Sunday, May 16, 2010

Etsy Incubator

For the past few months I have been hard at work laying the groundwork for opening at Etsy store. I am in the last phases of it and should have my store up and running soon. For now, here is a little preview of some of the things I will be selling in my shop.

I am really excited about these stitch marker necklaces. They will be available in many different color combinations.





As part of the preparations, I have been testing prototypes to make sure they are durable, comfortable to wear and functional. I can attest that the stitch marker necklaces work great as fun, fluid necklaces and perform their double duty as stitch markers quite nicely. All of the accent beads are wire-wrapped, so they won't snag on your yarn.



I am also excited about these resin necklaces. After a few false starts with some sub-par materials, these are now up to my standards and ready to go. I am really enjoying playing with the materials to create these pendants. I am using a variety of materials including photos I have taken, reclaimed fabrics, vintage buttons, stamps and shrinky dinks. Because of the materials I am using, each of these pendants has its own unique history and its own story to tell. There will be a lot more of these pendants as time goes on and I come across more fun images and materials to incorporate.



One of the jewelry techniques I am most fond of is wire-wrapping. It is a tidy and secure technique. I have recently taken to combining wire wrapping with sections of strung beads to create asymmetrical necklaces. The asymmetry thing has totally got me in its grips right now!



Also asymmetrical, but without the wire, I have been making necklaces that combine different materials such as this bamboo and glass necklace.



One of the most challenging parts of this process has been the photographs. I am definitely pushing my little point and shoot camera to its limits. I know the quality would be so much better if I had an SLR camera, but for now, I am working with what I've got. And, luckily, my lovely sister Jessy has agreed to model for me, so I can convey a sense of scale with pictures of her wearing the jewelry.

As soon as my shop is up and running, I will surely let you know.

4 comments:

  1. love the pink and green necklace

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  2. I don't know what a stitch marker is, but those necklaces are cute! :) Good Luck!

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  3. This is super exciting! What fun pieces!

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