Maybe you know through my FB updates that I’m currently preparing lots of items for the annual Christmas Market at our girl’s preschool. Normally I sell my lampwork beads just like that and rarely make jewelry anymore, but for this event I committed to prepare a table with finished items.
Mostly these will be in the lower price range: key chains, cellphone lariats, simple bracelets and big hole beads. Maybe also the occasional necklace and vintage key pendant. I had in my mind pretty much laid out, which designs and styles I want to offer.
But then I was catching up with blogs of fellow jewelry makers, lampworkers and crafters over on The Hive. It was this post by Christine & Co. and her beautiful work that got my creative juices flowing into an unexpected direction.
Charm Pendants! I’ve always been a sucker for charms and most of my bracelet designs are asymmetrical charm bracelets. I’m completely surprised that I never thought about making charm pendants!
So these are the four pendants that I made for the Christmas market with some of my orphan beads (click on pics for larger view). They’re pretty large and look best worn on a fairly long chain or lariat style.
I want to offer the buyers a mix & match option. They can either buy only the pendant, or mix it up and purchase the matching chains, silk ribbons or leather cords.
The black/red pendant is already strung on a chain for illustrative purposes. As with all of these pendants, the focal bead is pretty substantial – in this case a one inch spree lentil.
I’m not totally happy with this last pendant. I think it does look a bit too busy with too many different colors. What do you think – shall I get rid of the charm on the left with two lampwork beads, one lavender shimmer, one etched purple/silver ?
Any feedback is appreciated!