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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: April 25, 2007 08:31:41 AM
Wow, BeaG, I LOVE that necklace!  Is it crocheted over a form of some sort?

It's stunning, and the pics are great--it looks really good with that black v-neck.  I can't say enough good about it!  Shocked)
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: new site that look suspiciously like etsy on: April 23, 2007 09:52:07 AM
I signed up, too, and listed my three free items, just in case in turns into something--I want to be there in the beginning!

One promising thing, though, is that the same day I listed, I was talking to someone about a consignment order, and she mentioned having just seen one of my pieces on Mintd.  So I guess it can't hurt to be on it.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: April 23, 2007 09:46:23 AM
God, i sure hope that I can start listing easily today, since I have a showcase spot tomorrow and I really need to get my new stuff up before then!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) on: April 22, 2007 05:23:06 PM
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Would you care to share how you make them? I know nothing about shrinking plastic and I'd love to know how it's done!

Sure, but i don't have anything that I do that's unusual, I don't think.  Basically, I do a drawing from a photo or a friend's dog, or whatever, and then I trace that drawing onto the shrink plastic, using the finest tip sharpee I can find.  A couple of tips that do help me--when you bake them, use a piece of chipboard (or just the cardboard back of a legal pad) as your tray.   I also let the chipboard warm up with the oven (350), so that it's already warm when you put the plastic in (rough side up).  All of this should keep your pieces from sticking to the tray, and should ensure that they come out flat as a pancake.

If you have an embossing heat tool, then you've got more options.  If you have spots on the shiny side, you can heat it up to smooth it out.  Or, you can heat the plastic (already cooked) and then press a stamp into it, for an intaglio look (like in this zebra pendant). 

And you can also use the heat tool to shape the pieces, if you want a domed effect or something like that--just put it on top of the shape you want (like a wooden ball) and heat it until it slumps into shape.

And that's about it!  Shocked)  Let me know if anything doesn't make sense.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) on: April 21, 2007 03:51:59 PM
Thanks so much, everyone!

Yes, the edging is copper, the kind of copper tape that you use in making stained glass.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Plastic Portrait Insanity (img heavy) on: April 21, 2007 02:39:37 PM
I've been making lots and lots of animal portrait necklaces in shrink plastic (just plain old Shrinky-Dinks), and I felt it was time to share.  They're each just done in Sharpee:







7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: April 06, 2007 04:07:20 PM
Hey Trashed:

I just looked at your mom's new stuff, and both the pieces and your pics are great.  One suggestion--maybe you should crop a tight detail of the necklaces for the thumbnail photo.  I clicked on the "Descending" necklace, for example, and I was surprised by how gorgeous it was.  I think an intriguing detail might make people far more likely to click on it.

I'm excited because I got a sale today from someone who hearted me during my showcase spot yesterday, so I guess it was worth the effort after all.  Shocked)  Tonight I'm participating in the Friday Night Sale with the Etsy Kids Street Team, so hopefully that will work out, too.  My fingers and toes are crossed.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: How's your Etsy shop doing now? on: April 04, 2007 01:31:10 PM
Sigh.  I have to admit, I'm getting kind of discouraged with my two shops.  I have one for adult jewelry, which is how I make my living offline (at craft shows and such) and a new store that's just my kids stuff.  Sales have been reallllllllly slow in both stores, and I have a Showcase spot today which seems to be doing nothing much--attracting a few more hits, but that's it.

I'm really proud of my stuff, I think my photos are okay (always improving, at least), my prices are fair...blah.  I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.  I post, I've started a blog, I'm on Flickr, you name it.

Anyway, sorry--I guess I'm just venting.  Shocked)
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Wee Sadsacks on: April 03, 2007 10:40:09 PM
Hee--"gigglebox."  I also have a friend who calls me "fussy britches" when I get grumpy.   Grin
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny Wee Sadsacks on: April 02, 2007 03:33:14 PM
Aw, thanks, Bennett! 
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