|The image is also a link. . .|
Well, the exciting news first. . . Vic, from up the road fixed my lawn mower. . .
Yeah, OK, that's not really the exciting news, though it did mean that I could finish my assault on the nettles and knee high grass in the orchard. . .
No, the potentially exciting news is that I have started up a new shop at another selling venue!
My ingratitude for the special gift of invisibility bestowed upon my shop by Etsy knows no bounds. ;-)
|The images all link to the relevant page in my new shop. . .|
I did a bit of research and found a site that is reasonably cheap per month, has no listing fees or sales fees, has usable themes, has the ability to import Etsy listings and link to them etc, and has good and quick customer support (unlike Etsy).
It has very little traffic of it's own, but I figure that if I am going to get stuck into generating my own traffic, I may as well point it to my own standalone shop rather than the train wreck (imho) that Etsy (especially Etsy Studio) seems to be set on becoming.
|Except this one hasn't been listed yet. . .|
So I have spent long hours working my way through the 300 or so listings I imported into my new shop, tweaking the seo and taking out any etsy links etc. I am about half way through the process so I think I am ready to share what I have been doing with a hopefully sympathetic audience. The site I chose is called 'Indiemade' and has been set up with sellers of handmade stuff in mind.
https://jbdrusticorganic.indiemade.com/store is the link to my new shop.
Please feel free to check it out. If you feel moved to let me know what you think, don't let me stop you. Anything that bothers you about it, or that is confusing, please give me the benefit of your opinion. Many thanks x Meanwhile I shall continue the tweaking. BTW, all my newer stuff is on there, and at least most of the pics on this post are all linked to those items in my shop. Efficient or what? Phew. . .
|Pic is a link as before. . .|
So, on to the mutterings. . .
I've been having trouble getting my photos consistent between my camera and my computer. I am setting the white point manually, so that the different colours of the beads I am photographing don't affect each pic differently, but however close I get the colours on my camera screen, the exposure and white point seem way off on my computer. At least they are fairly consistently way off, so I can bring them back in Pshop to a certain extent, but it is a bit of a pain. The monitor is calibrated and all that so I am not quite sure what I am doing wrong if anything. Never mind, just moaning, I'll sort it, ignore,
|And this one. . .|
As you may be able to tell from the photos sprinkled lovingly throughout this post, I have bought a set of interesting shaped cutters. They are meant for working with leather, but are great for polymer clay. They come in sets of 26 or so and can be found on the usual big online venues for around ten pounds.
|This one too. . .|
So far I have just used them to make relatively crisp and clean image transfer charm type things, but I will explore further, texturing and distressing and all that.
|And of course, this one. . .|
My small Varnish Revelation is only a personal revelation, as most sensible people would have worked it out ages ago. . . I started applying Varathene varnish before baking! gasp! It does brighten up the resulting image a bit and seems to prevent any fading during baking. Obviously, the down side is that any distressing of said beads after baking might be harder. I haven't tested this yet, but I will in due course.
Aye well, it's all a learning curve,
First off - last things first - I haven't heard of that technique. Maybe I'm out of the loop but I'll give it a try. I haven't used varathane in ages. I do love polishing to a mirror shine with my buff pads....
The new shapes are fab! And how you've used your technique on them - absolutely wonderful Jon.
And Hooray! on the lawnmower. Long grass = ticks. Ugh!
And finally - leaving the best to last - good for you on leaving Etsy. I am NOT an etsy fan whatsoever. Think it's a massive waste of time for any shop owner...truly - who can compete with 45 million other vendors in one space? It's like....never mind.
I'm super busy these days - obviously - I'm getting here how many days after you posted this? But I'll get around to your new shop eventually. I'm eager to see what you've done. Please keep posting the link in case I lose this!
Good for you all around Jon. Happy for you!