WHAT IS THIS HANDXMADE?
Hey there! I assume you landed on this page from my Instagram or YouTube channel, where I craft miniatures with polymer clay (for the most part).
Behind Handxmade is a 22 year old Singaporean who simply wants to make miniatures of anything and everything every day, and share the process with the world.
Growing up in a conservative Asian family, crafting was never viewed as a “real job” - after all, what’s a job if you enjoy it, right? 😶
I guess I wanted to prove them wrong.
Long story short, I moved out in 2015, started Handxmade and crafted custom orders for the past few years.
Throughout the journey, I eventually realised that I didn't want to make custom orders my main source of income, which it had become because I had to survive and pay the bills (hashtag adultlyfe hashtag responsibilities 😅)
I wanted to craft anything and everything, but custom orders were taking too much of my time (thanks to my perfectionist side). By the time I completed one month’s worth of orders, I would have burned through the income I earned from those orders, and would have to reopen more custom orders for the next month. There was just no room for creativity. 😞
Hence, I decided to take a leap of faith and look towards producing video content where I could push the creative boundaries of my crafting while sharing the process with the those who are interested around the world. I discovered Patreon through some great artists and creators I follow, and decided that this was the best way to get involved with my supporters while doing what I love.
One day my dad asked me if I earn at least 2k per month (in SGD so that's about USD 1515), and I had to say no. I don't want his words to discourage me, so I'm still here trying to make it work. But when I reach that goal...that's the day I can finally face my family and tell them that I made it while I'm doing what I love.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT YOU?
Well you don't have to!! No obligations whatsoever! Who in their right mind would force anyone to support them omg. The good thing about Patreon is that you can pledge any amount you want to and trust me, ANY amount is appreciated, and by that I really mean ANY.
If I am able to gather enough support to survive from you lovely people, that would allow me to focus on making as many videos as I possibly can! (That is...if you want to see more of my videos, which you do........right? 😅)
Also, Patreon gets me paid without making you viewers put up with ads AND WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT AYE. I'm actually thinking of not even monetising on YT to keep my videos ad free hoho.
There are also (hopefully attractive) exclusive perks available for my patrons, and with your support I will be able to make them more diverse and attractive as I go along! My patrons are my FIRST priority and I'm glad I'm able to give back to everyone who's here!
WHAT ARE YOU GONNA USE THE MONEY FOR?
• ALL THEM BILLZ
I don't live with my parents, and I share my living space with my partner (who also happens to be my investor 🙃) and even though I'm doing my part paying some of the bills, I do want to make sure I contribute at least as much as him for rent and all other living expenses. There seem to be endless things to have to pay for…
• PAYING OFF MY DEBT TO MY INVESTOR AND NOT BE DEPENDENT ON HIM ANYMORE
He’s been there since 2015 so you can imagine how much I owe him (and I’m stressing about it every single day 😬)
Right now it's at 18k OMG (yep, I'm very open about it because without my bf I wouldn't be here at all)
• CRAFT SUPPLIES
.....are not cheap, unfortunately.
• BIRD FOOD
I HAVE TWO LOVEBIRDS and ONE COCKATIEL that I need to feed and they are adorable hehehe.
Ok to be fair bird food isn’t that expensive, but I do spoil them when I go to bird shops 😶
THOUGHTS(if you are interested)
I think because I'm still young, my parents are letting me do whatever I want to do and trust that I will "wake up" when I fail and succumb to finding a "proper job" 🙃
Of course, if I still can barely survive after a few more years, that’s where I would end up, but at least I'd have no regrets.
Whether Handxmade becomes successful or not remains to be seen, but I hope to go through this journey together with you, and see what becomes of it at the end of the road. ☺️
Every dollar means a lot to me - it shows that I'm on the right track and there are amazing people who genuinely want to see more of what I’m doing!
I'm also really open to ideas and suggestions from everyone in making Handxmade better in all ways possible 😀
That said, if you dislike the idea of monthly payment (which I totally get) and would still like to offer monetary support, you can go to ko-fi.com/handxmade and buy me a coffee instead! ☕️✨
Thank you for any support you can offer, and thank you for watching my videos!