Here's some recent submissions to the Artisan Crafts gallery that I found interesting and think they deserve more attention I hope that you'll enjoy them, don't forget to fave, watch and comment on anything you like!
I was tagged by Brookette so here we go! this was so hard to do
Welcome to a Community Volunteer project in which we will be highlighting our favourite Daily Deviations featured within the recent weeks! We would like to encourage the community to join in on this project by simply going through the Daily Deviations page and collecting some of their favourite pieces of art within a journal titled "My Daily Deviation Highlights"! We hope this project will help spread awareness and love for Daily Deviations and our fellow deviant artists!
Use the hashtag #DDHighlights so we can find your journals!
And of course:
You may choose to feature deviations from all categories, or you can focus your journals on a specific category such as Photography, Fan Art, Manga/Anime or whatever suits you! This is a very open project in which creativity in the way you choose to highlight Daily Deviations is welcome and encouraged!
What have you loved this week?I tag: PirateLotus-Stock, cakecrumbs, kayanah, Beltaneh, MayEbony and anyone reading this that feels like sharing let me know so that I can see it!
Here's some recent submissions to the Artisan Crafts gallery that I found interesting and think they deserve more attention I hope that you'll enjoy them, don't forget to fave, watch and comment on anything you like!
How long have you been on DeviantArt? 6 years
What does your username mean? Talty is a pet name my little bro gave me long ago. My family, husband and closest friends call me Talty
Describe yourself in three words. Smart, clumsy, socially-awkward (is that cheating?).
Are you left or right handed? Right handed. Super right handed. My left hand is weak and stupid.
What is your favourite type of art to create? Crafts! I love love love love to craft. Creating something tangible and useful is amazing and rewarding!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be? TOO MANY OPTIONS! Maybe realistic drawing, singing, piano, photography, crochet, sewing...
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most? Crafts.
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist? I can't name just one person. So many talented artists!
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? maytel, moofestgirl, cakecrumbs, kayanah, :devkimchi-kawaiii:, and more! Sorry I didn't mention more, I don't want to start listing and leave someone out.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life? chat-noir's tutorials introduced me to polymer clay, that was a huge impact in my life. The girls mentioned above have been great friends and sources of inspiration, so many amusing and touching moments have happened between us
What are your preferred tools to create art? Polymer clay, oven, blades.
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art? My house XD specifically the dinner table. Which is actually the all-purpose table.
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory? Every single time someone has told me I inspired them to pick up a craft, or try something new, or work with polymer clay I still dream about teaching my craft, so when someone tells me that my tutorials helped them I feel all warm and fuzzy inside
A few days ago was my second wedding anniversary, I was in the mood for some wedding-related crafts and I found a lot of amazing cake toppers There's something so romantic about a custom cake topper, I was amazed and touched by these! I hope that you'll like them too, and please let us know if you had a custom cake topper at your wedding! Did you craft it yourself? What's your ideal cake topper?
Don't forget to leave comments, faves and watches to all these amazing artists!
Hi everyone! How have you been? Just a quick update: for (at least) the rest of the year, I will be focusing on making polymer clay tutorials instead of commissions and things to sell. I love teaching, and one of my dreams includes teaching what I do in a small workshop, so for now I think YouTube is the closest I can get to that
I will be uploading a new tutorial every weekend on my English and Spanish YouTube channels, I accept requests for tutorials!
I'm still unsure if I should make silent tutorials, or speak and give explanations while I craft. I would appreciate any feedback, what's easiest to understand? What's more interesting to watch?
Just writing a quick journal to let you guys know I'm closing my commissions for the time being, I haven't been able to complete a few of my last commissions in time and I really hate disappointing my buyers. Besides, I've been doing commissions for several years now and I need to take a rest from it, work on some personal projects I've been meaning to do forever, and such.
I also closed my stores. I don't know how long it'll be, but a few months probably. If you really want a commission and don't mind waiting, then I guess you can still commission me
Edit: Barely one hour after writing this I received a commission from the only person I can't reject: my mom. Hi mom! When you read this don't feel bad, you didn't know, and it was an amusing coincidence.
On a side note, please send good wishes my way! One of my cats had surgery a few weeks ago to remove a bunch of tumors in her tiny body, we're hopping to receive the results from the biopsy tomorrow. We're really hoping it'll be nothing to worry about!
Would you play a game with me? I just put together some examples of crafts that look like something else, proof that crafters can do anything! Before you read the answers or the comments, try to guess what it really is... the answer may surprise you. After you're done, don't forget to visit these talented artists' galleries!
And don't cheat, I will know This is for fun, to prove that crafts are awesome, and hopefully teach you about some new crafts.
- Don't click to open the deviation! The title can give away the answer.
- Work with the preview image, I'll try to provide the best size possible.
- They are all crafts, but try to guess the material and what kind of craft they are. Is it crochet? Sculpture? Cooking? Clay? Fabric? Stone?
- Write your answers down and check the score at the end.
- If you already knew one of these deviations and therefore you already know the answer, don't worry! It's a free point for you
- Write a message letting us know your score!!
Are you ready to see the answers?
Remember, don't cheat
This craft doesn't include fabric, this is a fullsize dress made out of paper.
It sure looks like a glass decoration, but this is a sugar sculpture made with isomalt.
Many of you probably thought chocolate or polymer clay, but this is paper again!
Looks like a beautiful sculpture or an artisan doll, but it's a cake!
This is a tricky one, because everything is a craft! It looks like a real cat with a sewn Teddy bear, but everything is a miniature.
I'm willing to bet that no one will guess that this is made out of hot glue.
The bowl looks like a delicate porcelain, but it's actually carved out of fruit!
Did you see the wearer's legs? This is actually a costume, not a sculpture.
I wish I could make my real cakes look this cute, but this is actually soap.
This is one of my favorites ever - all that lovely fluffiness comes from pipecleaners! And you thought they were only good for kids
Scores0-1 Fresh Veggie: There's a lot you can still learn about crafts, please make sure to join CRArtisanCrafts!
2-3 Plushie Puppy: You did well, these were difficult examples!
4-5 Smart Cookie: No way you got this score by chance, great job!
6-7 Origami Hero: I'm impressed, not many could recognize so many crafts.
8-9 Gilded Star: So close! You sure know your crafts, be proud!
10 Master of Crafts: You deserve all my admiration, congratulations! (unless you cheated, in that case, I know it ).
Constructive criticism can really help us boost our art level, sometimes we know something can be improved but it's difficult to know it ourselves. Sadly, constructive criticism is rare. That's where I come in!
The last few years I've tried my best to learn as much as I can about as many crafts as possible, so I feel confident to give my opinion about most of them. I hope this will help some people that are looking for comments to improve their work
I will pick the deviations that I find more interesting, or that I feel I can help the most. I will pick 5 or 10 deviations this time, and if you guys are interested I can repeat this often!
I will critique your craftsmanship, concept and photography. I will point the things that I like about your work, but I will also look for flaws or things that you can improve, and I will do my best to give you tips and recommendations. If you're only looking for positive comments, or if you can't endure being told that your work is not ~*perfect*~, please don't apply! I will try my best to be kind, but I know some people don't like being told that they did something wrong, no matter how tiny the flaw or how it's worded.
- All crafts are accepted.
- No minimal or maximal craft level required.
- No minimal or maximal views, faves, comments or watchers required.
- No premium account required, if you can't enable critique I will leave a comment. If you have a premium account I recommend that you enable critique, that way the notification of my critique and your deviation will be seen by my watchers. Read more about enabling critique here.
- Please post only three thumbs of your recent work that you would like me to critique. I will pick one.
- If I didn't pick you, please don't get discouraged! I'm sorry I don't have the time to write critiques for everyone. I will probably try this again!
We have been running these challenges for three years now, we have to keep them challenging! So this time we’re shaking things a little: instead of randomly picking a winner from the participant pool, we’re going to pick the entry that makes the most creative use of the theme. Even if your crafting skills aren’t the best, but you had a great idea and were able to transmit it, you have a chance to win the 3 months subscription!
Theme of the month: Berries
For those of us in the northern hemisphere summer is almost here, the fruits are ripping all around! And if you’re in the southern hemisphere, you probably miss the colorful look of a meadow full of berries, so we hope this challenge will please everyone
This month we’re asking you to craft something made out of berries, what kind of berries is entirely up to you. Are you a fan of strawberries? Blueberries? Blackberries? Raspberries? Cranberries? You only have two limitations: it has to be handmade out of clay and it must contain berries! Any edible fruit (real or fictitious) that includes “berry” is eligible.
- Participants have to be members of semi-sweeties
- Submissions must be entirely made by you (no bought canes or molds).
- Only new work is accepted, submitted to DA between June 1st and 30th.
- Items must be primarily made of clay (polymer clay, cold porcelain, air dry clay, etc - but NO silicon or resin).
- ONE ENTRY PER MEMBER!
- If a tutorial was used, the source must be credited.
- You must write somewhere in the artist comment box that this is an entry for #semi-sweeties' monthly challenge + add a link to this journal.
- Submit entries into the "Monthly Food Challenge" folder.
The challenge closes on June 30th and the 3 month sub winner will awarded to one semi-sweeties member that in our opinion, made the most creative use of the team.
Previous challenges and winners
May (Healthy Snacks) - margemagtoto
February (Chocolates) - fairchildart
the team at semi-sweeties
Last week was full of excitement and turmoil at the same time. We had the Artisan Crafts week at projecteducate and it was amazing, so many interesting articles! I spent a lot of time and thought writing both my articles, thank you so much for all the faves and comments they meant a lot to me!
I also participated in the Artisan Crafts chat last Saturday, it was pretty amazing and crazy I was happy to talk to many of you, and the Scavenger Hunt was so much fun! Would anyone be interested if I organize a chat for polymer clay? We can share tips
One of my little cats, Diana, was neutered last week. She's a sweet little girl that always wants to be hugged and petted, but she turned out to be a little demon when recovering from surgery. She managed to pull her stitches twice, despite the cone of shame and the mittens that the vet crafted for her. Diana stayed behind at my parent's house (I only took three cats and my doggy when I loved), so both times I had to rush back to my parents, then rush to the vet. Luckily she's fine, and the vet stitched her up really good last time. Oka said he stitched her like an american football
If you didn't hear from me last weekend, now you know why XD I'll get back to everyone asap.
How was your week, friends?
Taking crafting commissions
Note: I’m writing this with crafting commissions in mind, since that’s my area of expertise. I imagine that some things could also apply to other kind of commissions, but I make no promises
Accepting commissions is very different from opening a store in a lot of ways, so I decided to write a separate article for it. However, a lot of what I explained in the article "Introduction to setting up your store" also applies to taking commissions, so make sure to read that article too!
What is a commission?
A commission is when a client pays you to create a specific craft with their idea or instructions.
How is a commission different from sales in my store?
When you sell something in your store, people are buying your work. When you accept a commission, people are hiring you to do some work for them. A lot of personal communication, feedback and compromise is needed. Your commissioner essentially becomes your boss until they receive their commission
Commissions are a lot more difficult than plain sales because you’re interacting directly with your commissioner and you’re working with their idea, it’s your duty to fulfill their vision and dream. People will be expecting a lot more from a commission, and often they will ask you to craft things that you’ve never tried before. They are a great opportunity to push your limits!
A lot of times the commission will be something very personal: a memento of a dead friend, a gift for a special someone, that piece of jewelry they want to wear in their wedding but couldn’t find anywhere. People will often tell you beautiful or sad stories behind the commission they want you to do.
I’ve gotten very emotional about some commissions to the point where I couldn’t finish them without crying. That’s the main reason why I love doing custom commissions: I’m honored that they let me be part of something so important for them and I get to know my clients better, but it’s a very stressing situation for other artists I’ve met, so they prefer not to take commissions. Decide wisely before you start accepting custom commissions, they take a lot more from you as an artist and as a person.
What do I need to accept commissions?
You’ll need a lot of what I already mentioned in my previous article (a way to accept payments, a good reputation, knowledge in pricing your work, etc). You’ll also need good communication skills to understand what your client wants, some mind reading skills to understand what they can’t put into words, and lots of patience!
Make sure that you’re already pretty good in your craft of choice, commissions are not the best opportunity to practice! A lot of times there’s a deadline, and the expectations are always high. Also, keep in mind that working on a commission is usually more time consuming, so decide if you have enough free time to start accepting custom commissions.
How do I start accepting commissions?
Advertise! Don’t wait until people ask you if you’re taking commissions, write a journal advertising that you’re accepting commissions with some samples of your work, estimate prices and rules. Put a link in your profile and signature, write it down in your Facebook page, do anything it takes to let people know that you’re accepting commissions. But don’t spam!
Provide a way for people to contact you with their idea, either by note, message or email. Answer them quickly and be very polite, answer any questions they may have, ask all the questions you need until you know what they want. Very specific or complicate designs may require some references, so it’s okay to ask them for some color swatches, sketches, or additional instructions. Send them back some sketches and additional ideas until you’re both satisfied and happy with the commission.
Once you know what they want you to do, decide a price. This is why it’s so important to be a master of your craft, otherwise you won’t know how much work or materials it’ll take you to complete the commission. If you charge too little you’ll end up loosing time and money, if you charge too much your client may walk away. There’s no rules or shortcuts here, you’ll need to learn from experience with your craft and materials, good luck!
If your client accepts your price (don’t let them haggle you down! Respect your work and time) decide a payment method, complete the commission and send it. If you think you can do it all over again, accept more commissions and repeat.
What do you mean I need rules for my commission?
Yes you do! There’s some things you may not want to craft (ie gore), some things that you can’t craft because they’re above your skill level, or things that you don’t want to craft simply because you don’t like it (ie MLP). Be very clear and concise, so that your clients have a good idea of what they can commission you to do.
As part of your rules write down your preferred payment method, the best way to contact you, your estimated delivery times, your limitations, etc. It’s common for some people to ask other artists to duplicate items or styles created by a different artist, but cheaper. SAY NO TO COPYING SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK!! It hurts all of us, so I beg you to write it down in your rules and reject those kind of commissions.
When do I get paid?
The rule of thumb is that you should get at least part of the money before you begin working on any commission. There’s a lot of factors that decide how much to ask upfront including your reputation, the final price for your item, the cost of buying the materials, etc.
I think that every crafter should ask for at least 50% upfront. When the work is done, send them a photo with the finished piece, get the rest of the money, and send them the finished piece. This is the most basic model in which both the artist and client are protected. If you begin working without payment, there’s a good chance that the client will flee and you’ll end up stuck with a custom piece that you may not be able to sell again. If you ask for part of the payment upfront, even if they flee you’ll have some money to make up for your loses. It should be pretty obvious, but never send an item without receiving the full payment!
If the final price for the commission is cheap, or if you’re a respected and well known artist, you may ask for the full payment upfront. For more expensive commissions I find that it’s a good idea to offer the option of paying in two steps, it’ll be less of a burden and they’ll be more likely to accept your price. Check what other artists in your line of work are doing and what works best for them.
A final word about commissions
When you decide to take commissions, keep in mind that you’ll be working with your client’s wishes and ideas, and your main goal is to make them happy. But you need to be happy about your work too, so don’t compromise your style or integrity in the process. You’re an artist! Be proud of your work.
If you’re lucky, your client will only have an idea of what they want and they’ll be happy to work the details with you. Profit! This is my favorite kind of commission because I can let my imagination fly, offer them several options, discuss back and forth, and create something completely unique, and ours. In some other cases they’ll be very specific about what they want and about every detail, know your skills and materials before you accept such a commission or you may not be able to fulfill their concept.
Try to find some balance between your style and what your client wants. Never impose your ideas to them, but let them know if you think something is not going to work. They may even ask you something impossible for your media, or the final piece may be fragile, impractical or not even work like they want. Talk with them and see if they’re willing to compromise, or direct them to a different artist that may be able to do that. The other artist may return the favor!
This concludes my article about accepting commissions. Most of what I said comes from my last three years of experience taking custom commissions and conversations with other artists. Please don’t take every word as a rule, I’m trying my best to provide the best information that I can, but I’m not claiming to know everything. Your experiences may be a lot different! If you have any questions, suggestions or topics that you want me to cover in future articles please let me know!
If you want to check my journal about custom commissions as an example, here it is! Or you could even ask for one
Talty's Commission InfoNOTE: COMMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED
You can buy a lot of things from my Etsy, Storenvy, or request a custom commission for any of the things not there!
If you don't have a DA account contact me via mail taltysbakery*at*gmail*dot*com
Important: I receive payments through Paypal. This means I will not know any of your bank account info, I will not know any personal information except for your shipping info (name and address). I will not keep records of it, distribute it or use it for any other purpose than send your commission. I'm trying to build a reputation and a serious business here, so the least I want is risk it doing anything that makes me loose my buyers trust.
If you're underage please make sure your parents or tutors have no problem that you place a commission with me and send me your address. I repeat, I wi
Introduction to setting up your store
I have been there, deciding to sell your work is a scary decision. What do I do? How do I sell? How do I accept money? What do I do so that I don't lose money? What if no one buys my work? I went through every emotion and scary thought before I began. Three years after I opened my store I finally feel comfortable giving advice about it. This is a huge topic and I could write tons of info about it, so I'll begin with this introduction and build up on future articles. I will also write a second article about taking commissions, wait for it later this week!
Last year I wrote some guidelines with some more information about selling your work online, please consider reading it too! This article will focus on setting up your store.
Disclaimer: I'm not the most successful online seller, and I don't intend to be - I'm pretty busy with my studies, and most of my business comes from custom commissions, not my shop. I included a lot of my personal experience, conversations with friends, and things I've noticed from watching other sellers. Still, I hope this will be helpful.
Build a reputation.In the interwebs, no one can see you. You can't trust what you can't see, and people are going to be careful with their money. A big chunk of the people that ask me why they're not successful fail at this step, people are a lot more likely to buy things from artists they know and like.
I began making polymer clay art for fun, and posted it in DA for feedback (and to showoff ). People came and looked at my work, commented, and I replied or gave tips. These same people came back to look at my future work, and after a while they began to ask me if I would sell it. I never planned to sell anything before, but I accepted because I considered them my friends, I posted what I sold on DA. People started to notice I was selling my work and asked for things of their own, and eventually I decided to open a store.
- Have a strong online presence. Fill your gallery with your work, post often, comment on other people's work, answer comments, write journals about your life (tastefully), etc. Make sure people know you're a person.
- Make sure everything you do is of the best quality possible! You want to build a good reputation for selling quality work, not a bad one.
- Don't expect people to come throwing money at you, it takes time to build a reputation.
Know (and love) your work.
Also, make sure that you know what are the best traits of your work, and love them. Maybe your wire is perfectly wrapped without any dents or marks, or your amigurumi is posable and can stand on its own. It's okay to brag!! There's a lot of competition and you want to stand out, so know your strengths and highlight them. But don't lie or exaggerate, it can ruin your reputation.
I'm using my polymer clay work as an example again: my customers often have questions about how strong the material is, if it'll be heavy on earrings, if I can create certain shapes, if the colors will fade, or if it will get damaged with water or sweat. Anticipate any questions your clients can make, and know the answers.
- Your friends and family are great test groups! When I create something new, or when I use a new material, I give it away to them and ask them to try it for a few weeks. They tell me if it's comfortable to wear, if it breaks, what can I improve, etc.
Set prices. And set them right.Please, never never never never underprice your work. You're putting your time, heart and soul in every creation, so don't sell yourself cheap. I often see new and young artists underpricing their work, and it pains me. The logic is understandable: they believe that by setting cheap prices they'll be more likely to attract customers, but this is not always true. Buyers will often believe that cheap price=cheap product, so anything too cheap is dismissed as a bad product. This reputation will be difficult to shake it off once your business begins getting more serious.
So get your prices right from the beginning! Consider the cost of the materials (include the price for ordering them online, driving or taking a bus to get them), the time you spend working on every item, the tools and wear caused to them, fees from your credit card or Paypal, any resources you need (if you use an electric oven as part of your process, and you're paying the light bill yourself, you have to add it up to your final price), etc. Even if this is just your hobby, don't underprice yourself! If you don't respect yourself and your own work, no one will.
GrandmaThunderpants explains further why you should never undercharge, and gives you tips to set your prices. Check her article here!
Know your optionsSo you got a reputation and a following interested in your work, you have practiced and you're sure that your product is worth selling, and you have a good idea of how much you need to charge to make a decent profit. Great work so far! Now you need a way to receive payments and some place to host your store.
The most popular options are using PayPal to receive and manage payments, and Etsy to host your store. These two options are trusted and well known by most people, but they're not the only options. I'm going to mention them briefly for know, and I'll work on a more intensive article later.
To receive payments
- Paypal: Well known and trusted, most people already have an account. Read their rules and documentation to protect yourself as a seller, and set your account as "Business" or "Premier". Make sure that you understand their fees and check them often, as they like to raise them every once in a while. Paypal fee's are usually the highest, and there's many horror stories surrounding them.
- Other online options: There's a lot of options to Paypal, their fees are usually lower but I have yet to meet anyone asking me to receive payments through them. WePay and Braintree are two of the largest, or you can even use Amazon. Google Checkout was a popular alternative to Paypal, but it was retired last year. If you decide to use Etsy, your clients can use their credit card to checkout securely, as if they were using Paypal.
- Bank deposits: (May not work in every country) I accept bank deposits from people living in my same country because I don't have to pay any fees Check with your bank to find out how to do it! You may be able to accept deposits from other countries, but the fees are usually insane.
To host your store
- Etsy: Etsy is sometimes a necessary evil. It's popular and it has a lot of traffic, so placing your work there gives you a better chance to be seen. Their fees are among the highest, they constantly make updates that make no sense, they will try to extract every penny from you and they don't offer any customization, but more than once I've seen people run back to Etsy after their sales drop. Just like Paypal, make sure to read their documentation to protect yourself as a seller and avoid scammers. Etsy will let you receive payments via Paypal, check, gift cards, and will let your clients pay directly with their credit card.
- Storenvy: This is an interesting alternative to Etsy that is gaining popularity. Storenvy charges NO FEES at all and they allow you to fully customize your storefront, so you can easily blend Storenvy with your website. They set no ads, but they charge for additional functions (like advanced coupon codes). Storenvy will only let you receive payments via Paypal. I wish Storenvy was more popular since I really like their model, but so far I've only sold ONE item there
- Artfire: Artfire used to be completely free like Storenvy, but later changed to charging $15 per month, no matter how much you sell. If your Etsy fees get unbearable, and for some reason Storenvy is not an option, you can consider Artfire. Personally, I dislike Artfire since I once tried to setup a store to try it, but their system kept crashing every time I tried to pay for my first month. I contacted their customer service and they were very unhelpful, and I have a policy against giving my money to people that won't help me give it to them XD
- Other options: I know some people use Ebay successfully, it's huge and it has lots of traffic, but there's a lot of competition. Dawanda is popular with European crafters. You can also choose to use Paypal's checkout service and manage your own store in your blog or webpage, but it requires more time to setup.
Never trust your portal service
Find out in advance how much it will cost to ship everything, you don't want to pay for shipping yourself! Most postal services have a webpage with prices, but I advice you to go and ask in person. The information can be outdated, inaccurate, or your lovely craft may be an exception.
Find out how they'll ask you to prepare your package, and decide what's the cheapest and best materials to use. Small and flat items can be shipped in bubble envelopes, but larger items will require boxes. Some postal services will ask you to use special boxes, others will let you use recycled boxes (raid the supermarket). None of them will let you use boxes that used to contain eggs, chicken, perishable items or alcohol. In Mexico, they even require us to wrap the box with a specific color of a specific paper
They may not let you ship anything that contains glass (I can't). They may require you to insurance jewelry or any expensive items, so consider it when you're setting your prices and shipping costs. Ask often about changes, postal service offices don't work the same way the rest of the world does.
- Practice! Send gifts to some friends in different countries or try a couple of art trades. That way you'll know how long it takes for your packages to arrive to a different country, how much it was, how to prepare your package, and you'll know if anything broke or got damaged in transit from a friend, not an angry client.
- Ask your friends and family to save bubble wrap or boxes for you. Everyone was more than happy to help me and I've never had to buy wrapping materials and you're recycling too!
- If you're planning to sell for a long time, get a small scale to weight your products.
Decide your business model
There's several options for you to choose, or you can do a mix of everything. Think ahead of time how long it takes you to create an average item, how much time you have to spare from your other activities, how much interest there's in your work, if it's more efficient to craft on batches, etc.
- Selling from a stock: You can make a stock, that way you'll be able to ship your sales immediately. It's a good choice if you have periods of time with few things to do followed by busy months. A great option for students with time to spare on vacations.
- Selling on demand: List things in your store, and craft them once they sell. This is a good option if you're not sure how well every item is going to sell, if you use expensive materials, or if you don't have the space to store a stock. If some items sell better than others, it may be a good idea to create a stock of them.
- Selling as you craft: If every craft you create is unique, you can't sell them on demand or from a stock. You'll craft what your inspiration dictates you, take photos, and put it up in your store.
- Selling on commission: Taking commissions is a whole different thing, and I'll cover that in my next article to be published this week.
Even if people expressed interest in your work in the past, don't expect them to start throwing money at you immediately. Be patient, most stores will take months (or even years) to pick up and get regular sales. Some ge reallyt popular really fast, but they're exceptional cases.
Please don't open your store and think that your work is done, it has just begun. There's a lot of competition online, and people are not going to randomly type your name and find you. You'll need to do a lot of work to promote your store: post updates and more samples of your work often, use social networks wisely, if you have the money you can even buy advertisement.
Post the link to your store in your submissions, profile, Facebook page, make your store easy to find! Some sellers often forget to use the keywords, they'll help potential clients find you. Do whatever you can to promote your store, and don't give up! Be patient.
ConclusionOpening a store is a very complex process, a lot more complex than I initially believed. If you think it's easy, I ask you to think it over and do more research. It's not as easy as trying a craft for a few months, realize that there's other artists selling it, open an Etsy account and believe that you'll be rich in no time. If you do that, you'll only be loosing money and time. It takes patience, lots of time, and hard work.
This article got really long really quick, and I believe I barely scratched the surface. I tried to cover the very basics without going too in depth. I have a lot more to say about every subject, and I'll try to write more articles in the future. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Advertising time! Sweet Ganjamira put together some amazing crafting materials, and she's doing one of the most generous and amazing giveaways I've ever seen!
A lot of you have asked me about getting polymer clay or have troubles finding it in your countries... she's giving away a fantastic Fimo starter pack! And many expressed interest in feather painting... well, there's feathers too! Check out her journal about it:
Get Supplied! #5 Crafting Material Giveaway To spread creativity!
Welcome to No.5!
Again I tried my best to set up some material-sets, two of them are again up for grasps because so many of you guys seemed interested^^
I really hope you´ll find something usefull or something you want to try!
What is this about?o.o
This giveaway is supposed to spread creativity and to give you the chance to start with a new kind of crafting by winning a free set of materials
How often will this giveaway happen?
I will try to make it every month, depending on how much money I have to spend the shipping costs and if I got a usefull set of supplies together - I don´t want to give away random d
So go ahead and check out her giveaway it's worth it!
Please enjoy this week's collection and don't forget to anything you find interesting! If you love clay food don't hesitate to join us at semi-sweeties! This month's challenge is about healthy snacks.
the team at semi-sweeties
What do cats and cacti have to do with each other? Absolutely nothing, until last week. Months ago I found a tiny cactus in my garden (tinier than my pinky finger's nail), I planted it in a small pot and took care of it. It was perfectly fine and healthy, until one of my cats, Lili, decided that she hated it and it needed to die. From that moment, no matter where I put the little cactus, she would find it and drop it, depot it and scarce the soil until the roots were naked. I know it's the cactus, because she's never done that with any other plants, pots or objects.
With that random story in mind, and in the memory of my little cactus, here's a feature of crafted cats and cacti. Spot the cactus cake! Also, I really want a cactus pin cushion now what a great idea!