Monday, January 7, 2008

The wedding gift factory

To all those who have attended weddings and received 'thank you' gifts for attending, there is a new craze appearing: keychains. My cousin is getting married later this year and she wanted green keychains. Now this sounds very nice in theory. If you want unique gifts, they cost or you co-opt for family to make them for less. Hence the nice wedding gift factory set up during the xmas holidays to make all of them. My mother and I searched for ages for glass hearts and eventually found them, not at the bead stores, but at a trading house called Proto trading in Cape Town. Now that was a rare find. We actually ended up getting all the chain, most of the glass pearls and the hearts from there. It was cheaper than the wholesale bead stores in the Cape Town area. A few observations. Always have a variety of beads (shapes, colours, materials) around for inspiration. Work on a large surface so you can spread out and can hold all the containers necessary (my brother had to sacrifice a few games of tabletennis to the factory). If you have more than one person helping, you need a few sets of bead tools, not just one. And if you don't feel very inspired, make something else and go back to it a little bit later. Making so many keychains can be TEDIOUS!

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