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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Green Cord Fair Weather Jacket - Pattern by Vegbee :) on: October 14, 2008 06:31:42 PM
Here is another one finished Monday from the pattern over at sweetshop (vegbee's etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5098546). It is MUCH better than the first ( see http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=65525&l=d64fd&id=545134923) and only has ONE mistake Smiley

I LOVE LOVE this pattern and...am very fond of the green cord and flannel lining. It is for my little boy...

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=66807&l=0e689&id=545134923
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Thomas Jacket - FROM VEGBEE'S PATTERN :) on: October 14, 2008 06:26:34 PM
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5098546 is where Vegbee's has her pattern. Have fun.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Thomas Jacket - FROM VEGBEE'S PATTERN :) on: October 09, 2008 03:50:36 PM
Check out the 8th remark down from the top in this thread...she even has a link to the pattern in her shop in her sig Smiley

Looks great..

Now here's a stupid question. Who is Vegbee and where can I buy the patterm?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Thomas Jacket - FROM VEGBEE'S PATTERN :) on: October 08, 2008 05:03:27 PM
Yep...walmart. Smiley

fantabulous coat! i never would have thought to use Vegebees pattern for a boy but it looks great!

when you say "from wally" do you mean Walmart? being from Australia I am but guessing
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Thomas Jacket - FROM VEGBEE'S PATTERN :) on: October 07, 2008 07:24:34 PM
Yep Smiley smaller blue corduroy from wally.

That's a great coat. Is it Corduroy?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Thomas Jacket - FROM VEGBEE'S PATTERN :) on: October 07, 2008 04:49:02 PM
Ok, it is my first one...and it has issues BUT it was made from Vegbee's wonderful pattern (read: go buy it now) and I wanted to show off and thank her for letting me try it out. It is not yet finished with buttons etc...but it a start.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=65525&l=d64fd&id=545134923
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Casting a Glass Ring on: June 16, 2008 03:59:53 PM
hmm what else... if you can take a class somewhere there are lots of little steps and missing any one can screw up your whole project. Most castings are thick the can take days to fire/anneal and that's a lot of time to waist if something goes wrong.

VERY helpful...thanks for the tips and process. What do you think the anneal time would be on that size ring? It's not super thick...
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Casting a Glass Ring on: June 04, 2008 07:32:42 AM
I acutally think I answered my own question on the air hole...I could make sure there is a second/third small hole, next to the pour hole for the air to escape while it is filling up...right? Like in this vid...

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mold-Making---Mass-Casting-Complex-Parts-with-a-p/
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Casting a Glass Ring on: June 04, 2008 06:13:31 AM
Very helpful post. I had been bouncing around a few ideas on the molds etc...but hadn't thought of the plaster and silica - I was more thinking ceramics...but this is much more user friendly.

Making wax copies would also make sizing easier - in that to make larger sizes, I would just shave off wax from the inside of the copy before making the negatives.

Also, great suggestion on the saucer...for some reason, I was only thinking terra cotta pot - which would be too high for my kiln.

Question - because it is a closed mold - do I need to drill any holes in the mold to allow for air to escape OR is that all ok because I would be using the saucer to slowly "melt" in the glass - forcing the air out of the top as it pours in?

So glad you posted this...I have been scouring and reading the warmglass.com board - and, to be honest, am no where NEAR that advanced - and was a little shy about posting my newbie question.

I am going to start to gather the supplies...maybe I will photograph my progress as I go and post my experience here.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Shop and Site Critique on: June 04, 2008 05:46:36 AM
Moving on, then, the website looks fine, but there's a lot you can say there. If you want people to find your site you have to insert your keywords into the text on your web pages.

If you were going to google yourself, what would you look for? Make a list of words and phrases: jewelry, handmade jewelry, hand crafted, necklace, glass, etc., etc...you have to get that all into your home page at the very least and repeat it on some of the other pages you have planned.

Getting relevant words on your pages is easy to accomplish if you use a conversational tone: talk to yourself or friend about what you do, make, and sell, then write it down (or recording it might be better).

Every time your "conversation" or pictures (there should be some product pictures) refers to another page or your sales site, make a link to that page or site or if it's a picture of a pendant, to the "buy now" page at etsy.

Ok, I am almost embarrassed to admit that the old saying "a plumber's pipes are never fixed" is oh so true.

Thanks so much for a kick in the rear on SEO - as a web designer, I have to admit I preach it to my clients...but, almost never take the time to do it myself. Strange, eh? The easiest thing to do while designing - if you take the time to do it right.

Awesome post - and thanks for the head smack - V8-style. (I even noticed some other errors I would have never let slip if it wasn't my own site...)

I also like the recording idea...writing about one's self is really hard to do when you are used to doing it for everyone else - I think I might ask friend to interview me.
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