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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Necklace for Summer on: June 24, 2010 08:53:30 AM
For some reason I woke up at 6:30am this morning, definitely not normal for me! So I decided to use my time effectively and create something lovely. This is my new summer necklace. It's made from glass, coral, stones, pearls, and turquoise chips. I'm loving color right now... Enjoy!

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Random jewelry from May on: May 19, 2010 05:47:37 PM
This is just a fraction of the stuff I've been working on this month. Jewelry making fell to the background for a long time but in the last couple weeks I've been very much back into it! Here are a few pieces I managed to snap photos of....

Gold circle necklace



Feather and filligree earrings, accented with crystals



Silver necklace accented with red feathers and freshwater pearls



Beaded cat collars for a friend



Comments welcome! x.

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Wrap Bracelets on: May 19, 2010 05:39:09 PM
Wow I've been super MIA from the Craftster boards! Well, i've been busy busy busy making things. These are my latest obsession, wire wrap bracelets. So addictive to make because I just get to play with colors and textures! They take far longer than expected, but the end result is totally worth it. The pictures were taken with my phone so not the best quality but I wanted to share! Smiley

First: blues and purples with gold accents. Glass, wood, pearl, stone, turquoise, metal




Second: reds and oranges with gold accents (I'm loving the bellydance, Middle Eastern vibe). Glass, wood, stone, pearl, coral, metal





Third: pinks and blacks with silver accents. Glass, wood, stone, pearl, coral, metal

Comments please! x.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some things I've Been Working On -- Picture Heavy!! on: September 03, 2007 10:37:53 AM
Ok so I haven't been posting too much lately. Things have just been crazy with school and moving and work and everything else. SO, here's a little preview of what I've been working on this summer.

I've been working with these circles and making super classic, mod looking necklaces:


This is the one I wear almost on a daily basis now because it goes with everything (sorry only picture I had of it was from me out at a bar)



Thanks for looking!!


Another super simple one with cool filigrees and pink chain. I liked the brass and pink combo that day.



This is definitely one of my favourite ones. Shooting stars with a little crown. I made one similar to this but with music notes, sorry no pics of that one.




Fanciful sea creatures - this one's a pain to photograph but there are 5 layers, 3 sea turtles, a dolphin, a shell and a starfish.



I <3 Music Necklace:




This is the most recent necklace I made - I love it except the cameo is a faux thing and doesn't have the right weight to it in my opinion so I need to find something to replace it. But I love love love the birdcage, it's sterling silver and there's even a teensy tiny bird cutout inside. It's translucent and impossible to photograph but oh so cute.




The Ultimate Scene Kid Charm Bracelet. Kind've hard to see all the different charms but there are music notes, hearts, stars, skulls, bikes, etc.




I made a bunch of earrings like these with different crazy little wood dudes. These are just a couple different ones




5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Postage Scales on: August 29, 2007 11:37:16 AM
I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a good postal scale. I want to be able to give more accurate shipping quotes for different locations but I honestly have no idea how much my items weigh! I don't need one that does super big/heavy items because I'm mostly selling jewelry and knit accessories. I googled a couple different kinds but I was wondering if the lovely crafters on this board had any suggestions.

Thanks!

Karen
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing help please! Too expensive?? on: July 16, 2007 10:02:15 AM
I've been into jewelry for awhile but I've never really made necklaces before. I was inspired by Anthropologie and some boutiques in London - they all charged a LOT of money so I figured I could make them myself. Now I'm wondering if my pricing is too high as well...












I've priced them all in the $30-$40 range. Most of my cost is in materials. Some of them take longer to make than others but even then not usually more than an hour on each one. Plus I'll work on it, put it down for awhile, change things, take it apart, etc. I looked around on Etsy for similar necklaces it really really varies. The ones at Anthro are easily over $100 but c'mon, it's Anthro and as much as I love them they're always kind've ridiculous with pricing. And theo ones I saw in London were all much closer to $100 too...

Any opinions??
Thanks
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Charm Necklaces, Mummy & Devil Earrings, Hat Earrings... PIC HEAVY on: July 13, 2007 06:01:54 AM
I've been making a whole lot of very Anthro-esque necklaces lately. Huge obsession with crowns and cameos and such so I've been playing around with some stuff.

This is the first one I made. 21st bday present for my friend. It's a few weeks late but it's ok, she'll get it eventually. A crown with 3 music notes and cherries.


The ultimate in romanticism - cameo, heart-shaped locket and all strung a pink chain you can't see in the pic.



More crowns!



This one is just chockful of stuff - owl, skull, crown, key, faux padlock thing, and mini locket



Again, crowns. I mentioned I had a mild obsession, right?



Probably the simplest necklace I've made. The beads are really nice colour though.



And on the opposite end of the spectrum, the craziest one. I know it's super busy and totally over the top but I think that's why I like it.



I also found this great stash of buttons so I've been making cute, kitschy little rings. They're soooo addictive!! I've been making stud earrings too, just no pictures yet.




And then of course, there are always earrings. Lots and lots of earrings. I have a lot more that need to be photographed.

I just love these little hat ones. I made red pair for my Mom for her Red Hat Society gatherings.



These tiny little baskets are handwoven in Northern Thailand. It's crazy, they're sooo tiny!! Each one is BARELY half an inch big.


And these little guys were just adorable and crying to be made into earrings. Smiley






Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think Smiley
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / About to Give Up on Etsy on: April 29, 2007 02:28:25 AM
I can't make any sales through Etsy. I use the forums, promote on Myspace and Facebook and everything else but nothing helps. I sell stuff at craft shows...

I know my pictures aren't great but my camera is broken and I tried the best I could. I was planning to update them soon but I'm wondering if there's even a point.

I'm moving back to the US in a month and I have to just clear out a lot of stuff so I've been having a HUGE clearance sale and I STILL can't sell anything. At this point I'm not making any money on items and people still don't buy them.

Is there something wrong with the stuff I'm selling?

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with 200g of red alpaca on: April 24, 2007 03:29:43 AM
I bought 200g of this really nice alpaca yarn while I was in Italy. I want to make my Mom something for Mother's day but I'm running short on time (lots of exams and papers this time of year) and I've never actually wroekd with alpaca yarn before so I don't know what would be best for it. I was thinking some sort of really simple eyelet lace shawl maybe, or perhaps a clapotis. She lives in Thailand so she doesn't really need cold weather accessories, but I figured a shawl might be nice for cold movie theatres and things.

The yarn itself is sportweight and I have no idea what the yardage is. I bought it by the weight, I hoped 200 would be enough...

Any help or suggestions would be great! Thanks!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Selling Ephemera on: April 23, 2007 10:59:23 AM
The office I was interning at did a huge spring cleaning and were getting rid of tons of artsy catalogs and postcards and things of that nature. I took a bunch of them because I like design and art and stuff but I'm not much of a scrapbooker or paper artist I guess... I know people sell all kinds of vintage postcards and movie posters and things but is it ok to sell newer stuff. I don't know the whole ethicality of it all. A lot of the stuff I collected were postcards from art galleries, catalogs for Louis Vuitton, random postcards, sample books from wallpaper companies, things like that. A lot of stuff I have are really cool design type things from somewhat obscure companies so they aren't catalogs that everyone would be able to get their hands on... And I'm going to go through everything, sort it and make nice categories, not just dump a bunch of useless catalogs on someone.

I know that was a very long explanation but if someone could please just fill me in on the etiquette and laws of selling ephemera that would be great. Thanks

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