I think many of you know, if you have read my blog before, or been to my Etsy page, that the main craft I make to sell are Scrabble Tile Pendants. I really pride myself in the business I have made for myself from my necklaces. People who purchase them really enjoy them and tell me that all the time they get compliments about the pendants. I know full well that I am not the only person in the handmade world to make these types of necklaces, but I feel I do a very good job of setting mine apart from others for several different reasons.
One of the main differences you will see between my pendants and the pendants of others is the eyelet which the pendants hangs from on the chain. Many use a particular type of bail and glue it to the top and back of the tile. The difference is that I drill a small hole into the top of each tile and add a dab of glue then, with pliers, screw the eyelet into the tile. This process makes the connection between the pendant and the necklace much more secure. Another benefit of using an eyelet versus the glued on bail is that it allows the letter on the back of the tile to be totally visible.
Another thing that sets my tiles apart from others is that I always coat the top of the pendant with resin. I have found that resin is the best medium to use. There are other products out there, but over time they will scratch, yellow, or peel. It is virtually impossible to peel the resin off of one of my tiles after it has fully cured. My tiles also live up very well to general wear and tear.
I also create a very wide variety to tiles. Images range from cute, to sophisticated, and even sometimes the bizarre! Every image is selected carefully and I hand make each tile from start to finish.
As I am working on planning my spring, summer, and fall fair circuit for this year, I am considering even more to make the “jump” from part time to full time crafter. I felt today that I would share with you why I do what I do and a little but of how, so when you consider who to buy handmade items, even if you do not buy from me, you will think about what it takes to make something by hand, the time that goes into it, and how you are choosing to support the handmade artist with your purchase.