Designing For Profit

I absolutely love pinning on Pinterest.  It’s kind of like an “online” bulletin board, with not mouth, but eye drooling images. I use it as a task list, an accounting of work I’m doing or in progress.   I spend an inordinate amount of my time on Pinterest, but I can easily justify doing so,  or so I keep convincing myself, that it will improve visibility of my produce, when in fact, I’m a glutton for provocative ( not sexy LOL) images. With the amount of time I spend there I should be flowing in sales. I’m not sure if the numbers tell that particular story, but what I can tell you…..it definitely humors, calls out to  me, and satisfies my need to do something visually…. all in the name of growing my business.  So with my best Valley Girl impersonation I’ll say….”Best excuse ehhveeeeerrrrr”!!!
Whoooooaaaaa…. you say…what  happened to Designing for Profit? That’s still coming…I just have to share this image from Pinterest first! 😉

Whadda you think?! New way to store your dentures– or– safety measure to keep the wrong fingers out of your change purse!? LOL

This one is enough for the day…not sure how I really feel about it… on one hand I just want to stare, and on the other hand, to some degree, I want to say Eewwwww. I’m picturing  all the lint in the bottom of the coin purse…uuugggghhhhh, and then the artist in me wants to feign the “artiness” of it all.  The teeth are pretty though.. wouldn’t mind a set of those for myself!  As to the “art part”….I’m still on the fence….. So I think I’ll just keep staring. 😉

But let’s get back to my topic….. it’ll be brief, ’cause it’s 12:30 in the morning and I’m whipped.. so brief it will be….. 😉

Perfect as a dangle

Recently I started carrying a line of pewter findings, plated in sterling and gold, to help build my shop and allow me to make jewelry at an affordable price. I’ve been experimenting with these new components, and they’ve been fairly successful at my shows. I’ve also been able to keep the cost of class kits at National teaching venues lower, thereby helping to ensure my submissions are accepted.  For the first time, 4 of my submissions were accepted at one show alone… Yippeeeeee!  Two (2) of them use a variety of these components…..

These have been well received with the interest in vintage styles. both fast and easy to make using 5 simple components:

* Ear wires
* Sterling Plated Earring Frame
* Digital Image
* Sterling Plated Locks
* Jump rings

Total assembly time? Less than 5 minutes… of course that’s after the digital image was set in resin. That process was pretty quick as well…simply cut your image , drop in the frame, add a few drops of resin…. and you’re good to go.  I did have to wait the 24 hours for the resin to cure… but still really quick. I think I did  a dozen pairs in under an hour…..It takes me so much longer when I’m working my glass… and quite a bit more expensive as well.

This is absolutely my new favorite.  It’s actually a connector.  The purpose is to connect, or more simply put, bring two things together… I’ve found them to be great as earring components and cheaper than buying the  actual chandelier earring component…

And the earrings that they were used in….

Assembly time? 10 minutes max. Most of it was spent making sure the length of chain used was equal on both earrings and/or making sure they hung within themselves nicely.

These were perfect to introduce at the wholesale show I was showing in at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Quick and easy.  Two vitals for a successful wholesale product line.  Oh, and you need customers of course! LOL   Lots of them……

More images….all self explanatory…..

And a simple necklace using a few charms, small beads, and chain links.  Easy Peasy!….. This is not my design…borrowed it from TierraCast…the maker of all  these components.

If I can wrap my head around everything that needs to be done tomorrow….. and  my “muse” finds me an extra few hours , the plan is to have some of these on my Etsy  site…..crossing my eyes, toes, fingers, and some unmentionables that it will happen!  I’ve got about 50 different components that need to finally get listed…..;-)

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