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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Craftster Link Exchange on: April 18, 2012 06:57:34 PM
Hi All,

My website is http://www.everyonedrinks.com. I'd be interested in exchanging links with other craftsters. All of my products are handmade and many use upcycled items.

Thanks.

Angela
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Where do you buy your business cards? Need help!! on: April 18, 2012 06:45:13 PM
I work for a graphic design agency (for my day job) and we use psprint.com for a lot of our printing needs. So, when it was time to order cards for my craft business, I used them as well. The often have some good deals going on (currently business cards are 60% off) and they ship quickly and have a quality product.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Opening an ETSY shop? on: April 09, 2012 04:43:36 PM
I am not an etsy expert by any means, but I can share my experience with you. First off, etsy charges a per item listing fee, so there's not much of a point in listing multiples of your items for sale because you will be charged the listing fee whether or not you sell the item. So, if you have two of something, just list that one is available. When that one sells, relist it for your 2nd item.

I tested the waters with etsy and listed a few different items, but was not successful. However, I also have an online store, so it's not like I was putting a great effort into my etsy store. Unless you have a really unique item, it can be difficult to sell your stuff on etsy because there are SO MANY people selling on there.

It is true that their listing fees are very low, so you are not likely to lose much money even if you are not successful, but if it's the only avenue you are using to sell your items, it's a challenge to be successful.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: opinion needed: display in stock quantities? on: March 11, 2012 07:51:00 AM
Thanks for your response, CraftyChef. That's a good way to put it.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / opinion needed: display in stock quantities? on: March 10, 2012 07:30:02 AM
In my craft business, I make limited-run, limited quantity items. Depending on the complexity of the item, I might only have a couple of them in stock (for example, wine racks). For other items, such as soap, I might have a few dozen. And, there's no guarantee that the item will appear again once it is out of stock.

I was wondering if it would be useful to display the quantity of the items I have in stock? I'm thinking that if you see something on my site that you really like, you might be more inclined to make a purchase if you see that only 1 or 2 are left in stock. Thoughts?

Website is here: http://www.everyonedrinks.com/

Thanks for any opinions.

Angela
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting square bottles on: March 07, 2012 03:05:33 PM
I ended up using a tile saw. I had to wait for some nice weather before I could try it out, so I wasn't able to do it until today.

It worked pretty well--especially for thicker bottles (I tried some beer bottles, but they came out too rough). I didn't get as clean of a cut as I do with scoring/heating/cooling, but it will work for what I'm trying to do. I'm going to buy some copper tape to put around the cut edges--that should make things look good and allow me to skip the sanding step.
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting square bottles on: December 23, 2011 11:22:52 AM
I finally got around to trying this today, but no luck. I had some bottles with a lip on the bottom, so it made them easy to score. But, I could not get a clean break on the bottles. Back to the drawing board...
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: cutting square bottles on: December 02, 2011 06:55:23 AM
Thanks for your response. I'll give it a try and post my results.
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / cutting square bottles on: December 01, 2011 06:57:33 PM
Does anyone have a technique for cutting square bottles? I've had success cutting round bottles using a bottle cutting kit, but it does not work for square bottles.

I was thinking that I could just use a regular glass cutter with a straight edge to score around the bottle, and then proceed as usual, but I was hoping someone might have a better method.
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Etched Glass Canisters! on: December 01, 2011 07:14:06 AM
Those are awesome! Thanks for the tips--I've been thinking about trying to do some etched glass and your project has gotten me even more motivated. And, I liked the idea about using letter stickers. That would be much easier than cutting out the lettering on vinyl by hand.
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