Lights… camera….

I finally got around to buying a real tripod this weekend (as opposed to the tabletop one, which was NOT working for me), so it’s time for me to get off my bum and start photographing stuff. I’ll probably shoot the rings I’ve got finished over the next couple of days, and if they come out at all well, I’ll be posting them to Etsy within the next week. My Facebook followers have already seen the rough draft of those, as it were – I took pictures early on and posted them. But hopefully I can do a little better, now, what with the tripod, and the acrylic ring stands. Here’s hoping, anyway.

And then, it’s just me and the wire, my friends. I’m going to have to actually make earring jackets.

This is something with which I’ve had seriously limited success.

Another thing I need to do is order some fine silver wire in order to make fine silver headpins. I just don’t think the niobium ones are going to work out; they’re too short and too stubborn, and they don’t wrap the way I want them to wrap. This is supposed to be something I WANT to do, not something I DREAD doing; the only way that’s going to happen is if I find a nickel-free headpin that actually behaves itself and wraps all purty and stuff. I think fine silver wire will do that for me. Plus, it’ll give me a chance to get more comfy with the butane torch.

*insert evil, Beavis-like giggle here*

I know I haven’t accomplished much, so far. It’s discouraging, I’m not going to lie; things keep getting in the way. Not least of which being my own inherently lazy tendencies. But I DO want to do this. I WILL do this. I’ve come too far (and spent too much $) to give up now. I’m going to live the (small-scale) dream. I’m going to make jewelry, and people are going to pay for it. Hopefully those DVDs will teach me all sorts of interesting ways to embellish and make the stuff I make look even cooler, and people will pay more for them than they would for the stuff I make now, which is OK (but could definitely be better).

I know, big dream, right? LOL! But hey – you have to start somewhere. I’m starting with – sell something. Anything. Just selling once via Etsy – to someone who didn’t already know me going in, ’cause that’s cheating – will significantly increase my confidence about this whole venture, so… here’s hoping that will happen in the not too terribly distant future. But for that to happen, I need to take more pictures, so I can sell more jewelry, so I can MAKE more jewelry, so I can take more pictures, etc. etc.

Hey, it’s a grind, but it’s better than making copies, eh?

 

The importance of learning new techniques… or the importance of coasters.

I just ordered 6 DVDs on wire-wrapping techniques from http://createapendant.com/.

For whatever reason, though I’ve been doing wirework for a decade or more, what I know as far as technique hasn’t progressed too much from the first class I ever went to, where I was taught to follow patterns on a WigJig. Now, I’ve since learned to make a couple of different ring patterns (got one out of a magazine; extrapolated the other from a ring I’d bought), and that’s about it. I’ve always WANTED to learn how to wire wrap a cabochon, donut or large bead, and I’ve bought a couple of printed tutorials on the topic, but in the process, I proved something that was true of me as a child, and has apparently remained true into adulthood:

I stink at learning things from a written tutorial.

You can show me how to do something once, in person or on video, and I will be able to do it very well, almost immediately (it’s one of the reasons I’m good with computers; I don’t know HOW they work, I’ve just seen other people fix them. Also, if you’ve seen one Microsoft program, you’ve seen ’em all). But if you make me read step by step instructions, I will invariably mess whatever it is I’m doing up, get frustrated, and stop trying to do it.

So! When the opportunity came along to purchase step-by-step VIDEO tutorials, by someone who does some seriously gorgeous wirework… yeah, I went for it.

Even though I’m supposed to be saving money.

Yes, I’m feeling really guilty about it. And there’s a nagging doubt in my mind that says I’ve just purchased the world’s most expensive drinks coasters; why would this guy create tutorials teaching the competition to do what he makes money doing? That would be foolish, surely?

But… well, I’ll keep you posted.

If you see me suddenly making jewelry with all sorts of nifty wire swirls and coils and such, you know it was a successful purchase.

If not, I’ll have a safe place to put cold drinks.