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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: New Chainmaille website - opinions please! on: September 05, 2011 12:55:09 PM
I'd say customize your header and profile images ~ your prices are awesome! the 'dream catchers' are my favorite
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Deer Pins on: September 05, 2011 12:42:49 PM
aww these are super cute!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hummingbird spoon necklace on: September 05, 2011 12:41:29 PM
this is cool! kinda reminds me of the Profane Existence logo
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ninety nine beers on necklace. on: September 05, 2011 12:40:48 PM
im also curious about how you cut and flattened such perfect circles? are they backed with anything?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: I've never made my own jewelry but... on: August 09, 2011 04:22:32 PM
My first thought was safety pins, if you found the right beads to string on the pin part to camouflage the pins and the right beads to string between the pins all the shiny metal would blend together.

I mean the only tricky part of this design is the verticle beads with a perpendicular holes running through them on either end. which is where the pins would world. Maybe someone with a more traditional beading background has the technical name for that specific kind of bead though? I dunno.

But I think any soft metal bead (or pipe from the hardware store, cut into beads) can probably be easily drilled through to fit on double strands like that. If you are going to drill through beads though, see if its the kinda thing that is two halves stuck together, like you know a metal/plastic barrel bead with a seam up the side.. don't drill through the seam or the bead will just pop in half at the seam

You can probably fabricate the little triangles that connect the necklace and chains with a saw and some thin metal.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bleached Crop Top on: July 28, 2011 06:47:35 PM

my room mate is a total crop top entusiast although id never wear one the world needs more croppy toppys
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's a good background for jewelry/product photography? on: July 28, 2011 02:38:09 PM
YESSSS scanning is AWESOME for jewelry. I suppose that seems counter-intuitive. It gives a slightly scientific/specimine look... Its a great way to avoid pidgeonhole-ing your aesthetic with a more thematic background. But it also depends on your scanner, I guess. Im lucky my school has awesome scanners, so they capture a lot of detail: http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.208553769.jpg http://homemade-speed.com/necklace/rib2big.jpg my parents have one that is not as great, but still does the job. The lack of specific context means that scans are great for a more professional portfolio as well as a stylized online fashion shop thing, which is good to have.

your stuff would also look killer photographed with some crystals/geode type objects.

those necklaces with the skulls and chain hair/veil are to die for
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need instructions for skull necklace on: July 28, 2011 02:27:43 PM
I was reading some interview with some jewelry designer in australia or something, she noted her top seller was this necklace that was like a standard strand of pearls except with one randomly placed (not centered) skull bead slightly bigger than the individual pearls... that seems wedding-y, lol.

You can buy small rat/mouse skulls by the dozen on ebay (im assuming these come from owl pellets, which is great because that's atleast somewhat cruelty free ~ buying skulls or jaws of anything bigger than a mouse is probably from hunting or the fur industry, right? im going to assume you don't want to dig through wads of owl barf yourself) Those would be pretty sick all strung together.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beaded Macrame Cuff on: July 28, 2011 02:21:50 PM
Yes that tutorial is on point! Macrame rules because you can do sooo much with so little
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need help with keywords, descriptive terms on: July 28, 2011 02:04:48 PM
someone suggested tribal, idk tribal is a term im trying to phase out of my vocabulary when talking about something as appropriative as fashion, you know? But people totally search for it as a keyword. And ultimately I think on etsy that's what its all about, what words are people actually going to search for, what are they looking for, and how wide of a stylistic net are you willing to cast, LOL. I dont know anyone who would be looking for a 'pectoral' or a 'gorget' but that's probably my vocabulary lacking.

I don't think there's anything wrong at all labeling something like this as: punk, goth, cyber punk, cyber goth, steampunk, industrial etc. Because those are things people are for sure going to search and this definitely fits into those aesthetics. Atleast the first two do, the leaf one is kinda looks aimed at a classier/less subcultural sort of thing?? I dunno.

Id definitely put in 'men' and/or 'unisex' as keywords.... sculptural, futuristic, alien

for the first ones that look really tooth/skeletal definately throw in words like skeleton, zombie, bone, tooth, etc ~ There's enough generic bone jewelry on etsy that something more elegant and abstract will stand out in those search results. I'd say 'abstract' is a pretty good keyword too. Pretty much every treasury I've ever been put in has something to do with skeletons,bones, teeth, etc. ~ So id imagine those are useful keywords.
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