it got better
it's been a lousy 4 weeks. stagnant...everything on hold...personal life stuff blah blah blah. finally things have shifted and i gotta say, it has been wonderful having my new flower shop to focus on (see post below). i've sold a handful of flowers already and i cannot tell you how good this feels as a launching pad for a barely filled etsy shop.
i've uploaded a few more. short of actually gathering the objects and making the flowers, naming them is one of my favorite things yet! i dont really know much about plants but that doesn't stop me from googling things and adding twists to names that resemble (to a point) my flowers. i invite you to peruse both sold and for sale descriptions if you are looking for mild entertainment. the other unexpected outcome to this flower thing is that i realized i can make sculpture like flowers for gardens and porches, they dont have to sit in a vase! it was when i needed to take pictures to upload them to etsy that i was inspired to shove them in the ground and realized DUH i could start making flowers specifically for outdoors. currently my flowers have NOT been treated with a rust converter and while some flowers could be placed outdoors, most shouldn't be exposed to the elements. that is gonna change with the newer ones. (not all but most). i use a cold weld for most of the main structural parts but the other adhesive i use isn't really meant for outdoors. i'm gonna start using a waterproof adhesive and paint some of the flowers in advance with rust converter. i dont like that it darkens the rebar but its what needs to be done unless you dont mind orange/rust. (i dont but you know me).
here are some new candle holders! (online holders available here.) they are not going on etsy, as i've placed these next door at the 'hair salon'. the girls who work the counter always fawn over my pipe stuff, so i can only hope someone buys one or two. next goal is to check out the local flower shop up near the university. i hear they do rentals for university affairs...if i can get enough flowers made/candle holders...vases...who knows maybe i can get some rental stuff going. nice to have a goal...right now its wet and cold and i'm not able to get out there and work on anything other than little bits of stuff already in progress indoors. got my new saw but haven't opened the box. got my new grinder but its not usable in rain. winter just kind of sucks when you have an 'outdoor' parking lot studio. i tell ya what, all of these restrictions just make me want to work even harder to one day have my own studio to work out of!