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  1. Elllie

    In need of honest advice

    Thank you, Artym! Fabulous boxes is definitely a great idea! and I'll look for some Craft Fayres - next one in Cardiff is in October Many thanks again! Ellie
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    Hi all! My name is Luciana, however I'm called Ellie by my Anglo-Saxons friends who can't really pronounce Latin names. I've joined this site late last night and jumped straight into asking for advice, rudely forgetting to firstly introduce myself - my apologies! I've never done any arts&crafts until about a year ago when I became enthusiastic about Powertex and attended a couple of training sessions. Since, I've been experimenting with other mediums and tried to develop my own 'statue style' (I wanted to deviate from their 'mainly textile' approach). I never thought I'd be doing something 'artistic' and now I don't seem able to stop! I'm at a stage where, after dumping lots of my work on friends and family, I don't know what to do with the rest of my 'creations'. Next logical step is to sell them however, because of my lack of training/ experience, I'm not sure how marketable my stuff is... and I'm probably afraid that it won't sell and I'd become discouraged and stressed. (you can see some photos of my things here: https://www.crafts-beautiful.com/forums/topic/53655-in-need-of-honest-advice/ Anyway, that's the short version of my 'craft-life-story' . Great to be between like-minded people and I'm looking forward to your advice (and hopefully I'd be able to help with some of your problems too). All the best, Ellie
  3. Elllie

    In need of honest advice

    Hi Eileen and thank you! Really, many thanks for your kind words... I guess I need encouraging more than I thought I would. What I make is solely my design, I do look on Pintrest for inspiration (I love Antoine Josse work and I admit on trying to imitate his style with my clay and plaster stuff - but, as you can see, I'm quite far off...) https://uk.pinterest.com/razztro/art-a-n-t-o-i-n-e-j-o-s-s-e/ I just took more photos of my statues... My main fear about selling is that the statues are a bit tacky&kitsch and clearly not made of metal/ bronze , so I don't have the faintest clue how much money to ask for one. Secondly, although I use high quality materials and really good varnish, I'm not sure I can guarantee that my pieces won't fade/ fall apart in a few years... Any advice about that? Many thanks again, Ellie
  4. Hi all, I have no idea if this is the right forum to ask a few questions, but hopefully you'd be kind and redirect me if I got it wrong (just to let you know: English is not my first language, so I apologise in advance for any mistakes). I'll try to keep my story short: out of boredom, I started to play with clay and Powertex and plaster about a year ago and made a few objects initially just for my home. Some of my friends saw my 'creations' and asked me to make some for them (which I did!) and told me I should try and sell them (I've made quite a few and at the moment I have so many around the house and no idea what to do with them). Most of them are in clay, sand and Powertex (stone art) that I then paint with acrylics to make it look like bronze. - I have at least 12 other in this style; I also have a few in air-drying clay and plaster of Paris: What I need from you all is an honest opinion about my stuff. Do you think it would sell and should I give it a try? Or should I just continue to do them just for my enjoyment and give them away or put them in the bin (quite a few ended up in there already). The thing is, apart from 2 sessions of Powertex and many hours of youtube, I've never trained in anything arts&crafts and I have no idea if I'm using the right techniques and so I don't know if my amateurish creations are marketable. Many thanks for taking the time to read this and I'd love to hear some feedback from you. Ellie