Week One: Self Employed Artisan-hood

Pre-emptive Verdict: IT’S BRILLIANT.

Day One: I went to the post office, set up the world’s fastest, easiest lightbox (seriously, have never been able to take photos like this so quickly), took a stack of photos for an upcoming Facebook sale event, figured out that I could dome the bottlecaps I’ve been staring at and add them to the kidney wire earring findings I just got, made a bunch of crystal pendants and steampunk pendants and labradorite pendants AND I was home and able to receive a package and then sort and put the contents away.

And did I mention the mid-day nap? Because oh yes. There was a nap. And more steps than I ever got in a single day at my office job.

Day Two: I got cocked off sideways a bit after spending four (billable) hours doing design work for a friend, but meantime I managed to take more photos and pull some rainbow buttons for a vague Pride project I had in mind. Then had some theatre. And a nap.

Day Three: Went for a walk before 8am, took the coloured gears I had intended to go with the bottlecaps and turned them into their own style of earrings, had a few false starts on a Pride necklace but then found my stride and made a baker’s dozen, had a headache at 11am so I put my head on a supportive pillow for an hour and came back feeling refreshed, worked on my website, celebrated my husband’s birthday, and now I’m back in the studio / office to get this site’s shipping options up to snuff.

Below are some of the earrings and Pride pendants I have created. Come to the Sydney Waterfront Festival to buy them – or maybe check in next week to see if my site is set up to take your money!

Doming the bottlecaps made them incredibly pretty all by themselves. No wire here – just a LOT of hammering!
These were originally to be individual, dainty, steampunk pendants … but I found a handful that went together well enough to be matched pairs.
I really did like how I matched the gear colours to the bottlecaps, but I have to admit they both work better separately than together.
Chaotic necklaces for Pride – because nothing about being queer is orderly.

There’s no stopping me now.

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