Showing posts with label branding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label branding. Show all posts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Brilliant Packaging from ETSY

after opening the lovely, well thought out READER
The new Sell on ETSY app and card reader combo are pretty excellent.  I carry around the new PayHere by PayPal also. This reader solves the issue of selling my ETSY shop items at shows  and then not realizing it until the piece also then sells online, which makes me smile,

The card reader is in high demand with shop owners and takes sometime to arrive in your mailbox so, order now for Holiday shows :)

Well planned out compared to other readers with it's smart storage/holder design.

Let me know what you think!


simple no frills packaging from ME :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday, well on mine is a commission for author and activist John Schlimm!!

On today’s bench is a commission piece for author and activist John Schlimm. The 1-inch cuff will bear the words “embrace compassion,” which is a personal mantra for John and the title of the popular and inspiring speech he delivers across the country, including his recent keynote address on Capitol Hill.

John is the international award-winning author of such books as Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, The Cheesy Vegan, Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and his forthcoming cookbook, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. Also a Harvard-trained educator and artist, John collaborated closely with me to create the simple and poignant design for this special cuff, which will also include several “prana birds” that I have used in my other pieces and which are also particular favorites of John’s.

typeset of mantra, initials, symbol and maker's mark/brand
Taking the time to set up a typeset is truly a necessary step when metalprinting.  This step saves time and keeps you on task while stamping.

this is the side against the wrist where embrace is stamped out  in the center with a typewriter font 
Tools used will include assorted stamps, sharpie, ruler, brass hammer, bench block, chasing   hammer, bracelet bending pliers, steel bristle brush and polishing cloth.

just finished forming the cuff and just before polishing

Specifics of piece:

-1" wide, 6" long to be sized in studio when finished
-small typewriter font
-top 'compassion' center
-against wrist 'embrace' center
-no blackening with any printing or stamping
-7 small birds near opening right edge organically placed topside
-John's initials JES II  in uppercase typewriter font near the opening underside against wrist
-artist SDAJ mark and PA Wild's brand underside
-satin finish

Created from 1100 pure 14 gauge aluminum (food grade, hypoallergenic, tarnish free) so, the wearer never has to worry about a reaction to the piece.  1100 aluminum has a lower chance of skin reaction than sterling silver!
an organic gathering of 'prana birds', John so loves, as well as part of his mantra 'embrace' printed inside center of cuff

you see here, top center, the partial mantra 'compassion'  with also the view-able then SDAJ mark as well as the PA Wilds branding left and right inside of cuff with John's initials
~For more information about John's books and appearances, and to follow him on social media, please visit

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

Yesterday on the bench was spent punching holes in charms, sanding away the burr from the disc cutter/punch and then hammering some texture into each.  Now today will be branding each disc for then building more mixed media bracelets and necklaces.
my essential component making tool choices are:  Wubber plier assortment, Xuron cutters, wrap and tap pliers, bale making pliers, metal Power Punch, Ott light and assorted hammers.

recently cleaned up antique and vintage hammers were used on texturing

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

Today for What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday I started to punch out more 18 gauge copper blanks for branding, tags, attribute charms and pendants.  Each will be hammer textured and stamped so the imperfections just add to the over all desired effect.
A Pepetool disc cutter along with a 2-lb brass hammer to punch each disc out.  The brass is softer than steel and you have less chance of chipping or totally destroying your punches.  now carries Swanstrom square, rectangle, oval and heart shapes.  Eventually a hydraulic press is going to find it's way to the studio.

makes me smile :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

On the Bench -hallmark in the works

I am in the process of ordering a stamp for a hallmark on the metalwork and little metal tags found on the jewelry.  These tags will also include the PA Wilds branding stamp below.

This company makes great quality stamps.  I also ordered a larger 'wilds' stamp to be used on pendants as part of the design.  These pendants are being prepared now and should get photographed tomorrow at some point.  I love these stamps for the size is considerably larger than an average design stamp making it easier to achieve the sharp image desired.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Keeping it simple with Branding

counter in gallery with packages by Stephanie Distler
counter in gallery with packages, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
here you see my earring cards and a couple packages to be mailed out with
the PA Wilds tags, the kraft boxes, ribbon and one of my business cards peek-
ing out.
tags drying I have been working on a consistant branding in the gallery and basically where ever my designs can be purchased from shows to other galleries/shoppes. I factor in also the branding used on juried PA Wilds Artisans which includes me. These hangtags are tan, brown, and burnt sienna with the Elk and keystone worked into the logo.
So what I did was to purchase white tags and the large Manila tags from an office supply web business with plans on tea dyeing the lot of them.  The process was simple,  with just making an extra strong pot of English Breakfast tea and then letting the tags infuse in their tea bath for for about 5 to 6 hours.  The English Breakfast is what I recommend for it keeps the rich brown tones and does not then turn that horrible reddish hue.

Next was adding more stamps to my collection with another size of my signature fern and one with the website and tag line. 
counter tags
All of the tags turned out beautifully taking on the perfect color to play nice with the PA Wild's hangtags, kraft paper boxes, my business card and also the props in the gallery.
fern tags in dish


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