Accessories and jewelry from indie brands. Favorite places to shop? Stuff you wish you saw more?
Honestly I buy more vintage accessories than indie, but I love vintage-inspired indie stuff.
I think DarkWhisper is gone now, though, which is a real shame. They had nice gothic/classic jewelry.
I'd like to see more mix metal/glass bead/faceted stuff, stuff like Schwartz Schmetterling. Not necessarily quite as OTT, but just that type of nice costume jewelry.
Favorites include Peppermint Fox, LOTV, and tournewsoul.
Tournewsoul is doing lucky packs this year and I kinda want to go for it but I'm saving for my dream dress too so yeah...it's so hard to save money during Christmas time. Wish more brands would do lucky packs though, they're pretty fun.
Recently bought pic related from krukrustudio on etsy. They have a lot of unique bags/coin purses.
Oh I know! I already bought a lucky pack from there haha. I was hoping mossbadger would make more portrait brooches. It's just frustrating because sometimes she announces a planned update ("I'll be updating the shop at 6 pm EST on this date!") and sometimes she just randomly uploads so I feel like I have to constantly refresh the shop.
Wouldn't it be easier to make your own portrait brooches? I know some people prefer not to make their own stuff, and the ones in OP are really nice and polished, but these look pretty simple to make.
If I could find nice resin colorful portrait frames about that size, I would make my own! (minus resin coating because I can't work with resin to save my life.) But the only ones I can find pre-made are poor quality, whereas the mossbadger frames are pretty and well done.
hmmm will try this, thanks anon!
Is it okay to self post?
Thank you for anyone who takes a look! Also I'm completely open to con crit as well.
Not quite sure where to ask this but if I already own a lolita etsy shop and I want to make Jojo inspired jewellery, would it be weird to put it into a lolita shop or should I make something separate?
Actually I have a few molds for those exact frames. Won't be casting again until after the new year though. You can contact me on my shop FB if you'd like.
I really like a lot of the stuff in this shop, but most of what I'd like is sold out.
Wow oh my gosh thank you !
I have definitely considered making more classic items. Obviously my favorite style is sweet but I want to have a little bit of everything for every girl. I table at conventions a lot and feel so bad when I hear girls say something along the lines of "Awww I love your stuff, but I only wear black." One of my favorite more classic themes is forest type items and mushrooms ! So that might be my next adventure.
Duly noted anon. I'll restock and try to create a better product. Is there anything is specific you think looks weird?
Yes of course ! I have both silver and gold fittings. I personally like gold more, so I'm a little biased when I assemble my jewelry. Feel free to contact me via my contact form on storenvy or email@example.com for custom requests. I would have to recreate the pendant since the gold bale is already fitted on the other one, but I would recreate the same look. I wouldn't charge extra and turn around time is about 1 week. I do have some silver fittings in my store, so you could take a look at the color. Both the "Shivering Star" necklaces have silver. Thank you so much for the comment!
Ah I remember when this store first launched. I think a lot of gulls were comparing it to q-pot but obviously not as stupid expensive. I like a lot of their items too, I wonder why they've stopped making new stock.
Ah no worries ! Its hard to explain but I did a clear top of resin with a black underneath. So in photos it can look a bit odd, especially when viewing the piece on an angle. Next time though I'm going to do a full black resin piece. However to do the glitter version it has to have the clear top to get the effect.
Thank you so much for the explanation
I own a number of items from this brand, none of them have hair on them but a couple had very minor flaws (dried glue strings which I pulled off, no big deal). I'm not even a sweet lolita but the jewelry is really cute! I think she mostly sells in-person at events, but maybe sending an email might encourage her to put more online?
I just ordered this. Restyle.pl seems to have a lot of lovely things, especially if you lean towards EGL.
This totally tickled my love of stained glass prints and Beauty & the Beast which kickstarted it all.
Also got these to match. There needs to be more cute stained glass stuff.
I will! All of them.
The bag was 44 USD after shipping costs (but goddamn 62 in CAD because shitty exchange rate right now)
Designed by Euflonica, who makes many lovely things.
Cabochons were fairly cheap. They have more styles than this one, I suggest searching stained glass on MLD if you want more!
The last one was extra cheap. I want to use it to make an accessory.
Mind another selfpost? >http://thefabledfawn.storenvy.com/
Some people were asking for mushroom/foresty accessories so heres what I've got! I've also got mushroom rosettes and earings that I made for a convention but haven't put in the online shop yet, if anyone wants a pic I can snap one really quick!
I'm also totally cool with any concrit anyone has to give! Thanks!
The resin stuff is cute but I can't say I like your needle felted stuff at all. It looks really messy and unfinished. Maybe spend more time on each one making sure to tuck in the stray strands more or find a way to keep them down. For pictures at least, you can wet the felted thing to get it to look nicer.
Those choco hearts look more like wooden hearts to me anon, I think a better idea would be mimicking the texture of a mars bar if you've ever seen then? And like the other anon said, the felt stuff is just really messy. You might also wanna make the bow a bit neater, but the other stuff is cute!
I like the idea of the mushroom/forest stuff, but it's honestly difficult to tell what it is due to the messy material... especially when it's under the glass. It kind of looks like you're going for a mossy forest look but I think it would look nicer if the mushrooms were polished/finished/clean looking.
does anyone have any tips on how to make floral headbands like pic related. I've been making headbands for a while but mine never look as polished and are always a mess of wires from the back. I'm really looking to improve.
Can you post an image of yours/what you mean, anon? I don't quite understand.
The one in your pic will have been all glued together onto a felt base, which is then attached to the headband and covered (In this case with the crocheted lace, from the looks of it.)
Gluing everything does SOUND lazy and/or cheap, but it's honestly the best and cleanest way of doing things.
Just got my first red dress and thinking about buying this to go with it. Their fabric stuff is eh and I'm not into mori so I don't know about antlers but I like their jewelry a lot, the sweets stuff is nice.
though i gotta say, without my glasses on, pic related looked like a giant beetle headdress and i got really excited. while her stuff is diverse it's not quite THAT diverse...
>tfw no giant insect headdresses
Do it anyway anon! I'll follow you on your storenvy or etsy
They wouldn't fit in my wardrobe at all but I'm in love with these butterflies
cute needle felted accessories
Also I guess I'll give a few PSAs of some shops.
I was recommended this shop from a friend but I later found out that the seller just glues rement figurines to jewelry findings. Which is okay if you dont want to hunt down the miniature yourself, but if handmade or artist made items are important to you I would avoid this shop. Otherwise the jewelry is pretty cute !
>the rement set the cake is from
If you search the archives for NGL you'll find an anons review about this shop. She received very poor items and I've heard from many others that she takes a dynasty to actually ship her items.
Yeah absolutely disgusting. I would have been so angered if thats how the items arrived to me, I probably would have started a PP claim. She also said the bow came dirty like that and the air bubbles were atrocious
Just because I'm a duck don't mean I aint kawaii.
What if my opinion is that your opinion is shit?
Not like I'm the OP, but damn girl, you thirsty.
Why are you this stupid, there should be laws against this or something.
Let's get this thread back on track.
Pic related is amazing and I want it.
Did anyone buy Dulcecalaveritas' bat bows? Are they worth theur money? I'm tempted to buy them for Holy Lantern.
More from Miss Danger. The hats on their etsy are exquisite.
What's with this attitude??
I have little free time and have zero ambitions to learn to make shit when I can easily pay people to do it for me. Hers aren't that expensive and I only need like 3 bows in different leathers. You can't buy a piece of pleather this small anyway; what am I supposed to do with the rest??
I feel like you'd like the Haenuli Stained Glass of Staint Giles JSK/OP/SK. http://haenulishop.livejournal.com/4489.html
Lately I've seen it on loli comm sales and lacemarket.
>Kumacrafts said they were closing on December 14th until sometime in early 2016 because they were moving
>don't bother checking on their blog after my last purchase because they said they were closing for the month
>decide to look at the blog today
>they didn't close at all and had a 25% off everything sale December 25th-26th
god... damn it
we just want pretty accessories
Hah I think it is pretty the way it's arranged and the quality. But I agree I wish it had less going on.
So aside from Miss Danger, any secret sources for hats?
I want to argue because you're coming across a bit abrasive, but I actually sort of agree with you. For online shops, they very rarely have any stock available, which defeats the purpose of having a shop in the first place.
Why are you so entitled? Mossbadger has a day job and makes all her stuff alone. It's not like these guys are having china mass produce everything for them so they don't have to do anything but sell. Just watch the shop or social media for info about restocking and be a functioning adult with patience.
The reason mossbadger rarely has online stock is that she does make most of her stuff for her friends' on commission and for conventions. When she updates the shop, there will maybe be 10 things for sale, but when she goes to conventions she'll have at least 5x that.
I don't think people would be as annoyed if they would stick to their deadlines or at least have a good sized stock available when they do update. Saying she'll be "uploading stuff in the next week or two," then nothing for a month is frustrating. Or finally seeing them update but it's 5 things.
>C-can I selfpost too, senpai?
I'm putting these guys and a bunch of other brooches/pendants up.. Sometime this week. Maybe Thursday.
Seeing some of the fantastic photography in this thread is making me feel awful inadequate right about now.
I like this stuff, and from what I can see on your blog, that dock frock skirt is really cute. I kinda want it for a rockabilly marine look, but christmas has bled me dry for the time being.
>Anything in particular that you'd like to see?
i do not want to get your hopes up, since i am broke for another month or so, but a gothic blue rose-head ouji would be an immediate wishlist item.
Maybe! I'm definitely shifting focus to jewellery and accessories for the time being.
I do! I'm finishing up a Chai Latte/Blue one at this very moment, haha.
Ah! I wasn't entirely sure what you meant by Ouji - These guys in particular or just more masculine designs.
I'm definitely doing boy versions and more flower types! There's no reason I can't do blue roses at some point.
>Design Oujia Board and Planchette brooches.
>Large, separate boards and planchettes and smaller board + planchette dangle combo.
>Also in pendant forms.
>Feelin' pretty happy with these designs, bro!
>Decide to check out some of the other stores mentioned in this thread.
>MossBadger also does boards and planchettes.
a lot of people use ouija* boards and planchettes in their designs. you can get premade resin ones off of taobao/Ali Expeess. if you are doing it in a way others are not, go for it.
*please spell it correctly. for the sake of oujis everywhere, please place your "i" BEFORE the "j" so we do not get weird search results when looking for ouji shit.
Ah, that was just a typo. The designs already have 'ouija' written on them; No need to worry.
One thing that I'm particularly paranoid about is having someone say "But you just stole that idea from XYZ!", haha. I probably should have actually looked at other related accessories before I did them, but seeing how common the theme is now it's all good.
They're hand drawn and cut/domed as opposed to the more common laser-cut acrylic, anyway.
i am paranoid about that as well with my own designs (i do mostly beadwork, chains, cameos, etc.), and other creativity. i think most artists fear being accused of copying.
would be interested to see your work when you are ready to share.
Especially when you're a catering to such a niche group, it really does feel like everything has already been done once!
Here's a quick phone snap of the dangle brooches. I need to drill one out and try a pendant before I put them up for sale!
not that anon but it is difficult to find sturdy black jumprings (and head/eye pins) that will not lose the black finish when bent or unbent. i also think the silver jumprings look fine; if matching is an issue, don't they go with the silver on the ouija boards and planchettes?
for comparison, here's a mossbadger one with unmatching beads and chain. (blue/black board, crystal/bronze chain).
Look for a "drill press". I can't remember the brand, but we used one in my jewelry making class back in hs. It had a clamp to hold the piece and a lever to lower the drill bit. Using a hand held drill might be dangerous with small objects.
Same here. I'm getting tired of some of the hivemind mentality within the lolita community when it comes to 'copying'. I'm not talking about direct replicas, but buying accessories with a similar theme. In such a niche fashion, certain ideas are bound to overlap. Sometimes it seems as if lolitas are a bit too quick to point the finger if someone happens to release something even slightly similar to someone else's (see Mulberry Chronicles vs Peppermint Fox). I once got accused of copying another indie brand's rosary design simply because I sold "gothic" rosaries in my shop. The necklaces I sold looked nothing like theirs (aside from basic rosary assembly), but because that indie brand is already popular for rosaries apparently no other shop can make them... It made me a little paranoid about what I release since that incident as well, but also made me grow a thicker skin about critics at the same time. People are still buying my creations, so something must be going right.
My advice is to just go for it if you have an idea, if you've made something you enjoy share it. Researching what other brands are currently doing is helpful so there isn't too much design overlap, but don't let paranoia keep you from putting your designs out there.
The jump rings need to be smaller, these make them look clunky. How big are these, btw?
I don't think that's just lolita (cosplay and fanart are other frequent victims of 'You copied xxx because you drew/cosplayed as y! I'm telling!' attacks) and it seems to be mostly tweens and young teens who are quick to spew shit about everything. Ironically, they don't seem to notice the 30000 Etsy listings for 'unique handmade OOAK' items that happen to look exactly the same. I guess it's only plagiarism if you're not buying it wholesale from China.
The Mulberry Chronicles vs Peppermint Fox situation was pretty stupid since while they both aim for the same market and might have similarities in colors and all, they do different designs. Reminds me of the time when a bunch of lolitas went crazy when a Taobao indie brand made a cat themed tea party print and called it a replica/copying AP cause they made Cat's tea party therefore no one can do something similar. Sadly the print was no longer made into a dress which made me sad since I liked it a lot.
Also I love Peppermint Fox's animal brooches but I wish they made them in brighter colors like in pastels but with the same style and look of the animals.
Maybe it's my monitor but the chain looks gunmetal to me, not bronze.
I remember a while ago someone tried to start drama because some indie brand was making rosettes and accused them of copying Moss Badger. MB ended up commenting pretty graciously about it saying she didn't invent rosettes and that people should calm down about it. She didn't invent ouija boards either and yours look different anyhow so I don't think you should avoid making things with the same theme.
Thanks for the feedback, guys!
They're about 4cm wide (the board) and 6.5 long (w/ rings.)
The jump rings are 6mm - So 'standard' size, although I'll definitely grab some 5mm ones and see how they look instead!
These were actually the product of an accident, haha. They were initially only meant to be separates, but my printer messed up the scaling and they came out much too small, so I tried putting them together. If/when I make more, I'll definitely account for where the drill holes will be so that they don't through the print.
I'll try some stuff out and come back with hopefully improved versions soon~
Does anyone know of a shop where they have cute and well made fimo/clay/resin cake charms or something similar? My friend got pic related for her birthday and my search has been full of regresty stuff.
Also what indie brand or shop sells good wristcuffs?
I've tried both Easy Cast and Envirotex lite because they are what I have in my area. I prefer Envirotex.
Aw thanks anon! I do plan on doing more in the future of pastel colors. Like pink, sax, and lavender. I like experimenting with doing traditionally non-sweet themes and turning them sweet. But not to the same point as creepy-cute if that makes sense? Definitely agree about the them not matching anything though haha, maybe more appropriate for casual j-fash.
I have definitely thought about pin backs for these ! Since I've been making so many, I will definitely delve into trying it out.
Agreed. I love both shops - to me, the more the merrier! Yeah, I remember that Taobao cat tea party fiasco on Lolita Updates. Shame it never made it to production.
Another instance I can think of was back when madonna crowns were at the height of their popularity and more people started selling them, the designer of Maroonsparrow made a post bawwing about how they 'did it first' and shamed other shops for making knockoffs of their crowns. But actually, madonna crowns have been in circulation for a long time in avant garde/runway fashion. Just because you market it to lolita fashion does not make it new or make it your sole idea. The designer ended up looking like a bit of a twat, honestly.
>make dark/gothic jewelry
>do well at cons, but usually sell out of sweeter designs fast
>decide to up my kawaii game and make more cute things
>realize i am not sure i understand "sweet" as a substyle
pic related, two simple experiments (necklace and brooch). concrit welcome; i am not sure whether they fit within the parameters of sweet lolita or if i ought to categorize them under general kawaii/feminine jewelry.
excuse the 3am cellphone pic quality.
That would be the case if the crowns that everyone else made looked like they were inspired by runway fashion, but instead they all look identical in design to original design, so you can't really say they were inspired by high fashion, can you?
The taiyaki doesn't really match anything in sweet lolita expect food wise prints (most are just desserts like cakes, donuts, etc) but I would totally that that off you right now!
The rose is a bit more sweet and I like the way it looks honestly, it's very pretty. I think when I hear sweet style accessories, I see more of desserts, bears, stuffed animals, ponies, that have bright pastel colors and bows, lots and lots of bows.
Maybe it's just me but I wouldn't consider that design original. There were some secrets about it, and I distinctly remember people mentioning that the brand Apatico made those crowns even before MS, so it was wrong for MS to state that hers were original. Also, this was a while back but remember Candy Violet's chemise rant? It was about how she spent "years and years" designing a chemise gown (which had no unique design details that set it apart from a basic chemise), upset when someone else began selling gowns? Chemise gowns are not original property, sorry.
At the end of the day, there's room for everyone in a niche fashion, but I think it becomes callous when lolitas try to point the finger at others for copying designs that were not original or copyrighted in the first place. Lolitas have a great sense of brand loyalty, and will continue to buy from whichever shops they trust to make good products. Even if someone else sells something similar, if the indie releases good, high-quality products people will continue to support that brand.
The Taiyaki is very cute and quirky! but like the other anon said it is an unusual motif for a sweet piece of jewellery. (If you gave the little fish a pink/blue bow on its head and tied a pink/blue bow somewhere on the necklace it would make for a pretty funny piece)
The brooch I think is bordering on classic rather than sweet. If the roses were red and the links were gold I would buy it in a heartbeat. Lovely work, do you have a shop?
I think the taiyaki would work as a general jfash accessory but it doesn't really fit in with lolita. Until Meta inevitably releases a taiyaki print or something. The rose is cute though, and would work with quite a few dresses. Sweet jewellery is usually pastel-toned doughnuts and biscuits and cupcakes, so this is at least different enough to stand out.
thank you for the thoughtful feedback, anons! i will keep experimenting and upload the results soon.
for the anon who asked, i have a few things up at my new shop (ghastlygear.etsy.com), but nothing like those items yet. i am only now cautiously moving away from traditional gothic color schemes and motifs.
Mossbadger posted this with a "sorry for being slow" but still no date for when she will have things ready.
That would be super amazing! This is the colourway I have. It's really hard finding anything to match the dusty pink and purple. Your art is so cute!
They clearly are saying there are plenty of people who don't like the ouijas, the opposite of what you think. I'm sorry you are too stupid to understand that or to make a comment that makes any sense.
>Might be helpful
thank you so much! I've always wondered this especially with irregular non-round shapes. when i tried to search I ended up with pre-made round domes or silicone molds
I'm also not that into the ouija boards but these look cute as hell.
Does she cast the frames herself or are they bought from somewhere? I wonder if she could make ones with custom images inside but if they're premade I might as well do it myself. I like how detailed hers are.
She casts the frames herself, but I have seen the molds she uses available for sale, along with made-in-China frames from those same molds for sale. I have a few of her frame brooches and the frames are much higher in quality than the ones you can find pre-made from China.
I'm sure if you contact her she might be able to do some sort of commission? Either that or have a look on ebay for miniature frames and get some brooch backs to glue on them.
>allergic reaction to resin so she's worried she can't finish things she was working on.
Uh oh. Developing an allergic reaction to resin when it's essential to your business is definitely not good. Has she been working with it without using 100% safety precautions, I wonder? You're more likely to develop a sensitivity if you have a significant amount of resin skin contact/unvented fumes in the past.
I do! I just made those ones because of a suggestion/request in this thread!
>And then I've gotten super busy, but they'll DEFINITELY be up tonight, damn it.
What kind of flower/s would you like to see?
Thank you so much, anon! I'll try to post them out this afternoon!
Oh man, getting mixed resin on my arm once was enough to start being super neurotic about it.
That sounds awful.
this would be hilarious and fun
>And then half of the comm falls down screaming about trypophobia when you wear it. Excellent
I can see this totally happening.
And t.b.h that flower close up looks pretty creepy looking but maybe as a flower child brooch that the anon above does? I think it could work but still, some flowers do look kinda creepy.
How do you guys feel towards indie designers that do not make their own cabochons but order from a supplier or purchace from another fellow designer? Like if someone were to use cabochons for cellphone cases/other accessories?
I'm not sure what you mean, anon?
Do you mean buying pre-made cabochon frames instead of making your own from molds?
Or buying entirely made cabochons (Frames with images already set into them) and using them in larger projects?
Seems like she took precautions, hopefully she can put stuff for sale soon.
surprised nobody has mentioned this here yet
I feel like it depends on your price point. I don't mind buying things made from premade stuff if it isn't too expensive - otherwise I am crafty enough to buy the parts and do it myself. But if your prices are low and the item is cute, I will buy it because I am lazy and don't have that much free time for crafting. I often see indie designers using components from Taobao etc. and it doesn't bother me unless prices are really high or the work looks shoddy. Also obviously don't claim you made it completely from scratch if you didn't.
What i mean is buying already made cabochons (like from rockin resin/delish beads/etc) and putting them on to a project that you sell. Not buying premade molds.
My current living situaton doesn't allow me to have space dedicated to resin making. D:
Not sure if I should ask this here or the AA thread but I figure I'd give it a shot. For those of you with online shops, what licenses/permits/whatever do you have/need to legally operate your business? I've been looking into opening my own etsy shop and I'm finding conflicting information as to what I need to do before hand. Any help would be great, thank you!
i think so, but yes, state will be a factor. your state should have a website with info for starting a small business. the most important thing is to make sure you pay your sales tax on items you sell.
i had to buy a sales and use permit to legally operate, which i am supposed to display at conventions. i usually keep it in my cash box without issue.
Thanks for all who gave feedback. I began a "Teatime and Roses" section on my shop (ghastlygear.etsy.com) where designs like the lavender brooch will be placed. I will add antique bronze-tone versions soon, and some non-teacup gold versions.
Sadly the taiyaki necklace is not ready. I used sections of pre-made pearl chain to keep the cost down, but in natural light the eye pins connecting the pearls are an unusual shade of gold that is impossible to match with a chain (too warm for cool gold tone, too pink for warm gold tone, not pink enough for rose gold tone). Additionally, the metal is strangely soft and easily deformed. I will be starting over with that design using a better quality material. To be continued!
Who is Automatic Honey anyway? Are they a team of people that seriously handmake everything? Their work is very professional (like looks like it is not handmade at home) so I honstly assumed that they were a like big brand rather than your typical indie designer that makes things at home (where you can guess what method was used to make their product)
that also has a day job.
I'm a big fan of theirs and really look up to everything that they do. Very inspiring.
Automatic Honey is two guys who are heavily into jfashion and they make the prototype at home then make a alpha copy which later gets sent to a supplier to make the parts and then ships it to them to fully complete the whole assembly. I know the supplier is US based though, I just know this since I talk to them once in awhile if I see them during meets and I asked this question years ago and I am sure they haven't changed how the process is done.
popkeiboyfriend and monsterkun, two great sources of ouji inspo.
thanks for the feedback! i appreciate concrit and suggestions, especially for a style that is different from what i myself wear. i can certainly use pastries to replace the larger rose; Mana-sama knows i have enough supplies.
I'm not sure why you'd think this?
Assuming that they they have the space and equipment and work full-time -
Most of their pieces are enamel and copper (or other shitty soft metals) which are both easy enough to work with; They're obviously made using molds, not hand carved/painted. Theoretically all they're doing is pouring into molds and putting main components together (stuff like chains.)
Hell, the Angel Tears pendant looks acrylic. Set up your laser engraver/printer and then attach the gemstones, metal charm (star) and chain. Done.
Only two people are just as capable of using the same equipment and methods as large factories.. The most important factor here s VOLUME, and they only release in tiny runs anyway. Makes sense.
This also makes sense.
>Pic related. This wonderful dame 'hand-makes' all of her own pieces from home. She has a laser engraver/printer and just buys acrylic ad wooden sheets.
>The store is CreepHeart.com.au or 'Ella Mobbs' on Facebook. Gotta shill local artists!
I had the same problem with weird gold eye pins, the gold rubbed off super easily and was soft as butter. If you find a good source for normal, non-floppy gold eye pins, please share...
for eye and head pins it can be worth it to order through a local or national wholesale jewelry supply store. ordering direct from china can be a gamble, and with wholesalers you can talk to them directly to ask questions about the product. you are likely to get someone with specialty knowledge.
different, contradictory(?) tip: coupon yourself a bag at Joann or Michael's or your local equivalent. at the store, shamelessly manhandle the pins. if they easily bend with a bit of finger pressure, they are probably not worth it. press your nail and scrape (hopefully without tearing the bag) to see if the finish easily comes off. generally get a feel for the gauge/type you like (if you cannot find this info on the bag, sometimes the store label has it), take down the info, and see if you can find them cheaper online. meanwhile use a discount to bring home the bag you like to make some test pieces to make sure they will work. if it is flimsy take it back for store credit (bring receipt, they have to give you back the least possible money without one).
off the top of my head, when i need a bag quickly i trust Darice gold tone pins over Blue Moon in big box chain craft stores. they do not have a wide range of tones, just basics. sometimes the tips are crunchy when bent, but only the tips. i do not know why this is.
This has been bothering me for years but I never thought to ask here until now. Is it me or there 2, maybe even 3 Russia-based accessory designers whose stuff looks pretty much interchangeable? I even had bought stuff from 2 of them (one being Moon Bunny but I forget the other's name, which is why I think there's a third one not pictured here) and didn't realize for a long time that I had bought from 2 separate places. Are they friends or are people copying off each other?
Just bought my first Pepfox brooches and I'm super excited. Shipping to my Europoor country is insane though (24$). I could only justify it because it bought multiples. Those brooches better worth it.
Thank you! I don't live in the US so I'll have to look for them online, but it's great to have a trusted brand to look out for. I got a tiny bag of gold eye pins ages ago as a freebie and I can't seem to find the store anymore, they were the only nice gold ones I've managed to get from China so far. It doesn't matter if they go a bit weird as long as there's a good amount of non-nasty ones, so that's fine.
>I don't live in the US so I'll have to look for them online
if possible, try to find a place that sells them so you can handle them in person. products can be made of different materials and sold under the same name in different countries (perhaps this is only for food, like Cadbury's chocolate) and you might have a better brand available to you via a wholesaler or local chain.
YES. Dolly House vs. Moon Bunny was my original "wait how are these two not the same" and this Marshmallow Unicorn seems to be a new, third entity _also_ making a similar style. It's odd to me to have one vending and one donating to the same event (but then again, one of the announced vendors has been called out for copying the work of other announced vendors so maybe I shouldn't be surprised...). If they are sisters who don't speak to each other it's even more a soap opera than I thought!
Not sure where else to ask this. My friend wants to add resin to Sculpey and wanted to know if that's a terrible idea, but I don't work with clay so I have no clue. It's just stuff like making Sculpey teacups and using resin for the tea, and things like that, and I'm worried that it'll be a disaster.
Anyone know where I can get low cost double clips that dont break easily? The ones I got from ebay are terrible..
another random tip: check for jewelry wire. i am using a spool of cool-tone gold wire (20-gauge, a bit too thick but it was a good deal) to make pearl chains with to match a cool-tone chain necklace. it is so far much better to make my own eyepins out of; the eyes are more uniform (i tend to make them bigger than premade eyes), and i am not trimming off excess wire so much. this will not work for times a headpin is needed, obviously, but if you are only making chains, a spool of wire may be quite cost-effective.
Not that anon, but Thank You! I've been looking for this website for a while. I think they used to sell on etsy, but the last time I went looking for them I couldn't find their listing. Dem cardigan clips.
Haha! I realized that I was getting heaps of views but no sales from Australia until I mentioned it on the items!
>Our dollar is predicted to drop to 0.55USD in a few months.
Oh yes! I'm glad you like them!
Can I ask which country you're from? I'm trying to get an idea of delivery times for the FAQ.
>WIP pic so that I'm not just spamming the thread.
I am in the U.S. and I got my order exactly 10 working days later from the day you shipped it. So you were right when I asked you how many days it takes for international orders to get here. I just told a few friends about the brooches and they all love the way they look!
Btw you have very cute packaging and I love the meltes wax seal you did!
Are you making those anon?!! I will buy it!!
(will you make a brooch version as well? I will buy that too! please make a cat or deer one please!)
[Ausanon here, I bought some little birdies a few weeks ago! they are so lovely! and thank you so very much for the extra goodie! I havn't had a chance to post a review or a picture but I will soon)
Heavy Red's sample sale started, including one of a kind gothic clutches and purses. A couple heart shapes and some nice-looking bags with crosses.
Will you mind another selfpost?
http://mazoknit.storenvy.com I've opened the shop recently (and there's another one on etsy, but after friend's recommendation I've decided to use the storenvy shop as main shop). I'd love to hear some concrit, I wil receive a huge lace haul soon and I'm trying to figure out what kind of wristcuffs or chokers should I do next. I've also been wondering about wrist cuffs that are made from regular tulle lace and cotton handmade crocheted lace underneath. Good idea/bad idea gulls?
Pic rel, stuff from my shop with meta shirt.
Once big suggestion that will dramatically help with sells and the look of your store is to take better stock pictures and make them all consistent.
Like pic related, what is that pearl necklace string there for? What purpose does it serve? Don't use sparkles since it takes away from the product. And better lighting and background can help.
A background that brings a pop to your photo but also helps your product stand out if good to have. Look at >>8824875, >>8822515 >>8785026 >>8769164
and like the photo of your wrist cuffs with your hand in it doesn't look cute, it would be good to instead into a hand stand or lay down the wrist cuffs nicely to see the lace and detailing. If you improve on your pictures, it will be worth the extra work.
I don't want to come off as super harsh, anon, but both your products and photography, as >>8830490 mentioned, seem really cheap/low quality. Even if your items are nice, if they're photographed poorly, they will come off as not very good. Like, I don't know why you ever thought it was a good idea to take poorly lit photos with a wrinkled blanket in the background.
Construction wise things look pretty okay, but you should work on choosing nicer materials and colors, I think. The random blue jewel thing on a pink and fuchsia necklace, for example, does not look good.
Aw yiss! Perfect. I'll edit the FAQ now.
No worries! I really wanted to send you something after I got your lovely picture in the SS, but all of my envelopes with return addresses got thrown out.
Aha! There's cats AND brooches!
Also thank you all again for sharing your stuff/experiences!
holy shit anon don't tell me that I may cry
you should switch your items to USD prices if they go into your paypal account and keep the USD since it will be more stable.
I can't wait to get mine, I'm going to use the little bird pins as collar clips and just get a pearl chain or two with fastenings. Can't wait to get my order!
Love the bunny broach, do you do all your art yourself? It's fantastic. I wish I was more into sweet lolita, but what I got will be going into my more normie wardrobe. I'd love to see a dark bunny item, maybe one to match gardenberries?
Hey guys, thanks for advice! I have changed a bunch of photos now, the rest will have to wait till tomorrow. I will try on getting even better photos (these were taken with my cellphone+photoshopped) if I manage to work some kind of agreement with a photographer.
Lace is accually of the same quality as brand (I have compared it with AP's wrist cuffs, that I was fixing for my friend). However the shit quality of photos had probably killed it's merits.
They do not look like AP quality at all. I really hope the new photos do them justice. You don't need a photographer for that though, you can just use a decent camera and photoshop.
Also, you shooped the original pics? They don't look shooped at all. Did you brighten them or add filters? >>8830490 's edit looks way better, try to use it as a guide for how your pictures should look. Don't be afraid to try different backgrounds either. The bows blend in too much with the sheet and the crease is distracting. Look at photographs on taobao for backdrop/prop inspiration.
Post the updated pics here! I'm curious to see how you got on.
No need to pay for fancy photographer. You can do it at home with a decent camera and a little bit of photoshop skills. Go to a really well lit room or even outside even and put down your background, play around with the settings and see which angle is best for the lighting to show off your products then go from there. Once you get the hang of that, you will be okay.
So...I want to commission someone to make tiny lean/codeine figures for a vaporwave phonecase. Maybe other related things like marble busts, windows logos, houseplants, etc. Clay or resin I guess.
Ebay feedback I only was able to scout for that item was amongst the lines 'THANK YOU FAST SHIPPING!!!11" because you know, ebay.
My issue is that pin and the alligator part of the clip will bend back and snap and/or the pin falling off. Super flimsy. Don't want my customers pissed/tell their friends to not buy from me/never buy from me again as a result.
I make polymer clay charms, but I've never used resin for that nor do I know anyone who does. Just use liquid clay and mix in chalk pastel dust to color it. It's easier and cheaper.
I just received the pins I ordered from you, and now I almost wish I had waited! Lovely work and packaging. Did you end up selling many of the rabbit dresses/are they all shipped out? I haven't seen a review of them or anything yet.
I will definitely review the brooches on my blog soon! Thanks again.
I have this problem with 2-way clips as well. I have %6 dokidoki star clip and the hair clip part bent and snapped off after a while. When I used them for stuff that I made, I put a dollop of hot glue in the bend where it would usually snap. I'm not sure how effective it really is, but it's better than nothing.
A bit late of a review, but it arrived on the 13th.
It also matches my recently arrived dream skirt nicely.
Zippered pocket inside as well as simple organizer sleeve for wallet and pens
Print is crisp and hasn't shown any signs of fading or cracking despite daily wear and a little abuse
Crossbody strap gets nice and long at maximum adjustable length (Which is great for tall people like me)
Because of the rounded seam, the zipper must be done/undone carefully to avoid jamming
Bottom half keeps its shape well, top is more easily flexible. I'll fix this with my own boning eventually.
The handles are not detachable, which is a shame because I prefer to wear it crossbody.
[spoiler]Apologies for potato quality pic[/spoiler]
On a stained glass note, it's difficult to find head accessories besides the usual crosses.
I did find this, however. It's making me want to go OTT goth.
Okay the images look better but now the issue is the really dark background behind the white doily and bows. If you do exactly what you did but try to find a lighter color wood like >>8822515 did here or get a simple but a cute colored cardstock from a craft store and put the doily on top of it, you will be closer to having the right stock photos for your stuff.
Also make sure all the bows are straight and everything is even.
These are my thoughts after giving these a relatively quick look, separated by item:
First off, I think I've figured out the two things that bother me the most about these.
1. Materials : I know that you've said the lace you're using is comparable to AP lace, but it really doesn't look as soft/flexible. The donut lace looks worse than the star one. The coarse grosgrain ribbon is also not as good for wristcuffs ribbon made from other materials (something with a slight sheen, velveteen, etc.) would be. The two layered bow also looks bad in general, imo.
2. Shape. This compounds the issue with how the lace looks, imo. This might be more of a matter of taste, but I much prefer wristcuffs where the lace is gathered a bit so that it doesn't lie totally flat like yours do.
See pic related for differences that materials and shape can make.
Your biggest issue here is color. Besides the brown/ivory stripe and maybe the pink on pink, none of these are really common colors/color combinations. Look at AP and Baby's most common pinks, saxes, etc. I still don't like that material over the grosgrain.
Hard to see the details, but the bows look a bit wonky. Why is there a random green bit on the one on the right?
Your photos definitely look better now, but I think you need to think more about color, construction, and material.
Are you using flash? The contrast in the photos is really high. I think you should find a lighter surface, and make sure to take the photos with lots of natural light. Ideally you can find a hard surface to bring outside and take them on a sunny day.
Okay, lighter surface sounds like a good plan. As for the sunny day, I will have to consult with the local shaman or government on that.
Thanks for a such detailed response! I will agree that the use of grossgrain ribbon wasn't the best choice when it comes to the top part of wristcuffs ( I'm still in the experimental phase, but they say done is better than perfect), but when it comes to ribbons I kind of like it so it's probably a matter of taste.
When it comes to the shape and gathering, they accually are. I have to make better photos I guess. As for softness of the lace, it is nice and soft and I have no idea how to convince you of that. Might be still the quality of photos. I will probably change the ribbons for future wristcuffs though.
I will argue however with the choice of colors: If someone is looking for the common ones, imo they will either choose brand or taobao. So I was thinking to cover rather less common color combinations so I could fill a niche. It might be that there is a gap because there is no use for them, but imo it requires a bit of experimenting.
Any shops with non-sweet unicorn accessories? I have an idea for a coordinate using Grimoire's unicorn frame tights and want some unicorn jewellery to go with it, but everything is either shitty silver charms, super tacky 90s Lisa Frank style, or a knock-off of AP's derpy little ponies.
Obviously the thread is on autosage but idk maybe you'll check this, because I can't start a new thread with justification .
First off, beautiful packaging! I love everything that I ordered and absolutely would buy with you again.
The only thing is that my flower girl smelled a tad like nailpolish when I first opened her little packet, but I'm sure that will probably wear off.
All in all, I will definitely buy more from you!