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271  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: a rant, an idea, need Mod's attention... on: October 16, 2007 04:48:54 AM
This is the first I've heard about not being able to use scrapbooking papers in a product you sell. I did know about using stamps, I only buy those with an "Angel Policy" that allow you to use them for commercial products. I guess I need to start looking up the policies for the scrapbooking papers I have...

Lisa
272  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: arrgh!!! just a rant on: September 30, 2007 08:41:21 AM
Boy can I relate to this discussion. I once had a friend send me a bunch of her old jewelry saying she didn't want it anymore because from now on she was only going to buy "real jewelry". I don't know if she realized it or not, but one of the earrings she sent me was a pair I had made her for Christmas one year.

She used to be picky and only wear sterling, so this pair had sterling earwires with an emerald colored Swarovski crystal (her favorite color) and a dangly celtic cross. She used to love this, I don't understand the about face. She even sent me a malachite beaded necklace, what's not "real" about that?

The thing is I've known her forever and know that she is totally clueless that her statement hurt my feelings. I guess she now feels that "real jewelry" is white gold, gold, or platinum. I personally know that she can't even afford those items. Oh well, I guess there are alot of people that feel that the only jewelry they want is the boring stuff that you can buy from a mall jewelry store. There's just no accounting for taste....

Lisa
273  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reaming glass beads on: September 15, 2007 07:06:37 AM
The only way I have reamed glass beads is with a hand held tool usually just to clean it out, not really to enlarge the hole. I have enlarged holes in wood and pearl beads though. Be careful of trying to enlarge holes in glass beads, I've had many break when I've tried it. Sorry I can't be of more help.
Goodluck.

Lisa
274  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: best way to sell buttons (badges) ? on: September 07, 2007 06:13:38 AM
As a consumer I would rather be able to buy the buttons individually. I assume each button in a pack of 4 would be different and not all the same, but what if I am only interesting in one of those? I would definitely pass on it if I could not just get the one I wanted. Just my personal opinion. Good luck in your first craft show.

Lisa

PS. You could try and sell more by having a deal like: buy 5 for $4.00.
275  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is the standard price of beads? on: September 06, 2007 05:54:11 AM
It depends on the type of bead, but you will find that most retail establishments that have alot of overhead will have to charge more. I know of a local bead store here (south Texas) that sells beads for around $1.00 apiece. I don't buy from this type of store, I would never be able to make a profit if I did.
Buying through catalogs and online you can get a whole strand of beads for just a few (US) dollars. Of course if you want a precious metal or Swarovski crystals they will run you much more. Even then you usually have to buy in bulk to get a decent price.

Lisa
276  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: School Craft Fair on: August 26, 2007 06:23:40 AM
I don't see any reason you can't have a wide variety of items. This may help you see what sells best for you, then you can decide if that is what you want to concentrate on.

Lisa
277  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: School Craft Fair on: August 25, 2007 07:32:32 AM
Hi Krystal,

I see no one has responded to you, so I will try. School craft fairs can be hit or miss. No one is going to want to spend alot of money so I would only sell things in the lower price ranges maybe $30.00 and under. I make jewelry and when I did a school craft show my biggest sellers were earrings in the $8.00 to $12.00 range. Can you knit? One of the teachers knitted nice scarves and they sold well. Whatever you do don't make it very labor intensive, you will never make enough money to cover your time. Maybe you can sew pillows in the school colors or with the school name on them. Don't know if I'm much help, but good luck with the show!

Lisa
278  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: trouble personalizing dog tags on: July 10, 2007 04:59:57 AM
I have had this same problem. I bought the aluminum dogtags and tried stamping. I did not have much luck either. I put the tag on a steel bench block and used a heavy hammer. I did get letter impressions, but very faint. I'm thinking it has to do with the thickness of the metal. I also tried the same thing on some aluminum bracelet blanks that were 18 gauge and it didn't work well either. Most of the nice metal stampings I have seen seem to be on a thinner gauge of sterling silver which is a softer metal. Maybe someone else will have some ideas. Sorry I couldn't help.

Lisa
279  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: silver shining rag on: May 14, 2007 05:02:19 AM
No, do not wash the cloth. I assume you are talking about something like the 'sunshine cloth'. If you wash it you will be washing the polishing compound off. I have some that are quite black. They will still work, but of course you will notice that black will be all over your hands. After a while I just get tired of all the black rubbing off and replace it.

Lisa
280  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Try as i might , i cannot sell. on: April 29, 2007 01:04:27 PM
I understand your frustration. Yardsales do not seem to be a good venue for crafts. I tried selling some earrings that I had hanging around in my inventory last year at a garage sale. I dropped the price from $12.00 to $4.00 hoping this would get them moving, but I only sold one to a little boy for a Mother's Day gift.

Most people would just walk by my table and not even look at them. One man asked if I had any estate jewelry. I think garage sale people are looking for vintage in the jewelry department. Oh well, my teenage sons made a killing selling alot of old toys and my husband did too selling old tools.

Funny thing is I sold many of those earrings at the next craft fair I did at my regular price! Hang in there!
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