My daughter has been making jewellery for a couple of years now. She's made mainly earrings and necklaces in the past, and had sold a few pieces here and there. When I started selling at our local farmers market at the Enfield Legion, I told her that I would take her jewellery and display it on my table for her. She was thrilled, and most weeks came with me to the market to help out.
However, there has always been a couple other vendors there with jewellery, so her sales were minimal. I thought about what she could do that would be different then what the other jewellers offered, and made a couple of suggestions. She decided to go with personalized necklaces and bracelets. So she takes memory wire and strings it with mainly glass beads on either side of the requested name. These have just taken off for her! She's very excited to be making these and has almost saved up for her goal - a Wii. She's had a lot of custom orders, and tries to make sure she has some popular names made up in advance.
Memory wire is a special wire made from steel that retains it's round shape and does not require a fastener or clasp. The majority of her pieces are made using glass beads, but she can also use other beads made from wood, ceramic, and semi-precious gemstones. The basic bracelet costs $3, while the basic necklace costs $8. If she uses beads made from materials other than glass, the cost is usually higher.
She made some necklaces in a Hallowe'en theme, and still has a few available. She's usually with me at the farmers market if you'd like to come down and take a look. You can also contact me if you'd like to order a personalized item with your favourite colours :)
Here are a few photos of what she has available right now:
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