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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Issues... Starting with glue! on: March 21, 2009 09:28:15 PM
After trying my hand at making jewelry awhile back.... I set every, and i mean EVERYthing aside and didn't touch any of it for about a year. I finally have time to get started again and I run into problems!

Resin. Dominos. etc. Things that need a bail or something similar attached to the back to hang.
Sorry for yelling... but i'm getting so irritated! hehe.
I bought e6000 because i see so many people use it, and I can EASILY peel the bails right off the backs. So I asked around and got "use gorilla glue!"... and guess what? That doesn't work either! Well, they do for about one in every 6 pieces I try. The rest just dont seem to hold. Am I doing something wrong or are these two glues just not meant for plasticy stuff? How do so many people get them to work for them?

Next: Big stuff. I have some papers and pretty big stickers I want to make into pendents. I'm going to coat the fronts in resin but I need something to mount them on to make them thicker and durable for wear. Ideas?

2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Tablecloth trouble! on: September 09, 2008 09:55:09 PM
Me and a friend are doing the Urban Street Bazaar in Dallas. YAY... Its our first ever show! We're both super pumped.... with a slight dilemma.

We're going to rent an 8ft table for the show, and want a tablecloth for it. I can't find any that are the right size to hit the floor all the way around and cover it all!
I was thinking regular black fabric... but neither of us can work a sewing machine in order to make it wide enough.

Maybe a sheet? What size would work?
What kind of stuff have you all used as tablecloths? We need some serious help! hehe
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first resin attempts on: May 08, 2008 10:15:47 AM
After seeing so many awesome pieces people have been posting I decided to give resin a try myself.
Sooo I went out and bought some stuff for it.
Might I add I spent $9 on mold release that I forgot to use... and didn't end up even needing. Grrr.

I used some star confetti, a guitar pick, and some old school lisa frank stickers I had laying around.

The one with the horse picture is slightly sticking out the back a bit so I think i'm going to have to brush some more over it.
I dont have a small enough drill to put holes in these.. so I think I need to go buy something I can glue onto the back to string them onto earrings and cord for necklaces.

Oh. And the two dominos were just me having fun. I'm planning on pouring a layer of resin over them.. maybe that will work better to seal them than using spray sealer?

Any tips or anything are welcome! I know this was my first try and its not all that great, but i'm pretty proud. :-)

Oh. And my cheap digital camera? has NO macro function. At all. So does anyone know of a better way to photograph this type of stuff without that? I miss my old camera. :-(
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Lots of questions. And have you tried this site?! on: March 12, 2008 03:35:40 AM
Warning:Long post. But I would LOVE some input and help if anyone can spare it!!

I figured I wouldn't clutter up the other naming thread I started with the rest of my questions.
So here goes.

Me and a friend are starting a online jewelry business.
So I have a few questions.

If you have one, how do your sales on a regular website compare to ones such as Ebay and Etsy? I had a run in with Ebay awhile back(about 2 years now) where one day I signed in... and there was $2000 in LISTING FEES for tractors. Yes. Tractors beyond your wildest dreams. After about 30 emails and phone time the ONLY thing they told me I was allowed to do is shut down my account and not open a new one unless I wanted to pay those fees. (which is crap! Its not my fault my account got hacked. :-( )
Ebay, under my own name isn't going to work for me. haha.
I Know i'm for sure going to set up a regular webpage. But i'm worried about how many sales we can get without the ease of sites people know and love and most of all, feel comfortable bidding on.

I also haven't touched any html coding in YEARS. Like literally. I remember when I learned CSS when I was about 15 and thought I was amazingly cool because my friends still had regular color scroll bars. HAHAHA
Did any of you who HAVE websites design yours yourself? Have a friend do it? Pay someone? I know mine will look like crap if I do it myself, but i'm short on cash for paying someone else!

I know I'm going to put together a myspace account for it as well. Maybe a Livejournal for the cheaper items, or at least links, since those seem to be popular with the age group some of our stuff is geared to. But should they contain JUST links to the regular website i'll have, or should I put buying options on all of those as well?

Advertising. How do I get my word out on my products to the audience they're intended for? I'm honestly hoping that if I bust my BLEEEEEP the first year or so of doing this, that I can expand and cut down to part time at my job. (I've hated every job i've ever had and pretty much want to be my own boss before I go crazy. hehe) So eventually i'll be expanding. Selling other crafts. If I can get someone to teach me how to use a sewing machine I want to do clothing. If I make enough money to set up booth fees(Which are expensive it looks like!) I want to eventually do shows...
But in the end it all is going to boil down to advertising. Is it best to just spam the heck outta livejournal and myspace communities until you have a following of people?(joking on the spam part!).

Real world selling. We used to have this AMAZING shop in town. They sold mostly clothes, but they'd buy them from you and then resell them. I say amazing because it was the same audience. Teenage and early 20's females. They were going to let me sell some jewelry on consignment. Until they turned themselves into a 'plus size womans boutique'. Now, no one shops there. And this is the only store in town that does consignments that isn't baby clothes.(we have tons of baby clothes ones. they're taking over!).
What and where is a good way to do some real selling before I hit the craft fairs?

Bottom line. I know I have a product that sells. I wear my stuff out and about and have actually sold some pieces right out of my ears and off my neck. But I've never thought about running a business and need some advice. I'd ask around town, but we dont even have craft shows here really. And I know NO ONE personally who's done this or knows anything about it.
Someone please hold my hand? :-)

EDITED to change the topic title and add this:

Has anyone out there opened a store with them instead of doing the hosting on your own? And what have you heard about them?
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / completely defeated... on: August 21, 2007 09:44:55 PM
I've just about given up and wasn't quite sure what cat. to post under.
For awhile now i've been interested in just about any kind of crafts. Mostly jewelry. I always wear what i make, and have always gotten compliments on it.
I tried to sell it. I dont know anything about craft fairs where i live, and most of the ones we DO have are texas related. I can't afford the $200 fee for decent ones in dallas(2 hours away)... So i tried ebay. My account got hacked somehow and someone charged about $1000 in sellers fees to MY account for listing tractors. yes. tractors. And in the middle of all that, sold one pair of earrings, which i'm assuming is because i dont have a a big name for myself out there... I got the ebay thing figured out. They told me that in order not to pay i had to close my account and NOT reopen a new one. So I can't do that.
All right no big deal right?
I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning. So i went out a bought a ton of beads, guitar picks, lil records, chain, etc.. figuring it'll be something to do when i'm bored. I thought wow, why not have a trunk sale or something the day of a big concert.. just not in the parking lot so i'm not illegaly doing it, or something like that right? Mind you, i'm woozy from the pills... and i'm all proud and show the step dad when he got home. (yeah i live with the rents again) First thing he says is "why the hell did you spend the money on stuff for that when you're never going to be able to do anything with it? Are you an idiot?"

Tell a 22 year old girl who just had four teeth ripped out that something she has a passion in will get her nowhere in life.
It ended with me crying for over an hour and throwing out everything i'd spent the past 4 or so hours working on.

I know that the only reponses i'm going to get are "awe dont give up! if you love it keep making things!!"... so im not even sure why i posted this. maybe just looking for anyone who ends up the same way i do. I feel like everything crafty i attempt, i get halfway through it and someone says something that just makes me give up. Especially when its something I was planning on making an extra income with instead of getting a 2nd job. *le sigh*
How the heck does anyone else start out who has no money for getting up and running, and no name for themselves and how do you actually continue after people tell you that everything you try so hard on is junk?
6  Texas / Texas: North Central / Looking for some help Dallas area on: July 28, 2007 07:35:52 AM
I'm living in Wichita Falls right now. And theres zero opportunity here for selling my jewelry. Soo I want to start maybe doing some craft fairs n such in the Dallas area. Its about 2 hours away.(or anywhere 2 hoursish or less away)..My problem? I've never been there. Plus I've never been done a show in texas. I'd have no idea how to go about finding the best ones, etc.
Is there anyone out there willing to lend a hand? Just maybe keep in touch and keep me up to date on stuff going on. Perhaps even share a booth or something with me sometime?
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Home sweet home on: May 25, 2006 10:05:31 AM
This I believe is a first for me posting something i've actually made.

My very first stencil. I'm from New York. I moved to texas about a year and a half ago, and wish I had bought more "i love new york" type things while I was "home". And of course you can't find them down here.
So. I took an outline of the state. Then I googled the NY skyline(the city is just a few hours from my hometown and i loved the skyline at night) and photoshoped it til it was black and white and useable. I combined the two. And cut it out of freezer paper. Then realized I didn't leave any little islands. So I did the outline first, then took the other piece and put it down to do the skyline. haha.

Anyways. On with it. My very first stencil. *cries with joy*

first is a thumbnail. so click.


Some spots turned out shiny. Some didn't. But I don't care. I love it.

And later that day I took one of the boyfriends black teeshirts and did "metallica" along the bottom edge which I have yet to take a picture of.
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