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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bzzzz - Queen Bee! And other buggy goodness on: May 15, 2008 08:04:45 PM
I just learned how to make beaded beads using "zipped" peyote stitch, tubular peyote stitch, and circular peyote stitch. This opens up all sorts of possibilities for my Bead Bugs!
First, a Queen Bee:

And a Butterfly (peyote stitch mandalas in 2 sizes make the wings):

And of course butterflies all start out as Caterpillars:

Close up of Caterpillar showing his feet (caterpillars have six true legs and as many as ten little grippy bits that are not technically legs - your trivia for the day!)

I had a teacher fall in love with the caterpillar and buy him right away. I gave him a split ring loop so he could be a pendant. The other two have brooch findings sewn to the back. (The caterpillar really didn't work as a brooch; he fell over a lot).

Lots of work, but I love these guys!
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part THREE!) on: May 15, 2008 04:46:39 PM
Anyway, you have my complete sympathies. Last time I did "historically accurate" costumes, the person who asked me to make it refused to give me any  measurements to work with, saying only, "just make the largest size."  Roll Eyes  

Oh, dear Lord, either there's mor than one, or my mother has attempted to make something for that person too.

Then there's the guy who ordered pants, but failed to mention he was going into cancer treatment. He's fine, but the pants will now fit three of him...

There's a reason I make jewellery, not clothes!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part THREE!) on: May 15, 2008 08:02:32 AM
... you saw a pack of 12 different coloured sharpies on sale at the supermarket (4) and just had to have them, you'll figure out why later

What is it about sharpies that makes them impossible to resist?  My boyfriend put a three-pack with a mini one in my hand in the store once and I couldnt put it down!  So of course I had to purchase them.... Cheesy

Little known fact: Sharpie fumes = crack Cheesy

That's my theory anyway, although it doesn't explain the corresponding obsession with multi-packs of gel pens...

(I am no longer allowed in Staples unsupervised - or, for that matter, any store that sells anything remotely related to crafting. And that includes Home Depot! :p)

Edited to add, mini pens - mini ANYTHING - are doubly impossible to resist. My boyfriend laughs at me every single time we go to a certain restaurant, because I HAVE to order the mini cheeseburgers, every single time.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beading magazines complaint on: May 15, 2008 07:46:30 AM
A lot of the ads have promotion codes to use on the websites, so I find that pretty handy. I suppose you could just copy down the codes in the library or something. I like having the print copies, though - I retain things better that I read in printed format than I do onscreen, and I also tend to come back to magazines and patterns over and over.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blogs on: May 15, 2008 07:43:16 AM
There are some good ideas in the Crafty Business Advice forum. You can get a critique of your website, product, marketing strategies, etc. Sometimes it takes a few days to get a reply but it is usually helpful.

I am in the process of changing my own website to a blog format to see if that improves my sales - the people I sell to often come back, and it seems important to have a personalized page that allows a relationship of sorts to develop. That was the feedback I was getting from my mailing list subscribers!

I used WordPress software (free download) for my blog, hosted on my own webspace, but they have free hosting as well (www.wordpress.org). Some blogging sites may have restrictions on business/sales use, so check terms of service carefully.
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: You know you're a craftster when... (part THREE!) on: May 14, 2008 11:17:52 PM
You go to the eye dr. And find out that you are the most near-sighted patient he has ever had.So he writes out new prescription for glasses.Can't wait to get them Sat. then I can see what the heck I'm doing as far as crafts. Grin.

Hee. I was cranky about being given "reading" glasses. Then I discovered how much easier they made my BEADING. It's all about the priorities...
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: *My Swarovski Crystal collection* (Beware of sparkle :) on: May 14, 2008 09:14:47 PM
I really like the 3rd pair of earrings. And I love what you did with the red crsytals and the wire! Very professionally done Smiley
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Photographing jewelry with silver parts on: May 14, 2008 08:53:02 PM
Light tent is definitely the way to go - I used a square, frosted glass lampshade from Ikea! I have also seen people use plastic milk jugs. The isdea is to diffuse the light so it does not refect and cause glare.

Turn your flash off, and use the Macro setting on your camera, if you aren't already.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Another Tree of Life - kind of different :) on: May 14, 2008 08:47:01 PM
This is my take on the "tree of life" concept... it's related to the baby blanket I knit this spring, I think. The pendant is quite large, so I made the chain on the short side so that the tree would sit just below the collarbone. I'm really pleased with it, especially how the floral/leaf chain elements turned out Smiley

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beads in bulk? on: May 12, 2008 11:22:31 AM
I have been having trouble finding size 8 seed beads locally; for some reason a bunch of the shops started to go straight from 11s to 6s, and the 6s are too big for my designs. They look clunky! I had not looked at FireMountain's seed bead section before but WOW. I just ordered a bunch of 1/4 pound packages of seed and bugle beads (I go through A LOT of certain colours), for the same price as I normally pay for a little 40 gram vial at the bead store. TEN TIMES as many beads... these are the economy grade seed beads, of course, but at least one of the local bead shops is selling exactly the same ones.
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