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        06-21-2014, 07:26 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Seriously? Man, I am in the wrong market. I do original horse or pet portraits and they take hours, but I cannot sell for that kind of money.
    That's my reaction too! I make jewelry that can take 10 hours for a single piece out of thousands of little tiny rings, and I still can't sell for that type of $$. I'm in the wrong craft market!
         
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        06-21-2014, 08:05 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    That's my reaction too! I make jewelry that can take 10 hours for a single piece out of thousands of little tiny rings, and I still can't sell for that type of $$. I'm in the wrong craft market!
    You do chainmaille jewelry?

    I watched some videos a long time ago about customizing Bryers. I was WAY too nervous about screwing something up to try remolding them. I did remove some paint from one to change the coloring. I imagine learning to airbrush to repaint them would be a bit tough (also a bit expensive for the equipment?).

    Anyway OP, there aren't a lot of crafts that you can just jump right into, be excellent at, and make a ton of money quickly. It takes time to get good at something, and even then you might not be able to sell your stuff.
         
        06-21-2014, 08:39 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Amba1027    
    You do chainmaille jewelry?

    I watched some videos a long time ago about customizing Bryers. I was WAY too nervous about screwing something up to try remolding them. I did remove some paint from one to change the coloring. I imagine learning to airbrush to repaint them would be a bit tough (also a bit expensive for the equipment?).

    Anyway OP, there aren't a lot of crafts that you can just jump right into, be excellent at, and make a ton of money quickly. It takes time to get good at something, and even then you might not be able to sell your stuff.
    I do! I thought it would be a nice cheap craft to get into, but surprise, it costs a LOT of money to get into (all the different tools, ring sizes, wire gauges, beads, and don't get me started on colors...) I haven't made back even half of what I've put into materials so far (Though a lot of that is my total lack of advertising, hah).

    I'm not familiar about the process of re-sculpting Breyers. I'll have to go look up some videos - I probably won't ever do it but it seems like it would be cool to watch the transformation! OP, you should try looking up a crafting video and just follow related links. The "suggested videos" can take you to all sorts of different videos, you might get inspired from a craft you'd have never thought of.
         
        06-21-2014, 09:17 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I hear ya! I make chainmaille jewelry as well and I have a hard time not going crazy when buying new rings lol.

    From what I recall, to re-sculpt the Breyers you boil some water and them put whatever you want to move (leg, neck, whatever) into the boiling water til it softens. Then you use a utility knife to cut some slits which helps you bend the pieces in new ways. I remember thinking it seemed really complicated and that there was a high probability of screwing up so I never tried it. I probably still would just because I love my Breyers too much to mess with them!
         
        06-21-2014, 11:29 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I do jewelry too, love chain maille :)

    I cut all my rings by hand, haven't gotten a system down yet for bulk rings, just cut a few till my hands get tired, work on my chain till I run out, cut some more...
         

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