Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Story of A PlaYfuL Custom Order

It all started with a harmless pair of earrings, formerly known as "Dr. Seuss"

The continuing saga of formerly known as "Dr. Seuss" jewelry...Last week I received a custom order from an awesomely creative talented super sweet new customer, I'll call her Ms. S, for "Candies Forever No. 2"( formerly known as "Dr. Seuss No.2") matching earrings and lariat in oxidized sterling silver. Initially, Ms. S sent me a graphic design lay out of a matching necklace (by the way it was a blow your mind graphic layout...very impressive---using the same colors and shapes!) for the earrings but that she would love it if I could come up with a design for a lariat necklace. So I did. Here is the design that I came up with and which she loved.

I gave her options for the ring for the lariat. Ms.S chose to go with the sterling silver ring.

Ok, I'm going to digress here-----When Ms. S had initially Convo'd me about her custom order request, she also asked if I would accept a money order payment b/c I only normally accept PayPal as a form of payment in my internet Etsy shop---Stacy's Designs 88. But I make exceptions...and b/c of Ms. S it's now stated in my Profile to Convo me on this. Thanks to great customers like Ms. S, I'm learning lessons which help me build and better my business for both my customers and myself.

Why would someone want to pay via money order? There's a variety of reasons why some people do not or cannot use PayPal such as some may not trust paying using their credit card or bank account over the internet even thru Paypal. What's the fear of the shop owner OR why don't all shop owners just accept money orders and checks outright? Can't speak for everyone, but for myself and my line of regular full time work, I am weary of the fraudulent check or money order. So, that's the reason over the internet, I don't accept money orders outright. However, understanding this, if you Convo me, then we can come to a meeting of the minds so to speak as to money orders. In Ms. S's case, I requested that she get a Unites States Postal Service (USPS) money order.

So getting back to the story, when she sent me her USPS money order, it arrived in this awesomely fanciful delightful playfully whimsical specially designed by Ms. S "Thank You" card with my name on it! (Please do NOT copy or link this card as it is Ms. S's own creation)

The colors are the colors of her "Candies Forever" custom order set.

As she wanted the entire set oxidized a gray/black color, I emailed her photos of the completed unoxidized set before oxidizing it. She loved it. See photo.

So, yesterday I went ahead and oxidized it which took several times to get it a rich gray/black color. It looks sooooo pretty. Here's a photo.

So, now I've wrapped it up beautifully for her and included my handmade matching "thank you" card and will be mailing it off to her today. By the way, after receiving Ms. S's awesome card, I asked if she was a graphic designer...she is! And she works for a very well known American toy company. I see the Dr. S connection. Love it!

Cute handmade packaging---a gift to yourself or for someone else.
This is what the extra $3 to $4.50 (int'l) S&H fee will get you
(Packaging may differ. S&H fee also covers the postage).

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Anonymous said...

Your boxes and cards are adorable. I especially love the coordinating polka dotted ribbon and trim accents!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Thanks for your kind words. I like to make my packaging such that my customer feels like it truly is a gift to herself...which it is. ;)

joonbeam said...

Stacy, thanks for this wonderful feature. I love your work, your style, your blog. I am wondering how you oxidize? And you do it after it's all put together and it doesn't affect the beads? I wish I knew more about jewelry. Maybe someday. Everything looks so pretty. I know your recipients are thrilled. We would have such fun together if we were neighbors.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Hi Joon! Thanks for visting my blog.

Yes, normally I oxidize after I've created my piece and "no" it doesn't "harm" the beads. It reacts with the silver and copper to cause it to get gunmetal gray.

If a bead for some reason does get "harmed" like sometimes beads are painted on its surface and the color is not thru and thru the bead itself (like glass)so maybe just sitting in a liquid will cause the paint on its surface to come off, then you can just replace that bead and then brush on the sulfur to the specific area as a "touch up" to oxidize that particular spot.

I've oxidized many of my own pieces and those that I create to sell. Nothing has deteriorated or been damaged. My silver smithing instructors taught us how to do this. I oxidize using liver of sulfur which is non-toxic but smells like rotting eggs. Alas, my husband hasn't gotten used to the smell like I have. poor thing! :)

Stacy's Designs 88 said...
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Stacy's Designs 88 said...

oops! Sorry, my computer had a hiccup again.

You can oxidize your metals prior to wiring the beads or other materials onto them. However, the downside is that you might scratch some of the oxidation off with all the twisting and turning of your pliers.But, you could touch it up afterwards...color may not be exactly the same thruout. If you're hesitant to dunk your beads into the liver of sulfur solution, then you can do it this way.


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