|weighing in at 48 mm wide X 190 mm long|
|three snaps close this baby|
|you can see the overlap where the snaps are sewn|
My goal was was to get a group of items up for sale by the end of the summer, but this hasn't happened. One stumbling block is pricing. I have seen loads of advice on this. The reality is that I'm a hobbyist and I want to make enough to pay for my hobby. But I also have feelings about undercutting artists and designers who make a living selling their work. I have one avenue I need to investigate - an arts center in the town where I work which has an under $100 gallery. Perhaps I'll go and check out the local pricing.
I was wearing this today when I went shopping and a woman asked me if I had done the cross stitching. I told her I made it but that it was about 4,000 tiny glass beads. Her jaw hit the floor. I wish I had a camera to capture the look on her face. I took it off because she wanted to get a closer look. Then she called over a friend who was with her. Both were amazed. I'm pretty amazed too. But each time I finish something I start thinking about what I need to do differently (ditch the palest grey, which actually appears white - and use the cream, which is actually the Delica flesh-tone; give the center medallion the same interesting indentations with red dots that the triangle shapes surrounding the medium grey wedges have; use more of the metallic bronze which just reads brown in these pics, but actually really pops).
The snaps were suggested by Kokopelli. I was thinking that I would use a long tube bar closure. Check out the link to Monsterslayer's selection. They have a 40mm 7-loop clasp! When I started playing with the piece, I realized that the ends joining formed just as interesting design as the center.