Between festivals and online sales, at times I get so busy I run low on stock at the Wrap and Soul shop at Etsy.com. So I was thrilled to discover that instead of becoming disappointed, many of my customers turned to my Custom Waistbeads service, giving me the opportunity to co-design with them and creating special beads that meet their specific needs.
If you would like certain gemstones or symbols on your waistbeads, for aesthetic or spiritual reasons, but find that what you desire is not available at the Wrap and Soul shop, I will work with you to make it happen. In fact, I will be honored.
For me, making this special jewelry is a calling that I take very seriously. In our ancestral villages and towns, there were women who strung waistbeads for the local girls for each milestone in their lives. They all knew each other, and the women knew what colors. patterns and beads would be appropriate for each girl’s age, status and disposition.
Our “village” today is a lot larger, but if you give me the information, you can still get those special hand-selected touches. All Wrap and Soul waistbeads are one-of-a-kind, so with each piece you are get a unique work of functional art, as well as history and culture. As you view the selection on the site, notice the waistbeads that catch your eye, the set you keep staring at, and going back to. That’s the one for you. For whatever reason, you need the energy of those crystals. It works every time.
However, if you have something specific in mind, and decide you want Wrap and Soul custom beads, here are the steps for c0-designing a set with me.
First, go the the left side menu of the Wrap and Soul website. Under “Shop Info” you’ll see the number of sales. The number changes all the time: Today it says “247 Sales.” Click that link, and all of my previously sold waistbeads will be displayed. Right now, that’s 11 pages of designs.
Scroll through the sold waistbeads to get an idea of the crystals and symbols in my inventory. If you see a set you like, click it for a larger view and to get my description of the properties of the crystals. Note, there are five photographs for each item. Click those on too!
From that vast selection, you can decide which crystals and symbols you would like on your custom waistbeads. Email your ideas to me and I’ll give you feedback. We will co-design! I will make suggestions on your color selection, symbols etc.
About cost: Generally, for a custom design that’s a spin on one of my previously sold creations, I charge only $5 more. about $30, plus shipping. That would be for the standard length of up to 43 inches, with all crystals and symbols in stock.
If you are requesting a crystal that I don’t normally use or that is out of stock, I will order it for you. However, if it is expensive I may pass the cost on to you or suggest a less expensive version with the same properties/color. The same goes for symbols that are not in my inventory. But I’m always open to suggestions and I’ll work with you.
If you need custom waistbeads that are longer than 43 inches, I will create that also, adding another $5 more to the cost.
I do require a deposit of 50 percent of the cost before I start the project. When the waistbeads are completed, I post photos of them in my shop, reserved under your first name so you can take a look at them before final payment.
After you okay them, you make the final payment and I ship them out to you. You receive them, open the package and fall in love!!