- What's the name of your business/shop?
I have two etsy businesses... my purse handles and buckles (labeana.etsy.com)and my polymer clay jewelry(laurenabrams.etsy.com)
- Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
- What type of handmade products do you sell?
I create cast resin purse handles and buckles for bag makers.. I've also begun to design bags for knitters using my products. My passion is making polymer clay jewelry...the purse handles are fun to do, and I use white polymer clay to create the originals, then I make rtv silicone molds from them and cast resin into them, then finish the pieces. My polymer clay jewelry work, though, is where I let my creatively really soar. This medium is relatively new, and it's amazing what you can do with it.
- Show us a piece you recently finished
- What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I've been mostly concentrating on the bangles but I'm also developing a pendant that I really like...someone remarked that she thought they looked like kimonos and dragonflies, so I'm calling them "kimonflies"...
- If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
- If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
- Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
- Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
Love Facebook....it's a great place to keep up with family and friends....it's also a wonderful way to meet other artists and share ideas. I've also sold work there... The Etsy forums are great too....but my favorite is Ebsq...I've made real friends there over the years and I can't say enough good about it
- All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
- Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
Over the years I've developed a sense for pricing my work...usually based on the amount of time spent on each piece. I pick an hourly rate I'd like to receive, figure out the price based on this and then test market it....if people buy it, great...if they don't I might drop the price to an amount that's more attractive. I've done a lot of wholesale work in the past (trompe l'oeil painted furniture) so I know how important it is to establish good price points.
- We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
- Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
- OK, it's the storybeader turn to pick a favorite!