Make new molds - CHECK
Pour resin in molds for charms - CHECK
Make two sizes of metal holes in charms for testing - CHECK
Create ad for sponsoring Art Bead Scene Bead Cruise - NEXT
I made these rounded bead charm shapes and got to thinking that the small holes are great for wire wrapping and even large scaled jump rings, but they're too tight for a ball chain to fit through. I made some and wanted to use them on my handbag as a charm, with a short length of ball chain. You know how purses, totes and bags sometimes come with that short length of chain with the designer label or something on them? I wanted to take off the original label and use the chain to hang one of my charms.
So I started experimenting with how large the hole needed to be to make the ball chain pass through, without wire wrapping. In case I wanted to change out the charms sometimes.
I got that figured out.
The one on the left in the photo is the smaller hole, and the one on the right is large enough for a ball chain to pass through, no problem.
So now when I list these in the Etsy shop, I'll have to mention the size of the holes. Because obviously the large hole can't be replaced with a smaller one.
I guess I could even have them with two holes, one large and one small, if I wanted to attach a wire wrap dangle on the bottom.
Large hole dome bead has the center design of a compass rose on it, and small hole dome bead has an ecological design with the Earth, Ocean and Porpoises. I have to go finish off some more now.
But I wanted to mention this to get an opinion. Should I offer the choice between two sizes holes as an option for the heart charms? Right now they all have the smaller holes. And for some designs I think the larger hole would be disruptive to the pattern on the heart.
What do you think? Would you sometimes rather have the larger hole, so you can just ADD-CHAIN-AND-WEAR - or rather keep them just as they are with a jump ring or wire wrap?