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What I did this summer (and what I’ll be doing this fall, maybe)

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Hi folks! Now that summer is mostly over, I thought it would be a good time for a bit of an update.

After the faire (And the realization that this was the last one), I’ve kind of found myself with a bit of a lack of creative gumption.

It’s getting better now, but this summer’s been one of me poking at things with sticks (metaphorically speaking) and seeing what’s up.  The cool part about all of this bellybutton contemplation is that I have some cool things coming into the Etsy shop, and a potential side gig (which you might hear more about as I get everything organized),  the less cool part is that the updates may continue to be kind of sporadic for a bit.

My schedule is pretty up in the air right now, and I have several things going on (Some of which you’ll see here.) that need my attenion, so while I am ABSOLUTELY open for commissions and custom work, I’m going to probably be slow on getting things uploaded to Etsy.

Also, for the first time in several years, I won’t be setting up at any autumn events this year, sadly. I’ve got family wedding things going on for each of those weekends.

So, with the free time I’ll have since I won’t be needing to restock so soon, I’m planning to branch Bramblefae out a little. In addition to all the wire work I do, I’m going to be adding some polymer clay work, and maybe some paper and/or planner related things. (Since I am IN LOVE with my Happy Planner!)

All in all, everything is good here, if a bit frazzled, and I am still constantly working on new things, just, be patient with me, I’ll update as I can. 🙂  In the meantime, follow me on twitter and instagram (both are accessible from the right side of this post. 🙂 )!

(And did I mention that I would love some commissions and some custom work? *grin*)

~Tracie

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Bramblefae Commissions

I’m Taking Commissions!

You can commission all sorts of stuff!
You can commission all sorts of stuff!

As we all get ready for the holiday season and we begin planning out gifts, I know I always try to look for cool and different things for folks I gift.  Which makes now a pretty good time to remind folks that I am gladly taking commissions.  If you have an idea, feel free to bring it to me.  I use Etsy for commissions and I have a walk through for the process here (and part 2 is here!).

I can do sets, too!
I can do sets, too!

I can do all manner of jewelry pieces, elf ears, ear cuffs-whatever you want, really! And I love commissions that take me outside my comfort zone!

Like this badass crown!
Like this badass crown!

Seriously, folks, don’t be afraid to hit me up on twitter or something to get a commission started! Now’s the perfect time!

Bramblefae Commissions

Holiday Schedule and Info

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Lots of folks get very excited for the winter holiday season. I know I do! And I will be joyfully taking jewelry commissions leading up to the holidays. However, I’ve learned from past holiday seasons that to be the best I can for ya’ll, I need let everyone know my schedule for commissions.  That way we can all be happy and chill till 2016. 😀

I’m also gonna keep this post up to date because this can change if I get more orders than I think I will. 🙂

First, I need to note that I don’t do rush shipping. There are a couple reasons, and I *am* looking into different ways that I can offer it, so my hope is that in 2016, that’ll be something I’ll start doing.

So basically, I’ll be taking custom Christmas/Holiday orders from now till December 11th.  After that, I’ll take a break from commissions till after the holidays.  That will give me a few days to get any remaining commissions out-and *should* get there by Christmas.

I’ll keep my shops open through Christmas, of course, but after the 11th I will make no promises about getting items there before the 25th, so please plan accordingly. 🙂

In the event that I get so many commissions I can’t keep up (This hasn’t happened thus far, but still. 🙂 ), I will update this post and repost it with new dates if need be.

In a nutshell, here’s the deal:

When can you start ordering commissions for the holidays? Now

Where can I buy things from you?  Here and Here!

When will I stop taking them? December 11th

Can you get something rush shipped? No, not currently.

Does this mean I should order now instead of later? Yes.

Do you still love me? Always.

Bramblefae Commissions

Rainbow Commission

One of my favorite things about commissions is that, often, they will send me out of my comfort zone, into new territory for me.  This was one of those. I’d gotten into a bit of a rut with my elf ears, but this commission had me trying things I hadn’t before.

In the beginning and all that jazz. :p
In the beginning and all that jazz. :p

I am really pleased with how they turned out, and so is the person who ordered them!  I may work some more in this style, and see how I can branch out from there.

Ta da!
Ta da!
Bramblefae Commissions

Custom Order walk-through part 2!

Yesterday, we talked about how to begin working with me on a custom order. Today, we’ll finish!

After we’ve agreed on a price, what I’ll do then is make a listing for your custom order.  It’ll be very clearly marked as a custom order for you (using either your name, or a nickname we’ve agreed upon. To use my own names as example: It could be either “Custom Order for Tracie!” or “Custom Order for Bramblefae!”), and it will always have this picture

Although the colors in this image may change to reflect current branding. :)
Although the colors in this image may change to reflect current branding. 🙂

The “Do not buy” is for anyone not you.  In the event that someone pays no attention and buys a custom order, I’ll just immediately refund them (minus the listing fee) and relist it.  That’s not happened so far, and it seems unlikely, by and large.

Once I’ve got the listing up, I will contact you via Etsy (or twitter DM or Facebook message) to give you the link to the listing.  Once you’ve purchased the listing, I’ll then get started!

How long it will take for you to get the finished piece will depend.  If I have to order components, obviously, it will take longer before you get it because I won’t be able to get started till I have everything. 🙂  And if you live outside the US, it’ll likely take longer to get to you.  🙂 And I work on commissions in the order I get them, so if I’ve got a backlog, it’ll take longer for you to get the piece.  I’ll let you know all of these things when we’re talking about it, before you purchase so you have all the info.

As you can see now, allowing me to make you a customized piece of jewelry is simple, and a custom piece is often far more special because you had a hand in its creation.  Also, I really do love working on custom orders, so don’t be nervous about asking for something special! 🙂

Bramblefae Commissions

How to get started on a custom order

This is easily the question most asked by folks.  I talk a lot about custom orders because I love doing them. I love that kind of interaction with you folks. 🙂 So, in the spirit of making the process as simple as possible, I’d like to walk ya’ll through the beginning of the process.

First, you have to go to my Etsy shop. I like to keep custom orders and commissions on Etsy at this point for ease and protection. This way, everything is documented, so I can keep track, and both buyer and seller have protections to make sure you and I have the best experience.

Once you’re at my shop, you’ll see a button on the left side of the screen that says, “Request Custom Order”.  It’ll look like this:

Easy to find!
Easy to find!

Clicking that button will bring up a window that will let you tell me exactly what you want. It’ll even let you upload pictures, if you have references or inspiration pics to help explain your idea to me.

See? Simple!
See? Simple!

Once you’ve sent it, I’ll read it and get back to you with questions, sketches, clarifications, etc.  This bit of back and forth can be short and fast, or it can be a lengthy thing. I always try to make sure that my idea of what you want matches your idea.  Once we’re both very sure that we’re on the same page, I’ll then let you know how much I’ll be charging.  I base my prices on a lot of things-cost of supplies, time it will take me, how many pieces are involved, etc- and I try to be pretty reasonable with my prices. Who likes a crappy deal? 🙂

After price is agreed (And ya’ll, there is no harm in saying, “Ok, that’s a bit out of my price range, thanks anyway.”  We can then talk about whether there would be less expensive ways to do what you’re looking for, because sometimes that’s possible -by using different materials, or changing the design a bit- or we can leave it there.), I’ll set up a listing just for you, and I’ll talk about that more in tomorrow’s post!

Bramblefae Commissions

Wicked, Wicked Crown

I’ve talked about this a bit on twitter and on Facebook, but I’ve not been able to talk about it much until now. 🙂

See, I was tasked with making a crown that was dark and rough and evil looking. I was given a reference pic

"Can you do this, only dark?"
“Can you do this, only dark?”

I was also pointed toward Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman.

How Badass is that?
How Badass is that?

With those two pics in hand, I went to work.  I’m not gonna lie at all, this was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, wire-wise. I wanted it to look rough and raw, but I didn’t want it too look like I just threw shit together.  It’s also the first time I worked with raw gemstones of any kind. (In this case, it was a raw garnet that fit comfortably into the palm of my hand. Huge.)

Fairly badass, as well, yes? :p
Fairly badass, as well, yes? :p

The chains were fun, because I have a drawer in the studio that is (Well, *was*, at this point lol) full of random chains that I pick up all over the place-yard sales, clearance sales, broken jewelry-seriously, I don’t throw anything away. 🙂

Bonus shot of my creepy styrofoam head!
Bonus shot of my creepy styrofoam head!

I am super super proud of this and I cannot wait to see it, looking awesome, wicked-evil and fit for a queen, on the woman who’ll be wearing it. Trust me, folks, as soon as I get those pics this summer, I will be sharing them with you. 🙂