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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Packaging + Supplies on: June 10, 2008 12:42:53 PM
After talking about it for over 3 years, I'm finally biting the bullet this summer and starting up a craft business via Etsy.  I have some of the basics sorted out (theme, prices, craft supplies, time commitment, etc.), but I'm stuck on 2 issues:  Packaging my product for shipping in a creative way, and buying supplies for said packaging.

Originally, I figured that I'd sell so little that I could just buy the 75 cent jewelry boxes at the craft store (I'm mainly selling jewelry, BTW.  Possibly some plushies, but that's still up in the air) and slap a home-printed sticker on the top, but I don't want to end up in a situation where the craft store's run out, and I'm also worried that 75 cents + sticker paper + ink could add too much to my prices to keep things reasonable.  I looked up buying those boxes wholesale, but I could only find bulk sales, and I don't have the space or the money for thousands of little boxes.

My other idea was to make origami boxes and earring cards to place inside.  This could be a nice, attractive package, but it would take 5-10 minutes just to package 1 item, and I don't think they would ship well without being placed in another box.

What do you use for creative packaging, and where do you recamend getting affordable supplies that are preferably not in bulk? (by bulk I mean minimun orders in the hundreds)
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to seal/protect copper pieces? on: May 15, 2008 02:25:42 PM
I have several pieces of jewelry/etc. that were left in a warm car too long and are now all tarnished!  They're mostly copper, with a little brass/nickel silver thrown in.  I know I could just lightly sand-off the tarnish of some of the pieces/dunk them in soda, but I want to make sure that they stay nice and shiny when I'm done.

Does anyone know of a good sealant/protectent to keep copper items from tarnishing?
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Chakra" Chainmaille Headdress on: May 04, 2008 10:25:30 AM
In Metal Arts class, we had an assignment to use bezels in a wearable (prof doesn't like the word "jewelry" since it scares away the boys), with thought to how the piece could be displayed off the body.  He passed around some sample bezels, one of which was a giant taxidermy eye.  I had my idea!

(Larger image here: http://spacekitten.deviantart.com/art/Chakra-Headdress-84623346)

For the bezels, I used clear, flat-backed taxidermy eyes, and painted them.  The one pictured on the top is the chakra for the third eye (but it's set-in sideways!  I didn't realise this until it was too late)  The second one is designed after a Native American God's Eye, and the third is just some clouds.  They're interchangable, but for now you have to open the jump ring to change them.  I'm going to add a 'clasp' of sorts to eliminate the need for tools.  I made some feathers to hang from the back chains, so that when not on the body, it can be strung onto a hoop and hung up like a dream catcher (but I haven't found a hoop of appropriate size yet).

The chainmaille part is pretty simple: Half Persian 3-1 strands connected at the top by some Euro 4-1 in the round, and a strip of Euro 4-1 around the head.  The yellow-y chain in the back was purchased craft store chain, since I was running out of time and killing my hands with weaving!

All the metal is copper, except the detail pieces on the feathers (nickel silver) and the yellow chain (cheap mystery metal).  I'm thinking of sneeking one of the feathers off and wearing it on a necklace, since they came out so pretty.

I am SO going to miss the Metals Shop next semester!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Tape Shoe! on: February 13, 2007 06:29:46 PM
As an assignment, I made a replica of my sneaker entirely out of masking tape!  (Seriously, that was the assignment; make a shoe out of masking tape)

The only non-masking tape supplies were the cardboard piece in the bottom of the platform, and the masking-tape colored thread I used as decoration (which, by the way, broke my leather needle.  I had to sew most of it with a carpet needle).

Here's the tape shoe next to its, er, model:

Sadly, I can't fit my foot into it ;_;  Not that I'd actually wear it, but it woulda been fun to put it on...
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Night Elf Doll on: February 13, 2007 06:18:02 PM
I made another Warcraft doll!  This one is Vayu, a Night Elf Druid alt of mine.

This time, I didn't design the clothes off of actual game clothes.  Theyre just made-up random "lowbie" gear, but I did line the corset and bracers.  Also, I found a new method of attatching hair that is MUCH better and faster than my last doll.  But I'm afraid I made the wefts too thick, so that's why her head looks a little weighted in the back...

Close-up of the painted face.  Since Night Elf eyes 'glow', I painted them white with much much shimmer powder added in.  And of course, there's the funky Night Elf brows!

Her foot!  MWD is "Mage-Weave Designs".  Kinda making it my signature ^_^
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amorice the Witch/World of Warcraft Doll (pic heavy) on: January 07, 2007 08:14:22 PM

Amorice is my level 60 human mage character on World of Warcraft.  She also passes as a witch for those who aren't W.o.W.-inclined ^_^

warning:naked doll!

I made her using a simple doll pattern that user dedredhed posted on DeviantArt.com, and edited it till I was happy (mostly, I made it so that the limbs are button-jointed, as opposed to just stitched in place).  She's about 11" tall, with a full head of blonde crochet thread hair (sewn on 1 at a time, not doing that again!).  I painted her face on with acrylics.

She's wearing an outfit based on the "Robe of Power", a level 30-40-ish piece of armor in the game.  I've got a better robe in the game now, but I always thought this one was pretty!  The rest of her outfit is more generic W.o.W. accessories (boots, hat, and belt).

And my favorite part of her outfit:

The tag says "MWD" which stands for "Mage-weave Designs" (you need to make this robe in the game, using an item called Mageweave ^_^ *is a geek*)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amanos, the Fire Wyvern on: January 03, 2007 09:05:50 PM
Meet Amanos, a Fire Wyvern plush that I made for my boyfriend's birthday last October.

This is actually the 4th wyvern I've made from this pattern, but I managed to catch this one mid-flight and get some pics before he headed to his new home.  I used the Wyvern pattern here: http://www.wyrm.org.uk/cuddly/ and enlarged it 155% using a copier.  He's made from a bunch of red cotton calico prints.  I painted on his eyes with acrylics:

He guards my boyfriend's bedroom now.  Rawr!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / renaissance faire doll on: November 29, 2006 02:10:51 PM
My mom made a doll in a Renaissance Faire costume for me for my birthday.  Its just so aweseome, I had to share!

She's made from an Elinor Peace Baily pattern (don't know the name of it, but I can ask if anyone wants to know).  Apparently, it was a major pain-in-the-butt, but I couldn't be happier!  Its just too cool!

I can't take her clothes of to show it with a picture, but her shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees are all button-jointed, so she's pretty posable.

Here's a close-up of her face:

You can see the purple streak of hair (I dye my hair purple sometimes...) and my old pair of earrings that she's now wearing.  You can also see the little 'boobies' sticking out of the top of the corset.  Thats just too cool, IMO.  My mom also stitched on a toe-ring, but I couldn't get a good picture of such a tiny detail.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Photographing your work? on: November 28, 2006 01:20:32 PM
... Photograph your cloth pieces?  Or, any 3-dimentional craft project, for that matter.  I'm trying to take decent pictures of my things for here and my DeviantArt gallery.  I moved into an appartment this year, that actually has a semi-useful window for some natural light, but my windowsil is... not very photogenic.  Do you have a specific set-up for taking pictures?  Do you have a spot in the backyard?  Any ideas would be appreciated!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Halloween Package? on: October 24, 2006 01:04:13 PM
My mom and I swap gifts every year for Halloween.  This year, she's stuck with my grandparents for the holiday, and they're old fuddie-duddies when it comes to not-christian-friendly holidays  Tongue  So I really want to ship something full of Halloween spirit!  But, I'm stuck for ideas.  This is what I have so far:

-A black take-out box filled with assorted chocolate candies and a chocolate frog
-some gummi snakes (was gonna get gummi brains too, but I thought she'd be too grossed out to eat them)
-a nice piece of orange chocolate
-I'll be covering the take-out box with stickers and/or Halloween-themed origami pieces

So I guess what I'm looking for is ideas for something I could actually make to add in here.  I can sew and stuff, but I'm a bad knitter, FYI.
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