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Edited by The Lady Bridgit, 16 November 2010 - 05:43 PM.
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Ok, I've been taking time to think about this before I responded. I mean this in the most helpful and constructive way possible. I don't think at your skill level you should be trying to sell pieces. For one, as many have said, your closures need a lot of work. As it is now, with the bits poking out, your pieces are dangerous. Someone could seriously scratch themselves on that necklace. Not only is it dangerous, but it hurts your reputation as an artist. People will remember "oh that didn't look so nice" or "yeah her stuff scratched me." Take a couple weeks to practice doing nothing but opening and closing rings. It doesn't take long to nail it. Then make some pieces for sale. It will make you look better.
Believe me, I understand this isn't perfect. Mostly I was seeking a "what should I" type of comment. I know my closures aren't great. I'm working with bare minimum right now, seeking out to see if I enjoy this. I wasn't trying to "Spite" those who work maille, or insult the ones that make it for a living, but we all have to start somewhere, and that's called the beginning. Frost, please understand, I didn't come in here to get someone to say that I'm insulting them or their trade. But, I will continue to practice, I'm not afraid of criticism that is constructive.
And yes, I know what a "Persian" is in mailling. My 9 year old daughter said it looked like a "persian princess" thing, and I ran with it. Didn't think that was such a big deal.
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Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:42 PM
I like the design of your head piece/choker, it's lovely.
Rod already mentioned the twisting technique when closing rings. This makes life SO much easier and your closures will be that much cleaner. Keeping some sand paper around (grit depends on the metal you are working) can help clean up rough edges too. Experiment on a loose ring before you do it on your piece though.
I would HIGHLY SUGGEST using ONLY saw-cut rings when working with jewelry and ESPECIALLY on anything that will be lying on hair. As someone with a a Metric-crap-Tonne of hair, I know how it can work it's way into the smallest little crack and then tie itself into a knot. This can be avoided by using saw-cut rings with nice tight closures. The extra investment is worth it.
The persian thing you know about. I would maybe rephrase the design name so that it doesn't indicate "Persian" as that can make you look bad to someone who knows anything about different weaves, which can be a total buzzkil as an artist. Even something like "Desert Flower" give the feeling of the exotic, without being erroneous.
One other thing that I think you might want to look at is adjusting the chains that hang down. Currently you have rings that are all the same size, yes? This might look really nice with either full spirals added or doing a japanese chain. Doing spirals that slowly decrease in size could be very pretty, and the japanese would make the chains lie more evenly and look cleaner and more finished.
Also, the color of your gems and the wires you hung them from are LOVELY. You should bring those colors into your design more. It may seem like that would take away from the accents, but it can really make a design look cohesive and finished if you pull it together like that. Experiment and see what you think! What material is the wire that you used to hang the gems on?
As far as cost, depending on your market Rod's formula is a good place to start, with a few tweaks. If you are trying to sell in an area where there are other mailler's around, I would start at $10.00/hour and instead of double cost of materials do just the cost or 1.5 times the cost. If you are selling in an area where this is new, and hard to come by, charge a little more on your hourly rate and do materials x2. This will allow you to get your moneys worth on time, which in turn will make you want to do a better job on your work, which will raise the quality of your work! WIN! The double cost ensures that you can expand your supplies and make more cooler stuff!
Good job, and good luck! Can't wait to see what other pretties you make!
Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:54 AM
this was the first piece I ever made, I'd never even touched Maille or jump-rings before and a good friend in MI sent me some things to play with. I picked up the concept quickly, just not the technique just yet! But I am still working hard on my closures, and waiting for smaller rings to get here from TRL. Believe me, I cannot be more excited about getting the new rings so I can make more delicate looking pieces. Thank you for the wonderful advice though, I'm not quitting yet!
Edited by Mac The Knight, 25 August 2011 - 05:55 AM.
Posted 30 August 2011 - 09:43 PM
Okay, honestly, I see problems with this comment. The "carnies" have been trying to help her get better. While they may seem a little abrasive at times, they just want to help both Bridgit and the community as a whole. Insulting people isn't going to make you look good for white-knighting online, it's going to make you seem rude and ungrateful. And I for one, feel less inclined to help someone who seems rude.
Dont let the carnies get you down we are not in the middle ages where the maille needs to withstand blows from a sword I for one am glad I do not make this stuff for a living as I make far more working on those things we have in the twenty first century call magic computer boxes. One day when they decide to come out of there fantasy roll playing game maybe a nice girl like you will notice them.
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