Oct 20, 2016

Bead Kits and Bead Recipes

Eclectic Poetry Recipe 
After I posted on the beadshop Facebook page about the Poetry Grey Kit, bam, it was out of stock! That brought me to ask members of our Facebook page what they thought about the kits in general. I see them sell out so fast, but I was wondering what others thought about beading kits we have and using beading kits in general versus picking out supplies yourself. What are the pros, and what are the cons of beading kits?

Definitely the overwhelming majority replied on Facebook that they love the kits for a variety of reasons. For those who travel, the kits are perfectly sized to pack. Many like that you might receive a price break by buying a kit over individual items. Plus, you will end up with only a small amount of leftovers. When some beaders feel creatively challenged, kits are also a go-to option for them. 

Then there are folks who love the free projects by beadshop but who want to pick out their own colors or change one or two elements of the finished piece. A few Facebook members mentioned that they load up when beadshop has super good sales, so that means they usually have the majority of the supplies in their stash and might just need one or two items to complete the project. 

Beadshop will continue to keep the current kits in stock as much as possible as well as come up with new kits, but it can be challenging when inventory might be low. To help out those who prefer to select their own supplies and those who want a kit that might be out of stock, beadshop has come up with a helpful solution – recipes.

For our most popular projects, we have started developing recipes that provide the support you need to get all of the supplies for a project but, at the same time, allows more freedom for those who might want to alter the original design. For example, there’s the Classic Poetry Recipe. By using the hot links provided in the recipe and referencing the free project handout, you can essentially put together your own kit and easily add everything you need to the shopping cart without having to search around the entire beadshop site to locate each ingredient. The Eclectic Poetry Recipe offers the same approach as the Classic Poetry Recipe, but it includes a few more ingredients in the list. 

Recipes basically give you the convenience of a kit but a little extra flexibility in case you want to change one or two parts of it or if there’s something out of stock and you want to just substitute a similar item. Look for recipes under the projects area of the beadshop site. So, don’t despair if a specific kit is out of stock. Consider using a recipe as a way to collect the ingredients to make that finished jewelry piece you’ve been craving. 

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