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.

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Things are a bit slow

I know things are a bit slow lately.  I haven’t given the Etsy shop a good update in a while, although I am still (always!) taking commissions. It’s not that I’m not working on things, because I am! 😀

I’ve got one more event this season at the end of the month, and I’m prepping for that, and there’s a thing I’m doing.  I really really wanna tell everyone about it, but I am waiting until I have all my ducks in a row for it.   I promise, the moment everything is ready I will shout it from all the social media!

I'm trying more intricate techniques. :D
I’m trying more intricate techniques. 😀

This week, it’s super hot (Clearly that’s the case, the moment we take our window air conditioner out for the year. :p ), so I’m doing small things in the studio, working in spurts. Mostly finishing half done projects. 😀  So now’s a great time to commission me if there’s something you want!

Enjoy your September folks, and I will keep ya’ll updated on new stuff as I can!

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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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500 Followers on Twitter!

Folks! That’s wild that 500 people give a crap at all about what I have to say! Thank you so much.  I’ve always used Twitter as something of a mixture between business stuff and personal stuff. So, my twitter feed is full, at any given time, of current events talk, video games, music and of course whatever’s going on with Bramblefae Boutique.  I love being able to talk to folks in real time, and the 140 character limit is teaching me about being concise, which is a good skill to learn, especially for someone who meanders as much as I do!

Anyhow, I’m having a little Thank You giveaway over on my twitter and ya’ll are welcome to jump in on it!

Twitter is fun! :)
Twitter is fun! 🙂

The rules are simple: You need to be following my twitter account on Friday August 28 at 10pm Eastern time and you need to have retweeted the tweet that’s pinned to the top of my twitter page (It will have the above graphic in it!).  That’s it!  Then after 10 on Friday, I’ll go through the retweets and assign a number to every person who retweeted, then using an online random number generator, I will pick a winner!

Here’s exactly what you’ll get- One ring, to your size specifications in the style of the one in the graphic. You’ll get your choice between silver, gold, or rose gold Parawire, and your choice between three small raw rubies, or raw yellow or blue sapphires (or, I suppose, any combo of the three).  The ring in the picture is rose gold and ruby, to give you an idea. It’s got a value of 25 dollars (American), and I will send it anywhere.

Thank you folks, very much, for your support of my jewelry designing endeavors.  I love ya’ll for it, and I hope to see ya’ll when I hit the next milestone!

~Tracie

 

 

How to

How to Measure Your Ring Size Without A Printer

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When you see me in person to size a ring, I’ve got the fancy ring sizers. (Well, I think they’re fancy!)  Generally when you order online from me, I’ll direct you to any number of printable ring sizers.  They’ve got varying degrees of accuracy, but I can work with them.

So, what happens if you don’t have a printer? Well, since this happened very recently with me, I got to looking on the internet to see what I could find.  I don’t know if this is a perfect fix, but it’s a start, anyway!  Feel free to try it out and let me know how it coincides!

What you’ll need:

A ruler and a thin strip of paper. That’s it! Oh, and scissors to cut the paper!

  1. Take the scissors and cut a thin strip of paper.
  2. Wrap the paper around the finger you want to measure. Try to keep the paper near your knuckle, because a ring has to be able to go over your knuckle.
  3. Mark the spot where the paper meets and measure the distance with your ruler.
  4. Use this little chart thing to determine your ring size. Rings also come in half sizes, the measurements of which will fall somewhere in between the whole sizes.

I found this chart online, so no credit to me. 🙂

Size 4: 1 13/16 inches

Size 5: 1 15/16 inches

Size 6: 2 1/16 inches

Size 7: 2 1/8 inches

Size 8: 2 1/4 inches

Size 9: 2 5/16 inches

Size 10: 2 7/16 inches

Size 11: 2 9/16 inches

Size 12: 2 5/8 inches

Size 13: 2 3/4 inches

Size 14: 2 7/8 inches

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!

New Stuff

Ornaments?

This weekend I got to spend time with a couple of my sisters-in-law (I have a lot of them, all pretty amazing!). They scrapbook, but brought wire to work with. My intent had been to figure out some sort of “amulet” design that could be used by LARPer mages and healers and what-not. While I’m still working on ideas there, what I ended up making struck me much more as a potential holiday ornament.

Ignore my chipped nails, really. :p
Ignore my chipped nails, really. :p

I know it’s ENTIRELY too early to be thinking about Christmas and whatnot, but I want to ask ya’ll- Would wire ornaments be something you folks would like to see me do? Of course, I would offer different colors and such, but is there anything else you’d like to see, if you’re interested in the ornaments?

 

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Thanks, folks, for taking a moment to fill out the poll. It really helps me make sure I’m making things ya’ll are actually interested in! 😀

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Grab bags are fun!

I’ve got a handful of grab bags on the Etsy shop! Basically, now that faire is over, I’ve got a surplus of items. These are not seconds, or bargain bin pieces-they’re just the kinds of things that are more easily reproduced, so they won’t stand out as much in the shop. Yet they’re not quite so easily reproduced that I could offer them in quantity, mostly because they’re made from things I no longer have on hand.

Actual grab bag items!
Actual grab bag items!

Basically, the goal was to make sure each 10 dollar bag had at least 20 dollars worth of jewelry (most ended up closer to 30), and each 20 dollar bag had at least 40 dollars worth of jewelry (again, most had more than that!).  This way, ya’ll get a massive bargain, and I get room to make more things, and the money to get myself a little closer toward getting a small kiln. 😀

7/3 EDIT: I’ll be taking the grab bags down on Monday July 6th! If you want one, grab it before then! 😀