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Pixe’s Newsletter, July 2009

Posted by pixe1 on July 6, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

 

Hello Friends!

I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who visited at the Apple Dumpling Festival and made the week such a great success!  Despite the threat of bad weather, and actual rain,  we kept a positive attitude and had a great time!  We’ve also made  many new friends along the way! 
Congratulations to all the earring winners!  I hope you enjoy your new baubles!

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July Sale!

Necklaces will be on sale for the month of July at 20% off!  Earrings are still on sale at 15% off till the end of June!  Newsletter subscribers get to take advantage of both sales online at

Pixe’s Treasures until June 30, 2009. Please be sure to use the codeword “julynews09” when ordering!
The reduced price for necklaces won’t show up on the website until July 1st.  If you would like to order a necklace, I can either send you an invoice via paypal, or issue a refund via paypal within 24 hours.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.  You can email me at mich@pixestreasures.com

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I decided to tweak an article I previously published about buying handcrafted jewelry, and share it with you this month.

Buying Handcrafted Jewelry:  Pricing

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at. 

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more costly than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.  You don’t know who made, where it was made, or the conditions at the factory where it was made.  When purchasing handcrafted jewelry,    you will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same;  each stone is different, and I cannot seem to bend wire the same way twice!  You can also request a custom piece of jewelry be created for you, which I love to do!!  Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show off your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

 

Cost of supplies.  .  I try  to find bead and metal suppliers with the highest quality product and the best pricing so I can offer fair price to my customers. 

 
Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece.  Then we have to put it together to make sure it works and matches the vision.

Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 

 These are a few factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .  For example, it takes me well over 30 minutes to create one sterling silver bracelet:  I make the links, wire wrap the beads, create the clasp, then put it all together.  My goal is  to present  a high quality, beautiful  piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

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Where to find Pixe in July:

Throughout the month of July, Pixe can be found:
Every Wednesday at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1 from 9a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Virtual Craft Show at Cafe Handmade

You can enter contests there, view the virtual craft show, and vote for best in show!  (Vote for Pixe!)  A really cool place to hang out!

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

 

Be sure to check Pixe’s Treasures for  the most up to date schedule of events, such as craft shows!

 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, so they can take advantage of this sale, too!!

 

If there is something you would like to read about, please send suggestions!

 

Have a wonderful, and peaceful day!

  

Mich  

Pixe’s Treasures  

http://pixestreasures.com

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Pixe’s Picks! Jan. 28, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on January 28, 2009

Welcome back to Pixe’s Picks!!  This is the place where the really cool Etsy shops are featured!   This week I’m featuring ArtisticFlair, and Nyblaque…Visit their shops, and give ’em some love!  Just click on the pics to see a larger view!!

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's

 

Let us welcome Deb, from ArtisticFlair to Pixe’s Picks!  Deb tells me she has  been crafting for as long as she can remember. “I started selling my jewelry at art shows before my son was born about 8 years ago. I went on a hiatus when my son was born and then slowly started taking ceramic and glass classes. I got serious about it again doing art shows about 3 years ago. I’ve been selling on etsy for just about a year now. ”

And this is how she got her start in her craft:  I have always loved to create and Artistic Flair is a name I came up with after delving into many different mediums of the art world. From years of jewelry making to learning the many techniques involved with ceramics and the use of my kiln, my interests took me to the wonderful world of glass fusing. I am fascinated with the way glass changes during the fusing process, the often unpredictable results and the beauty of the finished product.

We all want to know why Deb chose Etsy:  I was a member of etsy long before I started selling here. I really liked the site and what it had to offer. I started selling here as a means to get my things out in the cyber world.

And what is Deb’s fave piece in her shop:  My Audrey Hepburn piece:    She is the true definition of elegance and beauty – a timeless diva! I had so much fun creating this piece and was more than thrilled with the outcome. She will be hard to part with!

A Little Bit of Italy

A Little Bit of Italy

Pixe’s Pick:  I was hard-pressed to decide on a favorite…Deb has some really great items in her shop!  Not only does she create these wonderful framed pictures, she also makes jewelry, cuff links,  and glass cabs!  I chose A Little Bit of Italy as my fave!   Being the good Italian girl that I am, I love the subject!  This is definitely a OOAK piece of art!

XOXO

XOXO

 

Let’s give a warm Pixe welcome to Andrea, from Nyblaque!  Andrea started crafting at the ripe old age of 15 by making jewelry pieces and drawing clothing designs as a hobby.  She tells me:   Well, I have been “hobby making” with jewelry for 17yrs but I decided to design jewelry as a business for 3yrs.

And this is why Andrea loves Etsy!  I found Etsy through a Google search of handmade online shops when I realized Ruby Lane was too expensive for me, and I love the community Etsy seemed to offer.  Plus, Etsy is based in my hometown,  NYC so that was a definite plus:)!

Andreas fave piece in her shop is the XOXO Wooden Key Necklace, even though she says she has a new fave every week!!   “I made it with these great wooden reproductions of vintage typewriter keys. I have already made earrings with then that sold like crazy in 6 weeks!”

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings

Pixe’s Pick:   Andrea has some really fantastic jewelry in her shop!  However, since I tend towards the natural and/or unusual,  I really love these  Trimmed Bleached Peacock Feather Earrings!  There is still some soft color to them, and they are really just gorgeous!  Any peacock would be proud to have feathers such as these!

These are Pixe’s Picks!  Two really cool shops that Etsy has to offer!!  Take a peek and see what other goodies they have to offer!!   Wishing you a wonderful, and peaceful day!!!

Mich

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Current sale

Posted by pixe1 on January 4, 2009

Just want to quickly share that there is a huge sale going on at Pixe’s Treasure Chest!  Take 50% off any necklace in the shop!  Prices will never be this low!!  This is my way of welcoming in the New Year!!   This is also a great opportunity for the guys to get their favorite lady a gorgeous piece of jewelry inspired by nature.   Guys…they will never know it was on sale…trust me…it will be out secret!!

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