Beading - a budding business

2015-08-12 06:00
The bead man’, Gordon Chapeta with a framed photo of a customer’s grandchild with the bunnies he made, given to him as a thank-you gift.
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The bead man’, Gordon Chapeta with a framed photo of a customer’s grandchild with the bunnies he made, given to him as a thank-you gift. Photo: supplied

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MAKING small wire cars and growing up in a tourist area in Zimbabwe, Gorden Chapeta - “the bead man” - realised he could make a living out of beadwork and wire. His unique beadwork designs have made his registered business - BT Arts and Crafts - at the Athlone Park Shopping Centre­ entrance, a popular place to admire or buy his work.

While his favourite designs are the wire and beaded animals that represent the Big Five, he also knows what his customer’s want and custom-makes special items on request.

“I like making the Big Five as they are my best seller, but sometimes I am inspired to try something different and new. I also get inspiration from my customers, who have many and varied requests,” Chapeta said.

Recently someone asked him to make Easter bunnies for their grandchildren overseas. The customer framed pictures of their grandchildren with their bunnies as a thank-you gift for him.

Chapeta supports a wife and children through the business, but his biggest challenge is marketing.

Chapeta also takes big orders in advance and has made unique gifts for conferences, wedding parties and corporates. “I have people who help me with big orders­ and we need one week to make 100 key rings,” he said.

Chapeta wants to expand his business and recently started giving lessons and teaching his skill to others.

For further information call 083 964 4236.

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