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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Help! I have an Etsy Shop Identity Crisis! on: November 06, 2010 02:48:06 PM
Alrighty, here is the deal with my Etsy shop. I started out with Swell Dame Inc because I once crafted items using a button machine - pinback buttons, magnets, mirrors, etc. and most of those items were retro-inspired.

To get the idea of what I'm talking about here is my shop:

http://www.swelldameinc.etsy.com/

But since I've opened a year ago, I've changed in my crafting a lot and while I still do the button machine (now for my own art and for other artists/photographers), only now I've focused more on selling my woodwork. And I've been told that my name is confusing because while it suggests retro-inspired items, my woodwork throws the customers off.

I've decided to let my current Etsy shop close and let the items either be sold or expire, until I decide what to do.

I don't know what to do about two things: The name and what I should be selling.

I think I definitely need a new name because of my aesthetic, but since I'm a crafter of all media (knitting, crocheting, woodworking, painting, drawing) I'd like to have a name that encompasses all of the things that I do because I don't think I can ever focus on just one craft.

The future of my crafting, as a I see it, would be to continue selling my woodworking, to start selling my rock art, I would like to continue offering my promo accessory services to artists/photographers and I would eventually like to start selling prints in which some of them would be based off of my woodworking and some would be originals that would be retro-inspired.

So should I keep Swell Dame Inc for the button machine crafts and prints? And then open another shop for my more "earth"-tones material crafts such as woodworking and rock painting and perhaps knitting with natural/organic fibers?

Here are some names I've come up with just in case:

Amber Grey Studios - because that would be more of a general name
Amber Wood Inc. - For my "earth-toned" crafts
Flame Thrower Studios - (my mother came up with this one)
Flame Thrower Inc. - (As she did with this one too)

Advice? Opinions? Thank you!

To get more of an idea of my work, please follow the links I have in my signature:
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Where Can I find unfinished wooden circular discs for jewelry? on: July 29, 2010 04:34:06 PM
I'm looking for unfinished wooden circular discs that measure about 4" for necklaces I want to burn images into and sell as jewelry. Does anybody know where I can find circular discs such as these?

Thank you!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Pyrographers: Are plaques at Micheal's safe? on: July 21, 2010 09:03:41 AM
I know this might sound like a stupid question, but I've been researching safe woods and how different woods give off toxic fumes. I've never had a problem with the plaques from Michaels Craftstore but I was wondering if anybody uses them like I do.

And I'm talking about the ones that range in all kinds of shapes that are usually in the baskets for children. I know any wood is going to give off some kind of fumes but I'm still wondering if they're safe to burn?

I've seen quite a few pyrographers use them for their work but I'm still unsure because I can't find any information other than they made be made out of pine.

I've used a few of their plaques; they look like this:







Thank you!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / How do I make ACEOs and Prints for woodwork? on: July 20, 2010 06:56:06 PM
I've been approached by people requesting my woodwork to be made into ACEOs and prints, but I'm not sure how I would do that since I'm a pyrographic artist.

For anyone who doesn't know what pyrography is, it's burning images into wood. And I have no idea how to turn traditional art into ACEOs and prints, let alone what I do into the same thing. lol

So if anybody knows the process or has suggestions of how to to do this, I would be most grateful. Thank you! And for the record, here are some photos of my work:





Thank you!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Show me your unappreciated etsy work! on: July 18, 2010 08:28:08 PM
I have a few items in my shop that I would like to see receive from love:

Marilyn Monroe Pyrographic Portrait:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/40908071/marilyn-monroe-art-pyrography-wood

"Smile" Charlie Chaplin Pyrographic shelf sitter:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/47604814/smile-charlie-chaplin-pyrography-wood

Twilight Cullen Crest Pyrographic necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49895566/twilight-movie-cullen-crest-wood

Thank you!

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Made a treasury? List it here! on: July 18, 2010 08:23:23 PM
Here are my treasuries!

Don't Stop The Music
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c3935f9229d8eef6f1e535d/dont-stop-the-music

Mermaid Nouveau
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c291d126be78eefcc29a63e/mermaid-nouveau

Thank you!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How Do I Make This Bracelet? on: June 03, 2010 03:06:10 PM
I saw these at Disney World this past week and instead of paying the $12.95 price tag  Tongue, I was wondering if I could make them myself since I'm a jewelry maker.

Has anybody else made these before and willing to tell me how to make them?



Thank you in advance!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / How Do I Make These Beaded Animals? on: April 09, 2010 07:43:34 PM
Since I live in Orlando and I'm an avid visitor of Disney World, I've seen these beaded animals at Animal Kingdom and Epcot. I'd really like to know how to make a few to know what the process is like and how I can construct something similar for an idea I have in mind. If you want to know what I'm talking about, here's a link to a place that sells them online:

http://www.wow-imports.com/beaded_animals.asp

Thank you! Cheesy
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: My Latest Pyrographic Piece: Snow White on: March 17, 2010 06:47:11 PM
Thank you! Cheesy

Quote
the more you look at it...the more you see.

That's what I was going for! I'm glad I accomplished it. Smiley
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Latest Pyrographic Piece: Snow White on: March 17, 2010 12:58:48 PM

This was inspired by Snow White and Art Nouveau. This is the first pyrographic piece that I decided to be brave enough and take something from my imagination, burn and paint it onto wood. I think it turned out pretty well! hehe

The objects lodged in the apple is the jewels which I chose to represent the dwarfs and the last thing I need to do to complete it will be to paint the crown and heart gold when I buy some gold paint.

Enjoy!
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