(Pink Pearls by Tamara)
I had an interesting experience a few days ago. I was in a little accessories store showing the owner the bracelet fastening tool (she immediately bought the 3 I had on me, by the way!).
Another lady walked up and said she just had to see what we were doing! I assumed she was a customer shopping in the store. So I showed her, and eventually she asked if I also made jewellery.
When I said yes, she suggested that maybe I could do some work for her business. She sells fancy bra straps that are meant to be seen, and was in the process of trying to get a line of hand-beaded ones. We exchanged cards and I visited her website, as well as researching this online.
Apparently, beaded as well as other fancy bra straps are the in thing right now.
In thinking about it, two things are in my mind. First and most importantly, they would have to be VERY secure. I have horror pictures in my mind of women being out in public and their straps breaking, leading to beads flying everywhere and the poor women clutching at their chests!!
I don’t want any responsibility for that scene, as you can well understand. But at the same time there would have to be a measure of flexibility. I don’t have experience using stretchy filament, and am wondering if there is a good product on the market that would be very strong yet flexible, but not so thick that you couldn’t string nice beads on it.
She would be providing the clasps that would hook onto the strapless or convertible bras.
My other concern is whether beaded bra straps are actually comfortable. I’m seeing them on the internet made with all kinds of beads, pearls and crystals. They look very pretty, just like a necklace, but how about actually wearing them.
They may be okay for those women who are small-chested, where the strap just sits on the shoulder and doesn’t do much, but for those who are larger, I tend to think that you would almost have to stay with flat beads.
I emailed the lady and asked if she had ever considered having beads sewn onto the plain colored straps that she has available. She said yes she has, but hadn’t been able to make any progress with that, and that maybe she was just waiting for me.
Personally, that seems like a more comfortable, secure option to me, and I would be willing to make some of those. I can see some lovely ones in my mind actually, maybe incorporating bits of lace and other things. Bit I’m wondering if beading them is a plausible option as well.
I suggested that maybe I could make some earrings and bracelets to match or coordinate with her straps, that way bringing our two businesses together. She likes that idea. She said there is a company in the US (I’m in Canada) that has matching straps and bracelets. She thought maybe the earrings might be something unique to her company.
So I see a lot of potential here and would like to build something with this lady (Teresa), but I want to make sure that it’s on a solid foundation! 😀 Any experience, suggestions or opinions would be very welcome.
As an aside, it’s neat that this opportunity came to me while I was demonstrating the bracelet fastening tool! I’m starting to think that it’s a little business-building tool!
Pink Pearls by Tamara