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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Saying goodbye to a creation

I made this piece last year or the year before and it has been in my Etsy shop for all this time...just enough time to find a buyer today. As I was boxing it up I stopped to see all the little details that I had applied and was feeling a little sad to see this brain child leave home.

I know that is silly because I made it for someone to buy, I made it for someone to enjoy and yet a little part of me was selfishly saying..I don't want to let go.

The truth is that while a little of me is in this piece..I am enriched by being able to share it with the buyer and at the same time know that I have created this little theater of mechanical bits to enrich someone else's fantasy.

I look at it and know it will not be recreated as it is a one off micro sculpture. And even though I have the same pieces I would not make the same selections and finish the second time around. I have grown and changed and its time to say goodbye . I hope the new owner has as much fun wearing my art as I did making it.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bead Hoarders Beware A Cautionary Tale

A company called "a grain of sand" is selling off the contents of a warehouse in a promotion where one may subscribe for 1 month ,3 or even 1 year. I have a gamblers soul but with a small bit of common sense so I chose  the 1 month for $39. This is the load that arrived in a small priority flat rate box. Taking up most of the space in the box was a sack of sea urchin spines. Top right of this first picture. Just below are 48 "silver tone chains with spring rings". Just below that is the best of the lot a small package of Czech glass tin polished bi cone beads.

Moving over to the main pile we have a set of ivory colored heavy plastic beads, a few deformed plastic cabs, 4 purple glass cabs, and a gold colored heavy pendant. Also the featured item for the month is 2 Bakelite beads with wire loops. Much of the rest is cheap plastic beads all of which have surface flaws...looks like the sweeps from a factory warehouse floor.

The final little group contains some coppery metal leaves and connectors ,some white plastic chandelier drops, two tubes of seed beads and a nice blue glass faux gem. The real story here is a cautionary tale...grab bags are less likely to hold what we really want and more likely to have what no one wants. Now I don't blame anyone but myself including the company that sold this vintage trash. They delivered exactly what they claimed to offer...a box of stuff from the past. Gambling with your creative money is not a good thing. I will of course try to make my money back..anyone need some blue plastic UFO beads?  Have I got such a deal for you. Be creative. Next time we will have a metal folding project. See you then.