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71  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling Polymer Clay on: June 12, 2008 09:53:37 AM
Hello there,

I am a young lady who just started selling her yummy clay creations, and I was curious to know how you guys go about selling your goodies. How did you start to advertise? Can you make a decent part time living off of it plus working full time or part time at a normal job? I really want to take my business to that next level.

I have a website which I designed. It can be found in my signature. But there has to be other ways to advertise. I mean, people aren't just going to start flooding to your website because it's THERE. They need to be directed there. Where would you start to advertise?

I'd love some advice. I'm business savvy when it comes to making sites, business cards, posters, etc, but what can I do with them? I'd just like to make some money doing something I really enjoy!

I'd love to hear about your selling experiences!
72  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A vast array of tasties! on: June 11, 2008 04:17:29 PM
Here are some of my latest creations. They make me happy.

This is my *signature* polymer clay charm.  It's one of my favourite things to make! It is a skull in the shape of a cupcake with a big glob of icing on their heads! Just like a cuppy-cake! The best of both worlds - spookiness with sweets!



This is something that I have been wanting to show you guys. Something I have never seen done. But I thought you might like it and might want to make some of your own:



It's saltwater taffy! You take a nice little rectangle of colourful bright candy coloured clay, and than roll a piece of transparent clay really really thin, about twice as long as the rectangle. Than you put the rectangle on the clay, roll it up like a piece of waxed paper, and than gently twist the ends. It gives the look of that old fashioned waxed paper wrapper! I love it.

These are some yummy looking chocolate eclairs. Mmm.



Some donuts!





Inspired by one of my favourite cookie recipes to make as a chef. Death-by-chocolate cookies! At the restaurant I used to work in, I used to make these cookies and would sandwich two of them with some homemade vanilla icecream for a dessert special. Oh so very rich. I'm hungry...  Tongue

73  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / New Website on: May 30, 2008 06:50:47 PM
Hey everyone.

I took a big ste and decided to start selling my stuff, online. I am in the midst of starting my website, and the layout is the only thing I have really done so far. I would just like your opinion on how it looks, and if it really screams "clay", lol.

Thanks!  Wink

*EDIT* I forgot to give you my site, lol!
Here is, this time.

monsterkookies.trip od.com
74  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / "Toasty Tops" <--- Very intriguing term! on: May 29, 2008 10:19:20 PM
I was very intrigued when I visited a link with many tutorials for making baked goods out f clay. This lady had a term called "toasty tops" and I was floored at how beautiful and realistic it makes baked goods look. If you haven't seen it, take a look. The rest of her site has all sorts of tutorials!

http://www.norajean.com/Food/ToastyTop/Index.htm
75  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Licorice Allsorts Bracelet, Spaghetti, & Cupcake Necklace on: May 28, 2008 11:05:41 AM
Here is some recent work of mine. I am really happy how they all came out, especially the cupcake. 'Tis my pride and joy!







76  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Brands? Advice, And Mixing Brands, as well. on: May 27, 2008 08:39:29 PM
I started out with Fimo Soft, and liked the medium very much. Although, I find once I start a package that it would dry out a bit and become a bit harder to knead. Do you have any tips on storing it once you start a package?

When I went to an art store, I could only find Fimo Classic and Sculpey III, so I brought home a little pack of each to find my "brand".

My advice to those just starting out with Fimo. FIMO CLASSIC IS HARD AS HELL TO KNEAD!

I didn't like it at all.

I tried the sculpey, and I loved it. One thing I noticed is that Sculpey, when added to Fimo Soft, or having some pieces in Fimo and others in Sculpey, it bakes mostly the same. Fimo bakes at 30 mins at 230, while Sculpey bakes at 275 for 15 mins. I find baking Sculpey and Fimo both works well at 230 F for 30 mins.

I was curious to know what brands you guys use?
77  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Syrup? on: May 27, 2008 08:33:48 PM
How would you go about making syrup? I have seen postings with pancakes and such with that nice see-through translucent syrup with the dabs of butter on top, and was curious to know how you would get that effect?

I just got my hands on some TLS, so hopefully this can aid in the process somehow. I just used TLS for the first time, today, and I have to say that it was very fun.

I mixed a bit with some light green kneaded sculpey and made some icing to frost a cupcake. The final product came out wonderful, and now I am ready to try something "thinner" than icing.

I figured I would ask you wonderful people since you seem to know what you are doing  Cheesy
78  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fortune Cookies, Poptarts, Bomb-Ombs & Mint Chocolate Chip Icecream! on: May 27, 2008 03:02:19 PM
Did that get your attention?

I was quite hungry creating these tasty looking earrings. I'm giving them to my friends, so I made little DIY earring packages for them.

Bomb-Omb is the walking bomb from Super Mario Cheesy









What do you think?



79  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Viva Puff Earrings :D on: May 27, 2008 08:16:18 AM
Hello kittens!

I have been coming here for years just to see your wonderful work, and have to say it is just spectacular. I too, am a victim of polymer clay, and I wanted to show you a pair of earrings I made. I have never sold my jewelry before, but as soon as I posted a picture on my facebook, somebody said they would give me 10 dollars for them.

Here they are!

VIVA PUFFS:

I made a little whole Viva Puff, cut it in half to show all the detail inside, added some eyepins, baked them, varnished them, and than attatched to jump rings and earrings.

What do you think?  Cheesy
80  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / DIY deathrock punk gothic rock denim zebra black & white jacket on: June 22, 2007 09:46:13 AM
Hey there,

I've been coming here for years. Forgot my old username. Anyways. This is a project that has been ongoing.

I am a huge supporter of the DIY ethic in clothing, especially, going with the gothic rock, deathrock, and punk movement. I picked this jacket up at a sale on Queen Street in Toronto. It was originally an all black and white zebra denim jacket. Got it for about 40$, which was a steal considering that it was over 100$ beforehand. I figured, hell, why not.











It became a little too warm for the Summer, so I cut off the arms, but I will re-attach them when it gets cooler again. Bands on the jacket include Skinny Puppy, The Cure, Killing Joke, Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend, Sisters of Mercy, and various pins and buttons.
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