About the Adornarium
The Name and Concept
'The Adornarium' was originally conceptualised as a title for this crafting business that I wanted to have - more than just a business name, I wanted it to evoke dazzling visions of a far away land, or an enchanting and inviting little market stand, filled with the scent of incense and enchanting tapestries. Either way - I wanted this name to represent a new, breath-taking world in which a person is able to browse the wares of somebody who puts their heart and soul into creating physical things that express their fantastical imagination.
Given that 'imagination' is so central to why I begun this business in the first place, I knew I wanted the name to reflect this. The word 'imaginarium' came to mind, and so did the word 'adornments' as that is the primary focus of what I create. Those two words fused together created the tantalising title of 'the adornarium', and, given that my name is Alexia and both words start with an 'A', I thought the title 'Alexia's Adornarium' had a particularly good ring to it. As such, my business is generally refered to as 'Alexia's Adornarium', but this does get shortened to 'The Adornarium' at times to remove the focus from the creator and to refer simply to the world itself.
'The Adornarium' is a magical place that exists in a parallel universe to our own, and is made up of five regions that are each based on one of the five elements. An Earth-dwelling human can access this other world by entering it through a portal formed by the 'Spirit Region': one of the five element regions in the Adornarium. This 'Spirit Region' overlaps with this world, and it can form a bridge from one's imagination and spirituality here, to the parrallel universe there. As such, earthly travellers to the Adornarium are always carried there by the 'Spirit Region', making this the first element region out of the five that they land in and are able to explore.
The lore of this world is something that is expanding and forming all the time through the various personalised stories I give to my customers to accompany their purchases, and as such, there is no end to the possibilities of where the Adornarium will take you - or will be able to take you, in future!
The concept behind my creations is that the world of 'The Adornarium' is full of life and mysterious artefacts - enchanting animals, deities, fantasy beings and plants, all of which can be taken home as ornaments or worn as jewellery, acting as souvenirs of your time exploring the world. Each of these creations will have some form of connection to one of the five natural elements that comprises the world, most often because that element region is where they dwell, or where you, the 'explorer' of the world, 'found' them.
All of my creations are made using all of, or a combination of, the following materials: polymerclay, epoxy resin, glass, paper, acrylics, copper wire, foil, natural tones (semi-precious or otherwise), glitter e6000 super-glue and polyurethane varnish. Due to the small nature of my creations and their delicate, sometimes tiny details, they often aren't very resilient when I have first finished making them. As such, before sending any of my creations off to their new homes, I will first seal everything in a thin coat of epoxy resin. The type I use typically takes 24-48 hours to dry, and it makes my creations significantly more durable.
As a result of this, the finished sculpture or item of jewellery of mine that you receive, should be relatively strong, but not indestructible. As such, adequate care should be taken to ensure that the piece is out of reach of pets, children, and the possibility of being dropped, as you would with any other fragile ornament in the home. That being said, it will be certainly be strong enough for moderate handing as you examine it and admire its unique features! :)
As of July 30th 2018, I will be pricing my pieces based on the amount of hours that went into them, times the minimum wage per hour of work in the UK (where I am based) because after consistent feedback from others that I might be under-selling myself, I would like to make sure that I am making pricing decisions based on what is considered fair in this country for a standard worker in any job.
So, given that I will typically spend a minimum of four uninterrupted hours on every creation I sell, and the minimum wage in this country is £7.38 in this country for someone of my age (in the 21-24 category), this means that consequently, my base price for any piece I sell should be £7.38 times four, which equals £29.52. This of course does not include the cost of any of the materials I consume in the creation of the piece, or any extra hours/materials that go into gift-wrapping or the accompanying personalised story. This base price is calculated from hours alone, if I follow the logic that I deserve the minimum wage for every hour I work. This plus the fact that I often spend even more than four hours working on every individual piece, and have extra expenses from the materials used and the packaging materials used, means that a fair price for a finished piece complete with gift-wrapping and a personalised story will likely come in at £40-£60 in total.
I sincerely apologise for the fact that this will likely be more than some will be able to afford, and significantly more than my creations have previously been priced at in the past. I have always prided myself on selling items that are as accessible to everybody as feasibly possible, because each follower/enthusiast I gain for this business truly means the world to me and I wish to reward people as much as I can for that.
However, the difficulty is that this approach is no longer feasible if I do not wish to make a loss on this business - and this is why I wish to introduce this new pricing, as it will enable me to make a small profit or at least break-even on my expenses and time given to create each item. This is how any business should be run if it is to be sustainable. And as of course, because I want The Adornarium to be around for many years to come, this is the reasoning behind my changes in pricing!
I hope that this is understandable, (once again I apologise for the change) and if anyone has any objections, feel free to press the bright green 'click to chat with Alexia' button on the bottom left-hand-side of the screen and leave a message - I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will get back to you as soon as possible.