Monday, 20 February 2012

Beach Hut Beads


Beach Hut Beads

Half Term is now over and the Children are back at School!  More time to clay!!!

We had a quiet week, maybe a little too quiet....Logan was excited to be going back to school today!  That has to be a first!

So, after a somewhat frustrating Sunday, one of those days when I have time to experiment, time to play.......nothing would happen.  I spent about 2 hours just staring into space waiting for my fickle muse to come up with something and then gave it up as a bad job and had a long hot soak in the tub instead (a chilled glass of white wine helped of course!).

And then today, just when I was getting no ideas yet again, lo and behold, muse decided to put in an appearance - I am so glad she did!!

Beach Hut Beads!  I had so much fun making these.  They are only tiny, but full of detail from the textured roofs, to the tiny, tiny windows made from slices of a cane.  There is even a little door knob!
Detail

I antiqued them with a mix of brown and white acrylic paint, sanded most of the paint off to give an aged look and feel and then sealed them with Renaissance Wax and gently buffed them. 

I hope you like them as much as I do.  They are up in my Etsy Shop now if you want a closer look.

A Hamlet of Beach Huts!
A Little Bit of Sunshine!
I was going to put up individual listings for each of the four colours, but thought that it might be better to do one listing and let people choose their colour when they order.  I would love some feedback on this.  Which way would you rather see?  Individual Listings or to choose your colour as you order?

Thanks so much!  Hope the start to your week is as good as mine as been!




Pippa

24 comments:

Flowermouse Design said...

Pippa, these are so beautiful. And so special!!! Well done!!

Pips said...

Thank you so much Lone! I am really, really happy with them, and have already sold some on Etsy, so I am over the moon that other people like them .

Thank you so much for commenting, it always means so much x

Fiona said...

They are really sweet,. Renaissance wax eh? I always wondered how you got your nice shiny finish.

moonlitfantaseas said...

I just ordered a beach hut, they look adorable!

Therese's Treasures said...

Pippa,
These little beach huts are so adorable and I think they would look great on a charm bracelet with other beach related item. Oh I can not remeber if I told you but I received the little flower beads and they are so pretty. Can not wait to get my little elephants too.
Therese

Saturday Sequins said...

OK, those are the most precious thing ever. Seriously!

I've never ordered from Etsy before, so I'm not sure. One thing that would be cool, though, is to offer a set of all of the colors for sale. I always have a hard time choosing a color, so one of each is my preferred way to go. :)

Rebekah said...

These have got to be the cutest little houses ever! I've been meaning to make some little cottage beads, but they will not be this cute, I'm sure. I love the round-y edges. :-)

Pips said...

Thank you so much Fiona! Actually this is one of the few occasions I have used the Renaissance Wax, and it does give a lovely shine, but I used it this time because I wanted to seal the acrylic paint. Normally I sand using Micro mesh, 10 different grits per bead, and then I buff and polish! I hate sanding lol!!!

Pips said...

Norma thank you, I have convoyed you on Etsy! will be making that up for you tomorrow!

Pips said...

Therese, I am so happy you like your flower beads, I hope elephants arrive very soon for you.

Thank you so much for commenting on the beach hut beads, lovely to hear that you like them :)

Pips said...

Sarah thank you, that is a really interesting point! I may just have to do that. so glad you like them!

Pips said...

Rebekah, thank you. I have a feeling that your cottage beads will be amazing, just like the rest of your work! congrats again on PCD! So well deserved :)

Skye said...

Those are ADORABLE! Gods..I see little earrings... charm bracelets... the possibilities for fun are endless :)

As for which type of listing, stick with the single listing with the choice option for now and see how it goes. you can always change later :)

KayzKreationz said...

These are absolutely adorable. I love them in all the colors.

Jean A. Wells said...

Hi Pippa. These little houses are adorable. What a nice twist you have given them with their little rounded edges. So cute.

I love the beads I recently won, the bronze ones and the blue beads that I purchased too. I'm working on something with the blue ones.

So happy that I found you work, your blog and your store!


Jean

Green Marketplace said...

OMG, these are cute creations, you should make it bigger, big enough to be used as a bird house.

Pips said...

Thsnks so much Skye, the listing has been doing quite well as it is, so I think I will leave it for now, thanks for your suggestion!

Thank you Kay!

Jean, I sm thrilled you like your beads, can,t wait to see what you make with them, I would love to see pics!

Green marketplace, that is a seriously interesting idea!! Thank you!

Alice Stroppel said...

Pippa, I think you've been getting the feed back you wanted and then some. Congratulations for the spot on Polymer Clay Daily, now you'll have to make a village of beach cottages. They're darling, your muse didn't let you down. Alice

Melobeau said...

Your little beach huts are just precious and so appealing! Congratulations on your well deserved PCD feature. I think selling as an individual specific color listing always seems to work best for me, because customers often forget to choose which color they want and then I have to try to get back in touch with them. Saturdays Sequins suggestion of also offering them in sets is a great idea.

indigo heart said...

congrats on your pcd placement! these are absolutely adorable. i followed the pcd link, so it's my first time seeing your work. i must say, i'm very impressed. go pippa!

BluMoon said...

Just saw your sweet beach huts on Polymer Clay Daily, they are lovely I like the soft colours and attention to detail, I see you use Rennaisance Wax to polish your clay too. I will have to visit your Etsy shop!
Jackie

Vanessa said...

Hi Pips, I also found you over on PCD - you really have a talent for this! I'm just starting out with polymer clay and am now feeling very inspired after reading through your blog. Looking forward to the next post!

Vanessa x
http://what-vanessa-does.blogspot.com/

Pips said...

Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments! They mean the world to me!

Alice - thank you!
Melobeau, yes I have had a couple of customers I needed to contact! Thank you!
Indigo Heart, so happy you found me! Thank you so much!
Jackie - thank you! Rennaisance Wax is great!
Hi Vanessa - thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Pips!!
Carrie.