As you might know, before I started making beads, I was creating and selling jewelry. However, once I discovered lampworking and my passion for glass, there was no looking back.
So now for 5 years I’ve been making beads, beads, beads and all my creativity was just evolving around beads. Only occasionally, either on request of customers or as gift for family and friends, did I take out my jewelry tools and made a necklace or some bracelets .
Now, suddenly I feel a real desire to create jewelry again. Obviously jewelry with my own lampwork beads. But for some reason the main focus is on the jewelry designs, not the beads. My head is buzzing with all these ideas, and I can hardly contain myself from getting up in the night to sketch or jump to the torch to make the beads that I envisage for the designs.
But here’s the thing: the day has only 24 hours and there’s only so much things that I can do during this time (besides the “small” business of raising two kids and keeping the household running).
On one side I obviously want to continue making lampwork beads – I worked hard to establish a customer base and don’t want to lose my bead customers.
But on the other side my creativity is pulling me towards this completely new direction and instead of sitting in front of the torch and make beads, this morning I was working on a new necklace idea and I just couldn’t stop testing it till I was somehow satisfied with the first prototype.
I feel a real spark of excitement for jewelry again. But I’m wondering if it will hurt my lampworking business.
Your current success
is not the end of your journey;
it’s a stepping stone.
If you already have a successful “signature” jewelry line, you’re in a great position to launch new designs to an audience that’s already sold on your work.
And of course you can continue to offer your successful jewelry item.
In fact, it may be excellent “bait” for luring people in – so they can then see your newer designs as well.
Your fans want you to grow and evolve. They want to see exciting new things from you.
If you don’t evolve, you stagnate – both creatively and business-wise.
And that’s never been as true as it is now, when everything around us is evolving faster than ever.