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    Here's a question for you all that has been rolling around in my head for a while! I was at a fair last year when a lady suggested to me that I should sell more jewellery for men. I make and sell mainly beaded jewellery which i think is really a female thing. I do do leather necklaces with charms and stones which some men would like, but does anyone have any other ideas? I have not mastered rings yet so thats out. Would or do any of the men on this forum wear beaded jewellery?

    Thanks

    Hannah
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  • #2
    maybe wooden beads I know my hubby loves anything made out of wood you could perhaps look at tribal or african ethnic jewellery for some inspiration
    Karen
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    • #3
      I have been trying for ages to think of some things to make for men, My secret santa was a man and i whimped out and sent him general things,ie a snowflake, a set of christmas wine charms and a bookmark.
      I just did not know enough about him to know if he would wear jewellery.
      My dh and my son are always asking me to make somthing for them, but what??
      they both like some tigers eye beads i got in Turkey last year its just what to do with them
      confused sally
      ps any advice very welcome

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      • #4
        Hi Hannah,
        I make all my own bead bracelets and necklaces from semi-precious berads and sterling wire. I could not find simple designs, they were all too fussy and many incorporated glass beads so set to and have enjoyed working with the wire and stones.
        sourcing the beads has been interesting, and although non-glass beads do not seem very popular here the results have been very pleasing.

        best regards
        chris

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        • #5
          I've thought about this too and have been looking at what kind of "fashion" jewellery men wear, have be careful about staring at them though when I'm trying to see what they are wearing around their neck lol.

          I saw a youngish man in front of me at the cash machine with what looked like a pearl necklace on, it was small black pearls and each one was on a seperate eye pin with a loop at each end and that's how they were linked together. My neighbour also asked me to put a clasp on an elastic beaded necklace he bought in Spain. it was mainly wooden beads of different shades or cream and brown and shapes (but forming a repeating pattern) with some long tube beads that looked like bone and were carved with a pattern.

          I also think hematite/hematine would make nice mens jewellery too but not tried any yet.
          Nicola

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          • #6
            I have made a fair bit of man jewellery over the years - and it is definitely an area that gets ignored I think.

            Obviously tastes vary as to what men like just as much as women when it comes to their jewellery. But I have noticed certain things that work well for men.

            Thong chokers with simple focal beads are popular. My adjustable knot tutorial shows a simple choker with a vintage trade beads on. Ahem years ago when I had my full time stall, I would sell lots of this design to men, or to women for their men.

            Beaded bracelets also went down well. Simple wooden beads or ceramic beads always seemed more popular than glass. Also earthy, primal and organic colours worked well.

            Polymer clay beads were always surprisingly popular with men. Especially if you make DPM canework or other camoflage designs!

            There is loads of scope for mens' jewellery. The best thing is to do a little market research and ask all the men you know if they wear jewellery and what sorts of things they like and what things would they never wear?

            In my experience, I think on the whole men tend to wear more jewellery in their teens and twenties and not so much when they are older. I don't know if they just "grow out" of wearing it, or maybe career/society demands make it harder to wear jewellery day in day out? Who knows.

            I just think for anyone planning on selling man jewellery, it makes sense to cater to that age group more as that is where most of the sales would likely be.
            Emma
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            • #7
              Hi Hannah. I notice you said you worked with leather, I don't know if you do leather bracelets but the hubby wears a wide (about 3cms) leather cuff which has a large silver piece rivetted on to it. We found it in a shop in an artisan village near to our apartment in the Alps. We got chatting to the owner who handcrafts all the jewellery and he told us he sells loads of bracelets like this to men. The hubby never goes out without it and when we are out with his mates he's always getting asked where he bought it.

              Caroline
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              • #8
                Thank you very much, everyone.

                Caroline, Yes, thats a great idea, i think even my Husband might wear something like that. Don't know why i did not think of it before!

                seems like the consensus is semi precious, wooden & Ceramic beads. i will post a pic of what i finally make, but please don't hold your breath for it as i am in the middle of a patchwork cushion cover which i would like to finish and i need to help in some decorating in my friends house. But they will come.
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                • #9
                  Thank you very much, everyone.

                  Caroline, Yes, thats a great idea, i think even my Husband might wear something like that. Don't know why i did not think of it before!

                  seems like the consensus is semi precious, wooden & Ceramic beads. i will post a pic of what i finally make, but please don't hold your breath for it as i am in the middle of a patchwork cushion cover which i would like to finish and i need to help in some decorating in my friends house. But they will come.
                  Website currently under construction.
                  Blog http://hmrmcrafts.blogspot.com/
                  Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/HMRM-Crafts/256939018235

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                  • #10
                    black or brown leather bracelet + 1 large bead (not necessarily round) seems like a good combination.
                    Contact me for wholesale charm beads & bracelets.

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                    • #11
                      Hello,


                      See........! I'm not sure about that but i thing the lady who said is right and it also depend on choice so go for that might have been helpful.








                      Thanks







                      Regards
                      Henery Gale
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                      • #12
                        How about cufflinks, just a thought but could you use some sort of memory wire for rings? cut it down thread it with beads and then use very strong glue and stick it to cufflink blanks or tie pins?
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                        • #13
                          Leather is nice, and so is hemp style work. Pretty much anything with earth tones.
                          Emily Katherine Designs
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                          • #14
                            I've not done much, but I have made a couple of hemp necklaces with wooden/metal beads incorporated and my son (16) wears his all the time and gets lots of compliments from his friends.

                            Agree that it's mainly a young person's thing, but not exclusively.

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                            • #15
                              I agree, the leather bracelets are big stuff and the young guys in my office buy them off the internet. Also the plain leather necklaces. I saw a group of young men get on the train the other day and they all had the leather strap necklaces. One had a wooden cross, one had two bits of leather with what looked plain glass beads in various colours at stages through the loops, yet another had a piece of tear shaped (looked like) jade.

                              I say looked like because if I had stared anymore I think I would have ended up being pulled off the train for being some manic old lady staring at the young men!

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