Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sonic Screwdriver crochet hook grip tutorial

I am not really that big of a Doctor who fan. I've tried to watch it but I just can't seem to get into it. I know it is all the rage right now and a lot of people like it. I figured a lot of crocheters would like to see a Sonic screwdriver tutorial and I wanted to see if I could come up with one. I'm pretty pleased with the way it came out and I think it looks pretty good.

Things you will need
  • Copper polymer clay
  • White polymer clay
  • Black polymer clay
  • Grey polymer clay
  • Green polymer clay
  • Metal crochet hook 
  • A clay extruder, if you have one. 

1. Start off with a copper base. I just take a chunk of clay and wrap up it around the hook.
Roll it between your hands to extend it all the way up and around the hook. Cut off the top and bottom to desired length.

 2. Squeeze the copper clay a little bit in the middle to make it indented. Roll out a piece of black clay and cut it into a rectangle and wrap it around the squeezed part of the clay. Squeeze it in the middle so top and bottom are fatter than the middle.

 3. If you have an extruder use a small rectangle piece to squeeze out the bands. If you don't have one it's not a big deal, you can just roll out the gray clay and cut out the bands. I didn't use the extruder for the first one I made and it came out just fine.

4. With the gray bands cut four the same size and place them under the black band. Then use something with a small point to poke holes into the band. I have a clay tool but you can use a toothpick or a dry pen. I poked three holes across and the length of the band.

5. Take a small piece of green clay and roll it into a ball and place it at the bottom of the base.

6. Squeeze out or cut out more gray bands.

7. Cut the gray bands long enough to reach from the middle of the already placed bands to the bottom of the base. Place the bands in between the already placed bands and onto the green "light" at the bottom.

8. Roll out a piece of white clay and cut it out into a rectangle and wrap it around the top part above the black band.

9. Roll out some "snakes" and cut them to fit around the top of the base. I did three links around the top.

10. Bake according to your clays specifications! That's it!

If you have any questions, always feel free to ask!

Don't want to make one? You can buy one here at my etsy shop! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Etsy orders and why I've decided to lower my prices

I opened up an etsy shop in May. I guess with all businesses it is a lot of trial and error if you don't really know what you're doing. Etsy has a lot of great resources but it can be a little overwhelming. I have no experience and no one around me that has any experience running their own business that could help me. It's silly to call a little online shop a "business" but that's what it is. Eventually this is what I want to do full time but in the process of getting there, I'm figuring it out on the way. 

Pricing is the scariest thing. I don't want to over or under charge. I try to keep track of all my expenses. I've heard people say "don't work for less than minimum wage." I tried to use the formula that is on etsy but to me it seemed like I would be way overcharging for what I was selling. I settled to sell my crochet hooks for $15, which always seemed a little high to me. When I talk to people they tell me "that's it" or "you should just make it an even twenty." Too be honest, I really don't know. I've had sales and that's great but I still feel like I'm over charging. I decided recently to cut the prices down on my crochet hooks and see what happens. If my sales increase than great and if not than I know it wasn't just the price. I just feel lucky that people like what I make and actually want to and have bought my products.

Anyway, go check out my etsy shop! :)

If you have any advice for me, I would love to hear it.