To continue this mini-post series of 'bumps in the road', I wanted to write about my product fails. Failed products are the worst. There's nothing more disappointing than having a great idea, executing it and thinking it's going to be great, only to find out that your materials are faulty, the long-run quality isn't good, and you can't figure out why it isn't working the way you wanted it to.
One such product are my hand painted pendants and sealed crochet lace pendants. I was SO excited to do these - I bought bezel pendants and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, painted some beautiful little flower motifs, and created these pretty necklaces. I attempted using resin, but only succeeded in making myself ill from the fumes (haha), so I was excited to find an alternative in Dimensional Magic!
Unfortunately, after about 3-5 days, the Dimensional Magic lost its clear, easy charm and began to turn blue. That's right, blue and cloudy! Therefore ruining my beautiful, one-of-a-kind, hand painted pendants. Disappointed, I had to delete the pendants from my shop, because the product photos no longer matched the pendants in real life. What a tragedy! And what a fail! I have no idea why they turned blue - it could be a reaction with the metal, or the result of not sealing the painted circles well enough, although I did try to seal them as best I could using regular Mod Podge. I just don't know!
So sad! I can clean out the bezels and use them again, though for what I'm not sure. Perhaps those glass domes over something crochet/painted. That's for the future though - I'm going to stick with what I'm best at for now: good old-fashioned plain crochet! No more Dimensional Magic for me!
Are you a shop owner? Do you have any products that turned out to be complete fails? I'd love to hear about them! I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the not-so-glamorous world of product design. Happy Wednesday!