Monday, May 17, 2010

Ups and Downs

Running an online shop can have its ups and downs. Getting on the Etsy Front Page for the second time and having 5 orders in quick succession (for me, I'm not a major force on Etsy, lol) was quite exhilarating. I was hoping that things were really starting to gel, and that getting a couple of orders a week would be the new norm.

Sad to say, that hasn't been the case. Since then, things have been exceedingly slooooowwww at Dalkullan Jewelry. It's times like these that try women's souls, or okay, maybe it's not that bad, but at least try one's patience. But when the going gets tough, the tough make lemonade, or something like that.

While maintaining the requisite stiff upper lip, I've been working on some new designs. I'm not ready to list them yet, but here's a sneak preview of a new earring design. It's got carnelians, lapis lazuli, and turquoise cabochons.

It's really hard to hold the earrings securely to set the stones, so I'm going to try sinking the backs of the earrings in thermoplastic mounted on wood in a vise. Then a setting punch and a chasing hammer to smooth the bezel cups around the stones. That should get the job done. Afterwards, I'll just pop the earrings out, and polish them up bright and shiny.

Thanks for dropping by!


Abellamiento said...

I've been having slow sales as well. I think you're doing the right thing by simply continuing to work through it with new ideas and designs to be ready for the future.

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Love the sneak peak and looking forward to your new designs!

niftyknits said...

"I'll just pop them out"...I bet it's not really that easy!

DalkullanJewelry said...

niftyknits, I don't know for sure. I'm going on what I've read. I hope it'll be easy, though. The stuff I'm going to using is called Jett Sett, and it gets soft in hot water. I'll definitely post about how the whole thing turns out. :)

Thanks so much Michelle, I appreciate it!

Abellamiento thank you, and hoping sales pick up for you too! It does give me more time to work on new techniques and designs. I even spent some time cleaning out the pantry today. That should amaze my hubby, lol.