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People Can Be So Wonderful

I play a lot of video games in my free time. My current favorite game is Dragon Age Inquisition, as anyone who knows me at all can probably attest.  Through this, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people.  People I call friend, even if I’ve never been in the same room with most of them. 🙂 One of the reasons I love the community so much is because we will come together to help each other.

Recently, a group of folks got together to raise some money to get a few ladies next gen consoles.  They are all going through their own tough issues and remain amazing, bright, shining parts of our fandom and I was so glad to be able to help, if only by donating a couple pieces of jewelry.  It was really an amazing thing to watch-in just a few hours we’d raised enough money to add a little light to the lives of these three people who, every day, add light to our lives. ❤

I’d offered to make rings for folks who donated a certain amount, but as things go, they ended up wanting earrings and I actually enjoyed making them! 😀

Preciosa glass pearls. I love using these!
Preciosa glass pearls. I love using these!
The purple beads are polymer clay beads I rolled myself. :)
The purple beads are polymer clay beads I rolled myself. 🙂

 

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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! 🙂

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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!

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This one is mine!

I don’t often make myself jewelry, oddly enough.  When I go out, I’ll often grab pieces from my stock-rings or pendants or what-have-you-but rarely do I make something specifically for myself.

I ordered a piece of Icelandic Spar for my husband, and with it, they sent a decent sized chunk of fluorite. I love it a lot! So, I made it into a pendant. 🙂

Pretty pretty fluorite.
Pretty pretty fluorite.

I wrapped it in rose gold Parawire, and put it on a length of suede and I wear it all the time, it seems!