About prices – why it costs that much
Many visitors of this site may be amazed seeing the prices for some items. The prices may not correspond to the widespread ideas of how much bead items may cost. Proceeding from this we invite you to a small virtual excursion into a master’s studio for the customers to understand better what and why this or that price consists of.
"Temple of Butterflies", fragment
The temple is almost completely made of Austrian Swarovski crystals. Some little beads are introduced into the braiding of the dome of the temple since it was impossible to find such small crystals.
We would like to point out that beads play supportive role in many presented items. That means that details of the items are made not only of beads and some of them are not made of beads at all. The main components of the items are high-quality and expensive beads, strasses, accessories details, decoration elements (eg. brooches, pendents, and earrings). The materials are used depending on the artistic view of the author and the cost of the item has never been the motivation for using them in the process of work. That means that initially the item is not made cheaper at the stage of material choice to sell it quicker.
Individuality and exclusivity of the items are their main characteristics. They are created proceeding from the individual worldview of the author and following the special techniques designed by the author of this site. We can say that many items presented here are not less than works of art.
It took 3 years to create The Temple of Four Elements and then it took 2 more years to perfect and improve it. More than 20 people (aged 10 to 70) took part in its creation. It is impossible in principle to duplicate such a sculpture. You will ask: why? First of all, because the time the item was created in always leaves its traces. All the events in the world are focused in the sculpture, as well as in other works of art which are created despite the dull and philistine life attitude. Magic of every moment concentrates and stays still in them. The state of people changes from year to year and the best that happens to them is reflected in each bead they thoroughly pick up. Secondly, the time always flows and the society does not stay still too. That is why some materials the items are made of have been taken out of production. That means that it will be hard if not impossible to duplicate or copy many of the sculptures and decorations.
Bouquet "A Pearl of a Moonlit Night", detail
The vase of the sculpture is made of Czech beads, which were one of the few decorations and consolations for Soviet women and a sample of a rare high quality jewellery on the post Soviet territory.
How much can a work of art cost? History can give you a reply to this question. How much did the paintings of the famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cost when he was alive? A few tubes of paint. How much do his paintings cost now? Millions. In this respect it is hard to estimate and name the price for this or that piece of art.
Even if we do not dive into philosophical mazes, we can say that the key moment in price formation is the cost of the created item. What does it consist of?
First – the cost of the materials.
Second – the time each sculpture or decoration takes to get created.
Third – thoroughness, reliability, quality.
Forth – name.
Fifth – exclusivity.
What materials are the items made of?
Brooch "Lily", detail
Note: the names of the beads are given according to the Swarovski markings.
Brooch "Lily", back view
"The First Pangu Temple", detail
An earring is used as the base of the temple spire.
Besides there are Czech beads of Jablonex company: round ones of size # 8 (8/0) creamy, golden, beige with golden sparkle and white colours; beads of size # 9 (9/0) transparent light golden, # 10 (10/0) white, golden and light beige shades; as well as square Japanese beads of light peach and golden colour (of size 13/0 and 10/0, following the classification of Jablonex company).
The brooch is set on the metal bases for brooches of Czech origin. The base is decorated with beads and strasses.
All the details of the decoration are braided on nichrome wire which is not susceptible to corrosion. For each leaf of the Lily 1m of wire was used. Altogether 19 m of wire was used in stamens and the bases of the brooch.
As you may see from the above example a very tiny decoration took a great number of various materials to be made. In some items ready-made elements of decorations (jewellery), natural pearls, semiprecious stones etc. are used.
How long does it take to make sculptures and decorations?
Here we will talk about making a new item not about duplicating an existing one. We must immediately say that so far duplication either own or strangers’ works has never happened in creative work of the author of this site.
It is inspiration that is a push to create any item and it cannot be any other way. After the image of the future sculpture or decoration has been formed, the author starts picking up materials which could most closely reflect what the author has seen and perceived in non-material substances…
On the pictures you can see the process of creating a doll. The amount of wire used for its manufacturing is the evidence for rather complicated process of work.
Part of the materials can be found in stock which any artist has. The most attractive beads and other materials which were described above are being looked for and fished out not only in the native town of the artist but also far away. We must say that every trip of the author includes a search for new and interesting materials which are bought beforehand, just “for a case” and not for a wholesale prices.
The process of search in general takes from one to seven days (for instance agreement and delivery of the beads from another city). This is the case when the author is truly sorry that she cannot call herself at least Daniel Swarovski’s granddaughter.
After all the materials are found the search for patterns and forms, the ways of connection the details into one whole unit is started. As a rule there is a draft version of the ready-made item braided on a soft wire – that is a prototype of the ready-made item. Then the draft is rebraided and all the drawbacks and inaccuracies are corrected. If this is a decoration, all the ways to wear it are taken into account, and its comfort to wear and weight are being reconsidered and improved till the last moment.
In sculptures after the main item is made, the base or the vase (in case of bouquets) decoration takes place.
And still… How long does it take? From one month till several years.
Thoroughness, reliability and high quality defines the price of the item
If you trust Swarovski, Jablonex and other companies, for example the companies that produce Japanese beads, you can safely state that the materials used in the items are of high quality.
The wire used as a basis of the items is nichrome and copper. Their distinctive feature is safety for humans and amazing anticorrosion qualities.
The quality and durability of the items are beyond doubts too if you carefully read the “HOW MUCH DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE SCULPTURES AND DECORATIONS?” paragraph and if you ever decide to afford beautiful if not cheapest almost bead works presented on this site.
The names of such people as Charles Chaplin, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vince, Albert Einstein and many other brilliant people appear and fade away on our planet leaving behind some charm and nostalgia for something more important than everyday life. When does the name of a painter start meaning something and gather crowds of fans? And what coefficient of luck will be implemented for you in case this or that work of art will be acknowledged as unique?
Diadem "Snowflake", fragments
It took two and a half months of hard work to create this diadem. It took 5 days just to make the bases for the diadem, since it was braided over with small metal beads. In this diadem the position of the snowflake can be changed: the snowflake moves not only on the bases but can also be fixed at any angle to the hairstyle of the persons wearing it.
This notion supposes that the item bought by you will be unique, exclusive and you will not meet it anywhere else. Regarding big works it seems you should not have any doubts since their production takes a long time and they consist of a big number of expensive materials. Regarding small items I can say that they can be forged or copied. Nevertheless, the author is sure that her works will drastically differ from those that might appear in future.
Exclusivity of decorations for wedding and evening dresses is above suspicion too, since at the moment this site was created there has not been any copy or duplication of those decorations. Such duplications are theoretically possible since there is the ORDER button next to them, not the BUY button. That testifies to the fact that this decoration was bought or given as a present. If we speak about practical aspect of duplication of the decorations (as well as the small sculptures), it is possible only partially. This happens because various materials are used, specific customer’s wishes as for the looks and colour of the item are taken into account. As a result your order will be unique and individual. So the items with the ORDER button is just a cause to order and in some sense they become a history named “Bead Sculptures” art.
It goes without saying that you can take part in this creative process and history by ordering something that does not have analogues on this site and possibly does not have analogues in the whole world.
If we add all the components of the cost specified here: price of the materials + time that creation of each sculpture or decoration takes + thoroughness, reliability and high quality + exclusivity + name – what will you have? Whether it is much or not… it is up to you to decide.
And the last: decorations and sculptures, pictures of which are presented on this site, look much more attractive and breathtaking in flesh than in virtual reality. It is impossible to understand people who gather old icons until you personally see such icons in a museum, for example Andrey Roublev’s icons in Tretyakov’s Gallery in Moscow. It is equally impossible imagine the bead sculptures judging by photo until their magic and beauty will be brought before your eyes in real not in the virtual world. As an example we can tell you about a typical situation at exhibitions:
Visitors are walking slowly along exhibited items talking and looking casually around from time to time, tired and bored by the surrounding images. They come to our exposition and it seems nothing changes. They still go further but suddenly one of the visitor notices one of our sculptures. The head of the person turns to us despite the feet going further, the face wearing an amazed expression and the lips say clearly and distinctly: “WOW!” After that the whole procession stops and comes to us showing their sincere interest and owe and the first thing they say after “the world has stopped” is: “May I take a picture?”