Thursday, July 12, 2012

Photographing, flexing and listing

Today was another "photo shoot" of completed pieces to be listed and shared with the various groups to which I subscribe.  Photo shoot sounds really pro, but in my case it is pretty amateur...It's happens someplace in my northwoods backyard on sunny days and usually includes celebrity locations like my neighbors fence and a favoite fossil filled rock, lol.  Thank you geeks who created digital cameras for people like me who often take a shot that blurs from a shaky hand.

The comes the flexing, I now use fotoflexer to crop,  sharpen and resize my pics.  I used to use Picnik but sadly they are gone and now a part of Google and for whatever reason I can't figure out how to get to it.  I'm sure with more research I could but fotoflexer is easy to find and so simple to use, which is good when you need to edit up to 5 photos for a single listing.  Plus, major bonus, it is free to use!

Then onto the listing, you would think it would be easy for someone who loves their own art so much to write a delicious and inviting listing to sell her wares.  I however, get immediate writer's block as soon as my cursor is in the Etsy description box.  Odd, right?  I think it has something to do with me wanting each one to sound original and unique, perhaps to the shopper it does, but when you are writing many of them they all start to sound the same.  I used to have this same issue when I wrote thank you notes for gifts, even though each person was only going to read their card it somehow felt less personal when I had to write them to multiple people.

Here are some of the photos from today's work (which by the way is not nearly as fun as making the stuff).

Hand hammered copper disc with torch fired enamel. Strung on waxed linen cord with some yummy glass seed beads.  Your seeing it here first, it hasn't made it to the listing stage yet.

Fold formed copper and torch fired enamel bracelet.  Another being seen here first, to be honest I like it so much I'm afraid to list it because it might sell.  I know, that's the reason I make these things but sometimes it's hard to let go.

This little lovely did get listed on Etsy today.  Spiral weave czech glass beads with champange colored crackle glass bead "spacers".

I suppose I should get back to flexing and listing.  Then I need to get my calendar filled with some shows for people to see these works in person.


  1. Sister -

    Beautiful! I love the copper pieces. You are so creative.

    The Big Sister

  2. Thanks Big Sister! That is quite a compliment coming from someone as talented as yourself :)


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