This is a bracelet that I made for my sister for Christmas. I used 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals in two colors and cat’s eye (a.k.a. fiber optic) beads.
I wish I could say that it’s my own design, but it was inspired by this bracelet tutorial. I modified it because I only have 4mm bicone beads, and no 3mm bicones, so I put seed beads in between the crystals on the bottom layer of each “pyramid” to make it wider than the top layer. This required figuring out which beads the strings should stick out from: would it look better coming out from the bicones or the seed beads? I also wanted to use fewer crystals over all, which is why I had seed beads in between each “pyramid.” (Each Swarovski crystal cost $0.07, and that’s the wholesale price.) I had bought the fiber optic beads many years ago and was saving them for something special, and they matched beautifully with the violet crystals, though it doesn’t show from the photo.
My estimated material cost is about $6. I don’t remember how much the fiber optic beads and the transite thread cost since I bought them many years ago. The cost of the seed beads used was also an estimate, because they are priced by weight or hanks, and not as individual beads. It took me over three hours to complete the bracelet. Therefore, if I were to sell something like it, I would have to charge at least $50 for it (this is not including overhead costs). Does that sound like a reasonable price? If not, how much would you be willing to pay for a bracelet like this one? Keep in mind that the first one always takes the longest to make, so it should take me less time to make each additional one, and the price might not be as high. This explains why people living in other countries where the cost of living isn’t as high as it is here could actually make a living selling handmade jewelry that goes to the U.S., whereas it would be extremely difficult to do so in Silicon Valley. [Edit: The cost of living here is 233% of the national average.]