In addition to Anthropology, Anne also took many courses in the Liberal Arts, a contributing factor to the art she creates today.
|Eshet Chayil Bracelet|
Today she continues to use sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, glass from the Czech Republic, and has added pewter, copper and other interesting materials into her pieces. Pewter and copper were added partially due to cost considerations, since sterling silver has become prohibitively expensive for some Etsy customers.
"Etsychai is a wonderful, energized, friendly, haimish Jewish group and, since joining, my sales have increased! So I'm a fan!"
|Sterling Silver Dreidel Earrings|
In addition to her Etsy shop, Anne sells her jewelry at a local handmade gallery and, as if all that selling isn't enough, she also designs websites.
How does she budget her time? Another confession: "Badly!" (We completely understand!)
|Hebrew Letters (Custom) Bracelet|
She continues, "Make sure you find a unique niche. It's the only way to get seen on Etsy, because Etsy is too big now."
We also asked her about photography, a key ingredient in any listing. "I use a second hand EZ cube light box with two to three lamps surrounding it. I move the lights around my object. Sometimes I take photos on the patio -- silver likes natural light the best. Crystals like the artificial light."
She goes on, "I use a $200 Canon SX-110 with a decent macro lens. I get right up on top of my pieces and try to crop in really close. For my first pic I try to get a really interesting shot that shows how unique the piece is: a unique angle, a unique reflection, the shape of it. For my second pic I get the whole item from above. Third and fourth are other angles a person might experience while using the piece. The fifth is either the piece being worn or the packaging I use."
|Passover Wine Glass Charms|
-- Post by April Grunspan of AgruArts