Monday, October 7, 2013

Shop updates

I'm still busy, stocking my Etsy supply shop with handmade supplies. It takes a long time from start to finish, including the photography and listing process!

Right now, my supply shop has 65 listings, which represent well over 200 items, now that the "listings variations" option allows us to create one listing with multiple variations (such as size, quantity, color, # of holes, etc.)

Here's an example of one of my listings for enameled beads:

These are some antiqued hammered copper washers:

And here are some etched sand dollars:

I also got all my enamels out, got my enameling station set up to go on Saturday - did everything except actually fire up the torch. That will happen tomorrow! So look for more enameled beads, headpins, and other components in my shop in the days and weeks to come.

I hope if you're looking for handmade components for your designs, you'll take a look at my supply shop!

And as far as my jewelry shops go, I haven't had much time for jewelry design, what with trying to get supplies made, and teaching classes at the shop, but, after a blog post by (and subsequent private convo with) my friend Christine, I decided to revisit the issue of "pendant vs. necklace". I enjoy making pendants, and figured that designers would want to buy them "as is," so that they would have all their creative options wide open when working with the pendant. In the bead shop, my pendants sell well, but on Etsy, not so much. I have heard this discussion so many times before - pendants don't sell well, you need to turn them into necklaces, folks don't know what to do with them, yada yada yada. But I held firm, and left them as pendants.

On Saturday, I decided to take 3 of them, and turn them into necklaces, list them, and just see what happens.

Here are my finished necklaces:

So that's the status of my online shops.

Looking forward to some torch work tomorrow; I also have a full run ready for the kiln as soon as I walk in the door, so that's my first order of business, then the torch. I'm a little nervous about the torch; it's been about a year since I did any torch work, and I dread starting the learning curve over again! I just want to get in there and be perfect! No Mistakes! Is that asking too much???


Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful components, beautiful necklaces! Best wishes on all of your shops.

Christine Altmiller said...

Your new components are beautiful~all the different styles and designs and materials should really appeal to a variety of designers. I am curious to see if the chains result in pendant sales...keep me posted if you can! I look at that trampoline pendant and the cobalt & copper one and know how I would string them, but as we discussed, people want to be able to see it, not visualize it. Thanks for the shout out and thanks for yesterday's comment on the bracelets :-)