Hadn’t felt creative lately, and it seemed that a lot of what I’m making doesn’t have much practical value. I guess this is an antidote.
I’d been playing with box generators (I especially like https://en.makercase.com/), so this was an outgrowth. A low, wide open-topped box starts to look like a tray, so I grafted on some handles in Illustrator and…
Here’s the finished product and some WIP shots. I notice all of the imperfections, but it looks good overall and has some heft.
Really cool! Unrelated to OP, I looked at Etsy to see how many people are selling personalized serving trays, and there’s like a dozen sellers with 10K+ sales each all with the same exact photos of the their “custom” serving trays. Probably all one factory in China pumping them out. How is that allowed on Etsy where everything is supposed to be handmade and unique to that seller?? What a scam!
I saw a YouTube video explaining that Etsy had changed their policy and was allowing this to happen. A lot of creators are very concerned that Chinese companies will just screen scrape the site and flood it with cheap knock-offs.