It's been a long time since the price of silver has been as low as it is right now. Normally I recognize that along with my beads - I have to factor in time and materials. As you've seen recently - my pieces are becoming a little more labor intensive after the beads have been created.
It's often hard to recoup the cost of materials AND still make pieces affordable... but - with the drop, I am now more likely to spend time making pieces such as this cab. I used to know my audience - and it was mostly jewelry designers and other lampworkers, of late I have a feeling that this assumption has shifted. I would love to hear from you - tell me what you are looking for... so that I can aim my offerings to be more in synch with your needs.
My dabbling in silver started with making my own ear wires, hammered rings, and closures about ten years ago. I had been told that I needed to make everything - in order to make a truly unique piece. I believe this to be true. These are the first post based earrings I've offered in many years. I finally came up with a design that is in keeping with my design preferences... and so - that's why it's here.
I do plan to offer silver necklaces for sale here as well - as sometimes it seems a turnkey piece is what is sought... and sending a lonely pendant off to a non-jewelry designer customer just isn't right. What do you think of this? Is this something that you'd be interested in?