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Galactic Boar Figurine in Sunlight by MiniMynagerie Galactic Boar Figurine in Sunlight :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 10 5 Ankylosaurus Figurine at Different Stages by MiniMynagerie Ankylosaurus Figurine at Different Stages :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 14 6 New Sleepy Ankylosaurus Figurine by MiniMynagerie New Sleepy Ankylosaurus Figurine :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 12 9 Rainbow Cat by MiniMynagerie Rainbow Cat :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 22 10 New Wolf Figurine! by MiniMynagerie New Wolf Figurine! :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 38 18 Galactic Boar by MiniMynagerie Galactic Boar :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 13 4 Amadeus (Gray Wolf Figurine) by MiniMynagerie Amadeus (Gray Wolf Figurine) :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 23 8 Weird Cat Mystery Item! by MiniMynagerie Weird Cat Mystery Item! :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 8 2 Shimmering Sea Otter Figurine with a Clam by MiniMynagerie Shimmering Sea Otter Figurine with a Clam :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 13 7 Blue Ring Octopus Hiding Under a Rock by MiniMynagerie Blue Ring Octopus Hiding Under a Rock :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 13 0 Custom Painted Blue Ring Octopus by MiniMynagerie Custom Painted Blue Ring Octopus :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 6 0 Custom Painted Sleepy Pachy with Dino Friends by MiniMynagerie Custom Painted Sleepy Pachy with Dino Friends :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 11 7 Custom Painted Sleepy Pachycephalosaurus by MiniMynagerie Custom Painted Sleepy Pachycephalosaurus :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 21 14 New Glow-in-the-Dark Colors Now Available! by MiniMynagerie New Glow-in-the-Dark Colors Now Available! :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 18 5 New Glow Colors (Sneak Preview)! by MiniMynagerie New Glow Colors (Sneak Preview)! :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 20 6 Red-Orange Tinted Armadillo Figurine with Cactus by MiniMynagerie Red-Orange Tinted Armadillo Figurine with Cactus :iconminimynagerie:MiniMynagerie 12 0

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Heron lady by Kuroi-kisin Heron lady :iconkuroi-kisin:Kuroi-kisin 341 49 Autumn hunt by Kuroi-kisin Autumn hunt :iconkuroi-kisin:Kuroi-kisin 368 47 Another portrait of a Pug by artifexToils Another portrait of a Pug :iconartifextoils:artifexToils 39 2 Dragon by rivalmit Dragon :iconrivalmit:rivalmit 86 6 nine tail by rivalmit nine tail :iconrivalmit:rivalmit 66 6 horse kirin by rivalmit horse kirin :iconrivalmit:rivalmit 28 4 Speckled Ceramic Doe 1 - standing up by A-Girl-Named-Chester Speckled Ceramic Doe 1 - standing up :icona-girl-named-chester:A-Girl-Named-Chester 7 3 Day, Night, and Dawn Bear Family  by A-Girl-Named-Chester Day, Night, and Dawn Bear Family :icona-girl-named-chester:A-Girl-Named-Chester 6 0 Golden Torinka Bird - Estrella serie by CalicoGriffin Golden Torinka Bird - Estrella serie :iconcalicogriffin:CalicoGriffin 70 11 Fantasy rats by CelteriuM Fantasy rats :iconcelterium:CelteriuM 3 0 Assorted rats by CelteriuM Assorted rats :iconcelterium:CelteriuM 2 0 Exotic Dragon  figurine by claymeeples Exotic Dragon figurine :iconclaymeeples:claymeeples 59 6 Amourka by MariaHimmel Amourka :iconmariahimmel:MariaHimmel 29 4 Trashdog - OOAK Apocalyptic Art Doll by AliatheGhoul Trashdog - OOAK Apocalyptic Art Doll :iconaliatheghoul:AliatheGhoul 15 4 Soul of Fire by LuxDani Soul of Fire :iconluxdani:LuxDani 131 8 Invisible Sky Amoebas by NocturnalSea Invisible Sky Amoebas :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 27 1

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Ankylosaurus Figurine at Different Stages
This is our first time taking pictures throughout the process of sculpting and making a figurine.  The first three pictures show the ankylosaurus taking shape as it is sculpted from polymer clay.  The fourth picture is of the completed and oven-baked polymer clay figurine.  The fifth picture is of a white resin cast made from a mold.  The fifth picture shows the resin cast once it has been hand-painted and coated with clear acrylic.  The penny give you an idea of how big it is.

I think next time we do this we should take a few more pictures.  It might be interesting to see a picture of the mold and of the process of pouring a resin cast, but this is a little difficult as the casting process is very time-sensitive and somewhat stressful.  Once you have mixed the two parts of the resin it starts to harden within minutes, so it must be poured immediately.  However, you cannot pour to quickly or carelessly, because you might introduce bubbles which will show up on your figurine as imperfections.  It's a tricky process! 

Anyway, just wanted to show you all a little bit of what our process looks like. :) (Smile) 

You can order your own little dino here: www.etsy.com/listing/507028994…
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New Sleepy Ankylosaurus Figurine
We added another dino friend to our prehistoric collection!  Meet our newest made-to-order custom figurine design, the ankylosaurus/euoplocephalus!  Here we see several of these armored and club-tailed little dinos in the middle of a nap. Zzzzzzzz.........

These three depict a variety of styles---the lavender one was cast in white dye with a tiny bit of purple dye added, the green was cast in clear resin with dye and two different powders added to give it its shimmering effect, and the last one was hand-painted and sealed with a clear acrylic coating.

You can order your own sleepy ankylosaurus in our Etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/listing/507028994…

We also have a deinonychus/raptor figurine on the way, and plans to make a parasaurolophus sometime in the future, so if you love dinosaurs, make sure to keep your eyes out!  Rawr!  :dino: 
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Rainbow Cat
We tried a thing!  We think it turned out pretty well.  This was our first time trying so many colors of clear resin for one figurine---the timing was really tight, because they cure quickly, so we had to mix and add them all at the right time so that they blended a little bit, but not too much so that they all got mixed together.  How do yo thin it turned out?

This figurine is now for sale on our Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/listing/521007945…

This is also the kind of "weird cat" you might get if you ordered one of our mystery cat items here: www.etsy.com/listing/520013083…

This rainbow cat was originally sculpted from polymer clay, from which we created a rubber mold.  This piece was cast from that mold in clear resin, mixed in multiple batches with dyes of colors and a little bit of powder to add some SPARKLE!

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We finally released our made-to-order wolf figurine on our Etsy page!  This one has been in the works for a while, and the customs we've made using this design have been some of our most popular pieces on DA, so we are super excited to finally have this listing up!  

You can check it out here: www.etsy.com/listing/520664825…

Enjoy!  :)
Hi all!

We just opened our Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/MiniMynagerie) about a month ago, and we still have a lot of questions and a lot of tinkering to do.  We were hoping that some of you veteran sellers (especially on Etsy, but on other online venues as well) could help us out.  We would also love to hear from prospective buyers about what you want to see in our shop!

Here are several areas that we'd like help with:

1. Ordering Mechanics:


Since we offer made-to-order figurines where the basic design can be ordered in many styles (including several price tiers for custom orders), we are afraid that our current ordering system is too complicated.  Currently, we have one listing for each figurine design, where the user can select "Style" and "Color."  The Styles are: White, Solid Color, Marbled (white+1 color), Clear, Tinted, Clear Marbled (clear+1 color), Shimmer (1 color), Glow-in-the-Dark, and 4 tiers of custom, where the price varies with all of these options.  We include a table in the images for the listing to give buyers examples of what each of these options looks like, but we are afraid that some people don't see the table/don't understand how to use it.  Ordering can get a little complicated because if you select White, Clear, Glow-in-the-Dark, or custom, then you must select "None" for color, and if you want a custom figurine, then you need to message us before ordering to describe wha you want, so that we can price it (we don't want you making assumptions about what price tier it will fall under).

This is made so complicated by the fact that on Etsy, you can ONLY include two drop-down menus in a listing, which is how we landed on the Style/Color scheme that we currently have.  Each listing also costs a certain amount of money (though small) to create and renew, so we don't want to have a separate listing for absolutely every design in absolutely every style that we offer.  But friends and relatives (especially less technically-savvy ones) have told us that they find our ordering process hard to navigate, so any recommendations for improvement would be much appreciated!

2. Pricing:


We are still trying to figure out what the optimal pricing is for our figurines.  Currently, they range from $15-27 for one of our listed styles, and $25-50 for a custom style (such as custom painting).  We realize this is a little on the pricey end, but the process is pretty labor-intensive and has required us to buy a vacuum pump/chamber and a pressure tank/pot, both of which are quite expensive.  On the other hand, our order volume is lower than we hoped, so maybe we need to lower the prices a bit.  What do you think of the pricing for the various styles?  E.g. should Glow-in-the-Dark be more expensive than Shimmer?  What would you pay for these figurines?

3. Branding:


We think we need to work on our branding.  In particular, we think the profile picture and banner image (same image as our current DA avatar) is too cluttered and makes it difficult to see the actual figurines.  We are thinking about something a little cleaner/more organized, maybe with lighter/brighter colors and more of a cohesive color scheme.  We have also started to get more creative with our product images, but think there is still a lot of room for improvement.  Suggestions?

4. Promoting:


We have several social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) for our shop, but we are not sure how to best utilize these platforms.  We also created a promo code, MYNAGERIECONSERVES10, that when used at checkout before Feb. 1 guarantees that 10% of your order price will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society, but so far no one has used this code.  We're not sure if that's because we did a bad job of spreading the word, because people aren't really interested in promo codes that don't give them a discount, or because people don't actually believe that we'll make the donation (we'll provide screenshots, we promise!!!).  What do you do to promote your art/shop?

5. General Advice:


Do you have any other general words of wisdom?  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and offer us your advice! Hug 

Cheers,
Giga Shepherd
a.k.a. the MiniMynagerie Team 

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We are two partners in crime, life, and art! This project was born from our mutual love of animals and brought to life with a little polymer clay and a lot of effort, so we hope you enjoy our creations! We're based in Austin, TX, where we continue striving to perfect our craft. Check out our shop at: www.etsy.com/shop/MiniMynageri…

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OUR PROCESS:

We sculpt the original designs for these little animal figurines out of a polymer clay. We then make rubber molds of the sculptures that we use to cast highly detailed figurines in a durable synthetic resin (white or clear). Dyes and powders can be mixed or swirled into the resin to add color and produce different optical effects, such as shimmer or glow-in-the-dark. We can also make custom variations upon request, including (but not limited to!) multicolored marbling, layering, or hand-painted pieces!
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A-Girl-Named-Chester Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Thanks for the faves!
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MiniMynagerie Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
Welcome! ^^
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NuitNuit01 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the Llama!
Keep up your amazing work. :D
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MiniMynagerie Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!  We'll certainly try! :)
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alelilie Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for the llama. :) Llama jump 
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MiniMynagerie Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! ^^
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arpeelapena Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for adding Totem Pole (work In Progress) to your faves. 
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MiniMynagerie Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem!  It's lovely!
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Tuntalm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Thanks for faving !
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MiniMynagerie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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