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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:


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  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!
6  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:


Thank you! Cheesy
7  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.

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / How to make a journal/album out of wood? on: March 13, 2010 11:55:20 AM
I'm a woodwork and pyrography artist and I've been searching for a way to make journals and books out of wood for the covers so I can carve and burn my designs on them. Does anybody know of any tutorials, how-tos or any resources that could help me with this? I haven't been able to find any on my own. Sad

Anything would be great!

Thank you! Smiley
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Greta Garbo Pyrography Portrait on: March 13, 2010 11:29:03 AM

I hand-burnt this this week. It only took about two hours to complete. I'm very proud of it because it's Greta Garbo and I was worried I was going to mess up one of the most recognizable faces of all time. hehe The photo I used for inspiration was the one taken of her by Russell Ball in 1927. I wrote an entry about it on my blog too. Smiley

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pyrography: My Works on: February 28, 2010 02:27:52 PM
Pyrography means in Greek "fire drawing" and that's just what it is. With a pen-like tool or a laser, images can be burnt into wood to create fantastic art and design. I started using pyrogaphy a few months ago and I'm obsessed with it now! Here are some of my most recent work:

Before I burnt it, I drew Marilyn Monroe's face completely freehand! I was so proud of myself because I didn't think I could draw at all. lol Some people say that it would have been better if I traced it into the wood than had drawn it, but I think this makes it unique.

I took a black and white photograph of a young Norma Shearer and burnt it into the wood by hand. Then I decided to paint the background a dark blue and the robe a purple. It turned out really well, as you can see!

This is the back of the wooden box I gave to my best friend in Christmas of 2009. It's the Celtic symbol for "friendship" in the top and I painted the box a forest green color. She loved it. Cheesy
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