So many things in my head.

For starters, I’ve taken up those domed cabochons that seem so popular with the kids these days. It’s a tight market, and it’s a time consuming and labor intensive process, so I don’t know how that’s going to go; we’ll have to wait and see. I did about 8 pairs of earrings (well, 9, but I’m wearing one now. Purely for testing reasons! Just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t make me itchy! It had nothing to do with the fact that they were really, really pretty, honest! And they have already gotten the attention of my co-workers without my having to go “Lookit Lookit what I did,” so that bodes well, anyway. And of course, because I’ve worn them, I couldn’t possibly sell them, because that would be icky. Oh well!), and when I saw the prices that similar earrings were going for, I was really disheartened; the amount of time and effort to make them way outstripped what people are getting for them. I was figuring I might have to sell them as a set with a matching necklace, or include matching earring jackets as part of the item (which I may still do, we’ll see). But I have a secret weapon called allergies that may very well allow me to charge more for them, even without that, so that works out.
I also had it in my head I was going to take up metal stamping, but then I couldn’t find my stamps that I bought years ago, and new stamps cost a mint. Then I found them, so that point is moot. Still, I may have found another way, that will be less noisy and make the cats less miserable: StazOn ink. Don’t know much about it, so this is going to be a learning experience. That said, the pair of earrings I have that, without question, get the most comments, are the ones I made out of copper washers and colored with alcohol ink. Going to try to take that theory and run with it, maybe with some soldering or riveting, coupled with this other idea for sort of motivational/inspirational jewelry that’s been puttering inside my brain for ages. Nothing hokey, though. Well, not VERY hokey. Hokey in my own special, obnoxious, pessimistic optimist kind of way. Y’know, life sucks today, but there’s always a 50% chance tomorrow will be better. OK, so it wasn’t yesterday. Or the day before that. Still – you never know. TOMORROW COULD BE THE DAY.
Hey, man. I enter the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes. Every. Single. Day.
Why?
Because tomorrow could be better.
Also, it’s free. Because the Powerball/Mega Millions jackpot has that same sense of possibility and hope, except it costs money, and I don’t have any.

Out of cheese error – redo from start.

Why must I have a million ideas, & no time, energy, or money to enact them?
Currently:
Can I solder titanium post/stainless steel flat pad earrings to PMC stud earrings with Cool Tools’s Low Temperature Solder Paste? (I have everything I need to attempt this, with the possible exception of an annealing pan with pumice)
Ooh, I’d need lots of Gilder’s Paste to make the earrings (that I don’t even know if I can make work) pretty colors! Ooh! And molds! Lots of molds for studs!
I wonder if it’d be OK if I put mica dust in my homemade personal care products (that I haven’t even started making, yet)?
I need to get started on the kumihimo braids for the solid perfume lockets (lockets on order; may arrive sometime this MONTH; have not yet attempted any kind of solid perfume making. Ever); I need more of that dark blue variegated satin (have lots of satin. Have lots of VARIEGATED satin. Just NOT THAT COLOR.)
Translation: I MUST BUY ALL THE THINGS!!!!

On further thought….

That’s just stupid.
I’m creating problems for myself where, as of yet, no problems exist.
I’ll buy the Endicia labels. OK, so there won’t be delivery confirmation; if someone is really insistent about it, I can go out & get it. I need to make products & actually sell them before I can worry about annoying customers I don’t even have yet.
So! That’s that problem sort of solved.
On to bigger and more interesting things.

Beginnings

So! This is my nifty new WordPress blog.

As I set out on this journey of turning my jewelry hobby into a jewelry venture, I’ve been informed by the Etsy community that having a blog is a wise thing to do. I’ve been keeping blogs for years, so on the whole I agree. But apparently the purpose behind an artisan-crafted business-related one, aside from letting the purchasing public get a glimpse into my own personal insanity, is to give them (you) a sense behind how the pieces are created, and why, and what I was thinking when I did them, and what the challenges were, etc.

So… here we go, folks! You’re getting in on the ground floor – I’m not even selling yet. I haven’t got a tax ID, yet. And since I have family in the NJ State Tax Court, it would reflect badly upon both them and me if I sold without the ID. To get the ID, I need a business address, and to get the business address, I need money. The money is coming, and I should have it soon; in the interim, still buying beads (which has been putting a dent in the getting-the-mailbox fund), learning new things, and (hopefully!) making jewelry to get ready for the day this show is on the road!

Next savings goal – buy a kiln!

Next MAJOR MAJOR savings goal – buy a house, to keep all my beads and my kiln in! Because it’s a bit tight in my 1 bedroom apartment, my friends, lemme tell you.

I learned a really nifty way to use PearlEx powder to ombre your epoxy clay last night, and I’m dying to try it out; if I have time tonight, I really hope to work on that. If not, I’m going to start making pairs of the black earrings with the abalone shell drops that get so many compliments. Except probably not with abalone; I’ll use other stuff. But I made a new pair for myself the other day (with blood-red and black Chinese crystals, to match a necklace I bought at a chain store last year), and they came out really quite well, so it’s time to get to work on making them for people who AREN’T me. I even got complimented on the abalone ones at the Bead Society meeting (where I learned about the ombre technique), which pretty much made my day. It’s one thing to get compliments from my co-workers; they don’t know anything about this stuff, so they just think they’re nifty. And that’s cool! But the bead society people DO know about beading and wirework, and they thought they were cool. Gave me quite the thrill. 🙂
I can’t find my titanium flat-pad posts, which is bugging the heck out of me. I was all ready to make some flower studs the other day, and I couldn’t find the posts! I hate that I’m so disorganized. I’m working on it, at least regarding the beading stuff, but apparently those got moved before I got all organize-y last Saturday. I probably put them someplace “safe.” *sigh*
Still waiting for the tax money to drop. Clearly that’s not going to happen in time for me to get a tax ID# prior to the bead show this weekend, which stinks, but what’re you gonna do? The only thing that bothers me is that I would really, really like to buy niobium stuff from this woman whose work I admire immensely (she’s in the bead society, and I think she’s scared of me because I have a bit of a hero worship thing going on, there), but it’s just too expensive. I don’t begrudge her the money (this IS her day job; I’m just a poser!), and I’ve certainly given her a bunch of it over the years (and that was before I was in a bead society with her), but I just don’t have it to spend. When I want something truly artistically gorgeous made out of the stuff, she’ll be the first one I go to, but for wholesale finding materials, I’m going to have to use another source, when the time comes. And it’s coming pretty soon, because I don’t think the nickel-free headpins I bought off Etsy are going to do the trick. They’re what I used to make the dangles for the Art Clay Copper earrings(faceted goldstone beads and mystic black Swarovski pearls), and they were IMPOSSIBLE to wrap well; too soft. It’s going to have to be the niobium, at least if I want to be able to lay claim to hypoallergenicness… and I do. Regardless, I should be able to get all sorts of pretty beads and things at the bead show, including increasing my stash of dichroic cabs, which is always nice. It’ll probably also mean another trip to Michael’s for bead containers; I’m out. Well, I’m out of non-dedicated ones, anyway; everything I’ve got that doesn’t already have stuff in it is intended for a specific use (e.g. more Swarovski rounds for rings, or more Swarovski or Preciosa chatons for the epoxy clay projects). Maybe I’ll even find some nifty metal clay stuff; who knows? I was never into it before, so I never paid too much attention to what might be there for it. Heh.
Of course, the hard part, as always, will be not spending the war debt. Having the tax ID would be helpful on that front, but… well, yeah. Anyway. It’s easy to spend a lot at these shows. But the thing I have to keep in mind is, just because it’s pretty, doesn’t mean I can’t find it cheaper elsewhere. What I want to keep an eye out for is relatively high-quality gemstone strands; I got some truly beautiful amethyst and tigers eye strands the last time. And of course, the Chinese crystal. It bothers me a little to buy that, since it’s not as high-quality as the Swarovski stuff. But it does mean that when I’m finally making and selling, I’m able to charge a lower price for the products I make with it. And I plan to post clearly that it’s made with Chinese crystal.