I have heard it all in the past two years that I have been creating jewelry and art. Every event and art show you go to, people are trying to get you to lower your prices or give discounts….This always makes me feel undervalued and like my hard work was not appreciated. Hours of time goes into each hand crafted piece. Hours of hard physical hammering sawing and polishing. I do 90% of everything on my pieces by hand. 10% is using machines. That take a toll on me physically, not to mention all the years of honing my craft by lots of trial and error, lots of book reading, video watching, and asking questions. I have spent two years now perfecting what I do and learning more every day to make it better. All this goes into my pricing, which is still way too low according to all my other jewelry making friends. So when someone asks for a discount my heart drops.
Now….ask me to barter…and I smile big! I love to barter. Everyone comes away with something they want or need and it’s great FUN. I don’t feel like I got cheated. So for anyone that loves to barter, feel free to ask your local favorite artists. Some won’t but there are sooo many others that will. There are actually a lot of groups on FB for just this very thing. Local and online artists.
Hope you have a blessed week. I’m going back to tinkering in my shop.
I love my “work”. I really really do. I think about it from the time I wake till I go to bed. I see inspiration in every movie, billboard, and store I go into. But sometimes, You just have to turn all that off and STOP. Stop looking, stop thinking about it! Just chill out.
For me that has been so hard to do because there was so much to do and new techniques to learn. I just wanted to try it all. I geeked out on YouTube videos, I read every book I could get my hands on. I flipped thru countless magazines teaching new ways to wrap wire and solder. The world is full of endless education on the subject of jewelry making, metalsmithing, and design. It’s all right there for anyone with the passion to learn. I am proof of that. I am completely self taught. Never been in a classroom setting with a teacher showing me how to do any of it. It’s all hands on, trial and error. Lots of error lol, but that’s part of the learning process.
To keep from getting burnt out and yes, I do have issues with that. My brain just screams “STOP”!!! I’ve had to learn to step back, move away from the work shop and play. Play with anything and everything as long as it didn’t have to do with metal or jewelry.
In doing so I’ve learned a few things.
Stepping back doesn’t mean you quit. Just that you need a break.
Stopping doesn’t mean you’re not good at it, but that you need time to refresh your mind and heart.
Taking a break is good for you and your family and friends. They miss you lol.
There are several things that I do now to break away, and I’ll share those with you.
I love to read, simply love love it, but always thought I didn’t have time to do it anymore…Correction, I didn’t take time to do it. Do I really need to spend two hours on FB. Can’t I read a few chapters in a good book in that time…..
I love playing video games. I did not say I was good at it lol but I do love it. I have an xbox 360 that is a very good friend, we spend days together sometimes, and yes, I do pay for it. You can only geek out on games till 4-5am once in a while. Try and do that for a week straight and you start looking a bit rough around the edges. hhahahaha. I know!!!
I play with a different medium. I am a metalsmith. To break away and do something fun, I play with paper mache. If you have never tried it, OMG you have to play with it! At least try it once. There is something about having glue all between your fingers, dripping on your toes, and occasionally a streak thru your hair (where you forgot it was on your hands and brushed your bangs out of the way) lol. It’s like reliving elementary school.
I say all that to say this….
Find the things you love, and make time for them all. It will inspire you. It gives your brain that break it needs to let your spirit stay strong and happy in your craft. It’s been a blessing to me to have a supportive family. A man that will come tell me to “clock out” and join the world and it also gives me something else to talk about at the dinner table, cause let me tell you, you can only talk about it for so long before they start rolling their eyes at you. haha. I speak from experience. They don’t want to hear about jewelry making all day every day. ( I would, hahah but they say NO.)
I hope you enjoy your day, your week, your Christmas (however you choose to celebrate or not). I just hope you enjoy life and all it has to offer.
Check it out, she has arms! lol. I am slowly but surely getting it together, and soon will have the top of her ready to add to a bottom. Will be about 5 ft tall by the time I am finished. Fully able to support her beautiful copper wings. I’m debating on a copper sword for her to hold. Still in the drawing phase of that.
I got a cold this past weekend, during the art tour. Guess it was all the hand shaking, the doors I opened and all the people in one place. Needless to say, ugh, it’s been so long since I’ve been sick that I forgot how bad it feels. I’m going to beat it and will be back with more progress on Liwet soon!
We are getting ready for Thanksgiving with family. I am very much looking forward to that! Have a great surprise for my daughter ( my sis and nieces are coming in from TX) and I have not told KK yet. Will be great to see her face when they drive up!
I hope everyone has a great week! Regardless who is around you, I hope you find one thing to be thankful for. For me, It is the people I call family. They may not be blood, but they are more of a family than I’ve ever had!
Blessings to you all!
Liwet is getting a makeover. I have been thinking about it for awhile. Since this was the first one that I had ever made there were several things I learned along the way that I wanted to fix. First off, was I embedded a wire loop in the back of the bust, It worked fine until you add all the pennies and resin to it. It is honestly worrying me! lol I keep waiting to have it break and fall. Lesson learned- make sure your hanger is well secured inside the bust before you coat it with a dozen layers of paper, glue, pennies and resin.
I used a mannequin torso to create a paper mache version. I’ve made several of these for my own jewelry displays and love them. This is the most recent one I made and turned into wall art…I lucked up at Hobby Lobby recently and got a styrofoam head on sale for $2.99. I layer saran wrap on it, then do my paper mache. After a good solid coat of paper and glue…
She still needs arms and hair. I may try to add legs later. Not sure about that. The wings may get a beautiful green patina too. We’ll see where the creativity carries us. I’m loving it so far.