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1  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!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Desperately seeking little top-drilled glass ovals on: April 22, 2011 07:05:31 AM
Help me, Craftsters, you are my only hope.

I have spent hours searching the Internets, including many, many bead sellers, looking for some little green glass oval beads (about 9 mm long by 5-6 mm wide), to no avail.

I made some earcuffs with them (the picture there shows the front and back of the beads), and a matching necklace, and some other things, and now I am almost out. WOE.

Over a year ago, I bought a package of them at a local craft store. I believe now that they were not only the last in stock at the time, but the last they ever planned to have in stock.

I have not seen them there since. Or in any of the other local bead stores I have looked. And I need more!

I do not know what this style of bead is even called! They look like lentil beads, except they are oval-shaped. I have hardly seen any beads like it, anyway, and forget about finding green ones.

I am in despair.

Anyway, any pointers y'all have would be grand.

What name might these lovely things go by? I have looked for "Czech glass ovals" and "oval lentil beads" and all kinds of variations like that. I checked Etsy suppliers and several online stores with loads and loads of Czech glass, and turned up nothing.

Is it possible that no one, anywhere, makes anything like this any more? (How could that be???)

I hold out hope that someone, somewhere, knows the secrets to finding them. Because I could use them in colors other than green, too.

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Finally getting over my forumphobia on: April 20, 2011 12:56:43 PM
I've been lurking here occasionally for, um, well, a while. I don't quite get forums. But I am trying to move past that! And actually comment and post!

I've been focusing recently on on making jewelry by bending wire and adding beads and random objects, but I've been making stuff with things for over 30 years, and I like to try a little of everything.

I used to crochet a lot; I made many many crocheted CD coasters. And even a real doily. Though it never lay quite flat . . . And knitting! I learned to knit. Briefly. I've thought about relearning it. Also briefly. I've also done woodworking and uncategorizeable things with paper and fabric and glue and so on; costuming this way is fun.

But I've found that I have a bit of a bead addition. Hence the jewelry. And it turns out that bent wire can be made into things like ear cuffs! And little fish silhouettes to stick in your garden among the daffodils!

But enough about me; I have a lot of reading here to catch up on.
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