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join our happy and talented throng? Here’s the low down...
We’re always looking for talented and dedicated metal
clay artists to join our team. To inquire, please send
an Etsy convo to
http://www.etsy.com/people/DestinysCreations or visit our team page
We’re a juried team and vote on new members once a
month. If you apply before the third Friday of the
month, your shop will be included in that month’s poll.
If you get your info in a little later, we’ll keep you in mind the next month.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
♥ We’re a metal clay team and want that material to be
the focus of our shops. Metal Clay jewelry must make up
at least 70% of the items in your shop.
Additionally you must have at least 15 metal clay
items in the shop for us to take into consideration
at the time of jurying. We’re also looking for excellent craftsmanship and original, creative designs.
The use of glass, faux bone, enamel, concrete, wire
wrapping, soldering and other materials in the
completion of your work is welcomed, but please make
sure to include a metal clay element in 70% of your
At this time we are NOT considering shops that
predominantly offer supplies. While some of our members
do sell clay, kilns and other supplies in their shops,
they also fulfill the previously stated
requirement of 70% metal clay jewelry.
Shop appearance is equally as important as
craftsmanship. Photographs must be clear, in focus and
well staged. Don’t make your backgrounds too fussy or
over filled with props. Simple is a good thing. The
first photo (the one in the thumbnail) must be your best
shot, clearly focused on the most interesting element or
detail of the piece. This is the photo that the Etsy
robots use when your work is considered for promotions or Treasuries. This is the
photo that draws the viewer in and makes them want to
click to see more. You don’t have to use a “wide shot”
here. A close up may make more impact. Choose your first
shot carefully. Often you don’t have to take an
additional shot, but just crop the photo to highlight
the item’s best assets.
Shop headers/banners must be attractive and reflect
the personality of the artist. This is a brand and
viewers will remember the banner and unconsciously
connect it with your jewelry.
WHAT DO WE EXPECT IN RETURN?
♥ All members are expected to take part in the jury
process. If you have a fundamental problem with
“judging” another’s work, let us know in advance and
we’ll be glad to make a permanent exception. Otherwise
you’ll be expected to take part each and every month.
♥ Members are expected to be vocal via our Yahoo! group.
Please take the time to respond to questions, polls and
important decisions. Light chatter is fun, but you don’t
necessarily need to join in if you have nothing to add.
When we specifically ask for an opinion - we’d really
like you to share yours. This is a democratic team, not
a dictatorship and the voice of every member is
important. At the time of this writing, we don’t post regularly on the Etsy
forums, but that may change and you might be asked to
become involved in that activity.
Members must include “EMC Team” as
one of the 14 tags you’re asked to detail in every
listing. We’d also like you to use our team logo as the
fifth photo in your listings as often as possible. The
PDF for this is located in the MEMBERS ONLY section of
this web site and in our Yahoo group files.
♥ If you have a blog, please mention the team in
appropriate posts and try to post the logo and link it
to our website or team blog.
♥ We’d like each and every member to try their hand at
creating a Treasury featuring other members of the team.
Treasuries that are chosen for the front page must not
include the work of the curator. The powers that be like treasuries with a common theme
ie: color, season of the year, holiday, material etc.
Although I’ve seen some that are 100% jewelry, jewelry
combined with other items such as ceramics, art, clothes etc. are chosen more often. if
you’re not sure how to create a Treasury, check our
FILES section or the Etsy "how to" and Poster Sketch
♥ If you have a special area of expertise, please share!
One of our members offered to put together this
wonderful website and spent lots of time making it
perfect. Another oversees our BLOG. Another creates the jury polls each month. If you see a need or
a hole that you’d like to fill - please offer to help
and follow through.
♥ At the time of this posting we don’t require dues, but
will in the future. To open a team Etsy shop, we’ll need
to open a paypal account to fund it. We may also decide
as a team to take advantage of various promotional
opportunities, like ad space in magazines or on blogs
like Design Sponge or Decor8. This would be a manageable
amount, probably no more than $5.00 per month, although
we haven’t had a discussion of this topic yet. But you
should know it’s in our future.
♥ We know you have lives! if you’ll be away on vacation
or at a show at the end of the month, let us know so
that we won’t be waiting for your vote. if you have some
personal reasons why you need to take a break from the
group, or won’t be able to continue with a project you
took on, let us know and we’ll make sure someone else
steps in to fill the void. Please do not simply fade
away. Silent members will be asked “whazzup” via the
Yahoo! group. if there’s no response, they’ll be sent an
Etsy convo. If there’s still no response they’ll be
removed from the Yahoo! group and asked to withdraw from
the team. Don’t make us do that. Just communicate your
♥ You’re also expected to have fun and become our new
cyber BFF! We’ve had a lot of fun creating this team and
interacting with our mates. I only expect it to get
better and better and we’d love you to be a part of Etsy