For some time now I have been planning to do a one-off pre-order / custom order event for my moths and moth wings. I have had a lot of requests for custom orders since I started making them and have always had to refuse as I felt I might have to disappoint other people who subsequently asked for them. Plus, they take a long time to make! Usually I make a handful for each shop update, and they are always among the first things to go. I’ve decided to go ahead and I’ll be running the event on Tuesday, 5thDecember at 6.30pm GMT. I hope folks’ purses won’t be too cleared out after cyber weekend. Treat yourself early now before you have to give up your funds to everyone else!
I’ll be offering two styles of moth and two styles of moth wings – Original and Dot-work in both cases. I will be selling them on Etsy with listings for each (www.somethingtodobeads.etsy.com). There will be multiple quantities available on each listing. I haven’t done an event like this before, and I haven’t tested Etsy’s resilience when it comes to quickly renewing a listing when it is bought, especially if it is bought several times in a short space of time. So, I plan to have eight listings, two for each design, spreading the quantity across them, to cover for any glitches that may occur. Should you find you can’t see the listing you’re looking for, please try refreshing the page. I haven’t decided exactly how much quantity I will be offering of each design but it will be limited. I will probably start with around 25 of each and if they sell out, I will add more (until I feel the numbers are getting too much!), so do check back. As ever, any additional shipping payments will be refunded. I will be putting the listings up at 6.30pm GMT and they will be up for 24 hours OR until they run out. As there will be limited quantities, I’d ask that people only buy a maximum of two moths and two pairs of moth wings – at least to start with. I’ll keep people posted if I open this up.
I do hope this is all making sense!
I should mention now that the prices for the pieces in this event will be higher than those you may have paid if you’ve managed to buy one previously. As I usually only have a few, I have allowed myself to price them a little low. If I have to make a large number I can no longer convince myself those prices are fine. I would hate for this to be seen as greed or an attempt to cash in. Just applying the coloured decoration to one of the simpler pairs of moth wings takes about an hour at least. Add to this the forming, the carving, the sanding, the firing, the staining, more sanding, the glazing, the second firing… I hope you can begin to see that they are pretty labour intensive!
So, the prices will be as follows:
Original Wings – £19.00 (approx. $25.00).
Dot-Work Wings – £21.50 (approx. $28.00)
Original Moths – £26.50 (approx. $35.00)
Dot-Work Moths – £29.00 (approx. $38.00)
There are a few more details to let you know about: You will be able to specify three main colours that you would like used on your pieces. You can do this either when you place your order or in a convo after you place your order. (Please don’t message me with colour choices before the event, as it will make it harder to keep a record of things.) As I will use other ‘sympathetic’ shades (nothing wild or leftfield) that I feel will work with your chosen palette, you can also specify any colour (eg. orange) or shade of colour (eg. chartreuse or lime green) that you particularly do not want me to use. It is more helpful if you list your colour choices rather than messaging me pictures of past moths and wings I’ve made: it will make it simpler for me to collate all the information ready for decorating them.