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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: list your etsy store here! on: August 05, 2012 03:23:26 PM

Basically my un-professional knick-knacks. I plan on selling everything from my wire wrap jewelry, to patchwork apparel, to wood-craft items, to macrame, and beyond; all generally pretty earthy-crunchy.

Brand spanking new shop, so I don't really have much made yet. For now I've just listed a couple of my most basic things. I'll add things soon...
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Show me your unappreciated etsy work! on: July 24, 2012 01:47:43 AM
Thanks for the tip! I know using a dummy is not the best, but the problem is I don't have a live model... I'll think about a way to dress my dummy up a bit more.

Other people have suggested I should offer some smaller bows as well. Though personally I prefer my chunky ones, perhaps some buyers have something finer in mind when they search for them. What do you think?

In the meantime I do have good news: I sold the turquoise bow last weekend!

I think buyers would see quite a few uses of a smaller bow over a larger one, and I certainly don't think it's a bad idea at all.

I would think that some might not want the bow to be quite as much of a focal point for their outfit (not that they aren't amazing) and would like something that could be worn with a bit more subtlety, or in places where a bulky bow isn't practical - like in the hair.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: The (new) Etsy critique thread! on: July 16, 2012 02:44:51 PM
Hi friends!
I used to have more paintings and sewn things in my shop but I recently decided to finally put up all the jewellery I've been making. I'd love to hear some critiques. I am really hoping to sell some things to keep my craft habit alive Smiley


Thanks in advance. And please add me to your circles so I can check out your shops.

I really love your shop. I actually quite like the background you've chosen as a backdrop to your jewelry, actually; it gives the whole shop a very strong, vintage feel. Your banner is also very beautiful.

The only thing I feel like I could offer objectively is perhaps more "action shots" of you (or a friend) wearing the jewelry. You do have quite a few photos of the jewelry being worn around your (or someone's) neck, but the photos are so zoomed in that in many of them the image of the piece itself becomes blurry, and it still makes it difficult to entirely determine the size of the piece, since we can't tell the exact size of the chest on which it is modeled.

If you're comfortable, maybe you could even include a fifth picture of you throwing together an outfit to complement the jewelry, at least from the bust up? I think your pieces would look beautiful with some vintage blouses or jackets, etc.

Love your music, by the way.
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / What's in a Name? Importance of Shop Names/Personal Advice? on: July 07, 2012 01:10:30 AM
I've seen a plethora of different shop names on Etsy, from sentence-long puns to the humble name of the shop owner. I've always wondered, however, how much bearing these names actually have on the success of the shop.

I've been trying to come up with a shop name, but every time I do, I worry that the name is too pretentious, or too difficult to remember, or a number of other problems.

So what do you think? Why did you name your shop what you did, and how important do you find shop names?
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Etsy Shop: Stick to one type of craft or a little of everything? on: July 07, 2012 12:44:41 AM
I've always fretted about this as well. I've been slowly making the necessary preparations to open up my Etsy shop, my issue being that I make macrame, wood, and wire jewelry in about equal measure (combining them whenever possible for something unique) and I didn't want to have to forego one for another.

I'm glad people here seem to think having a mongrel shop is acceptable.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Sewing Up Your Hair on: June 25, 2012 06:38:56 PM
Every time I set up shop on the floor or the bed to macrame, I wind up getting a metric ton of hair in it. Sometimes it's the hair attached to my head, and sometimes it's the hair already laying there.

What's worse is, not only do I have very long hair, but my partner has long hair as well as a full beard, so with the two of us combined, you can imagine the stray hair...

Of course I will pull it out if I catch it within one or two knots, but if I don't notice it until the whole thing is done, there's just no way. I usually just take some scissors to it afterwards and hope no one notices...
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Making a clean slice of wood without damaging bark on: June 24, 2012 11:12:12 PM
I don't recall the tooth size exactly but it was pretty fine. To be honest, though, it was also not the newest, sharpest piece of equipment you might imagine, which probably didn't help the tearing off the bark bit.

I suppose my next step, then, would be to find a nice fresh cut of wood from a tree... as much as I detest the thought of hacking off a perfectly good branch in mid-summer for a craft experiment, I suppose I won't put any of it to waste.

Would there be any issue in letting the formed, wet beads dry on a piece of fishing line or beading string? Most sites I've referred to recommend waxed linen thread, but I honestly can't imagine why that would be.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a clean slice of wood without damaging bark on: June 24, 2012 12:07:46 AM
Thought it was simple enough. Turns out, not so much.

Went out into the woods to collect some fairly freshly fallen small branches - about 1-1.5cm diameter each, of many different species of trees - to cut into simple wood slices for post earrings and beads, ala something like this, and through some twist of fate, they were left to then bake in my car in full sun for a day and a half, leaving them amply dry.

On day three I took a handsaw to them, only to find that the saw nearly instantly ripped the bark off of the branch, and the tooth of the saw left a nasty jagged pattern that all but eliminated the natural rings of the branch and left the whole thing looking like a miniature cork.

I'm clearly no woodworker - I'm a botany student, and a pretty poor one at that. Does anyone with more experience have any advice for making a simple, clean cut that won't damage the ring of the tree or the bark? Clearly species of tree is pretty important, but I'm not sure I really have the formula for freshness of wood/drying either.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: deer antlers ring on: June 23, 2012 12:28:08 AM
This is awesome! I'd love to know how this was done.
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Non-drill based way to make "rustic" twig-based beads? on: June 18, 2012 02:00:05 AM
First post here - frequent lurker before I actually made an account, and finally decided to suck it up as of a few days ago, and make one.

I wanted to know if anyone knew of a practical way to make rough, twig-based wooden beads in a way that does not involve drills or other large machinery. Something along these lines:


While I have access to a drill, I would much prefer a more natural way of creating holes in the wood that doesn't involve laboring over a very loud piece of machinery in my current communal living.
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