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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Necesary permits and/or licenses for craft fairs & bazaars on: September 22, 2013 10:35:06 AM
Hi All

I know the question will vary with location and state.... but wanted to see what others are experiencing and seeing.  I'm here in Northern CA.  Have been looking at upcoming craft fairs and holiday bazaars.  almost all of them so far seem to state you have to have at least a seller's permit.  Although I'm trying to find out if you can get say a temporary one without getting an actual business license.  Something just for just the holiday season.  Some also seem to have local permits required, even a simple peddlers permit to do business for the event.  I've seen a couple that also require you to have liability insurance (up to $1million)

At least to me it gets confusing what permits and/or licenses you need, plus of course whether or not you have to charge taxes on the products sold (just seems a little odd at times charging tax on bazaar items but if its required)...

I'm also noticing that over half of the craft fairs are juried, which I guess thats ok, but I'm not interested in juried fairs at the moment

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / finishing techniques for beading looms on: September 14, 2013 12:17:12 PM
Hi All

Have been looking around online in posts and videos of some basic type finishing techniques for items made on the beading looms.  I dont really want to add any clasps in most cases.  Instead making a "flat" beaded item, such as a bookmark or other piece that can be added to say a keychain or maybe adding a jumpring and a couple additional beads with a charm to connect

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / choosing a beading loom on: September 14, 2013 12:13:41 PM
Hi All

Am looking into getting a beading loom but could use some opinions on which ones are preferred/like and why (or why not).  I've seen them range in price from basic at $5 to 6, a semi basic similar one for about $10-12 and the Rick's Beading Loom for at least $50

Am interesting in mainly making bracelets and bookmarks, and similar items.  I like the idea of having only 2 warp threads to deal with at the end... can you use the selvage ending technique on the Rick's beading loom? But do the less expensive ones work just as well even though you have to deal with multiple left over threads.

Any input on beading looms is appreciated
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Beading Newbie on: September 10, 2013 02:18:15 PM
Hi All

I've been doing basic crafts off and on and am wanting to add beading to the mix.  I decided to use the holidays as a good time to practice and make crafts for at least some of the relatives.  Mainly beaded/charm bracelets.  Also considering getting a beading loom, although may start out with a more inexpensive one before getting a better one.

Noticing though, at least to me, once you decide on a project you want to make, how do you determine what size wire and bead size is best whether it be for say a beading loom, or a beaded bracelet or necklace?

the beading loom projects I'm currently considering will vary some in size.  but could be from 6-10 rows in height.  I saw one pattern I like that said 11 rows high but that seems like a lot to me and almost too wide for a bracelet

thanks, Suzanne
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: candle making question on: June 08, 2013 07:37:20 PM
I'm making 4 votives at a time.  could almost do 8, but the saucepan I'm using barely holds enough for 4.  I'm getting better with the wick standing straight.  with the votives, the instructions says to wait at least 5min after pour then put the tabbed wick in.  but am noticing it can take even longer when I have to do a 2nd small pour for a touch up.  usually after the votive starts to cool, it causes a dip around the wick out to the outer edge, so I'm suppose to put a little extra at about 30minutes,  but in order to do that it means keeping a little extra left over and kept slightly warm and I cant start the next batch unless I have a 2nd set up


ps, this is my first time trying this but they look okay, a few bubbles here and there I noticed especially if I put them in the fridge even for 5 min for a final cool before taking them out. (although then they come right out)
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / candle making question on: June 08, 2013 05:42:00 PM
HI All

I made votive candles for the first time today.  It took a good portion of the day to do 16 candles (one 2lb block of wax), is that normal.  I use the double boiler method (one saucepan inside another), probably melting almost half a lb per saucepan at a time.  used a knife to shave the wax, seemed to go faster.  but is it normal to take that long to make that many

for gel candles, I noticed the melting takes longer and you almost need 3 hands, one on the saucepan, one to stir and one for adding items or something.  it has a tendency to thicken and solidify extremely quickly, almost too quickly, not sure if anyone else has seen this.

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