My business has always been a little bipolar. I love making intricate, fancy, sparkling designs in wire, but I also love making geeky, colorful chainmaille stuff. And, I've wanted to teach wire wrapping for many years.
When I officially quit my day job (but I'm still doing it, ugh... it's so hard to keep doing a job you know you're done with... nearly there) I decided that my bipolar business needed to split to serve its two different customer bases. So I brainstormed a new name for the new business with my creative son's help, and we came up with the name Incurvata... basically Latin for "to bend." Or something like it. My glassworks will land there, too.
So I've been hard at work getting this site up to snuff so that customers can jump from here to the corresponding listing page on Etsy, as well as doing some groundwork marketing for the new venture. A logo is in the works, and I'm tinkering with a website, but the new Incurvata Etsy shop and Facebook page are both live. Gradually, the "fancy" wirework will disappear from YGM's feeds (except Instagram, everything goes to Instagram).
This site is really close to being link-ready (please let me know if you find any bad/dead links), and the next step after that will be listing a TON of new stuff. Keep an eye on both Facebook pages or Instagram for listings for awesome new shinies, including the pendant above, which is my new favorite thing ever.
This is staring at me saying "you don't have any posts yet," so okay fine, I'm posting something!
I used to make a lot of stretchy bracelets. They sold like crazy until that rubber band bracelet craze started and then people started picking them up and going "oh, rubber band bracelets". Look, people, these are not things you can make with a kit you got at Wal-Mart! There's metal involved! There's intricate weaves, and smrtness!
The great thing about them is that they are durable (metal and nonlatex rubber), get dirty and wash up with zero problem, can be worn comfortably day and night, need no clasp, and if you break it I will fix it for the cost of shipping.
This one above, for example, is a "Beez 2 Butterflies" weave (I do not name these weaves, the inventors of them do... this got its weird name because it's folded-back Byzantine weave laid side by side instead of end to end... oh, go look at the Chainmaille page if you don't know what on earth I'm talking about, MAYBE it'll make more sense). Anyway, I think the more intricate ones are super cool, and I have been making the weaves more dense than I did when I first started making them.
But it's gotten to where no one buys them and I have even considering phasing the line out entirely. What do you think? Should they stay or should they go?
If you think they should stay with you, here's a link to the one above.