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1  Another Dragon.... (2 big images) in Completed Projects by Redjln on: February 16, 2007 06:49:00 PM
He still needs to be sealed, but here is my latest dragon....

Please excuse my messy desk, but I love this new one and had to share him.  Its been too cold here to spray him, but I couldn't wait to share him!
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2  Here be dragons.... Image heavy in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Redjln on: January 01, 2007 08:00:28 PM
I hope this is a good spot to post them.  I didn't see a specific ceramic spot, so I felt they might fit in best here.

I have been painting ceramics since I was 16, and this year that means I will have been at this for half my life!!

Feed back is encouraged and welcome, both positive and negative...  If you want to see more angles of them, please go to my shop.  I just posted my favorites.

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3  Re: packaging knitting needles in Crafty Business Discussion by Redjln on: December 05, 2006 04:46:31 PM
No problem.

I just had an idea for your knitting needles... might want to play with a folder for them.   That would have one fold already made in and you could use that as the tip of the "V" and just make two folds to get it into the "V" shape.

Yes I made another mock up, and folders are easier to find than ledger sized cardstock.  Plus they come in a wide range of colors. I put a ruler next to this one so you could get the idea of the size. (Some day, I will learn how to cut a straight line.)

Glad I could help...

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4  Re: packaging knitting needles in Crafty Business Discussion by Redjln on: December 05, 2006 04:25:16 PM
Okay, I have enough pictures to make a tutorial, so if you need them let me know but this is the final packaging:

Now for side view of it empty, pre-staples, and holes....

Now granted, I am using regular paper, and if I had access to a paper cutter and also a single whole punch I am sure it would have turned out better.  I would be a lot stronger with card stock too.  You could even make it narrower for the single hook, and get more packages per sheet of paper.

By adjusting the height of the "V" it effects how long the packaging is. The smaller the "V" the longer the package.  I am not sure how long your knitting needles are, but I image that you could hunt down some legal or ledger sized cardstock for them. 

My hooks are not even touching the bottom of the pocket at the bottom, and when I shook them they didn't move.  The one with two hooks has J Hooks in it, and the single has an H hook in it.  I know that scrapbooking section has a paper cutter, and assorted sized whole punches.

Hope this helps or gives you an idea.  Like I said, I got pictures of how I was folding them,  so if you need them I got them!

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5  Just starting up... in Get Product and Website Opinions by Redjln on: December 03, 2006 06:07:15 PM
Just to start off, this board has been a huge help to me!

I just got my state of NJ business registration certificate and tax collection certificate.  I will be opening my business bank account this week, and then work on figuring out the merchant account thing.  I got a website in development and can go live on Jan. 1, 2007. I am going to open an esty store and being doing craft threads.

Basically I paint assorted items. I paint slip mold ceramics (Figures and some boxes), wooden trays, and few other items (pressed paper boxes).  One of a kind, no two are exactly alike.

Right now, I am using 3 times the cost of the item.  I buy some of my ceramics on ebay, and included the cost of shipping in the base cost.  I also round up for local items so that I cover the cost of gas, paints, brushes, sealers, and all the other stuff for the business.  I mean one bottle of paint gets used on several items.

However, I've been seeing that I should do cost of item times the 2, plus the cost of my labor.  But I am usually working on more than one item at a time.  Such as if I am base coating something, I base coat several items at once to save time.  Plus, I've been doing ceramics for 15 years nows.  When I get in the zone, I paint rather quickly.  I make about $17 an hour at my day job.

Here are some examples of what I am going to be selling:
These are ceramic Dragons (I am going to do a Renaissance Festival in the spring) This one is sized at 12" tall x 10" wide.

The size of this one is approx.  10 1/2" Tall and 11" wide

This is a ceramic tray.  The painting is my own design.

This is a wooden tray.  Again the painting is my own design.

So how should I figure out my pricing?  The blue dragon above is coming out to about $120 including tax.  The cost of it not painted was $37.10.  Does this seem too high?
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6  Re: Office Cube Decorating Ideas? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by Redjln on: March 06, 2006 02:37:47 PM
Okay, I took some pictures today (after I cleaned my office some, as the desk normally is piled high with papers)

The view as you enter my cube.

A view of my desk (yup, the drawers don't close one side of it.)

Close up of vase

View as you sit at the desk

Strange gray cabinet thing above and below

and the cozy guest chair...

Its still a work in progress. I just added a new basket to my "collection" today.   Also I am thinking that I could get some more shells for on top of the PC Tower and file cabinet.   I just its not a typical cube because of the amount of planning  I did to get it to move towards this, and glad to see other working on their "homes" at work!
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7  Frist Attempt at Bag with three pictures in Crochet: Completed Projects by Redjln on: February 03, 2006 03:57:10 AM
Here is the little bag I made for a friend of mine. 

On its side:

Open from top:

Closed from top:

I know I did not line it, but the two strands of DMC Size 3 Senso worked out so tightly that I did not think it needed it!!  Now my other friend wants me to make her one!
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8  Blanket for my Grandma... in Crochet: Completed Projects by Redjln on: November 18, 2005 05:02:59 AM
My grandmother is 100 years old and lives in a nursing home.  Undecided  So finding gifts for her is a bit of a challenge.  So I decided to make her a blanket to wear on her lap in her wheelchair.   I am VERY proud of how it turned out!!

When my Grandma was "younger" (She turned 70 the year I was born!) she made me an Afghan.  So I know she will understand the effort put into this!  I doubled crochet the burgundy, and did a half double crochet on the cream.

Oh, its also my first Afghan ever.

Excuse the camera strap in this close up of my stitches.

Thank you for looking!!
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