Welcome to my wonderful world of handmade lampwork beads and handcrafted jewellery .

I enjoy making handmade beads that are not mass produced and have that original feel and look. As my beads are not mass produced not every bead is the same and can vary ever so slightly . This is why I feel excitement each time I melt glass as each time is like the first time. Any imperfections are stated in my descriptions so buyer please be aware .

Enjoy looking at my beads.
It is our imagination that lets us create these wonderful designs.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

It will never end

The story continues and it is a bug bare with all people who make there own products verses people who sell mass produced products on handmade craft fairs !!!! 

So I shall keep this short and sweet. People come on , if it says handmade or craft then that means no mass produced items should be sold at these events . It is not fair on those who slave blood, sweat and tears over making there products . We cannot even compete price wise with mass produced products let alone knock out the same item out ten a penny.... It also gives these events a bad name and people who want handmade or craft will not come back to future events. 

Mass produced stalls should stay for normal / standard markets NOT CRAFT OR HANDMADE EVENTS. Everybody has to make money and put food on the table but mass produced sellers are giving us handmade artists a bad name believe it or not buy selling cheap mass produced items that we cannot compete with.

Also for those who buy mass produced at Craft / Handmade Fairs . I ask WHY ???? 

Make a stand people .....

Help those stalls that promote there products are handmade. If you are gonna buy , buy from them that's what these events are meant to promote . It sends a message to the hosts of the event and those that sell mass produced. 

Know that each item is made with love and care , that time and effort has gone into each product made. 
That the best quality materials has been sourced and most of all that a large majority of us give excellent customer service because it is products we have made not just bought in large bulk.

This is why we lose artists , crafters , small independant shops because mass produced is bought on price not quality ...... 

I know not everybody has a lot of money but not all handmade is expensive as you find most of us are under cutting ourselves just so that we can sell an item or too .. We never add on our time for making the product ( labour ) or pay ourselves an hourly rate when we do fairs that tends to be for free . So next time you go to an event that says Handmade or Craft , take note of the stalls that actually are all handmade rather than the stalls that just buy in stuff to sell. It may be cheap but you really can tell the difference in the quality .... 

I know I know I said short and sweet. Well I am both short & sweet .....

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