A big pile 'o charms.
I have a trunk show on May 2nd at Bead Happy in Cedar Falls, Iowa. I will be there, along with Melissa Rediger and Rebecca Elias just to name a couple. I have never been to this particular store, so it should be fun. Please come out and see us if you're in the area.
One of the things that I sell a lot of are charms. They're small and cute and don't cost a lot, and that's a good thing. I carve all of my own molds, because I want them to be unique and easily repeatable. I try to make a few here and there, so that I always have plenty when I'm ready to do a show. I don't know how it happened, but I when I was looking through my stock, I found that I had almost none! So the last couple of days I've made about 200 bronze charms. Tomorrow, I'm going to make about 50 fine silver ones. I'm a little sick of charms at the moment, but at least I shouldn't have to make anymore for a while. I've thought about having my charms cast. I met a caster while I was in Santa Fe that I know would do a great job. I'm giving serious thought to picking a couple of my favorite clasps to be cast by this fellow. They would be a bit less expensive that the originals and I could have them cast in different metals. I don't know though, I'm still pretty attached to the idea of all of my pieces being handmade by me.