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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Postage Scales on: September 03, 2007 11:40:43 AM
Thanks for the help! I was actually going to go out to an office supply store today and check it out. Figured there might be labour day sales going on too Smiley
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some things I've Been Working On -- Picture Heavy!! on: September 03, 2007 11:14:55 AM
The long ones I'd put with a somewhat plain tunic or dress. Definitely would have to be a scoop neck. Or even just a plain tshirt. The others I can pretty much wear with anything.

Hmm... Maybe I should put together some full outfits and take pics.
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some things I've Been Working On -- Picture Heavy!! on: September 03, 2007 11:03:45 AM
Thanks everyone! It's nice to hear appreciation from other crafters. Most of my friends are guys and they don't notice jewelry or clothes at all.
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some things I've Been Working On -- Picture Heavy!! on: September 03, 2007 10:37:53 AM
Ok so I haven't been posting too much lately. Things have just been crazy with school and moving and work and everything else. SO, here's a little preview of what I've been working on this summer.

I've been working with these circles and making super classic, mod looking necklaces:


This is the one I wear almost on a daily basis now because it goes with everything (sorry only picture I had of it was from me out at a bar)



Thanks for looking!!


Another super simple one with cool filigrees and pink chain. I liked the brass and pink combo that day.



This is definitely one of my favourite ones. Shooting stars with a little crown. I made one similar to this but with music notes, sorry no pics of that one.




Fanciful sea creatures - this one's a pain to photograph but there are 5 layers, 3 sea turtles, a dolphin, a shell and a starfish.



I <3 Music Necklace:




This is the most recent necklace I made - I love it except the cameo is a faux thing and doesn't have the right weight to it in my opinion so I need to find something to replace it. But I love love love the birdcage, it's sterling silver and there's even a teensy tiny bird cutout inside. It's translucent and impossible to photograph but oh so cute.




The Ultimate Scene Kid Charm Bracelet. Kind've hard to see all the different charms but there are music notes, hearts, stars, skulls, bikes, etc.




I made a bunch of earrings like these with different crazy little wood dudes. These are just a couple different ones




15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Postage Scales on: August 29, 2007 11:37:16 AM
I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a good postal scale. I want to be able to give more accurate shipping quotes for different locations but I honestly have no idea how much my items weigh! I don't need one that does super big/heavy items because I'm mostly selling jewelry and knit accessories. I googled a couple different kinds but I was wondering if the lovely crafters on this board had any suggestions.

Thanks!

Karen
16  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Pricing help please! Too expensive?? on: July 24, 2007 09:30:35 PM
None of these are using sterling silver. I do have some other necklaces that are sterling and jade. I'll probably hvae to charge a bit more for those because of material cost. Thanks for the help though! I just didn't know if people would find it absurd to pay $30 for a necklace. Honestly I probably wouldn't but tha'ts because I'd just make it instead. Haha.

I'm in Thailand for the summer visiting my parents so I've been buying everything here. There's this market that sells only purse making supplies and they have tons of awesome charms. And of course Chinatown has the best stuff too.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Pricing help please! Too expensive?? on: July 16, 2007 10:02:15 AM
I've been into jewelry for awhile but I've never really made necklaces before. I was inspired by Anthropologie and some boutiques in London - they all charged a LOT of money so I figured I could make them myself. Now I'm wondering if my pricing is too high as well...












I've priced them all in the $30-$40 range. Most of my cost is in materials. Some of them take longer to make than others but even then not usually more than an hour on each one. Plus I'll work on it, put it down for awhile, change things, take it apart, etc. I looked around on Etsy for similar necklaces it really really varies. The ones at Anthro are easily over $100 but c'mon, it's Anthro and as much as I love them they're always kind've ridiculous with pricing. And theo ones I saw in London were all much closer to $100 too...

Any opinions??
Thanks
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Charm Necklaces, Mummy & Devil Earrings, Hat Earrings... PIC HEAVY on: July 14, 2007 10:29:51 PM
I've never seen the mummies and stuff at HotTopic. Granted I've been out of the country for 8 months... I'll have to check it out when I get back.

I get pretty much all my charms and things in Thailand. My parents live here so my Mom sends me nice little care packages all the time. Plus I'm here for the whole summer so I've been shopping up a storm. They have amazing jewelry supplies.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Charm Necklaces, Mummy & Devil Earrings, Hat Earrings... PIC HEAVY on: July 13, 2007 09:20:20 PM
Thanks everyone!

For the rings I bought the plain ring blanks. To make them I just cut the shank off the back, sanded it a bit and then glued it to the blank. Super easy, it's just all about having awesome buttons Smiley
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: About to Give Up on Etsy on: July 13, 2007 06:14:32 AM
Wow these thread had more replies than I thought. I've been busy travelling for awhile so alas, no craftster. However, I did decide NOT to give up on Etsy. I've actually been working on tons and tons of stuff the last couple of weeks and just started posting new stuff up this week Smiley I tried using my friend's light tent thingy but it didn't really work for me. So I took everything outside and tried that. Seems a bit better. I'm still working on the picture bit though. But thanks so much for all the replies and tips.

Btw, about the whole modeling a piece of jewelry. I have one necklace now that I've actually shown on myself and the rest I didn't... I feel like it has to be shown on a person though to get a real feeling for it. I know when I'm buying necklaces I like to try it on at the store so I figure it's about the same... I know people who even try on earrings before they buy them (not me, personally...) I fee like it's a really grey area. Maybe I should get a dummy or something. Hmm.
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