Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Group2020 Shop of the Week

Creations with Incredible Details

Every "Shop of the Week" seems to have some amazing aspect to their creations. This week is no exception. LanmomOriginals.com creates all-natural handcrafted soaps and incredible jewelry.

Today my focus is on the jewelry at LanmomOriginals.com, made using a technique called bead crochet which dates back more than 135 years! Incredible focus is needed to first. plan each design, then to figure out the pattern in bead sequence, to string the beads, and to finish the piece.

BUT, these beads are quite tiny and creations using this technique use hundreds and thousands of such beads in intricate patterns. Take a look at these two items and just think about the skill required to handle the beads, let alone design the patterns.

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These earrings measure just 2.25 inches from the top of the earwire to the bottom of the beaded area, and yet  hundreds of beads were used as this closeup shows. The beads are light and dark teal and copper color to suggest the Caribbean Sea on a warm day.

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Now that you know hundreds of beads are used for small earrings, just imagine how many are in this 7.5 inch bracelet! And if handling all those wee beads is astonishing, don't forget that the pattern must be followed exactly as the work is made. Wow! We should all be in awe of the work done in this shop. Seeing these patriotic colors is great, too!

My Chainmaille Now on Etsy

Selling Handmade Items Online
Some Thoughts and Migrations

I've been selling online for a long time, starting with Ebay back about 1999 and followed by a parade of other places. This week I decided to focus selling my jewelry in a new way. Rather than running several shops on various venues, I am focusing on migrating my items to two shops on Etsy: one for chainmaille and the other for all other jewelry made with crystals, beads, glass, metals, mood beads, etc. 

This will make each shop easier to navigate and categorize. At the moment many of my chainmaille items can be found at http://Lehane.etsy.com more items will be migrating in the next days.  Here are two items from the chainmaille shop.


The other jewelry shop will debut shortly and there will be a blog post about it at that time.

Why does it matter where you sell online? 

As sales increase a few things take on more significance. For instance, can sales tax be automatically added to the appropriate sales, can the shipping label have the address info automatically filled in, do buyers trust and recognize the selling venue, is there an easy way to list variations on items, is there a shipping discount, and can a customer select an option or ask a question as they purchase. These minor things are not obvious problems until sales volume increases. 

So I choose to make a great effort to consolidate my shops in order to access these benefits. Check out the chainmaille shop, if you use the coupon code blogFEB2014 -- good through February -- shipping will be free on any purchases.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Shop of the Week from Group2020

Hand-Forged Jewelry
Heirloom Quality
Hand Cut Mixed Metal

Prepare to be stunned when you visit Cuprum29,  "Shop of the Week" from Group2020! This shop is on Etsy and the links below the items will take you to more detail and purchase info.

These ethnic-inspiried jewelry items are unique. Bracelets, armlets, rings, pendants, barely describe these intricate creations. The mandala necklace and earring set, shown below, are inspired by traditional mehndi tattoo designs from India. All of the metal components used to create this necklace and earring set (excluding the Czech glass beads, chain and clasp) were sawn, stamped, formed, drilled and then cold connected using wire formed rivets.

Mandala Necklace Mandala Necklace And Earring Set

Some of the bracelets are bold and modern with their streamlined design. 

Another beautiful piece is this Magen David Judaic pendant make with riveted copper and brass metals.

Magen David Judaic Pendant Mixed Metal Riveted Copper And Brass 

Each of the unique items in this shop is carefully crafted by hand.  Search for a toe ring, a bullet ring, a set of bangle bracelets, a set of commitment rings, or pendants for sisters and you will find amazing items unlike any others.