When I started making jewellery, everything I made was from op-shop jewellery that I had found, pulled apart and put back together! It was more of a financial than an artistic decision back then (er, it was a lot cheaper to buy a necklace and pull it apart than to buy new beads)!
These days I make my own glass beads. I’ve been making beads for the past 7 years, and there are times when I make jewellery and it doesn’t work (er, that means it doesn’t sell)!
When that happens I feel like I have a few options.
- Persist. The right person may not have been into the shop to buy it yet!
- Move. Put the pieces into another shop!
- Sale. At the end of the year I actually do put a lot of my prototypes and older pieces on sale! Stay tuned for that.
- Renew. Take the old jewellery, break it apart, and put it back together in a different way!
So, for example, I took this bracelet:
And I took this necklace:
And I ended up making this extremely funky and cool new necklace that will be perfect for summer!