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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first gypsy bauble bracelets, and some extras with blurry pics thrown in on: January 22, 2008 11:25:12 PM
Hi, everyone! Some of my new stuff:
First ever gypsy bracelets . . . the pic doesn't show the true pink:









And, you can put them on together! This one shows the pink better:


My very first wire wrapped bracelet . . . I could never get it until I watched a video


And I loved that SO much I made this fabulous necklace . . wish I had better pics!





And a very fat wire wrapped stone:


Thanks for looking!


(grrr . . . now that I see preview, man, I'm sorry!!! Do not like my sister's or my dad's camera! Mine is dead . . .)
42  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Any etsy insiders? just when can sellers use paypal to set up an account? on: January 03, 2008 08:36:09 PM
"working on it". i was wondering if anyone here knows just HOW close etsy is to being able to allow sellers to use paypal and not a credit card for their account?Huh has it said in the faq that they've been close for quite some time?

i was hoping to never ever get a freakin blasted credit card . . .

thanks!
43  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / A canadian willing to cut and dye my wedding dress? on: December 29, 2007 09:55:33 PM
Yes, maybe this should go in opportunities, but I want a canadian so not so much shipping back and forth . . . .

My husband (the cheater) and I have just recently seperated after only 6 months of marriage. ANYWAY, I've got this beautiful dress that I don't want to sell because it may curse someone. And I reallllllllllyyyyy loved it. So, I've decided to get it made into a corset top and get it dyed black. Anyone willing to do such a thing? Can it be done with all the beadwork?? I don't really mind TOO much if that has to be taken off. I would definatly like to keep the burgendy colour though on the top strip and the back corset ties . . . yes, it is already a corset backed one. I can send you more pics before you accept. It would also have to be made quite a bit smaller due to my "breaking-up-with-your-husband diet". To save on shipping, maybe I could even cut the skirt off myself . . .

Thanks to anyone who replies!!!
44  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My jewelry is going in a store tomorrow!!!! on: December 06, 2007 04:57:09 PM
I'm quite nervous about it . . i've only been making jewelry for less than 6 months. The people who own the garage in town have asked me to make jewelry to sell, so I made some simple pieces. Ya, I know . . weird . . . a garage?!? BUT the woman who co-owns it makes beautiful handmade soaps and has them there too. Our town is only a hundred people and is also the bachelor capital of canada, so I have a lot of things working against me!!

These are the things I made with the prices, though I think I may be underselling AND overselling myself I'm SO confused with how to price eevrything . . .  everything is base metal b/c they don't sell real stuff out here, so I have to order it in sometime:

WigJig bracelets $7 each


Stone chip bangles (like my amethyst one I posted a while back, takes loooonnnggg time to make) $15



Earrings, from left to right: $4, $4, $6


Necklace with blue glass bicones & seed bead strand: $15


Double chain necklace w/swirly blue glass beads: $15


Chain and glass briolettes: $12


The reason why I don't really know what to charge is b/c when I first got into this, I just found the biggest bead kit on the net and bought it, so I had no way of knowing what the beads were worth . . . sigh . . .
Let me know what you think, and any suggestions in price changes are welcome!!!!

45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Know a good EASY tutorial for macrame bracelets?? on: December 01, 2007 06:31:02 PM
I made a whack of jewelry for my family, all of which is made up of girls . . . but there are two preteen boys, and I don't not want to make them something and leave them out. I wanted to try some knotting with leather cord and these cool bone beads I have, but I am totally clueless!!! Anyone know of any SIMPLE tutorials out there?? I couldn't even figure out the peyote stitch until I saw it way up close on a video
Thanks!
46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Amethyst chips bangle on: November 24, 2007 01:07:38 PM
I didn't know what to do with the stone chips I got in my kit after the bobby pin project didn't work out so I thought up this:

Made of 18 gauge and 26 gauge silver coloured wire w/ameythst chips and purple delicas



the back


zoom out








I'm so excited about my chips now! Can't wait to try the bright tourquoise with bright green delicas!!!

47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewelry for every girl/woman in my family for Xmas FINALLY DONE!!! on: November 15, 2007 01:45:50 PM
These were made with my first ever kit of beads and findings . . all my other stuff was from ripped up thrift store junk. I was inspired from many places, especially craftster, but all, except the wig-jig bracelet were made up in my own head first. So, this is what I would say, my first actual jewelry, so enjoy!!!

dble strand,seed beads, swaro crystals & faceted crystals on earrings:



dble strand, swaro crystals and glass beads:


dbl strand, seed beads, cube glass w/matching earrings:


Two bracelets for 2 younger ones - pink beach glass and black and blue wigjig bracelet with matching earring jackets:


double strand, seed beads, glass beads and glass pendant:


glass beads & faceted crystal:


Something I made for my husband who had a heavy hematite necklace b4, but those are SO heavy and it broke . .  I found some of the beads, and not telling him that, I made him this out of the limited amount of them that I had. I like it . . it is quite industrial looking. Hope he likes it when he gets back home!

Sorry it was so dark . . I could not use the flash for that one

An ornament and memory wire bracelet I made for my grandmother with seed beads and svarov crystals . . nothing fancy, but with memory wire she can slip it off her wrist easy when she needs to wheel around her wheelchair and put it back on easy too


Simple link chain and bead necklace, I like the pendant:


Bracelet - gold coloured heart beads, seed beads and swaro crystal w/ earrings:


Funky animal print glass necklace and bracelet that I don't care for, but my aunt sure will!:



Blue glass beads & chain w/matching earrings:


Very FIRST wire wrapped pendants:


Some various earrings I did for the girls (yes, they do have a pair, I just didn't want to take mORE pics!)


And tonnes of earring jackets!


And I finally made myself something . . . It was VERY inspired by . .  JEEZ, I can't think of her name . . . but the girl on here with the cool avatar with a close up of a girl with a finger up to her eye?!?! YOU KNOW! lol, I will have to go look . . . (it's MOOBAA!!!) she made a necklace called "girly goth" and no colours are the same or anything, but the dangles were inspiring on hers . . . her's is MUCH BETTER but here is my version with svarovski crytals, and faceted crystal


I am going to add more dangles to it, but I am going to wear it to get the mail tomorrow, and even though in my town of 100 people, everyone will think I am WHACKO, lol, I don't care! I love the sparkle!











48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / any pointers for crimping??? on: November 13, 2007 06:37:29 PM
I LOVE making jewelry, but I seem to have such a prob with crimp beads that it stresses me right out!!! I can never seem to get the crimp right up against the beads and then making sure the wires aren't crossed either!?!?! GOD!!!! threading the wire back through the crimp is such a pain!! I always kink it and can never get the wires uncrossed after that. Just when I THINK I have the crimp right up against my last beads, it turns out I was pushing the beads up and I crimp wayyyy to high up . .  and of course, half my crimps never stick, lol. ANY HELP ANYONE???
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Good instructional website with video found on: November 13, 2007 06:27:16 PM
I was going through all the ads in my BeadStyle and I found an add for www.beaducation.com . . . I went and checked it out, and for the most part, it is a pay for lesson site, BUT, for anyone starting out, they have free videos to help get you started.
They have free ones for wire loops, wire spirals, and for me, what I liked the best was the one about seed beads.
It was like a 20 minute lesson about all the different kinds, what you ise for what and an EXCELLENT vid on peyote stitch. I had always wondered about how to do this, I had looked at TONNES of books, but until I saw the video I had had NO CLUE! Check it out!
50  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 55 Wedding congrats cards on: October 28, 2007 09:36:36 AM
I used to be a person who kept absolutely everything, and in a way I want to keep our wedding cards, but I know we will honestly never ever look at them again so I would like to do something with them that I would look at again.
Any suggestions? Almost all of them are beautiful, only 4 are ugly . . . I don't want to make tags and such because I wouldn't want to give them away . . . . And, NO scrapbooking! If I get into that I will never stop!!! And spend tonnes of money! I've kept myself from it for a very long time!!!
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