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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Need a little bit of help from someone with Dreamweaver knowledge... on: September 27, 2007 03:29:39 AM
I'm not 100% sure whether I should be posting this here but I have searched all the Dreamweaver related forums and nothing helps me.

You all have some cracking websites so I'm sure someone must know the answer!

I have just closed my website so I can re-do the whole thing. I'm happy with how it's all turning out BUT all my links are blue.

It doesn't matter what colour I choose for my links in the 'page properties' bit, they are always blue (before clicking on them).

Preferably, I don't want my links to have a 'colour' (I keep getting ugly boxes around pictures when I don't want boxes around them at all).

So what do I do?
Is there a way of just having no colour on my links?

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / New Necklaces *flower tutorial added* on: August 12, 2007 07:50:40 AM
SO! I have been busy lol. I saw something similar to these in a fancy pants shop... but then when I came to make them they turned into something totally different lol. Look nothing like I intended anymore.
So here they are. Mainly made of up glass pearls and some random beads.

The flowers come off and can be used as brooches.

Thanks for looking

A few people have asked for a tutorial for the flowers. It's so simple I'll just explain, but if anyone needs any pictures then I'll do some. But I think it'll be just fine  Grin
I'll explain the green one but the purple one was the same technique, only different materials.
You will need -
Fake flowers
Needle and cotton
A pretty fabric (I used net)
Pretty bits (I used some feathers, ribbon and beads, but you can use anything!)
Brooch finding

Step 1 - Run to a florist/place that sells fake flowers. Get some funky ones.

Step 2 - Go home. Take apart the flower. Lay all the pieces out infront of you (in size order). You should have a few pieces but won't need to use all the petals (unless you want some kind of mega flower).

Step 3 - Choose some pretty stuff! My flower was made from an organza type of material, so I chose some green net which was slighty darker. My flower had 8 petals. Petal number 1 I kept original, number 2 I drew round and cut out of the net, number 3 original, number 4 net and so on. So you should end up with 4 petals you won't use.

Step 4 - Rebuild your flower. Just put all the pieces back together how they were before only using your 'new' petals instead of the original. I used a mixture of glue and sewing to make sure it wouldn't fall apart. I also added some small green feathers inbetween a couple of the layers at this point. My fake flower came with the flower 'middle' already, but you could easily make one or stick a little button if you don't have a middle.

Step 5 - Then it's time to glue your flower to the brooch finding. First, I glued some green organza and a little string of beads to the brooch back, then glued the flower ontop.

Step 6 - Stick it on your necklace, coat, bag, wherever! On the necklace, you just 'pin' the brooch through the jump ring that holds the tripple stranded part to the single strand part.

Step 7 - Feel happy.

My next plan is to make a 2 tone one.

I would love to see if you made any  Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / A Little Bit Of Help Please (Img.Heavy - Changed Pics) on: August 12, 2007 06:15:06 AM
Hi hi!

So. I've been making jewellery for 10 years and I've never had any trouble with pricing... until now! I know all the stuff about pricing and usually just ask what I think is fair.

However, with my latest necklaces I am completely stumped. I asked my boyfriend and he said I could ask $60 for the small ones and at least $80 for the larger ones (if not more). To be fair, he's a boy, so what does he know about necklaces. But... he has a point. These necklaces were based on some I saw in a fancy pants shop, but when I got round to making them they completely changed and are now nothing like what I had in mind. They took me a long time to come up with and a long time to make. Materials were not expensive.

To be honest - I'd LIKE to charge a lot for them, because of the time I took and how much I love them. But... I just don't know what people would pay for them (mainly because I'm a 'see it and I'll make it myself' person). I think if they were in a shop, I could charge more than on Etsy.

So here are the pictures (these are not the pictures I'd sell them with because they are too dark. It's a miserable rainy day here in the North of England).

This is the smaller one. Small and large glass pearl beads linked together. 5 of the beads are surounded by lace.

And in brown

This is one of the larger ones. The flower is detachable and can be worn as a brooch aswell.


And in green


Also, these can be custom made in pretty much any colour.

So any help would be great, thanks.
It's actually stopped raining so I must run outside and take some decent pictures in the sun! Oh... it's raining again lol.

Many thanks  Smiley

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Solder Pin UP Pendant + AP Playing Card on: August 10, 2007 03:49:18 AM
Ok so...
This is my 2nd attempt at this. The first one went horribly wrong... lol. Ahh.
I haven't soldered for 10 years since I was in school. I thought, having a boyfriend who is an electrician, he could help me. Turns out he's never even touched a soldering iron haha.  Roll Eyes

So here it is. It's Bridgette Bardot.. incase you didn't know.
The back is just pink flowers.

This is my Agent Provocateur playing card necklace.  Grin

Things I have learnt -
If you burn yourself when soldering it still hurts the next day
If you happen to get solder on the kitchen worktop, don't tell your boyfriend - he will not be happy.

QUESTION - So, I know my soldering's not perfect, to be honest, I kinda like it all bumpy. But - what the HELL is that brown stuff? I've never heard it mentioned before, so I'm guessing I'm doing something wrong. You can see it on the pictures, especially in the corners. It's brown, and sticky and looks like caramelized sugar. It does come off, but takes a long time.
Also... sometimes the soldering iron 'spits'. Is that normal? Lol. Because A. it hurts and B. it goes on the glass.

Help much appriciated.  Cheesy


5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pink Butterflies Bracelet on: August 06, 2007 10:01:08 AM
I think this is one of my favourite things I've made recently.

Obviously this picture shows how it really looks - I'm so glad it's sunny now!  Cheesy
Lots of Swarovski crystal hearts, pink and white sequins, butterfly sequins, little silver heart charms, little silver flowers etc.

And some earrings I made that match, I guess, but they'd go with anything really. Sterling silver and swarovski crystals. (I found sterling silver ear wires in my box of stuff... and realised that I'd had them for years since I started making jewellery when I was about 12. They were just my 'crappy ear wires' because I liked my others more. I didn't realise they were sterling silver  Roll Eyes haha. Ahhh well.

Something a bit more wonderful than the plastic stuff I generally churn out lol. Whoop.

Comments please  Grin


P.S. The stupid re-sizing of photobucket makes everything look all fuzzy  Sad   You will have to imagine that they do look fabulous darling  Grin

6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Exchange Rates (UK based) on: July 23, 2007 04:38:22 AM
I started my Etsy shop a couple of months ago and have sold a few things. And I am very pleased with everything overall.

However, when I started, the exchange rates were stronger than they are now. I put up my prices last month to cover this, but now they have changed again!

Some things are ok, but others I will only break even on and that means I'm not getting paid for my time (and I put a lot of time in).

I don't want to keep changing my prices, obviously, because it is a complete pain but also people will think it's strange if I keep changing them.

Does anyone else have this problem?

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cherries / Care Bears And Stuff. {A few pics} on: July 16, 2007 02:29:50 AM
Soooo.... I am bored waiting for the postman who should be bringing all my lovely new jewellery bits and pieces. So while we wait...


Charm bracelet


Thanks for looking  Grin

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Just Some Bits And Bobs {img heavy..} on: July 08, 2007 05:28:18 AM
Ok so!
I've never posted things on here before.
I guess they're not that clever really but they keep me amused!
I used to make a lot more complicated stuff, but since having my daughter I've moved onto things that take a lot less time! {In theory anyway, although it's always simple '5 minute jobs' which end up taking an hour!

I hope you like them  Smiley

I like this best - but my camera wasn't being kind because it's batteries are dying, hence the fuzziness.

I was making this for myself but it is waaay too long for me.  Sad

I don't even have my ears pierced...  Sad

Thanks for looking!


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