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Further Laser Cutting Adventures

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow. The last time that I wrote about my laser-cutting adventures (eight months ago), I had just come up with a filigree butterfly design and was pleased with the way it turned out.

Since then I’ve been really busy, and have been doing some work for Maria Allen, who makes really clever use of the way that the laser can personalise gifts to make them unique.

Recently though I’ve had chance to experiment with my butterflies again, and have now extended the range. For example, here is a set of wooden butterfly pendants:

ImageThey are chunkier and more hard-wearing than the filigree version, but still have the design on both sides.

But for people who prefer the filigree version, I still make that one!:

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But my current favourites are the little phone charms (with a hole in the top corner of one wing). The smaller one is 1cm wide, and the larger one is 1.5cm wide:

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I think I might try to make some card-toppers one day, using the same design…

Etsy Here I Come!

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to the advice/encouragement from trinketsndreams the other day, I have been tempted into using Etsy as a possible outlet for my crafts, and have dipped my toe in the water by listing some tiny delicate polyclay leaf charms on etsy:

fifty polyclay leaf charms

fifty polyclay leaf charms

On the positive side, it’s only 20 cents to list an item – so with the current $/£ exchange rate that’s only 13 pence. But on the scary side, the exchange rate means that there is a fine line between my prices being set too high for people in the USA to want to buy my stuff, or for them to be too low for me to make a living (assuming that my theory is correct, and that far more people in the States know about polymer clay than in Britain (I think more craftspeople have heard of Etsy there, too, than here), so that’s where my main customer-base will be).

If I have time over the next few days, I think I’ll make a scientific experiment. I’m going to put three identical polyclay items for sale on Ebay.com, Ebay.co.uk, and Etsy. I’ll submit exactly the same photos and descriptions and prices for them, and then I’ll count how many hits I’ve had on each page.

Polymer Clay Fest

July 28, 2010 2 comments

I have been indulging in a massive polymer clay fest over the last few days, and have created so many beads that I need to get rid of some of the excess stock on ebay. For example I’ve put a wholesale batch of 100+ beads (listed here)…:

100 polyclay beads for ebay

100 polyclay beads for ebay

close-up of some of the beads

close-up of some of the beads

…plus I’ve made some bracelets:

flower bracelet

flower bracelet

pink flower and leaf bracelet

pink flower and leaf bracelet