Hello everyone. This year has been so unbelievably busy with all my traveling and teaching. I am finally getting back into the swing of things and have exciting plans for my YouTube Channel and online workshops that will be offered here on my own website. Watch for some big design changes on my website coming soon too. I am very excited to be getting things back in order and playing in the studio once again. I have a few more administrative things to take care of and then I hope to really get back into it and get things rolling. My book is finally making progress again and I now have 4 of the 5 Sections laid out in rough draft form and we will soon begin the final editing and proofing. I am so excited to see this finally starting to come together. And my Craftsy video will be coming out soon. I will keep you posted, but it is just a few weeks away.
A few years ago, when I still lived in Ohio a Facebook friend of mine asked if she could send me some of her new rolling mill patterns that she had finally perfected and was ready to introduce to the world. Tracey Johnson spent over 10 years developing, testing, tweaking and perfecting the process. She is the one that developed the products now offered through her company Rolling Mill Resource. Since that time several companies have copied her and even claimed that they work with her. But make no mistake, she makes the BEST product on the market. I have tried several of the others and they just don’t compare. The others have some great designs, but they aren’t cut deep enough for a really nice impression – at least that is my experience and opinion.
Tracey began when Lasers were still about $100,000. But she had an idea and really wanted to get it developed. It all began with the idea to create templates, but then she had the idea for textured papers that could be run through the rolling mill. Her first bid for setting up just one design was over $800. Seeing how that wasn’t feasible, she contacted several companies to see if they would let her use their laser. She did everything she could, including offering to clean their bathrooms. She finally found someone that allowed her to do the research and development needed until she figured it all out. For three years she tested different types of papers, different lasers, trying out the best designs and figuring out the proper settings for optimal depth of her designs and patterns.
Eventually she was able to buy a 3rd hand laser. It worked for a very short while. She bought another 3rd hand laser (her current one) and it has begun to be very unreliable. Tracey has had to spend thousands of dollars to keep it up and running. Her laser works almost 24 hours a day. She will get a design set and started and set an alarm to wake her up so she can start the next design. She has been doing this for about 6 years or so now. While she has made a good go of things with her current set up, however, it is not sustainable long term. She NEEDS a new laser. Ideally, she will be able to raise enough money to buy a new laser (Currently over $13,000) and the parts to fix her current laser (About $3,000) so she can have two lasers running and be able to get some sleep.
Tracey has come up with a great Go Fund Me Campaign. You can donate any amount if you don’t care to purchase but want to help a small business. But there are two great levels really benefit you.
- Level 1
- Donate $100
- Receive $200 to spend in her Etsy shop.
- Level 2
- Donate $200
- Receive $400 to spend in her Etsy shop.
This is a serious WIN/WIN for everyone. Even $100 will go a long way as her prices are VERY reasonable. You will be able to redeem your gift certificate once she is able to procure the new laser and get it up and running.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be releasing several videos that show different ways of using her patterns with a rolling mill. I love that Tracey does not run a fly-by-night shop. She has invested everything she has into this and has a superior product, as should be expected as she is the ORIGINAL Creator of the process. Let’s help a small business and artist realize her dream.
In the meantime Check out this Tool Time Tuesday video (even though it is Wednesday) on how to use the papers with your rolling mill.
Direct Video link: https://youtu.be/CAxciPgluhU