These are some of the experimental components I created when deciding on the different art beads to create for each month. They have the same antiqued, enclosed freshwater pearl look of Christi Friesen. I haven't read any of her stuff yet, although I am curious about her new book Steampunkery.
I was imagining pods of some sort but was having trouble deciding which looked best. I can see them in a fringy sort of waterfall necklace. Anyway, should I list them in my etsy shop? Hoard them to myself until the day comes where I finally admit that I am not going to make time for them? I really like their mustard yellow color combined with the orange freshwater pearl.
How does everyone like the new blogger updates? I love the way we can more easily arrange our photos. That was a major pain for me and this way I can choose whether the picture gets the attention or my words.
I'll post soon of some lovely copper pieces I have been hammering and making ancient looking.
They are the focus of the next book and I have been keeping it a secret so no one could beat me to it. Turns out the publisher would like to see more of a platform - ie; people who are interested. And the only way to build that is by showing everyone. It's a risk. I swear there is someone who has the ability to peer into my brain and take my best ideas as their own. But then again, so many times have I thought "Ah ha! This is completely original!" and started investing time, money and labor into the NEW & COMPLETELY ORIGINAL IDEA only to find someone else has done it before me. What do you do then? Scrap everything? Start over? Go ahead with the plan? I remember when I first discovered this seller on ebay who was selling these weird but pretty vintage beads, I bought a whole bunch, imagining my fresh original designs being snatched up by vintage collectors who liked the mix of collectible handmade. Hahahahahaha! I start listing them and only then do I start noticing other, already fresh, collectible handmade jewelry with vintage beads. The excitement quickly frittered out and here I am with tons of unused, vintage beads. And singed silk for layered flowers. And Tim Burton-like art dolls. And hand stamped tags. And layered transparent collages. And silk wrapped bangles (that was heart breaking, I mean they had barely been released and then I see them being taught!).
I felt really silly the first time I bought some czech glass buttons, I loved them and had the thought that I would re-make them into clay pendants and put different colored glazes on them. I created a bunch. I listed them on etsy. I sold some and felt brilliant. I browse the Time Machine on etsy (back when it actually showed what was newly listed and not just repeats of the same stuff over and over) and I see the same czech glass button images go by made in glazed clay! Incredulous, I look at the shop owners store and see she has been selling them months before me. Later as I am looking through old Bead and Button magazines, I see an ad by Earthenwood Studio. The ad displays all the same czech glass button images I had, plus TONS more, all created in many, many colors of glazed clay. This magazine was from 1997. 1997, people!!!!! She was running ads in a magazine waaaaay before I even thought to start selling online. I felt embarrassed. Did she see my pathetic little cheap renditions in polymer? I can't even make them any more, the joy is gone. There is no reason to make them if an experienced ceramic artist is selling them at a lower price in a bigger variety.
I am learning to research before getting excited about a new idea. Definitely before investing money. A few words in ol google would have shown me I am not that original.