Collaborative Vision

I’ve posted before about the Five and Dime Challenges sponsored by B’sue Boutiques.  For the July challenge, we did “over the top” pieces.  My entry for the charm bracelet was this jangly number, aptly titled “Amour.”

I am really proud of this piece because I had not attempted many charm bracelets previously, and it involved a lot of wire wrapping, as well as colorizing brass.  After the challenge, I put the bracelet in my Etsy shop.  Not long after, a friend of mine spotted it, and fell in love with the chocolate brown and turquoise combination.  She quickly purchased it, and inquired about matching pieces.

I didn’t have any-honestly, I hadn’t even thought of that.  I asked her a bit about what she might want in terms of a necklace and earrings, and we decided that it would be best for her to come to my house to pick out the charms and bead that she wanted.  ON the agreed upon day, we sat together at the kitchen table, as she tentatively chose, then discarded, then finally decided on the components she wanted.

Here is the complete set:

It really worked out great to have her come here to pick the pieces she wanted.  She was able to touch them, and place them next to the existing components to see if she liked them together.  She was able to try on the pieces as we worked, ensuring that the final result would be the exact size she wanted.

I see this opening a whole new world of possible sales.  Yes, I know Etsy has  a way for a customer to request a customized item, but to actually have the customer by my side designing together is so much more fun.  And virtually guarantees a  satisfied customer!  So…with that said….I would love to meet with any of my customers in the upstate NY area and do the same for you!!  And even if you can’t make it in person, it’s possible to do collaborative creation via the internet, too!  All you have to do is ask!  My email is

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5 Responses to Collaborative Vision

  1. What an interesting idea! I would love to hear more about it as you work out all the details. R

  2. pinkchapeau says:

    thanks Ruth, I hope this leads to something. My last show of the season is on Monday. Not exactly local, and its all antiques, so I can’t do anything with this there. In the spring, we do a big one locally, and I”ll work up some promo materials for that show. I’m toying around with a Facebook advertising campaign. Will let you know!

  3. Tara says:

    That’s a great idea. I kind of already do that, in a way. I don’t sell my jewelry, I just make it for myself and family/friends, and I almost always ask for input.

  4. Beautiful Work! Very detailed:-)

  5. pinkchapeau says:

    Thank you Connie and Tara. Connie, you are one of the most creative ladies I know, so I’ll humbly accept your compliment! Tara, I can’t wait to see what you create in the Bead Soup Blog Party. You know a lot about my work-and I know very little about yours 🙂

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