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October 12th, 2006
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Lorem Ipsum: Dichroic glass pendants with digital resist.

Another successful experiment! With some Google sleuthing I figured out how to do a digital acid resist... combine with some "lorem ipsum" and Ye Olde Englishe Fonte, and we have some design funnage.

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Sent to kamalloy
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Reserved for icaro
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Mine! Mine!

This technique should work about as well for drawings and some distinct shades of grayscale, too. It doesn't always capture the whole image, though... a bit of roughness on text like this is fine, but photos with grayscale would require more consistency. Still, maybe it's just a question of practice.

I could do pendants with people's names, lists of kids, personally significant symbology, logos, etc... custom jobbies could be fun.

Oh and... thank you to EVERYone for all the support (and sales!) in the previous entry. How exciting! :D

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From:shadrad
Date:October 12th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
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Dude.. that is AWESOME. My head just exploded with ideas-- including ways you might make a (Very very very small) fortune in sales at convention art shows/artist's alley.

Or at least off of me, because I might have to start making a LIST of stuff I'd like to have you make for me. Feel free to raise prices for commissioned pieces.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
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*EVIL GRIN*
Too bad Otakon has such strong fanart limits, or I'd be printing off characters directly onto glass.

I'm so proud of myself for developing this technique... or rather, this particular application of the technique.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
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P.S.: And yeah, I probably should raise prices for commissions a bit ($5 would cover it) since if a commission comes out of the kiln a little "off", it's a loss... I can't recycle it into other jewelry.
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From:shadrad
Date:October 12th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Well, screw Otakon.

I'm more than happy to work as an agent for you at other conventions, however, and submit some pieces to the art show. 3 or 4 at max, with nice boxes for display purposes. I'm thinking earrings/pendants with FMA/Naruto/Bleach Important Symbology(tm). Actually, that's a lot of what I had in mind for myself!

Also, re: 'off' jewelry. You can actually recycle those pretty well. I've taken a number of 'failed' dichroic lumps and done some fancy wire-wrapping to make them into new, complete pendants. Consider looking into that!

Oh man, I'm so excited. PERSONALIZED JEWELRY FOR ME. *bank account starts crying*
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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OOOH. That would be totally awesome, if you could/would do that at other cons. I think the key to real sales success at convention art shows is to have a pack of business cards there for people to take... A little sign saying "I do custom art! Contact me here!" surely goes a long way toward getting more business after the con.

If I stay in production with this concept long enough for it to be worthwhile, I'd definitely trade custom jewelry for YOU in exchange for con exposure. :D

Also, don't some cons let you mail art back and forth? I could probably do that too.

I don't have problems recycling glass into other projects tech-wise; what I mean is, though, if I have (say) a pendant with somebody's wedding vows or kid's photo on it, but it's misaligned or somesuch and I make them a replacement... then it'll feel odd to incorporate the dud into a different piece.
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From:shadrad
Date:October 12th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Ho ho ho! Well..

If you can make enough, I'd be willing to sell them at my art table, though I'd probably like a percentage of the profits as an agent's fee. You can have like, 3 in the art show, and a bunch of others at the table. That way you can get more sales, since you can't submit THAT much to the art show. But I'd suggest doing a test run first to see about how much you can sell and for how much per...

DEFINITELY give me cards, that's a must!

This is so exciting. I would seriously look into patenting the method of transfer, if you think you can, or if it hasn't been done before. You'd make a killing just off of selling that!
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I don't know much about patents but I'm applying a standard technique from the industrial and printmaking sectors, so I have my doubts on that front. Ah well. :)

I wouldn't be upset if some other glass artist figured it out and was better able to market it, anyway. The way I see it, I don't want to be a manufacturer... I'd offer the option of customizability but my focus is still on the one-off creative end of things, not mass production. Yanno?

Sure, if we really entered into a full-on sales partnership we'd set up an agent's fee or commission arrangement. :D I even have paperwork for it!

(... so sad that I say "paperwork" as if it's exciting, but in some wa ys it is -- if I find myself having enough success to justify it, then that's cool.)
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From:shadrad
Date:October 12th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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(hey, paperwork makes people feel all official and stuff! I'd prefer that, actually! Good for reference when it comes to numbers, because my brain doesn't retain them.)

And I do know what you mean by not wanting to do mass produced stuff. All the same, the more you make, the more I can sell! You might also consider taking a batch to stores that sell stuff either on commission or would buy a batch off of you-- there are a few in Chapel Hill I'd submit them to, if it were me!

Out of curiosity, do you think vectorized images would transfer better, or are you using bitmaps?
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I've never had luck getting my work into local boutiques, but that's because I was making weird stuff. :) I'll probably have much better acceptance with this jewelry... definitely something to pursue.

In general I prefer vector images but for transfers, anything at 300 DPI would do. It really doesn't end up mattering since it's small scale.

You're planning images to put on glass, aren't you. :)
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From:lirazel
Date:October 12th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Oh MAN! (or even, "Oh, WOMAN!")

This may be your breakthrough "thing", until you get bored with it. Wanna do an initial L in Tengwar? I'm sure I can find the font somewhere, and it's nice and curly...
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
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breakthrough "thing", until you get bored with it

Yeah, I think so. And you know me -- anything that lets me fold in digital manipulations makes me unnecessarily happy...

Tengwar L... lambe, here?
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tengwar.htm
Which mode? I'm sure I can find the font if I don't have it.

Want this instead of the one you asked for the other day, or in addition? >:)
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From:lirazel
Date:October 12th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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That would be it! And "in addition", naturally.

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From:lirazel
Date:October 12th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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And lambe (the Mouth, how appropriate!) is the same in both modes.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
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That'd make a nice square pendant. I'll see what I can do. :)
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From:kamalloy
Date:October 12th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, I really like these! Would it be possible for me to purchase the leftmost one even if I don't have PayPal? (If you can only accept PayPal, then I can probably do some negotiating with my boyfriend to use his account.)
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From:jengagne
Date:October 12th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Reservationated. :) I marked it accordingly above! Thank you so much!

PayPal not required, although it would be convenient. You can just send me a $19 check instead, if you want. Drop me an email at jen@beware-of-art.com along with this link so I know which one we're talking about:
http://www.beware-of-art.com/images/gallery/glass/2006/10/2006-10-16.jpg
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From:kamalloy
Date:October 12th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I'll send you an e-mail tonight/tomorrow with the information. Thank you so much! ^^
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From:twoflower
Date:October 12th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I was tellin' the Jens last night, if she can pull this printing trick off, it's gonna be like printing money.

Imagine corporate logos etched on a pin you wear on your suit. What CEO, male or female, wouldn't want that bit of jewelry? Or as said, pictures/names of your grandkids, or make them a personalized lover's exchange gift, etc, etc...

Guard the trade secret of how you do this with your life. It is really, really groovy and profitable and groovy.
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From:shadrad
Date:October 12th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Seconded. Seconded like /whoa/.
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From:cmdr_zoom
Date:October 12th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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oooo, pretty.
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From:ladyblue56
Date:October 12th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)

Swoon!

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Wowza, these are gorgeous! Love the idea of personalizing them too - when you change art directions, you steam right ahead. What "steam right ahead?" what is the phrase, I swear I'm not getting enough oxygen to the brain - anyway, I mean you have great talent!

Thank you sharing this beauty!
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