Sunday, February 8, 2009

NEW PROJECTS!

Well, what do you think of my new projects? This is why I was learning to solder! The first necklace was going to be a surprise for my mom, but I guess she will see it now...This is a two sided pendant featuring a copy of an old photo of my mom and her twin. On the flip side I cut words from an old book describing them. I sandwiched this all between two pieces of glass, put copper tape around the whole thing incorporating a wire hook on top. Then I soldered the front, back, and edges with lead-free solder. I strung the pendant on a waxed cotton cord with decorative beads.

The grouping below is of several pendants I made in the same way, using reduced-sized prints of some of my original paintings. They all have something else on the other side, a quote or saying with more decorative paper.
These are pretty tedious to make and I haven't quite decided on the price yet. I was thinking of opening an Etsy shop with them. What do you think? The one thing I wonder about is, does anyone have an Etsy shop without offering credit card usage? I don't know anything about that part. I would probably only take PayPal since I already have that set up through Ebay. I wonder if that would effect my business?

Also, I have been thinking of offering to custom make these pendants using customers' personal vintage photos similar to the one I made for my Mom. They would make wonderfully thoughtful gifts. It would be easy enough for people to email a copy of the photo to me and I could take it from there. (I think) As long as the photo quality was decent. Well, so many questions. I need my artist friends to tell me what they think! Thank You!

9 comments:

Jenny said...

OMG, those are fabulous!!!!!!

MyBlueHeaven said...

Oh Cris I'm so excited. I love it. Can't wait for Mothers Day.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I love them..they are fabulous..nice work..:)

Cinzia said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! Those are wonderful!!!!
Cinzia

Pease Porridge said...

Wow, you are entering a brave new world! They are beautiful!
Jennifer

Pease Porridge said...

No, this book is from Joan. And Yes Cris, they did have her breasts on a platter and believe it or not because of that, the Bakers also use her as a Patron Saint!!! Or so I hear.

Jennifer

susan sews a lot said...

Oh, Cris, it is like back in the old 'Friday night Maky nights'!! I am crocheting a lamb following directions to a T, and you are creating never before seen or thought of things!! Your creativity is coming back full force!! How fun! Those are sooo cool looking.

Flor Larios Art said...

Very pretty! Yes, sell them.

Leticia said...

Oh, they're beautiful Cris! Wishing you good luck on Etsy. (when I was selling on Etsy I accepted only Paypal)