Polished up a few things last night:
pause ring (like this)
Another landscape ring (oh, like this...not sure what color stones to use this time around...)
A weighty, super shiny super mod pendant that I don't have pictures of, the sweet modmod new design (that needs repolishing because it has a little spot I seem to have missed), and a made-to-order kona CUFF.
Oh, also I have a mookaite necklace that could have been finished like...last week...but I've been really lazy about it. Don't get me wrong, I love the necklace and I'm really happy with how it turned out. It just needs to be oxidized, polished, satin finish, stone set. Easy...I just need to DO it. I'm really bad about getting stuff to ALMOST done and then getting super excited about the next thing. And then I have a pile of jewelry that needs finishing touches and it ends up taking me the better part of a day to do it all. (Yay for...focus?)
I have a hard time reading etsy customers. I mean, I think it's pretty much futile. I want to have items that I keep stocked semi-regularly, but I can never figure out what those should be.I have a few items that have been really popular OUTSIDE of etsy, but no one has bitten on etsy. I think there really is something to be said for being able to see a piece and touch it in person, though clearly there is plenty of success on etsy without that.
So, I try not to think about it too much (because honestly, if you do it will make you crazyinthehead). I think most importantly I need to just keep making stuff I'm driven to make. That was the plan all along, of course. Of course of course.
And, for the time being, I have the freedom to make it for ME. I'm not burdened by having to pay bills and making enough sales so I (or my horses) can eat. That, I have to say, is very very nice.