Next, my neighbor came by with her Pandora bracelet, and rummaged through a box of strays I had sitting around. She found two beads with large holes that slipped right onto her bracelet. They didn't have silver core linings, but she really didn't care.
Then a few days ago, a longtime customer bought a couple of my latest flower beads, assuming that they would fit her Troll bracelet. I was sorry to have to tell her they wouldn't, and then I started thinking...
Huh. Maybe I should consider making bracelet beads again.
Yesterday I made up a few little flowery beads with big holes. I know they fit the Troll bracelet, because I have one. I'm still not sure about Pandora, but when I can catch my neighbor, I'll ask to try some of these on her bracelet.
This morning I visited both the Troll and Pandora websites for a quick look around. I know they sell a lot of beads, but I'm not really very impressed with what they have to offer. Here's an official Troll "Antique Flower Diamond" bead. The price is $43. See for yourself, or buy it here.
And here's a flower bead from Pandora, price $40. Buy it here.
OK. Yes, they have silver cores, and silver is unbearably expensive these days. But come on... these just aren't very exciting beads. Sorry.
So what I'm wondering is this -- does it really matter if I silver line my bracelet beads? I could, but only to fit Troll bracelets at the moment. I already have some silver tubing for those. To fit Pandora, I'd need to buy larger tubing, which I'll consider if I see a wild excitement from you Pandora people. Also, adding the cost of the silver, and the extra time it takes to do that work, I'd have to charge more than I'll charge for "naked" bracelet beads.
If you have one of these bracelets, and you're a potential bracelet bead customer, please tell me what you think about all this. I don't often ask, but I really do want to know.
And now for today's beads. All are encased CZ flowers. To buy them, same as yesterday, send a new email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're first, I'll send you a PayPal invoice. If not, try again tomorrow. I'll do my best to keep 'em coming.
These will fit Troll, not Pandora. 1, 2, 3 are "naked," meaning not lined with silver. They're $20 each, and shipping is free. Click the pictures to enlarge them. Red numbers mean the bead is sold.
1, 2, 3
These next three also fit Troll, but not Pandora.
They are lined with sterling silver, and are $30 each, with free shipping.
4, 5, 6
The next 6 beads are my classic encased CZ flowers.
They do not fit bracelets of any kind.
These are larger beads, measuring from 15-18 mm across.
These are still just $25 each, with free shipping. Enjoy!
7, 8, 9
10, 11, 12