Just as I deactivated all my customs, I now find myself in the middle of a big doing-customs dynamic. And it's very welcome. For quite a while, I've been feeling the need to take the faceted polymer clay beads into a new direction, and I just had a feeling that removing the 'old' ones would clear a path for new, more interesting things, whatever they may be.
mosaic color facet beads in a blog post a couple days ago, and my little one lane, tree-lined supply shop on Maple Street became a great zoomy highway. At least that is the feeling of it. I love that. I am always in awe of people who wield such power and influence by declaration of taste. And always thrilled when my own beads or jewelry is the object of declaration. So, right now the mosaic faceted beads are my focus, along with the more intricate singles I've been doing, like the one below. Every one of them has sold, so that's obviously a direction to follow.
But these grungy pearls (I haven't settled on a name for them yet, but when they're all strung together I love how they bring to mind a Flinstones-style pearl necklace) are simply plain white clay with grit inclusions. So--no color mixing and matching. They vary in size, so I don't have to measure them as I work. They don't have post-curing steps either. They're ready to string right out of the oven. The faceted ones have up to five steps after curing, and often take days to complete because of drying time.
And the truth is--that's the kind of thing I love. Adding effects, alter after alter after alter. But not for customs. The grungy pearls are far better for that. I just need to make many more batches of them to be sure they come out fairly the same time after time, so there are no surprises. And I'm thinking I will price them by the inch. $1 per inch. So a 10 inch strand would be $10. And then I could have an add-on listing for $1, with like 200 quantities available, and the customer could just purchase as many of them as they want, for as long of a strand as they'd like. So if you wanted a full 16 inch strand, you'd purchase the $10 listing, and then 6 of the $1 listings. Like a grungy pearl automat.