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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Offering public domain images daily on my blog! on: August 06, 2009 02:49:34 AM
I have decided to put my rather extensive collection of PD images to use, and put some of them up daily for others to use. If you are interested, check out my blog, The Schizoid Mouse. If all you want is the images, be sure to click 'Daily Public Domain Image' in the catagories on the side bar.

Enjoy! Please tell me what you think of this idea.

Bekka
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Offering Public Domain Images daily on my blog! on: August 06, 2009 02:44:02 AM
Edit: Whoops- meant to put this on a different board! Moderator, please feel free to delete if you don't think it fits here! Sorry! - B.
I have decided to put my rather extensive collection of PD images to use, and put some of them up daily for others to use. If you are interested, check out my blog, The Schizoid Mouse. If all you want is the images, be sure to click 'Daily Public Domain Image' in the catagories on the side bar.

Enjoy! Please tell me what you think of this idea.

Bekka

13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Decoupage on metal on: August 03, 2009 07:51:55 PM
I want to decoupage patterned paper onto metal washers. What is the best means of doing this?

Should I prime the washers as if I was going to paint them and then use Modge Podge? Should I do something else?

These will used in jewelry, so I need something that will stand up to being worn and thus warmed slightly against the skin.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Bekka
14  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Goodwill Only Auction Site on: July 28, 2009 10:18:33 PM
It may not have everything your local thrift shop would have, but Goodwill does have an online auction site. The only 'people' allowed to list are Goodwill stores, so you know that a listing really for charity, if you are worried about it.

I thought it looked promising as a source for interesting possible 'recraftables'.

Check it out: Shopgoodwill.com

Maybe some else here can make use of it also. If you think it's useful, pass the website addy around to your crafting friends.

Bekka
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / 'Buy Handmade' Pins on: July 14, 2009 07:51:01 AM
I want to use the following graphic that I made to make pins/buttons or magnets to give away to fellow crafters and people who buy my handmade stuff. Or maybe to sell also... hmm. Anyway, the image is a modified version of 'Rosie the Riveter' from the National Archives [it is a PD (public domain) image, no restrictions, I checked!] and I've made this one PD too. [Yes, please make some pins and buttons too or use it to link to your store, etc....]

But what do you recommend as the method for making these? I'm looking for ideas beyond the 'badge-a-minute' maker....

Here's the image [feel free to swipe it, I have declared it to be public domain - share the love and all!]:



Ideas?

Bekka

P.S. For those who are wondering about the copyright issue of the Rosie graphic here is some info:

The National Archive IDs for the 'We Can Do It!' (commonly known as 'Rosie the Riveter') image are:

ARC Identifier 535413 / Local Identifier 179-WP-1563

If you click the above link and search for '535313' [the ID number] you will get the Archives online file of the original image.

And here is topic I did in Misc Crafts giving this and a similar image to all the Craftsters out there, and someone thought they were licensed. It includes my response to his objections.
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Design Idea Using Drawer Pulls - do you think this would work? on: July 14, 2009 07:31:39 AM
I had a design idea but I'm not sure if I've just gone completely bonkers here. I'm really getting into jewelry made of hardware (washers and nuts and stuff) and I found myself standing in Lowe's looking at drawer pulls. And I'm thinking 'put a screw-eye in the back where you usually use a screw to attach it to your cabinet or drawer, and hang as a pendant or focal.' Obviously this wouldn't work with ones that can really only be appreciated from the front, but what about shiny round knobs or the open work 'birdcage' ones (that could then have dangles hung from them). Or the one with two contact points that is meant to look like a twig or branch - hang it like a trapeze from chain or cord and hang a pendant from it...

If you can visualize this (maybe I should sketch it), what do you think?

Bekka
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / If you sell jewelry - placing and pricing your work on: July 14, 2009 07:22:37 AM
Okay, I used to make circlets for the RenFaire and Medieval crowd. But now I need to stop that (for reasons that have to do with difficulties travelling far). So I'm thinking of trying to get into the more local craft-show-and-boutique business with more 'regular' jewelry [circlets are just not catching on in the mainstream and all...)

Trouble is, I'm not sure how to go about it. And, my best friend, who has a custom clothing and accessories business says I tend to price my work too low. So, knowing that jewelry making is a competative business (lots of people make jewelry), how do I go about:

a) how do you find places to sell besides craft shows and on the web? [I'm not sure home parties would work for me though...]

b) what method do you use to price your work? For example, I made a Washer Chainmaille Bracelet. It has about $3 in supplies and about an hour of time invested in it. What would you price it at? [pm's okay if you don't want to say it here]. Or the hardware earrings I made. I had them priced at $5. There's only $1-2 dollars of stuff in them and they take about 10 minutes each. Am I over charging or, conversely, cheating myself?

What do you all think? I have lots of great design ideas but I am absolutely CLUELESS as to pricing. *sigh* [I don't have this problem with my collage supplies!]

Bekka
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Working Man's Rosary [2 pics] on: July 12, 2009 07:05:10 PM
Okay, still playing around with hardware jewelry. While at Mass I had an idea - a rosary made from washers/nuts. So here it is.

The 'Hail Mary beads' are washers, the 'Our Father beads' are hexagonal nuts, the centerpiece is a larger washer, the cross is blackstone with a plated bail - all linked together with jumprings and a little bit of chain.

Sorry about the poor pictures.

Bekka [who is bummed today, sorry for the less than cheerful post - unable to sell ANY of my jewelry this morning at the flea market (swap meet) Tongue ]

Other hardware jewelry projects I've posted in case you want to take a look:

Washer and Nut Earrings (Picture heavy)
Black Velvet Washer Necklace
Washer Chainmaille Bracelet
Nutsy Key Necklace



19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Black Velvet Washer Heart Necklace on: July 09, 2009 06:00:32 PM
Okay, here is the next thing in my experiments with hardware in jewelry [see my Washer and Nut Earrings,Washer Chainmaille Bracelet, and Nutsy Key Necklace for previously posted hardware jewelry projects I've done...all inspired by Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox by Hannah Rogge.]

This time I had found these really funky large, black-velvet-flocked, heart-shaped beads. I got them originally just because they were fun. But they seemed a perfect counterpoint to the 'hardness' of the large washer. I strung my new pendant on a black velvet necklace cord to match the heart:



Here's a close up of the pendant:



Bekka
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Washer and Nut Earrings - Set 1 - Pic Heavy on: July 09, 2009 05:41:27 PM
Following in the footsteps of my Nutsy Key Necklace and Washer Chainmaille Bracelet, I now wish to show off my first forrays into earrings. [All of these designs are inspired by Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox by Hannah Rogge, though I found her offerings too tame for my taste and decided to wander away from the tour, so to speak.]

So, without further ado, here is my first set of Washer and Nut Earrings (the two center ones have post findings, and the outer ones are on ear wires):



Sorry, the picture isn't the best. But here is a close up of the Nutty Blue Glass Earrings on the far right [again, the picture isn't the best, being a close up crop of the above pic....]



And here is a picture of the amethyst earrings on the far left of the group picture, moved off the black velvet display so you can see the color of the round glass beads better:



What do you all think? Should I keep exploring this trend? I'm not sure I should let it become one of my signature styles, though I am enjoying it a lot. And I AM going to try selling them at the local flea market and see if Cleveland is ready for my spin on hardware jewelry. But then again... I don't know. Would any of you wear them? [I confess to being a bit underconfident in my jewelry design skills because I can't wear ANYTHING metal - including my wedding ring - and yes, I've tried all types of fine metal including platinum....  So, I can't really say I would wear it because I CAN'T. Cheesy ]

Bekka
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