The Time I've Been Dreading Has Come...
What does it take?
- I have to buy my tools.
- I have to buy my metals
- I have to buy my gemstones.
- I have to buy gas and oxygen for my torch on a regular basis.
- I have to buy my leather.
- I have to buy leather dye.
- I have to buy packaging materials like envelopes, bubble wrap, boxes, bags, etc.
- I have to pay for miscellaneous materials like bead wire, acrylic, chemicals, etc.
- I have to pay for each and every listing.
- I have to pay to renew the listings when items don't sell after a time.
- I have to buy displays for events.
- I have to pay to vend at events.
- I have to pay for electricity to run my lights and tools.
- I have to pay for the place in which I work.
- I have to pay myself a wage for my work. (Something I've been neglecting for a long time.)
- I have to pay for childcare so I can actually have time to work.
- I have to pay for phone and internet in order to do business.
- I have to pay for gas, tolls, and insurance on the vehicle that gets me to vending events.
- I have to pay for marketing and advertising.
- I have to pay for web hosting.
- I have to pay taxes. (That's a big pain in the... nevermind.)
- I have to pay for casting and other services I don't yet have the tools for.
- I have to pay for sales help. (That's every once in a while.)
- I have to pay for lodging at events away from home.
- I have to pay for photography equipment in order to photograph my product.
- I have to pay a portion of each online sale to Etsy even after paying for the listing.
- I have to pay a portion of every credit card sale to Square for in person purchases.
- I have to pay for postage/shipping on all online sales. (Much more than a simple stamp.)
- I have to take time out to write these blogs. (Time is Money. I never realized how true that was until I started trying to run a business.)
- How much will you give me off if I buy two?
- I can get this online for less.
- You can cut me a break, right?
- Will you take... (enter amount far less than the price of the item here)?
- I could have made this.
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So what's next?
Speaking of FIRE
|“Tales of Beedle the Bard” Faux Book Box - From http://greenwoodcreationsstudios.com|
A little from the artist:
I hold degrees in Japanese and Creative Writing, but art always has been, and probably always will be, my passion. I also dabble in costuming, pen and ink, and embroidery, but I like pyrography the best.
I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally considered “pyrographic art,” using the medium to render themes that are unusual for the art form, and constantly testing and improving my skills and techniques.
Most of my pieces are of a Pagan or Earth-centered theme. However, I love both history and re-imagined histories (like steampunk), and frequently work with those themes as well.
While I find the raw materials in many different places, all of the work you see has been hand-drawn and hand-burned by me. I don’t use any routers, engravers, or laser-etching machines.
What does this mean to you? This means that your piece, even if it is a pattern that I have burned a hundred times before, is going to be unique. No one will ever have exactly the same piece you have.
Every piece is a one of a kind work of art.