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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Portal earring, button earrings and smilie pendant on: June 01, 2011 07:06:05 AM
The Companion Cube earrings are adorable Cheesy
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pressed flower resin jewelry on: May 25, 2011 10:53:13 AM
Wow, those are all really lovely!

I do not need a new hobby.
I do not need a new hobby.
I do not need a new hobby.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: photoshop? on: May 18, 2011 07:09:12 AM
I haven't used this, but Aviary has a whole suite of online image editing software, all free, and all of it runs in your browser: you don't have to download anything. It does require that you have Flash installed in your browser.

The part that looks like it most resembles Photoshop is called Phoenix, but it looks like they have a really basic set of image editing tools built into their homepage, too.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Launched solo shop. Would love feedback. on: May 18, 2011 06:35:19 AM
I like the fact that it is a clean, simple, uncluttered design. I really like it a lot, actually; it's kind of rare to see good, uncluttered design.

One thing I don't like is the spacing between items, both the "Featured Items" trio and on the separate categories pages. The pictures look too close together and crowded. The spacing between categories below the Featured Items is much nicer. I don't know how much control you have over that, though, and if I weren't looking at your page with the intent of providing feedback, I don't think I would flee in horror or anything.

Having the About section as its own page, rather than incorporated into the main storefront, is not a problem. I'd rather see what items a shop has to offer up front, instead of the About information - as long as I can find the About/Profile/whatever linked to somewhere. (I also don't really care about customer testimonials; I almost never read them.)

On the whole, I think if you didn't touch it again it would be better than a lot of other shops.

(Also, the pictures of the sugar scrub cubes are making my mouth water.)
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need help with keywords, descriptive terms on: May 18, 2011 06:23:38 AM
Thanks! This is all really helpful.


Heh, I actually found some cool stuff Etsy-searching torc and torque Tongue

You could also call it a pectoral or a gorget, but now we're getting really obscure.

I find myself partial to "gorget," for no particular reason Smiley And I did not realize until now that torcs could be complete circles, and not C-shaped!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Need help with keywords, descriptive terms on: May 16, 2011 01:18:41 PM
Howdy, Craftsters -

So I make wire jewelry, and I struggle a bit with describing it, both in terms of technique (because mostly it is not wire wrapping; is it sculptural? I don't know) and, well, style, for lack of a better term (goth, steampunk, retro, fantasy, Victorian, I don't think it's any of those, but I don't even know all the options to be honest).

When I come to listing items on Etsy, I am all set for keywords in terms of color, materials, necklace or earrings, and shapes used, but I've sometimes found myself struggling to use all 14 keywords like a proper Etsy seller.

I suppose it's a failure of imagination on some level, but I don't know what search terms people might use if they knew they were looking for things like this:

Brass Collar:

Obvious words: brass, wire, tooth, fang, necklace, collar, spikes. Then comes the flailing. (If it were adjustable, then I could use that word, too, but it's not, or at least this particular one is not, so I can't.)

Necklace using a similar tooth/fang concept:

Here's how it looks on a real live, or at least mostly live, person (piece wasn't quite finished):

I did have the guy selling me apples at the farmers market call that one "groovy," but I'd be shocked if that was a useful search-term in general Wink

Leaf design:

I've gotten pretty obsessed with the tooth and leaf shapes, and I'm using them a lot, so I would like to have a better handle on how to describe them. (There are also simple spirals, but those I have a better handle on, keyword/description-wise.)

Suggestions are most welcome!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: necklace and ring from men's necktie on: May 12, 2011 02:11:56 PM
The ring is totally adorable Cheesy
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Deathwing from World of Warcraft on: May 12, 2011 06:47:11 AM
OMG. That is adorable! And amazing work. The detail on the head is awesome!

(I found this via the Craftster Twitter feed and passed it on to some WoW players I know.)

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: problems with finishing projects? on: May 11, 2011 07:44:27 AM
Sometimes it just takes repeated attempts to get things to come out "right."

Sometimes it turns out that particular type of project is just not your thing.

If you don't enjoy the process -or- the results, then I say find something where you get satisfaction at least from the process.

Is it just you who thinks they are failures? It's easy to see every flaw in something you made, but believe me, someone who only sees the final result just sees an awesome completed Thing. It's hard to judge a project when you know what you had in mind at the beginning, and you can clearly see how it doesn't match up, because you were there every step of the way.

Another thing to keep in mind is that, even if you finish a project, but you still think it's awful, it doesn't mean it is a failure. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are learning things just from doing them. Someone pointed out that "failed" or incomplete projects are like nurse logs; they may look dead, but they are food for the future. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nurse_log

I've got a BIG pile of experiments and prototypes and things that looked GREAT on paper but terrible in reality. Or at least terrible to my eyes; other people like them, go figure. I look at them less as failures than as a learning experience Smiley "Well, /that/ didn't work, time to try something else."
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize ideas? on: May 11, 2011 07:36:16 AM
My primary system is one particular blank book that I can easily carry around to sketch ideas in. Great for sketching, bad for organization in the sense of searching/filtering for specific info. At least it isn't very thick Cheesy

However, some of my designs need more area to draft out, so I have a lot of trace paper sketches, too. These I try to keep together (emphasis on "try"); right now I have some things that made out of metal cable and alligator clips (they're meant to hang photos from) that I use to store my trace paper drawings. I group similar drawings together. Of course, they very often end up on my desk, or the kitchen counter, or the sofa, or a random box that was conveniently nearby when I had to clear off a space . . .

I use Springpad for storing bookmarks and notes about blogs and websites of interest, especially for specific materials. (I prefer this over Evernote, which I have used a little bit.)

I just started using Pinterest, which when I signed up (very recently) would let you use either FB (boo!) or Twitter ( . . . sigh). At least it is easy to set up a Twitter account, and never use it, without giving up the kind of info that FB requires.
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