So what do you think of this bead shape?
I love to make them, but I’m not exactly sure it’s a shape that other people really like. I’d like to change that, so I plan to keep making them, and hopefully others will come like them as well.
Beadmaking is a creative outlet and stress reliever for me. Because of this I tend to make what makes me happy regardless of what’s in style or what’s currently selling on ebay. Perhaps this doesn’t make me a great art business person (read: I’d better keep my day job!), but it does give me a great deal of personal pleasure.
For some reason unknown to me, I tend to gravitate to making slender long shapes; perhaps my beads emulate shapes I wish I was – LOL. Asymmetry really appeals to me too, perhaps that’s another reason I like this shape so well.
I keep thinking that I need a name for this bead shape. While it’s a long bead, it’s not really a bicone, and it’s not a tube. I’ve heard people use the term “urn shaped”, but in my mind “urns” are shorter and squatier. It’s a bit more vase shaped, but that term doesn’t seem quite right to me either. Amphora is such a wonderful word, but I like to use it for items that are truly vessels.
I recently posted one of these beads on an internet forum and posed the “what should I call it” question. The answer I received from several people was “clothespin” shaped. You know, those old fashioned, springless wooden clothespins. I can certainly see the similarity, but I’m not exactly sure I want to bill my creations as “clothespin beads”.
I know I haven’t really made an effort to bring much marketing savvy to my work, but even I can see that’s not really the direction I want go. So I’m looking for ideas. What should I call this bead shape?
Linda beads and blogs from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah!