Intro: Handmade Metal Cuff Rejected by Etsy, They Prefer Them Made in India
This is a cuff that Etsy required us to produce after their usual store suspension. For those who don't know what this is, Etsy has the bad habit of closing down stores when an item or store has been flagged, anyone can flag your store or items anytime without having to produce any evidence of violation, therefore their system allows for abuse, competitors who want to thin the market or people that might have a grudge against you can flag you making you a target. So, you guessed it, we were flagged, got closed and asked to produce proof, our full Etsy story here
We designed and made a few of these cuffs ourselves in our NY Studio, they are all slightly different as the parts are free form, here is the process we used to make them - we apologize for the distracting paper with our store name and date, but that's an Etsy requirement -. So while our store was shut down, we had to produced this item again for them to review and maybe reopen our store.
Some of you might say that some of the tools we used here are nontraditional, but that's on purpose, we wanted to show you can be creative with what you have and still produce excellent results.
Our Etsy shop didn't get reopen, instead they determined that "the way we make our items doesn't qualify us to sell there". We are still confused, we don't know how to make it more "handmade" than this. If you have any ideas please let us know.
The sad thing is that many sellers who have their jewelry made in India, are making 6 figures selling on Etsy without any accountability.
Hope you enjoy watching the making of our cuff!