Here it is, a new gem tree design! It is a Palm Gem Tree! I couldn't find a pattern for it, so I made it by sight. I am still perfecting the design, but will have some Palm Trees up for sale in my Etsy store shortly! The one pictured is about 5.5 inches tall. I plan on making a small version of about 6 inches, and then a large one at about 8 inches. This palm tree has 88 gems on it, from 8 different fronds. At this time I'm unsure if the 8 inch palm tree will work with 8 fronds, or if I'll add another 2, for a total of 10 fronds. And, I'm not sure if I'll keep the count at 11 gems per frond, or if the 8 inch would look better with more gems.
The Palm Gem Trees are very HAPPY! gem trees! The one above was made with a very happy-go-lucky Green Serpentine gemstone. I doubt I'll do all green palms, why not have different colors?!
I did a photo refresh on Etsy this week, and the photos look pretty good! They are crisper and clearer. Every tree poses with a ruler in the last photo, so you can see the actual size in a universal scale (each is in inches). I am working slowly but surely on fixing titles and descriptions too, to make them more exciting for the customer. I love creating my art, but when the piece is done, I just want to move on and do more! I don't enjoy doing the photography and writing, that's the hardest part!
I'm finding so many design inspirations on Pinterest, searching for "trees". I'm thinking of making a daily post or something, of the photos that I love best. I think instead of my rambling business ideas, it would be much more fun to see and talk nature. :-) I'm hoping to make these changes starting Monday!
I am also in the process of trying to make my dream a reality over the next few months, and live in another part of the country. It would still be so great to live in a more active rockhound state, and hopefully even be able to do some hunting on my own. I'd love to be able to find my own rock bases, it would add another story onto the tree. It would be very cool to find work in a rock shop too, or maybe a rockhound's apprentice. I am pretty good at the online sales thing! (hint, hint!) If you know of any opportunities in the US, or even Canada, for a rock artist and budding Rockhound, please send me a message! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Enjoy your weekend! I look forward to a fresh start next week, and some brand new finished gem trees!