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    I need advice please

    I have many small talents. Some worth more than others. One is being able to take wire and twist stick figures in different poses. Now this is nothing big I know but when I started doing it while working a rather uninspiring job. My coworkers said I should do a "beginners how to." To share my talent with others. I had thought about it and went looking for other how to books on the subject. None of those I found at that time were so simple as what I did.

    Well what I need help with is how to describe what my hands are doing. I have made a few attempts and only sounded confusing at best.

    I am working on another attempt and will post it when i run into an issue again, or for analysis.

    Bill

    some pictures,

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachm...1&d=1401864842

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachm...1&d=1401864821

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachm...1&d=1401864804

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachm...1&d=1401864789

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachm...1&d=1401864769

    http://www.writingforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=5811&thumb=1&d=1401864 741

    It is strange I remember them being better when I made them.
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    Interesting talent you have there. I'd start by checking out what's out there - there are entire websites devoted to how-to.

    Here's a starting point: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wire-Tree-Sculpture

    Not sure if you are talking about doing a book or a blog, but if you use a camera and Wordpress and some patience, you could do a blog for free. Blogger or Blogspot are other free ones. But don't google 'freeones' like I just did. :-/

    Cheers -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pluralized View Post
    Interesting talent you have there. I'd start by checking out what's out there - there are entire websites devoted to how-to.

    Here's a starting point: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Wire-Tree-Sculpture

    Not sure if you are talking about doing a book or a blog, but if you use a camera and Wordpress and some patience, you could do a blog for free. Blogger or Blogspot are other free ones. But don't google 'freeones' like I just did. :-/

    Cheers -
    Yes the link is similar to what I do. I need to do pics of what it is and how they look. I am thinking of more a book but once one learns how to make one the rest is up to the imagination. Though simple explanations of each different concept like a fishing pole, a fish an net, a cowboy's rope, or a stagecoach drivers whip. More intricate 3D shapes can be shown, like tables and chairs, benches, or what ever one can imagine.

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    Much as I hate to say it, I wonder if a series of YouTube videos might not be the best way to demonstrate this kind of skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesh View Post
    Much as I hate to say it, I wonder if a series of YouTube videos might not be the best way to demonstrate this kind of skill.
    Yes I thought the same, video would be easier and I could narrate it. But I was hoping to make a little so YouTube would be an out unless they have a way of charging. I only know it to be free.

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    If your videos get enough hits, You tube will advertise off it and I THINK you're entitled to some sort of commission... but don't quote me on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W.Goepner View Post
    Yes I thought the same, video would be easier and I could narrate it. But I was hoping to make a little so YouTube would be an out unless they have a way of charging. I only know it to be free.
    You could make a DVD to sell, but create a short free introductory video to post on Youtube and forums, etc. Show enough to get people interested, then sell the DVD.

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    You can actually make money on YouTube. I believe it's a sum of money per x views, in addition to revenue from putting ads on the video. It probably wont be much, but you could probably make a little something.

    Just looking at it now, anyone can allow monetization on their account. Here's a link that may be helpful, if basic.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Earn-Money-on-YouTube
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    Given you are looking to describe your actions take a video of what you do and then describe things as you see them on the video rather that from your own point of view. As others have said before me you tube seems a better bet. Given what you have described I would make some examples at various levels of complexity and place them for sale on Ebay. Telling people how to do it is one thing, showing them they sell is another. PS put on your CV "craftsman" you say it is a small talent I would not damn it with such faint praise. Find a local craft market

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    YouTube is probably your best bet, as others have said. I do like the idea of making DVDs and using YouTube to help advertise it, since that is pretty straightforward in terms of how you'd be making your money.
    And by the way, that's a really cool talent you have there!

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