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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / WoW That's a lot of resin! Packaging Ideas. on: March 04, 2014 06:00:28 AM


I am getting ready for an upcoming show. I needed to put ALL of my products on their new packaging. What I thought would only take me an hour took me pretty much 8 hours, not counting the 1hour trip out to walmart for more supplies. And I'm still not finished! I need to cut out more cards with my cricut. So my guess is I have at least another 8 hours of packaging ahead of me. While I was working my mom came to see if I wanted help and said "Wow! That's a lot of resin!" she has no idea! LOL

My pile went from this


to These




Front of the necklace cards look like this


inside has the chain
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Doing my first in person sale on: March 03, 2014 06:45:03 AM
"Does it get easier?"

Yes, it does.
Like so many things in life, practice makes it easier. You will learn the way to answer to answer those difficult questions in a way people can understand and appreciate.
You will learn what people like about your products, why they choose them (or why they don't, which is sometimes more useful).
Your confidence in yourself and your work will grow and all that will make selling in person a pleasure (well, mostly) and always an education.
The learning curve is steep and daunting at the beginning but gets easier over time. You will never have all the answers, people will continue to surprise (or even shock) you with their odd questions. That is all part of the joy of dealing with real, live, funny, silly, imperfect, infuriating, endearing humans.
Selling from a website is great. Everyone should do it. But selling face to face enriches your life in ways you can't even imagine.
Enjoy it when you get the chance!   Wink

thank you! I feel a little better. I'm still a nervous wreck! I keep going back and forth on my display, since I don't know how much room I have it is hard to come up with something. I'm a little short on extra money because I have missed a lot of work because of the weather. My head is spinning! My boss's daughter and I were talking the other day and she said "Wouldn't it be great if you sell all your stock!?" I love the optimism of a 19yr old!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Doing my first in person sale on: February 27, 2014 07:09:32 AM
I think a box of samples would serve you better in a face-to-face and folks could actually get a notion of the size, weight, etc. That, along with the flier/order form should be enough to get folks on board.

Thanks! I will put together a sample box and and flier/order form.

I'm getting nervous there are going to be well over 300 people there and I've never sold face to face before other than my friends and family and well they don't count. I'm worried about my pricing, i'm worried that people won't like my stuff, and then on the other hand i'm worried I'm not bringing enough!!! Does it get easier?
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin mini mustaches on: February 10, 2014 12:37:10 PM
one more question: you placed eye pins in. At what point in the curing process where you able to handle the resin without getting fingerprints on it but still stick an eye pin in?

i use 2 part epoxy resin, mostly enviortex lite

for the eye pins, i do that after the pieces have cured. i use a dremil and drill a pilot hole, the using pliers i set the eye pins. i use resin or e6000 to secure the pins in the piece. does that make sense?

Yes that makes perfect sense. Thanks! I've been trying to find a way to do this, i found one tutorial that gives some instructions on how to get them in during the curing process but I feel that getting a drill may be the best route.

my hubby bought me a rechargable dremil from walmart, and i bought the drill bits and extra chuck piece. it was the best money we spent! well except for my molds lol.

this is the dremil i have
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dremel-7300-N-5-4.8V-MiniMite-Cordless-Rotary-Tool/15173820

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Doing my first in person sale on: February 10, 2014 06:43:51 AM
Thanks!!! I'll work something up!

I so use to being to just direct people to one of my shops or facebook page. My mom suggested making up a photo album of my work. kinda like when you go into a tattoo shop or a hair salon a portfolio of sorts.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin mini mustaches on: February 07, 2014 10:53:09 AM
one more question: you placed eye pins in. At what point in the curing process where you able to handle the resin without getting fingerprints on it but still stick an eye pin in?

i use 2 part epoxy resin, mostly enviortex lite

for the eye pins, i do that after the pieces have cured. i use a dremil and drill a pilot hole, the using pliers i set the eye pins. i use resin or e6000 to secure the pins in the piece. does that make sense?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Doing my first in person sale on: February 07, 2014 07:17:11 AM
A group of my friends are in a metal band, and and invited me to sell my resin pieces at their table at an upcoming festival. So this will be the first time I'll be selling in person. I know this will be a little different because its a music festival and not a full blown craft fair. My dad and I will be working on a table top rotating display for my since I don't know exactly how much table space I will have.

I have business cards, and I'm thinking about creating a form for custom orders or for bands that want to order promo pieces. I have created some items for my friends band as a thank you gift for letting me sell at their table and for supporting me!

Should I also create like a tri fold brochure? My husband will be sitting with me so I will have him handle the money so I can concentrate on sales and answering questions.

Any and all advice is welcome!!!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin Pieces *image heavy* on: February 07, 2014 06:37:30 AM
I loooove your skull and crossbones. Cheesy Did you make the mold yourself or buy the mold? They're so cool!

sorry for the delayed response. I've been buried in resin projects. the skull and crossbones mold is one i picked up from michaels during halloween. but if you sure for fred and friends on amazon they have one as well Smiley It is just a silicone ice cube tray mold
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Resin Pieces *image heavy* on: October 19, 2013 05:15:09 PM
Those are all awesome! Where did you find the skull mold? It's my favorite!

Michaels its only $1.99! I have two I will be picking up 2 more or 3 or 4 its my favorite mold
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: resin mini mustaches on: October 12, 2013 06:33:46 PM
These will be pendants. I glaze my pieces since most of the molds I have don't come out shiny. And it also helps hide watermarks and imperfections caused by the molds
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