As I walked into Michael's this morning, I really thought I was just going to pick up some more wire and get out of there. But like every other trip, they had such cool stuff on display! I walked by a small moss display, and the idea instantly hit- putting them gem trees into little scenes of nature! I mean, the rock bases are cool, but they need something more. They had a small terrarium display, and it got me thinking (I looove terrariums!)...
I finally came up with the idea that you see here- a tiny gem tree (model explained below), with its roots weaved into a moss mat, and then placed into a painted flower pot base. The flower pot bases can be painted in ANY color too, so they will give some extra color to your home decor. I did this one brown to signify the brown dirt below the green grass.
I have plans to also paint the wire different colors too, to give them a real looking brown bark color (or if you want something zazzy like hot pink!). I will need to do some experimenting first, to make sure the paint bonds and it won't just come off if you handle the wire. That would not be good!
Yesterday I designed what I call a tiny gem tree. It is between 4-5" tall and about 3" wide. They have more delicate "leaves" and shorter branches and trunks, in comparison to the mini. I think some of my inspiration here was studying the Japanese art of "Amigurumi" (miniaturized yarn stuffed animals and other objects).
These tiny gem trees are so cute! They are absolutely perfect for small spaces, like a work desk, a nightstand, windowsill, etc. The minis aren't too much bigger, but with the rock base, they do need just a little more room. The problem with the minis is that they're not that much smaller than the large gem trees, making it tougher for people to distinguish the difference, and questioning the pricing structure. I think the Tiny gem tree will solve that issue quite well.
Tiny gem trees will be absolutely perfect as wedding cake toppers for a more delicate/small cake too. If you want a tiny gem tree for your cake, you can definitely order it with a different base choice if you don't want the moss and pot base. The geode slabs work the best, because they're flat, polished and very lightweight.I should be able to box these tiny gem trees into a Chinese Take out style box with handle too. Love it. :-)
As far as prices go for these tiny gem trees and the ones with moss, I'm not sure yet! I'll have to think about it. My guess is around the $20-25 mark, and then bump the minis up to around $30 like they used to be, and keep the large ones about 2/3rds to double the price of the minis.
I think I will carry on this idea to other sizes of gem trees, and create more diorama-like landscape scenes, if that makes sense. I've spent a lot of time researching products and what's hot and selling on Etsy, and I think changing up the old gem tree with rock base is a plan for moving forward. I don't want to quit the business, but I don't want it so specialized where only a few products will sell each month. I'd rather create something that appeals to the masses, and is a craft within an art.
I really wish I could create better custom order pages on Etsy too, because I want to give my customers the option to build their own tree. I want you to be able to pick the gem, wire color (and if I can add painted wire, look out!), as well as the type of base, including this fun moss base. They only allow you a few basic options with no adjusting cost, so I'm going to look into building the truly custom order pages over on my new website on Wix. (not yet released, but its in the works!)
I thought I'd post these pieces, I'm pretty proud of them! I'm hoping to still continue, but have an entirely new business model within the next few months. I don't want to go back to work for someone else, please! :-)