Over this last week I’ve become convinced that me starting a solo career into lasering 100% of the time is viable! Sure, it’s been on my mind for the last year, but with my recent orders and life events, looks like I get to be a stay at home Glowparent/Entrepreneur
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A little over a week ago I had a woman from my church approach me and ask if it would be possible to make her a custom ornament for her son who is serving an LDS mission. She sent a picture with the basics, and I thought, “eaaaasssy.” So easy in fact, that I thought, maybe I should share the finished product to my solcial media and invite others to have similar custom orders made. The first couple of days were a little quiet, but then a friend messaged me saying he wanted to share my stuff to his followers on Twitter, which he happens to have over 200k of. I didn’t have a Twitter, but he convinced me that it may be good to have one eventually, so better now than never.
So a few days later I made one, created a post with the ornaments I had made and just like that, I signed any free time I had away. Immediately after him sharing my post messages started to pour in, and that’s when my nerves got a little shaky. I mean, sure, I knew I’d get a few responses, but within that first 24 hours I had 30 orders, much more than I’d had in the past. Currently I’m up to 90, and that’s a number that could growel even more if I didn’t ask people to slow down on the sharing At this point I’m starting to balance it out because I can reuse some of the designs again, but between the new baby, working 40 hours a week at my regular job plus every waking hour designing and lasering ornaments this is an exciting time for me.
Anyway, a year ago I wouldn’t have considered myself a great designer, thinker, or even very creative, but with the support from this community and company I’ve gotten some serious confidence in the work I do. I’ve even recently been hand drawing some new designs (that will see the light of the forge soon enough!) but they’ll have to wait until the new year.
Thanks KS for the support everyone, and of there’s anyone who needs has any questions I can answer, give me a short, I’d love to help anybody be more successful with their endeavors!
As for some pointers with the inlays, that’s easy. I’ve found that the acrylic shrinks a bit outside of the kerf, so a nice easy fit is increasing the acrylic file by .005, which can be tinkered with if you want a real tight friction fit. The more complicated the cuts I did increasing the cut size by the .005 was enough to get a friction fit, but the plain ones were easy breezy.
I use super glue on each edge, obviously keeping the masking on, and found that a paper towel absorbs any excess glue nicely. I only figured this out after making 20 ornaments and using my finger to wipe away the glue…To avoid touching the glue as much as possible, I use two floor samples I got from Home Depot to push the inlay in place.
Finally because I know some of you won’t let me get away with mentioning the baby without a pic, here’s one from the other day. The kid is a top notch partner in crime and he’s got a killer smile