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« on: March 05, 2006 12:20:02 PM »


Thanks soooo much for all the support, kind words, and interest in buying these!  you all have made me feel so happy and confident about my artwork  :0)



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Yesterday I made a set of plates featuring beastly creatures dreaming of and savoring a variety of food:

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I put a lot of work into these and I'm thinking of selling them.  What do you guys think?  Would people buy these, possibly off of Etsy?  And for how much? (I'd like to package them as a set.)  I'm working on a few more, each plate will be one of a kind.  They're dishwasher safe, and can be eaten off of, that is if the pictures don't cause a loss of appetite.   Wink  Any comments, suggestions, or criticisms would be a HUGE help.  Thanks!   Grin


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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2006 12:25:45 PM »

What a great way to recycle all of those settings with dated patterns that you always find in thrift stores! I think you're on to something here, these are definitely sellable! I would try some boutiques or consignment shops in your area, besides trying to sell them on e-bay. Those are so cool!
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2006 01:17:25 PM »

They are disgusting!  Grin haha in a gorgeously good way!

i would love a set anyday  Wink

i think it would be a brillaint idea to sell them! what did u use to paint on them?

what brillaint designs as well did you come up with them all yrself? xxx
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2006 01:51:37 PM »

those are absolutely AMAZING.  you could definately sell these.  they're so well-done.  very impressive.  **claps**
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2006 02:05:43 PM »

those ROCK !!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2006 02:08:57 PM »

Those are so cute.  I think they would sell. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2006 02:17:22 PM »

thank you SO much everyone!  i'm so glad you like them  Grin

tickle-me-elmo, the paint i used is pebeo porcelaine 150.  it bakes right in your home oven!  Cheesy  they're my own designs... all i do at work is sketch hideous malformed beings, finally figured out where to put these characters.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2006 02:46:16 PM »

omg, how dreadfully wonderful! I would definatly try to get a pair! I love those!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2006 03:32:07 PM »

wow! please sell those because I'd love to buy them! if you are unsure about what you should charge, you could always try listing them on ebay and start at a reasonable price (the least amount you'd be willing to part with, I think...I know they always say start the prices low, but you should at least make sure that if only one person bids you wouldn't be losing money) and see how it goes from there...
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2006 03:35:00 PM »

THOSE.    ARE.    AWESOME!!!!



It would really be a shame if you didn't get AT LEAST $25 a plate for them.  But I guess it's all about finding the right buyer.  I'd do more and shop them around to galleries rather than ebay.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2006 03:49:39 PM »

Grotesque but cool! Just the thing you need for when the in-laws come for dinner!
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2006 03:54:44 PM »

way way cool, i agree that they should be at least $25 a plate!
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2006 03:58:46 PM »

hahahahahhahaha!  witchybelle, it's funny you should say that-- i actually made two of them at my boyfriend's house, washed them and set them to dry in the dishrack... after his mom came home, i noticed that they were turned around so the backs of the plates were showing... when my boyfriend asked his mom if she turned them around, she admitted that yes, she had, because "they were really creeping me out."  hahahahahaha! it was worth making these just to creep out the future mother-in-law, believe me  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2006 04:03:30 PM »

those plates rock!!!! Grin I love it even more with those little flowers on the plates.....good balance of naughty and nice Wink I would definitely pick these up if I was out shopping....I hate all the cheeseball plates that are out now-a-days
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2006 06:00:52 PM »

um, holly crap. completely inspiring. and wonderful. and yes, they will sell, and i would even buy one!
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« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2006 06:15:58 PM »

fantastic! reminds me of Goyas' "saturn devouring his children" that he painted on his dining-room wall...
maybe you could package the sets by theme (like meats, sweet tooth, drinking,etc)--i think there's definitely a market for these...please update (with links) when you decide how you're selling them!
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« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2006 06:56:31 PM »

That is so grotesquely awesome! It looks so funny on the flowery plates... it's hilarious!
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« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2006 08:41:06 PM »

THEY'RE FANTASTIC!!!!

Maybe you could do a some on a plain new white dinner set (cheap would be ok), and sell them through up-market homewares and gift stores. I think they'd look a whole lot more "expensive" (and saleable) if they were on plain white. While I like the "idea" of the old plates, I probably wouldn't want to spend a lot of money on them. But on new white......wow!! ...... the sky is the limit! I think they would do really, really well.

It's funny the kinds of things people will spend money on ..... I own a gift shop that sells only hand made things, so I hear all sorts of weird comments.

I have one consignor who makes fantastic bronze frogs and lizards etc. Anyway, they sit in a glass cabinet with the jewellery and most people love them (at $100 to $300 each piece). One of her pieces is embedded into a log of wood. One day a customer asked if  it was a joke that an old log of wood was $200! I pointed out the bronze animals on it, but still she couldn't get her head around the fact that a "lump of wood" was $200.

My point being that some people feel they're being ripped off it the "base" isn't "new". Get what I mean? That's been my experience anyway. And as someone else suggested, I think you should get at least $25 each piece.

I think they are BRILLIANT!!!! (I'd love a set myself!!!!) You're onto a winner there!
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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2006 08:48:08 PM »

hahaha when i saw this subject line on the front page, i was a little confused 'cause i thought it said "breasts". i need to get my mind out of the gutter... anyway, these are great. i love the juxtaposition of the cutesy flower prints with the bizarro monsters. nice work.
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2006 09:21:16 PM »

black heathen, VERY helpful reply!  thank you!  definitely something I will be keeping in mind, I totally understand that mentality!  My mother for one is totally grossed out that I have purchased and used thrift store dishes in my home.. I on the other hand am just happy that I saved something from the landfills, saved money, battled consumerism, and gotten something unique and different too (I had these 1970s pea green floral plates.. so rad.. but all gone now  Cry)

anyway, thanks for all your help everyone!
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2006 09:59:05 PM »

I like the use of patterned plates.  Hope to see more of these..... with a variety of patterns. 
You've given each of the beasts some great character.
Whole place settings would be divine.....salad plate, bowl, cup and saucer.
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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2006 10:02:15 PM »

i absolutely LOVE your plates!
they are well done and look fabulous!
i'd say to hold off on eBay for a bit because you may end up having to sell yourself short with the way the bid process is. i'd check art galleries, try craft fairs, perhaps even a quirky, fun cafe near where you live that might want to feature your plates as a kind of gastronomical "feast for the eyes". i think a collection of those grouped on a wall would attract attention quickly. maybe even try an internet cafe. somewhere  people will be sitting and can check out the art on the wall.
i also think you could easily get $25 a plate, even if it is a thrift store plate because you've made it new again!
great job and good luck!  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2006 10:12:32 PM »

Those plates are amazing!  I would love to hang things like that in my kitchen.  Howsoever vintage plates not always being nukable or sometimes containing lead, you may want to follow the new plates for eating suggestion made earlier.  I was totally seeing them as wall art.  I can think of several coffee shops that would be great for those.
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« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2006 12:22:08 AM »

oh holy geez...those plates rock something fierce!  I'm officially obsessed. What an awesome idea. I agree with what someone mentioned previously about them being on plain white plates. I do like the little girly flowers w/ the monsters though. Maybe you could paint some cute flowers on the white plates to keep that mix of cute and nasty? LoL They are supremely beautiful nasty plates though. I would absolutely buy them if you made some to sell! Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2006 04:52:59 AM »

black heathen, VERY helpful reply!  thank you!  definitely something I will be keeping in mind, I totally understand that mentality!

Glad to be of help Imreallyjustsam!

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I saved something from the landfills, saved money, battled consumerism, and gotten something unique and different too
Because of the very same reasons you've mentioned, I have crockery salvaged from the local tip as well as thrift stores, so it's not anything personal. Generally speaking though, I've found that it's not us creative types that will pay the big bucks in gift stores (we can do/make it ourselves....can't we?), and it's for precisely these reasons that as a seller I hope my customers won't follow! (Not very grammatical, but I think my meaning comes across.....)
Good luck, and please keep us posted with any new ones you do!


PS I think this is a really cool idea.........

Maybe you could paint some cute flowers on the white plates to keep that mix of cute and nasty?

So is this........

perhaps even a quirky, fun cafe near where you live that might want to feature your plates as a kind of gastronomical "feast for the eyes". i think a collection of those grouped on a wall would attract attention quickly. maybe even try an internet cafe. somewhere  people will be sitting and can check out the art on the wall.

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« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2006 07:00:38 AM »

Those are so wonderful! My 6-year-old loves the last one!

I'm with the others - I really think you should try to get them in a really cool, quirky cafe somewhere as wall art. If you sold them through Etsy, you could see about posting your Etsy store's info along with your pieces, or having business cards available for everyone interested. I think $25 a piece is a fair price. If you're willing to do an entire set, you could state somewhere in your store's header that buyers can contact you for prices for entire sets. You could also offer to revamp someone's existing dinnerware for them. Just an idea!

If you do end up selling these, please us know! I really want to buy one! Grin
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« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2006 07:55:58 AM »

Yuck! I love 'em. Can we have your autograph early?  Wink
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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2006 08:05:11 AM »

when most people post stuff on here and ask if they could sell it i think in my head "no way", but i really think you have something unique and original here and people would defenity buy them! i think you should do some on plain white and some on floral patterns but use new dishes, you may be able to get some from the dollar store or something.  I have a question, did you actually test out washing these more than once, how did they hold up and where did you get the paint? thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2006 11:22:18 AM »

Okay, I would so totally buy those.  Fabulous work!
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« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2006 11:26:06 AM »

Wow! I love the style of these, and the fact that they're on such innocent flowery plates is just perfect! Grin
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« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2006 11:58:48 AM »

These are way too cool. 

I second the idea of putting them on plain white.  Maybe you could look for a wholesale restaurant supply store near where you live?  That would be cheaper than even the chain stores.   

I don't recommend eBay as a place to start.  The reason is that there is SOOOOOOOOOO much dinnerware on eBay, people probably won't find it.  If you do eBay, I'd say do an eBay store.  Prices don't get as high as an auction might, but in my experience with eBay, with the regular 6 day auctions, you have to relist things a bazillion times.  For the items for which there's a glut, or for things that people won't be able to find through simple searches, the bidding doesn't go very high at all.  But Etsy might be okay.  But maybe you could consign with some shops where you live? 
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« Reply #31 on: March 06, 2006 11:59:18 AM »

These are way too cool. 

I second the idea of putting them on plain white.  Maybe you could look for a wholesale restaurant supply store near where you live?  That would be cheaper than even the chain stores.   

I don't recommend eBay as a place to start.  The reason is that there is SOOOOOOOOOO much dinnerware on eBay, people probably won't find it.  If you do eBay, I'd say do an eBay store.  Prices don't get as high as an auction might, but in my experience with eBay, with the regular 6 day auctions, you have to relist things a bazillion times.  For the items for which there's a glut, or for things that people won't be able to find through simple searches, the bidding doesn't go very high at all.  But Etsy might be okay.  But maybe you could consign with some shops where you live? 
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« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2006 03:57:38 PM »

 Grin you all are the most helpful people on earth!  restaurant supply store is a great idea, actually i know just where to find one!  maybe sell individual ones as wall art on cool vintage plates, and make semi-coherent (like someone suggested, themes, etc) 'matching' sets that people would eat off of from new, white plates.  i set up an etsy account but i lost my credit card, so until the new one arrives i can't sell anything there.  the first one, 'wine snob' is sold, if anyone is really interested in the other three just PM me and it's yours!  i'm making more of these tonight on the plates i already have, as well as washing the ones i already made a few times to see how it works.  the paint company, pebeo, claims they are dishwasher safe, so i'm sure handwashing won't hurt them.  i just wouldn't microwave or heat them in the oven.  i'm so happy you like them, the craftster seal of approval is IT!  Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2006 04:41:18 PM »

ahahahha those are great. i giggled as each one loaded. Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2006 07:08:30 PM »

Hey--just to let you know, I've used the pebeo quite a lot (here's some stuff:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33781.0

It's far more simple and doesn't have nearly the character of your creations; I'm more artisan than artist, I'm afraid....)

Anyhow, I've used it on porcelain, and I've used the vitrea as well.  I've used them on candleholders exposed to high heat, I've used them on bakeware, and I've run it through the dishwasher repeatedly, and never had it scratch or peel.  It's truly amazing stuff.  It's probably best to warn people not to put it in the oven, but truthfully it won't hurt it unless it's super high heat (like above 400 and dry).  Overall, the stuff is darn near indestructible once it's set.

But here's another little tip.  If you do a design and you don't like it, and you haven't baked it yet, if you run it through the dishwasher a couple times it'll clear the unwanted design right off!  Of course it's not good for focused alteration, but it's great if you want to start all over on a piece.  If you want to clear part of it, use a small corner of a slightly abrasive kitchen scrubber--the scotch pads are a little too much, but something along that line works great.  Just use a corner of it on the part you want to get rid of, after it's dried.  Or else wrap a nubbly cloth around a Q-tip or pencil and use the end to scratch off the unwanted part. 
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« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2006 04:56:01 AM »

Hey--just to let you know, I've used the pebeo quite a lot (here's some stuff:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33781.0

It's far more simple and doesn't have nearly the character of your creations; I'm more artisan than artist, I'm afraid....)

baloney! your work looks as good as hers! Smiley beautiful stuff, maybe i need to try pebeo, i've seen it around but didnt know what it could be used for. great stuff!
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« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2006 05:32:17 AM »

Hey--just to let you know, I've used the pebeo quite a lot (here's some stuff:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33781.0

It's far more simple and doesn't have nearly the character of your creations; I'm more artisan than artist, I'm afraid....)

baloney! your work looks as good as hers! Smiley beautiful stuff, maybe i need to try pebeo, i've seen it around but didnt know what it could be used for. great stuff!

that's what i'm sayin'!  i LOOOOOOVE her stuff!
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« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2006 11:46:26 AM »

(Awww, thanks [blush])

I was also thinking, if you hadn't considered it already, that you could tap into a whole nother market by creating some canine or feline beasts in the same vein as the anthropomorphic ones...and then paint them on porcelain food and water dishes.  A wrinkly, gluttunous bassett or something--they'd be so cute!  Even if they were monsterous!  And people with gluttonous animals would hardly be able to resist... 
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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2006 03:35:53 PM »

Did you create these characters?? Ahh I love them so much!! You would sell those in a heart beat. The last one is my favorite.
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« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2006 11:53:03 PM »

I LOVVVE these!
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« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2006 02:34:00 PM »

They are great! I wish I could paint like that. I really like those freaky figures. Great job!
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