I, myself, have a few 'pricey' pieces. They were created as show pieces for gallery and art council shows.
Case in point - This piece, Evenings Twilight is one of those pieces. I was approached by a customer about this piece and what was the cost. When I told her the cost, it was too much. I understand it is too much. I didn't price it high because I thought that was the worth. I priced it using the standard handmade jewelry price formula.
So I got to thinking. She really liked the necklace, why can't I make something similar but more cost effective. And that is what I did. I did some looking at ArtBeads and Ring& Things and found quality components that would imitate the original but at a fraction of the cost.
Silver-Plated Oval Link Chain - ArtBeads
Bead, Glass, Firepolish, Teardrop (Black) - Rings & Things
Bead, Glass, Firepolish, Teardrop (Crystal/ Aurora Borealis) - Rings & Things
And here she is -
Even thru in a pair of earrings!
With this done, I am going to start my vacation.
I am siting here looking out the sliding glass doors in awe at Lake Ontario. I forgot the ee-mense-ness of this lake. I forgot how my heart swells at the beauty of this lake. I forgot how much I loved western NY and all its glorious summer bounty.
Earlier today I went for my walk and didn't get to far. I was continusly wandering from one side of the road to the other, looking at and smelling the flowers. EVERYTHING is in bloom. Today is picture day for sure.