Art collaborations are one of the most enjoyable activities I’ve participated in. The first thing that comes to mind is my good friend BalthasarCraft. We’ve been collaborating for years! She’s a pendant and earring maker. I can’t make pendants or earrings (believe me, I’ve tried) and thus turn to her for some help there.
She does have an Etsy shop, but lack of sales has been very discouraging. She’s opted not to renew listings. If it’s not too much trouble, swing by her shop and send her a message. You can see all her work here, but start up a conversation with her on Etsy. Currently she has a rather large collection of pendants that haven’t sold. If you’re interested, after visiting her DeviantArt page and seeing her work below, talk about having pendants listed for immediate purchase. You’ll be delighted by the result! Don’t be shy about mentioning me. She’ll get a good kick out of that.
Here are the results of our collaborations!
Many of these are available for purchase in my Etsy shop as well. With the holidays just around the corner now is a very good time to get the gift shopping out of the way.
This piece is made with a pendant of BalthasarCraft’s creation and the necklace is made by me. She sends me pendants she’d like to have made into pieces for herself, and I in turn make the jewelry. As payment she gives me random pendants. It’s an excellent trade that’s been going on for several years now!
Chokers, necklace, chunky, lightweight, loose, firm, I use the pendant to help direct what will be made. So far I’ve never failed in my attempts to create excellent jewelry.
It’s always helpful to see the jewelry worn in order to really appreciate the work. Here she is modeling the pieces I made for her.
Sometimes I keep things for myself. It’s not often I keep the things I make, but when I do I make certain it’ll be something I love. I’ve had this piece for several years now, and more often than not I’m asked about where I bought the necklace and who made the pendant.
Collaborations are wonderful when the artists play well together. You don’t need to be in the same room to create amazing things. BalthasarCraft and I lived over 2000 miles apart when we started working together. Now we live a few hundred miles away from one another, and have yet to work in the same room. Communication is very important, and we have Skype now. It helps a great deal, especially when she wants to see a work in progress (WIP).
Do any of you work with other artists? Have you done a collaboration or are contemplating it? If you’re afraid about asking the other artist(s) just do it. The worse that can happen is they say no. I’ve received that answer many times over the past 25 years I’ve been making jewelry. It’s worth asking because somewhere in that pile of “no”s is a yes.
Today I shipped off some rather hideous and boring pendants I’ve collected, as well as gemstones, to BalthasarCraft to work her magic on. I’ve also sent a choker she was really digging on my Etsy shop, and I’ll be making at least two chokers and one necklace. In exchange she’ll be making custom pendants for me using the materials I’ve sent her. An adventure to be had!