Etsy is truly a marvel of the 21st century. The artists, crafters, and makers of the world have come together to create a digital ocean of online stores. But as amazing as Etsy is to browse as a shopper, it’s equally as hard for sellers to get noticed among the stiffly competitive crowd.
If your an Etsy seller, you’ve undoubtedly put meticulous work into optimizing your SEO to help you get found, but at the end of the day, it’s your product line and efficiency of your order fulfillment that will separate the success of your shop from the ones who get buried in the Etsy abyss.
If you want to beef up your product line, you may be thinking, “I have grand ideas for products, but no means for creating them,” we have a solution that may just be the answer to all of your product-producing dreams.
SendCutSend is bringing small batch laser-cut metal products to people like you and me. With SendCutSend, a world in which you can create anything you can draw just became a reality.
Visions of possibilities are probably already forming in your head, but here are a few ideas to fuel your inspiration even more.
There’s nothing quite like a large metal piece to be the focal point of a room. Design and cut multiple individual parts (like clock gears or simple shapes). Arrange, and weld them together on your own, or simply have one piece cut from solid metal.
Mounting metal on wood can give your metal art an even different look with little extra cost or skill.
If you’re a jewelry seller on Etsy, you’re one among thousands of stores. Offering custom laser-cut jewelry can certainly help you stand out over the rest. But, add “laser cut” to the Etsy search bar and the first few pages of results will display items cut from wood. By offering laser cut metal, you’ll be able to outshine the competition even more.
When the weather is nice, basking in the backyard can make the outside feel as much a part of your home as the inside, so why only decorate there? Metal gives you the versatility to cut products that can live in the outdoors. Think yard signs, mailbox monograms, or even weather vanes.
The possibilities of what can be cut from metal are only limited by your imagination. If you’re an artist, think about your next sculpture cut from dazzling copper. Even every day items around the house – coasters, lamps, or even a monogramed fireplace screen – can be given a shiny new makeover.
For even more ideas and even some templates, check out our ideas category on our blog.
If you’re ready to start designing metal laser cut products, there are a few best practices to adhere to:
Always design in a Vector format: Illustrator, AutoCAD, Fusion 360 are just a few platforms that create files in vector. But if you don’t know or have one of these apps, all is not lost. Inkscape is a free, simple to use design platform. Or, if you’ve already created your file in Photoshop, or somewhere else, we have tutorials on how to convert your raster file to vector.
Don’t go too crazy: Sometimes less is more. When designing your art, jewelry, etc. make sure not to make the design too intricate. Excess cutting can bog down the laser and cause problems. In this image, the example on top is great. The one on the bottom is a bit too intricate.
Design in a 1:1 ratio: This means, if you’d like your piece to be 3 inches tall and 6 inches wide, design it in exactly this size, not 1 inch tall and 2 inches wide.
Whether you’re looking to make a little extra income, or you’re a full-time Etsy seller, adding some extra products to your line can help you broaden your audience reach, and ultimately, make sales. With SendCutSend’s crazy-fast turnaround time, you’ll keep those stellar reviews rollin’ in and your customers coming back for more.