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41  French Beaded Gold Rose in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: January 03, 2009 05:05:07 PM
I'm really excited about this piece for two reasons: 1) It's gorgeous. I used size 13 charlotte cut gold beads and applied some great tips I got from a french beading master and it turned out really well. 2) I just made my first light box and I'm excited to show off some photos taken with it!  Comments/Criticism/Any Feedback appreciated!!!

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42  Photos for Website/ Online Shops (aka I made a light box!) in Get Product and Website Opinions by beadedbyamy on: January 03, 2009 04:49:46 PM
When you make stuff out of tiny glass beads, you realize pretty quickly that it's not easy to get good photographs. I've been trying different stuff for months with only mediocre results (and not enough money for professional equipment). So I finally made a light box using this tutorial:http://www.studiolighting.net/homemade-light-box-for-product-photography/ . I used soft white florescent bulbs in 4 shop lights arranged a little differently from the ones in the tutorial.

So my question is, how is the quality of these photos? Is it professional enough to post on etsy or on a personal website, or does it still look amateur? Any feedback is appreciated!

Here's a few of my test shots. They have not been modified in any way except for cropping and retouching out the seam from the back of the box.

Thanks so much!
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43  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by beadedbyamy on: December 14, 2008 08:03:48 AM
I just finished my first show. It went horribly and I sold next to nothing, but it was still an interesting experience and I think I did a nice job with my table. I create french beaded flowers and wire/bead bonsai trees. I think my stuff was just too nice (too pricey) for this show. Here's my table:

Middle, with my hand-stamped sign and a beautiful commissioned wedding bouquet as a not-for sale display:

Left side:

Right side:

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44  Re: I need new ideas!--please post your homemade Christmas ornaments in Winter Holidays by beadedbyamy on: December 14, 2008 07:53:53 AM

I got some iridescent ornaments (I kinda wish they'd been just clear now), poured some craft glue inside, used a thick paint brush to spread the glue evenly around the ornament and as far up as I could, then poured some seed beads in and kept rotating the ornament around until all the beads were stuck to glue. So easy, and really cute!
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45  Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: December 08, 2008 06:08:16 PM
There's some beautiful stuff here! My favorites are elwynceltic's house elf and mieljole's quill! Lovely!

Oh, and mieljole's package reminded me that I forgot to mention the awesome "acceptance letter from Hogwarts" and "list of necessary supplies" that was beautifully done (so professional, seriously) on parchment-like paper. Here's a horrible picture of them.

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46  Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: December 06, 2008 02:01:22 PM
I did NOT expect my package from tifftastic to arrive so quickly, but I got home from a HORRIBLE SCARY car drive in a snow shower, checked my mail, and ta-da! There's a package waiting for me at the office! Fortunately, the office was still open and I didn't have to wait until Monday! So without further ado...

First, an item I wanted sooo badly! A Gryffindor scarf! It's extra long and awesome.  

Then, I saw a cute little black box with HP sticker, which will be handy for holding craft stuff:

But wait! What's that inside? An ADORABLE potterpuff painting of Neville (who is practically my fictional twin) and Trevor!

Inside the box was something on my wist: 2 kitty scarves in Gryffindor colors! One of my kitties won't let me put hers on yet, but here's Tomaso, who doesn't seem to mind it at all!

And whoa! Check out this BEAUTIFUL sports tote style purse with a fabric that is sooo me! (How'd you do that, Tiff? It's perfect!) It has a little pheonix painted on the side (aren't her painting skills amazing???)

Other goodies: Some stickers, an address book, a photo book, and Orange Soda lip balm!

Thanks so much Tiff! I love everything had such a fun time doing this swap with you! I definitely got spoiled. Smiley
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47  Super Easy Holiday Wreath Alternative! (pics) in Winter Holidays by beadedbyamy on: December 06, 2008 06:28:19 AM
My boyfriend and I thought about getting a wreath, but didn't really like any that were already put together and I didn't feel like making a new one. Sooo I came up with an alternative.

We haven't done the rest of the decorating, so it looks a little plain. We bought a metal milk bucket thingy, 3 pine branches with berries already in them, some pretty red/silver ribbon, and 2 lbs. of rocks. I put the rocks in the bucket, used floral wire to attach the branches together, stuck the branches in the bucket, put some tissue paper in the top of the bucket to keep the branches at the right angle, and then tied the ribbon around the bucket (there's a little tape on the back to keep it from moving). Then I just played with the branches a bit to make sure they look pretty, and ta-da! A dramatic and pretty holiday display that we can have different branches in for different seasons if we want. No nails in our rented walls, no ladder to put the wreath up, no wreaths accidently falling. Smiley
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48  French Beaded Slytherin Rose *pic heavy* in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: November 30, 2008 09:03:59 PM
I made this for the Harry Potter swap that's going on right now. My partner is a big Snape/Slytherin fan, and since french flower beading is my specialty, I knew I had to make her some kind of flower, so this is what I came up with!

The rose is made from black and silver-lined green 11/0 czech seed beads. I put a peridot-colored swarovski crystal in the center and made silver baby's breath. The stems are covered with embroidery floss. The rose is life size.

The vase was quite a challenge. I wanted to make it look like the rose was sitting in a potion bottle with green potion (which is why the black rose has green edges). I used simulated water colored very slowly and carefully with gel food color. It took 3 vases and 2 bottles of the simulated water to get it right, but now I know the trick! I put tiny green glass pebbles in the bottle for extra weight and just because it looks cool. I love all the little bubbles. If you want to learn how I colored the simulated water, send me a message. I just don't feel like typing a big tutorial right now. Tongue

I put a little charm around the potion bottle. The T is for Tiffany (my partner) and the S is for Severus. Tongue

What do you think? Comments/Critiques welcome!
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49  Re: ~*Harry Potter Holiday*~ in The Swap Gallery by beadedbyamy on: November 30, 2008 08:00:28 AM
Yay! I'm glad you like everything!  I'm also really glad the rose got to you ok. I was scared that the glass would break or the simulated water I used would leak out or something. Tongue This is the "experiment" I talked about so much.

Here's some more pictures of the rose, so you can see how cool it is!

From the top:

The "potion bottle" with light shining through it and lots of little bubbles:

The whole thing:

The T <3 S charm on the vase:

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50  More French Beaded Zodiac Flowers in Beads: Completed Projects by beadedbyamy on: November 28, 2008 10:41:24 AM
I've been working on some more of my french beaded mini zodiac flowers. I forgot to measure each of them, but the pots are all about 2 inches, the same as the others in the series (pics in my other post). Here we go!

Leo: Sunflower (my sign!)

Scorpio: Cactus Flower (this one's cuter in real life, but I'm overall not delighted in it)

Sagitarius: Narcissus (similar to a daffodil)

Aquarius: Pink Hybiscus

What do you think? 5 more to go!
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