I’ve always been the crafty type. I learned embroidery and crochet when I was just a kid. From there I taught myself to draw, paint, macrame, and all sorts of other creative things.
When my kids were little I taught myself how to make things with beads. Not stringing, but weaving. Of course I started with patterns, but I quickly branched out on my own playing with different patterns and seeing what I can do.
Oh a whim, I went to a Pow-Wow and by chance met Stacy. She admired my beadwork and I admired the glass creations she had at her booth. She invited to come sit at the little Hot Head torch she had set up.
I was an instant fanatic. In my head I had plans to start torching along with my beadwork. I acquired a Hot Head, glass, and those little bottles of fuel you use with camping. It wasn’t bad. I could make beads, but the Hot Head is slow and there’s many things you can’t do easily or at all.
Real Life happened and I set the dreams of fire aside in order to keep going.
Then this past Christmas B bought me a dragon–well a torch. A big girl torch. In fact, this torch is probably the only torch I’ll every have to buy (unless I want to really upgrade into different types of glass.) The Major Bench Burner has a wide range of uses. (The one in the middle is the one I have)
We made plans to clean out the garage and set up a studio at the beginning of the year. We made a list of all the things I need including: hoses, flashback arrestors, pressure gauges and an oxygen concentrator. If we were frugal (and we are) we figured I’d be torching in a month or maybe two at most.
Then RL happened again. We’ve had car repairs, bought 2 cars from my parents (because there are soon to be 3 people driving in the house) and other various bills we just weren’t expecting. B’s dad (who is disabled) might need some money to get another chair. There’s all these other things that keeps getting put ahead of the studio.
This is part of my dream. To be able to create things for others. I don’t really wear much of it myself, but it’s hard to describe the joy I feel when others pick out something I made.
I want this and it’s time to be proactive about it.
So I’m looking at crowdfunding to help me fund get there. I need to know what people think about it. What are some hints for a successful fundraiser.
I’m doing my own research. And yes I’ll be offering incentives for support, but would it be fair to offer some of my first beads? Or would people be willing to wait until I had a bit of time to practice? Would people enjoy some of the seedbead work?
Let me know what you think.