential customers aren't going to be impressed with the final price, my dear. All those hours add up to a lot of pennies, and not everyone wants to fork out a fortune on a whim! You're giving me some difficult price points here my dear!
So please, next time I ask you for a simple pendant, a nice, humble and unpretentious recipe I can make quickly and price reasonably, don't give me a three layered fancy confection that costs more than a fortnights worth of food!
Perhaps a couple of nice, low priced, sell-able earring designs would be possible? Or perhaps some simple, affordable bracelets?? I'm sure your awesome creative powers must stretch that far - just strip away several dozen unnecessary steps and you'll be right on track.
You know I adore you, and I do truly appreciate all of your gifts, but reign it in a little will you?
With much love and respect,
Your Beleaguered Artist Jess
Do you ever have this kind of issue with your work? Every time I sit down to create something I seem to come up with big fancy pieces - generally necklaces - which come out of the pricing machine with pretty steep price tags.
Now I do love creating this kind of work - it's good to have a piece you think has the 'wow' factor - but the truth is that most buyers don't want to fork out large sums. I think my shop and sales are suffering due to the lack of more affordable items. Earrings and especially bracelets, smaller items that are likely to cost much less, don't come all that easily to me, and if I try and force it my fickle Muse often deserts me all together.
But this is something I have to get over - if I want to have a successful jewellery business, then I need to provide goods that will appeal to people with sensible budgeting skills. £80 or more is a lot to shell out - especially when the seller isn't very well established, like me.
So I have an aim for the next few weeks - to eschew the usual big fancy necklaces and focus on making a number of smaller pendants that can be hung from leather cord or a simple chain. Maybe some earrings too, maybe even a bracelet - if I can get my head around bracelet sizes and the weighting or durability issues I always seem to run into.
As part of this effort I've ordered myself a spool of Irish waxed linen cord. I've been pretty baffled by it so far - all my attempts to use it (about three) have been a bit disastrous. However wire-wrapping does take a lot of time, which pushes up prices. I love the wrapped look but I think knotting may give me a good way to cut costs - and I really rate a lot of the jewellery I see made this way. That necklace above? Totally doable on cord instead and it would probably take half the time!
So I'm gonna do it folks, I'm gonna fill that lower price bracket!
Wish me luck and watch this space!
Peace y'all ;)