overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do........help

by rhyan
(new braunels, tx)

Ok, I am hoping to get a breakdown or a plan or something. I am driving myself crazy. I probably have almost every stone ect. to make almost anything. I have been making jewelry for about 4 yrs now and really love it.


Now I have gone to way too many wholesale shows and have so many things that when I look at my area that is broken down in containers by color I don't know where to start. It really stinks.

I could be making and selling at work and cannot get myself motivated. Any suggestions? Should I start trying to sketch some designs (really not a good drawing artist) but could that help. I need a big beading slumber party LOL, so I can get motivated.

Thanks ahead for any ideas.

Comments for overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do........help

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
scared, too
by: Connie

I amjust getting started after 17 years of teaching elementary school and having your problem. What I finally did was find some free patterns on-line that I liked. 3 to begin with. Chose the color I wanted to do them in and and made any changes in the plans I wanted. I then made myself make them. I still find myself searching the web for ideas but I now look at pictures and say "Oh, I like that, but I'd do this..." and I begin to create my own design. When I get done it looks nothing like the picture. I guess I'm not confident in myself yet. I'll get there. Want to sell my creations on line some day too. Yicks!! Connie

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I start with a color palette
by: Dawn Hill

I have the same issue from time to time. there's so many different beads, materials, findings, ideas, out there that I sometimes don't know where to begin either. I find that creating a color & texture palette for my new piece first helps. From there I can see what I have in those colors and textures and build upon that. Hope this helps & good luck.

Dawn

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
what to make NEW
by: Anonymous

I store and group my beads in small ziploc bags. Some bags have one or two colors and other bags have multiple colors. This makes it easier to plan an eye-appealing display.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Ayushman NEW
by: Anonymous

If you are worried about heavy Jewelry and want to wear some light design jewelry then visit their gallery page. Easily get our editing services and save your important time, you may contact with our support team any time.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do....help NEW
by: Anonymous

I buy beads from Ebay. I store them in plastic bags. I spread the bags out in Xmas boxes so that I can see them all at once. When not in use, I stack 5 Xmas boxes in a file box in the closet. This makes it easy to transfer them around.

I use one Xmas box for each color. I sort each color from light to dark.

When making something new, this makes it easy to compare colors and find the right shade to match.

I stick with certain color combinations that sell best, such as pink and lilac, aqua and blue, fuchsias and purples, browns, black and white, etc.

Hope this helps.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do...help NEW
by: Anonymous

When I have beads that don't match with anything else, I use them in my "ugly" collection. Surprisingly, they all look great together.

When I want to discard, I combine all of those colors as well.

Little by little, they all come together.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do...help NEW
by: Anonymous

Start with simple designs, such as one bead of the same size and color. Then different sizes and different colors. Two or three colors or two or three sizes may be sufficient.

Try simple patterns, such as small-medium-small-medium or small-medium-large-medium-small.

For a variety, add silver or pearls to clear faceted beads.

Then advance to the more complicated. Simple is eternal. Complicated may be just a trend.

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
overloaded and cannot decide what to make or do........help NEW
by: Anonymous

I developed a simple plan.

I only make half a dozen matching necklaces and bracelets at a time. I make 2 collections that will look well together on a display stand so that there is more for customers to choose from.

I stick with 21" necklaces that can also be used as triple bracelets.

I store them on plastic stackable covers/trays on top of a cabinet in an area that does not have a lot of frequent traffic. They don't take up a lot of space and I can make them ahead of time at my leisure.

I keep a schedule and rotate each collection from shop to shop once a year. I consign in convenience, thrift, clothing and specialty stores. I consign with my friends that take them to fairs and festivals as well.

It saves times to have someone else sell your jewelry.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Making Jewelry Design Forum.