New Zipper Pulls

Supplies have arrived, so I’ve updated the back options in my store to include zipper pulls for 1.25″ buttons. Now I’m working on illusion photos so you can see what the designs will look like on zipper pulls.

Illusion photos are not actual photographs… the image is created by dropping the button design behind a “digital photo template” on the computer, then exporting the image as a png or jpg photo file. It is a great way to see what a button will look like without wasting supplies and it also eliminates light issues that I have while trying to snap clear photos of small objects with shiny surfaces.

I don’t have a display template for zipper pulls… a quick search on Etsy found one for 1″ zipper pulls (link here) but, not in 1.25″ so I made my own clip art by snapping a real photo and removing the background, &c. It’s not the best… but it does give folks an idea of what the button will look like as a zipper pull.

Here’s what it looks with some of my designs:

I added the URL note because I’m thinking about using that photo to promote my business.

BTW, notice how the blue “Christian” and “#resist” printed darker than my original design? (If you want to compare, I posted an illusion photo in my Breaking Silence post.) Yeah, that’s one of those surprise color shifts that can happen when you design in GIMP, which uses an RGB color system, and print on high end machines that use CYMK color technology. Some surprises are cool as can be… like when a gold color displays yellowish on the computer and prints shiny gold… but some send me back to the drawing board. I should pick a different blue, but leaving it dark gives a dual meaning since there are people so brainwashed by the Religious Right that they cannot see or believe Christians can be liberals or Democrats.

Well, I best end this before I go rambling off on another soap box… thanks for reading!



DIY Flat Tray Earring Racks

cartWhen I roll out to go set up to sell at local venues, all of my products and display items must be easy to transport via city bus on this folding dolly.

The red bag is part of a two-piece soft-side luggage set, made to slip over the handle of the suitcase, so it slides onto the dolly handle for a secure fit with no bungee cords required.

The boxy case under the red bag is a jeweler’s case that my father found for me at a yard sale last summer. It holds stacking trays. They were filled with old flocked plastic inserts that did not suit my needs, so I lined all the trays with scrapbook paper and divided some trays into sections with glued on strips of oak thin wood that I had on hand.

The trays make for an easy set up… just cover the table, remove trays from case and arrange on top, add a few other things and done. That is, IF the items in the trays remained nice and neatly arranged during transportation.

Last night, I solved a problem with displaying earrings and zipper charms. I priced rotating racks, wondered how I would transport a rack, and then came up with a solution on how to display items on hang cards using some of the trays that fit in my case.

rackFirst, I glued “rails” across the narrow ends inside the tray so the oak thin wood bars for the hang cards could be slightly elevated off the bottom of the tray. Then, after deciding how far apart to place the bars, I cut oak thin wood to cover the exposed rails and help keep the bars where they belong. The oak was already sanded and varnished, so all I had to do was cut pieces to size and glue everything in place.

So far, I have made three tray racks, each with bars spaced at different distances for earrings of different lengths. The rack in the photo (shown stood up, snapped by cell phone) was perfect for zipper charms.

I think it makes for a nicer display that will transport well, perhaps with bubble-wrap folded on top to protect them. And, by using items I had on hand, it did not cost me a dime.

Now all I need is to line up some local venues to go to… if anyone knows of any upcoming craft shows or anything in the Youngstown area (preferably on a WRTA bus route or within reasonable cab fare distance) please let me know! Thank you!

Thanks for reading!