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January 5, 2012
October 3, 2011
January 5, 2012
There's a lot of custom makers out there. Discuss your ideas and see what they come up with!
My name is John. I've been experimenting with making my own custom jewelry for several months now. I use a lathe to make wooden jewelry, and I use a water-based acrylic to seal and protect the wood from absorbing moisture. Once fully cured, this finish is water-proof, durable, and looks great.
I am ready to make this a buisness instead of a hobby. The next thing I need is a group of volunteers who are willing to receive a set of free hand-made, hand-carved plugs. I am a talented artist, so I can carve just about anything you'd like. I will work with you on the design and send you concept-sketches via email for your approval.
I will make and ship these plugs to you completely free of charge. All I ask in return is your feedback. I will create a simple questionnaire about comfort, fit, and finish for you to fill out, and I may have some follow-up questions after that, but this is all I need from you.
This offer is open to anyone in the world, CoBM member or not, so tell your friends. I can make just about any size you'd like, but I prefer working above 1 inch. Gives me more room for detail in my carvings.
Clearly, I can't keep this up forever, so this offer is open to the first 30 people who reply. Please reply to me directly via email at SasQuatch9585@gmail.com
Once I am satisfied that I have a quailty product that will work for anyone, my jewelry will only be available for sale through a web-site created for that purpose.
I ask only one other thing from the volunteers. Patience. I work full time, so I will be doing this in my spare time. Although I will be working as quickly as I can, it takes quite a long time to achieve the level of quaility and detail I strive for in my carvings. It may take a couple weeks or more for highly detailed work.
However, don't let this stop you from comming up with an idea which is large and rich in detail. Just because I'm doing this for free doesn't mean I'm going to hold anything back. If you help me, you will not be disappointed with the way your jewelry looks.
Thanks in advance for your help.
March 2, 2011
Hey guys, I know this is probably frowned upon (the personal gain advertisement bit), but I'm an affiliate for Omerica Organic and they offer custom pieces in up to HUGE sizes. They work with all organic materials, wood namely, and will customize to your design, whether you want it inlayed, laser engraved, or whatever else have you.
Plus, with my REP code, you can get %20 off the order. My REP code is "discover". (this is the part that may be frowned upon. haha).
I'm afraid, after a two-week slow down in work, I've just been informed that I am no longer employed.
For this reason, I must suspend my offer of free plugs. I no longer have the means to purchase raw materials that would go into the projects, and I will be spending my spare time trying to survive day to day.
When I get another job and a little extra cash I will re-open this offer, but for now I cannot afford to spend any time or money on such projects.
Wish me luck!
January 5, 2012
March 2, 2011
The problem with selling plugs right now is, I don't have money to purchase the wood I need to make the plugs in the first place.
I do have some wood on-hand, but unless someone wanted walnut, maple, or alder, I can't make it from the wood they want. The idea is that every aspect of the jewelry is to be 100% custom, from materials to design.
Another reason for offering free jewelry before I begin selling it, is to get feedback from the people wearing the stuff, so that I can be sure that every aspect of my design is comfortable, durable, and most importantly that it fits correctly. Although the plugs I've made for myself have offered me no trouble in any of these departments, I've only made a few sets. I want a larger body of research to draw upon before I can feel comfortable charging money for the stuff.
I would feel like quite an ass if I was selling jewelry with a finish that simply chipped off in the first few weeks, that didn't fit right, or didn't fit at all. And doing so would clearly have a very negative effect on my reputation. That's no way to start a business. I honestly feel I'm better off waiting until I can be reasonably assured that no such problems will arise before introducing any products into the market. The last thing I need is a bad reputation right out of the gate.
I appreciate the encouragement and support I've received already from other CoBM members, especially James' offer to give me a page on his site (assuming I produce a quality product, of course), but I want to be as close as I can be to 100% sure of the quality before I ask anyone to pay for my jewelry.
August 13, 2011
Thanks, Lord Wraith.
You're more than welcome to email me at SasQuatch9585@gmail.com to discuss the details, but unless you're looking for a type of wood I've got in stock already (as listed above) I can't make anything right now.
But a job will be forthcoming, and after that, I may only need two or three months before I'm ready to begin selling them full-time.
Again, thanks to everyone for the support. I knew I could count on this community to help me launch my own business.
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