and I may need to consolidate at some point, but for right now, I’ll connect you to both of them.
My polymer clay business is now housed on ECB Designs.
And my professional portfolio is now on Eli Collins-Brown, Ed.D.
I have not been working at a ‘full-time’ job for a little over 7 months now. It’s been amazing, wonderful, inspiring, and restful. But still needing to live in reality, I just accepted a full-time position in my profession of faculty development.
In my ‘off’ time, I launched my online polymer jewelry store – ECB Designs – December 1st and actually sold a few items!
I’m also pursuing a certificate in Social Media Marketing at Northwestern University through a series of Coursera MOOCs. So part of my launch is also learning how to reach my target market through social marketing.
One thing I know for sure is that I don’t want to lose my momentum with ECB Designs. Creating polymer jewelry is one expression of my creative self that I find hugely fulfilling and ultimately a great destresser!
So how am I going to keep moving forward in starting this business while working full-time? Well I did what we all do and Googled it. Here’s what I found.
One of the top hits is Ryan Robinson’s 10 Steps to Start a Business While Working a Full-time Job
He has 10 great steps but the first two are the ones I want to focus on because it’s about time.
Step 1: Mental Preparation
These are particularly pertinent to my situation because I’m a joiner! I love to get involved with everything (almost)! Book clubs, clay clubs, benefit causes, professional organizations, etc.
And I still operate under the perception that there are more that 24 hours in a day
AND (this is a biggie) I like my sleep! I NEED my sleep! I’m not good to be around if I don’t get my sleep!
So what to do:
Here’s the link to Ryan’s Infographic for the other 8 steps.
I will begin my new job in a few weeks. So I’m going to work through these two steps as I acclimate to the new position, new institution, and new town. So stayed tuned for the next installment of this story and more excellent finds on How to Start a Business While Working Full-time!
I don’t make resolutions. To me it’s just setting yourself up for failure, so instead I write intentions:
Here we go!
Drawing on Polymer Clay
As a polymer clay artist, have you ever experienced fading or bleeding ink on your polymer designs? I have started including hand-drawn designs on my polymer pieces so I found two articles highlighting the results of different experiments with using ink to draw on polymer clay, including how to seal and finish the pieces.
Rebecca Watkins, @artybecca, in her post Transfer, Paint, Ink on Polymer – http://artybecca.blogspot.com/, shares her results with liquid clay, toner transfers, colored pencils, inks, and paint pens. She seals each added surface technique with a thin coat of liquid polymer clay (LPC), starting with a tonal transfer she created in Illustrator. She adds lines with oil paint pens and upon experience EPD (the dreaded early pen death!), discovered Sharpie ultra-fine oil paint pens. She also used InkJoy by Papermate to shade her designs, but found that a couple of colors bled when she sealed with LPC, so she ended up drawing the lines again on top of the last sealing layer.
A few years back, Ginger Davis Allman experimented with a variety of pens on two different types of polymer clay, Premo and Kato, in Which Pen to Use on Polymer Clay. She added two other variables to the experiment, wiping the ink with a water soaked paper towel and an alcohol soaked paper towel. She documents her results with great photos. Her final recommendations are Sakura Microperm, PITT Artist Markers, and Montana Acrylic Paint Markers, but not Sharpie.
The thing to remember is that companies change their products all the time. So the new Sharpie oil based paint pens are a different formula than Sharpie Markers or the markers Ginger tested in 2009. So here are my three recommendations based on these two great posts:
Eli Collins-Brown of ECB Designs, has been playing with polymer clay since 2009. Intrigued by the colors and endless possibilities of the medium, she focuses on wearable art and unique pieces of jewelry. Wearable art includes polymer, wire wrap and fiber work. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am using this blog to post information, discoveries, articles of interest and my own work process and results. Posts will be about my work in higher education and also as a polymer artist.
I moved my ePortfolio to my new site, www.elicollinsbrown.com and installed WordPress on this site so I could blog. I’m going to be blogging about all of my interests:
I’ll connect to my Twitter account @elibrown, and also my Pinterest account – elicbrown