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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Crafter vs Sellers

[caption id="attachment_1551" align="aligncenter" width="410"]Polymer clay big beads Large Pod Beads[/caption]

This past year I have struggled with which direction to take. I had a mess of a year with jobs and was taking a break, I experimented with different ideas. Crafting full time, hoping to make a living at that but my sales just do allow that.

I tried a stand alone store and wasted a lot of money there. I really don't sell enough to even pay for the site.I would in group of friends to try to get it going but to be honest, one of a kind pieces, custom items are make a living on.

I was mainly selling made to order items, like cake toppers and Agricola games, which while brought in some decent money, they took up most of my time from the stuff I enjoyed. Which is ironic because I first started selling just to hopefully share my work and make room  new work.

The fact that working with clay had become a chore was distressing because all I was making were items that I was just making for the sale. I wanted to enjoy using polymer and finally just finding my own way with it.

I finally got a job again and really I didn't have the time or the money to support a stand alone site. I decided to cut my losses and walk away. I realized I needed to rethink it all. I wanted to make what interested me and enjoy making it. Recently I pulled back on the cake toppers and the Agricola pieces thus freeing up my time to explore.

The pieces above are just one example. They were inspired by Christi's new book. I had a grand time making them and they are big but nice and light. Honestly I just liked making them. I finished them off and decided to just put them in my new Etsy shop. It started for just supplies but I've been slowly adding more to it. The biggest draw is there are more crafters to buy supplies and also some built in traffic, even if it isn't always mine.

 

 

 

2 comments:

  1. I am looking for a custom made cake topper. I do I proceed in getting more information?

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  2. Susan AverelloMarch 25, 2013

    I've put the cake toppers on hold indefinitely, sorry.

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