Showing posts from January, 2012

I Have A Small Commission…

…via Etsy to make a silver ring.  I’m flattered when anyone likes my work enough to actually buy it, be it Illustration, jewellery or sculpture.Since deciding to make my jewellery available on Etsy and Folksy, it has become apparent just how much work has to go into the other aspects of selling to the public; things like presentation, photographing and packaging the items.  Then there’s the branding, marketing and networking, just to make people aware that your creations actually exist.So what happens when you don’t sell out your shop within days of opening?  You start to ask yourself why. Are your items not being seen? Are the items not appealing enough?  Are they priced fairly?To address and solve these issues takes time and effort beyond just making your products.  It also has a galvanising effect on you as a craftsperson.  It tests your resolve and dedication to your chosen craft.  The support of people who have experience in selling their wares and gaining a commission has helped…

Tree-Free, (Hemp), Pocket Notebooks

I have been puting together some leather bound small notebooks with hemp paper.  I have made a few designs and will be adding more.  They are 7.5cm x 8.5cm.  Ideal for pockets or handbags.  The hemp paper is a really good surface to write or sketch on.  The pads are hand bound with leather thong which wraps around the pages to keep them together.
I will be putting them on Etsy/Folksy this weekend.

Today I went to see the owner of a local shop which sells spiritual items, jewellery etc, to see what they thought of my silver rings and pendants.  They seemed to really like what I had created.  The jewellery ranges they sold however were mainly bought in from the Far east.  So it was difficult to see how I could pitch my prices.

I individually hand make my items whereas the Far Eastern stuff is often produced by casting into moulds by low paid workers.  They woman in the shop said that the designs sent to them to were sometimes the inverse of the symbols they were meant to represent.  This w…