Wednesday, July 06, 2011

New Design - Silver & Gold Teardrop Pendant

Here's my latest piece, a Fine Silver Teardrop Pendant created from solid silver & pure gold, and set with an amethyst cubic zirconia. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out and would love to know what you think of it?



Actually, I'm even more pleased that I got round to adding this to my online shop, as I only finished it last week. OK, that may not sound like much of an achievement, but to list something so quickly really is most unusual for me - I have several boxes of jewelry designs completed a year or more ago, that are photographed but not yet listed, and many more that are not yet photographed. I hope I'm not the only one who seems to spend hours on the iterative loop that includes photographing each piece, choosing and cropping photos, rephotographing, writing and rewriting descriptions, and so on. Is it worth it, I ask myself? Each stage I find very time-consuming, and it would be lovely to wave a magic wand and have a fairy godmother do it all for me!

Being in the UK, it can sometimes be several days or even weeks before the sun comes out sufficiently to take photos - so I have to grab photo opportunities when I can! I've tried all sorts of equipment from homemade light tents to expensive studio lamps and light boxes, and I know these work successfully for other people, but for some reason I still get the best results on top of my white grand piano in natural daylight. Pricing takes me ages too, because I've never been any good at maths, and trying to write succinct but interesting descriptions with one eye on SEO has always defeated me - how I envy people who can write effortlessly and elegantly! If anyone has any tips they can share on how to make the listing process less painful, I'd love to hear them!



12 comments

  1. No tips sorry...it is a pain for me too! The pendant is fantastic, so much so that if I made something like that I don't think I would ever want to see it go!

    Mick

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  2. I love your necklace. But I don't think there 'is' a simple way to do the photographing and listing! I do have some short cuts that I use with my descriptions: I copy and paste a similar object from my shop and then just edit slightly where needed. Like the lead in sentence and any sizing. The links within the description pretty much stay the same...And I use 'Picassa' for my photos. So, when the weather is not exactly perfect, I edit them in Picassa. It works wonders! It was a tip I got from other Etsians. I hope my suggestions help...such as they are! ^_^

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  3. Thank you both! And thanks for the tips Poetess :)

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  4. Gorgeous necklace.....I agree with Poetess....
    I do similar copy n paste and use picassa as well.....and love it....

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  5. Stunning Pendant!
    Let me know when you find the magic wand - I need it too!

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  6. Gorgeous necklace - and I think your item descriptions and pricing are just fine!

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  7. beautiful pendant ! And for the rest .... I am all with you; I hate photographing, I hate english descriptions, etc. etc. And up til now, it was not worth it tooooo :((( sigh.... But living in a very rural area, I do not have any other options.

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  8. Thank you all so much! And I know just what you mean, kraplap - there is no other option if like us you're in a very rural area. That's the downside of being an artisan, I suppose!

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  9. Beautiful pendant! And when I find that magic wand, I'll let you borrow it!

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  10. Delighted to report that this lovely pendant found a new home this Christmas!

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