Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Hello Everyone as some of you may know I've been busy for the last few weeks creating some new designs which I hope you will all find as exciting as I do.
First a little background. In the past couple of years the popularity of Kumihimo, Viking Knit, and various other rope type necklaces has become increasingly popular.
The size of these ropes means that you either have to make a bail out of beads or find something with a very large hole. As there doesn't seem too be many choices with large holes I decided to make a selection of slides and pendants to accommodate these large cords.
So today I would like to announce my new line of slides, pendants and cones that are made specifically for these large cord designs.
I have the first of them all listed in the shop on my website in the 'New Items' category
For a limited time I am offering an introductory sale price of 10% off the regular price. You will see the sale price in RED under the regular price and the discount will be applied when you check out. This way you can see what the regular price is and your savings for jumping in early to try out these new pieces.
I have made several that are focal pendants on their own, such as the first photo shown here, as well as some slides that are decorative but also have a hole to make it easy to attach your own pendant to the cord. The first photo shown to the right shows you one of these new designs from the front. In the second photo you can see the large hole that goes through the back of the design.
I also recruited a couple of people to be guinea pigs for this project so I could make sure that they worked the way I envisioned and so that I could show you some beautiful finished pieces. I would like to send out special a Thank You to Jennifer Van Benschoten of Van Beads and Linda Roberts of BeadsForever on Etsy for all their time, help and suggestions in this project.
Leafy Slider Necklace and it will be available for purchase from Van Beads
This is just one example of the beautiful things you can make with these slides. I will be showing you more project photos as they become available.
Any of you that know me know that I love large bold designs but really hate jewelry that it heavy. So you will find that these slides and pendants while rather large are very lightweight and easy to wear.
One of the problems we encountered in this project was that some of the cones have a very large opening and they don't work as well with the smaller cord types. So I am making all of the fancy cones in an additional smaller size that will work better with the smaller kumihimo cords and other smaller diameter cords. This will make all of these designs even more flexible allowing for greater choices in the types of cords and sizes that you can use with them. I'm anxious to see some multi strand designs in these as well. I guess I'm a bit partial to multi strand pieces but I think they have lots of interest and movement making them lots of fun both to do and to wear.
I have made up a variety of these designs in various colors and styles and I hope that you will embrace them and use them for your holiday necklace designs. Visit the BEAD SHOP to get your introductory discount.