Hi y'all! My name is Linda Patrick of Laurindalee's Paper Bead Jewelry. I handcraft paper beads and create earrings. I use old Nat Geo magazines, junk mail, copies of art prints of the Masters, specialty papers, paper bags, and clients' personal photos to create hand rolled paper beads. I hand measure, cut, roll and finish all my beads in a smoke free environment. I hand paint two coats of sealant on each bead. Next, I string them on fishing line and submerge them in a nontoxic, non-yellowing, waterproof glossy sealant. The beads are incredibly lightweight, extremely durable, and UNIQUE! I attach the earrings to a card which has the artwork printed on it that shows the artwork I used to roll the bead from. We have been doing shows for three years and are getting into the bigger ones.
I have several questions and thought maybe someone here could help. We have been accepted into the Orange Beach Art Show in Alabama for March, 2015 then the following weekend to Eastern Shore Art Center's show which runs with Fairhope Arts & Crafts Show. Has anyone have any info on the show in Orange Beach? I know the one in Fairhope will be a good one as I have been there as a shopper. I taught at Fairhope Intermediate School for the past 17 years.
My husband, Morgan, does all the shows with me. We are a happy team! We did the Gulf Shores Shrimp Fest in September, Daphne Jubilee, and Peter Anderson Festival in Ocean Springs. My earrings sell for $20 a pair - and we average $100 in sales each hour. We are doing great. We have something that no one else has at this point. I just started making bracelets - $35 - $85 and necklaces $65 and up.
I'm finding that our earrings are our bread and butter because no one balks at $20 price. I really want to get into higher end creations but there is the matter of TIME!!! Many customers tell me that my earrings should be priced higher. I am happy with what they are now.... it is not the materials - it is the TIME that it takes to make all the beads. So my price points are higher for the bracelets and necklaces as they take so many more beads and more TIME. So do I need a reality check as to pricing my jewelry??
Thanks for any info on Orange Beach Art Show in Alabama this coming March.