Origami earrings in production
Yesterday I printed six sheets of new earring cards. As I was performing the mindless task of cutting them out - there are 10 cards per page - I considered the fact that I had printed 100 cards not too long ago, and now they are nearly gone. Although I do keep track of my sales month to month, my bookkeeping is more about the money than about how many earrings (or purses or cards) I have sold. I make earrings in batches: I do a bunch of folding, then a bunch of gluing, then a bunch of painting (applying the water-resistant coating), then a bunch of assembly. I don't count them as I make them. I just re-fill my boxes, ensuring that I have a variety of colors and designs. I focus on the process, not the end result. The numbers creep up gradually - I was amazed to realize that I had gone through 100 earring cards.
My stash of origami paper is another gauge of my production. I buy paper from a variety of sources, in a variety of sizes. Occasionally I buy a really large sheet: 24 x 18 inches. Working with pieces of paper as small as 3/4 x 3/4 inches, I am astounded that I ever use it up. But last week I realized I was running low on some of my patterned paper. Hmmm..... that is a lot of earrings!
I suppose I could look at my sales numbers every month and do the math to figure out how many pairs of earrings I have made. But in some ways I enjoy not focusing on the numbers. It makes the mundane chore of printing and cutting earring cards more meaningful and fun. And it prevents the process of making earrings from becoming a chore. It's about creativity, not numbers.
One-of-a-kind marbled paper
“Isn’t that paper a pleasure to work with?” I realized Sarah was a kindred spirit when, in all seriousness, she asked me this. Only someone who works with little pieces of paper – which other people would call scraps – would appreciate paper that folds easily and cuts straight. Paper without grain. Paper with small patterns in vibrant colors.
Meeting Sarah has meant more than finding a fellow paper-crafter, however. Sarah is an amazing paper artist. Not only does she make beautiful, fine-crafted book charms (www.bookcharmsmaine.com), she also creates the most gorgeous and colorful marbled papers. She has a fantastic eye for color and design. And she has kindly shared her paper with me, allowing me to create one-of-a-kind origami earrings with her one-of-a-kind paper.
I decided that the teardrop shape (which uses only one piece of paper for each earring) would showcase the paper better than the other earring styles. Here are a few samples:
Thank you, Sarah!!