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31  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / jewelry toting bag or something like this on: July 24, 2009 07:33:20 AM
hi,  I am not sure which category to put this question.  I think it might go here or purses, etc or sewing, in general.

Has anyone made a jewelry carrying/display type bag or ??.  I just don't know what to call this "thing."  the purpose would be to carry a variety of jewelry for selling purposes or something like, show and tell.

One of my bead store staff told me an idea, but I need to "see" it.  I'm thinking of something like a large placemat with some sort of pockets to hold necklaces with a snap or maybe a velcro loop, at the top.  Does anyone "see" this image or know where to locate one?

What is this thing called?  thanks.
32  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / t shirt quilt on: July 23, 2009 11:34:55 AM
hi,  I can't locate any info on craftster about t shirt quilts where the design of the shirt is used.  I'm certain that I've read postings before, but my search came up with zero.  Any ideas? 

33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / selling items made from a book on: July 15, 2009 07:36:32 AM
hi,  I've read several thoughts on selling items, based on jewelry books.  What do you think?  One thought is if it's been published, it's fair game for selling.  I've thought this also with the idea that I paid for the right to use the book.

One of my books has a note, for personal use only and not to be sold, without permission.  Well, permission must be hard to come by.  I looked and looked for the author's contact info.  I sent an email to an address that might get to the author.  Hopefully, this will work.

How does the permission thing work if the item is not exactly like the one in the book?

Thanks for any comments. 
34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / where can I buy river mother of pearl on: July 10, 2009 07:44:14 AM
hi,  Does anyone know where to purchase Tennessee River fresh water mother of pearl beads?  I recently bought a beautiful necklace with mother of pearl beads made from TN River shells.  I would really like to locate a source for buying these beads. 

The TN River pearls are also beautiful, but not plentiful.  The pearls are also cultured.  My husband found pearls in the river about 25 - 30 years ago by toe-digging.  He had a pin made for me with these pearls.  The natural pearls are not regular, but I just adore the natural ones.

Toe-digging is where one just walks in the water and digs with their toes, looking for shells.  Professionals dive for the pearls.  I don't know the sizes, but the shells have to be a certain size before one can legally open it, looking for pearls.

35  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / wire website on: June 25, 2009 12:09:06 PM
hi,  Is there such a thing as a Parr company who sells wire?  Any websites?  I've looked and looked without success. thanks.
36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / dried flower beads on: June 23, 2009 10:36:33 AM
Yesterday, I saw a beautiful bracelet made which included beads made from polymer clay and dried flowers from the owner's grandmother's funeral.  The bracelet was overwhelmingly beautiful with bead caps and little sparkly beads with tremendous emotion.

Has anyone used this technique or know where to learn more?  I tried to print a tut and nothing came out.  thanks.
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / copper color wire on: June 02, 2009 06:45:02 PM
hi,  I wore a bracelet (made by someone else) yesterday made out of colored copper wire.  The bracelet about drove me nuts on either wrist.  I didn't break out, but I just felt weird and like I was getting sick.  Has anyone had a reaction to copper?  thanks.
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / preston's master home wire kit on: May 25, 2009 02:20:12 PM
hi,  has anyone purchased the preston's master home wire jewelry kit or the smaller package?  This is a home business jewelry training kit.  If anyone has purchased this, what do you think?  this is listed on the wire sculpture website.

39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / question about jewelry terms and types of jewelry on: May 18, 2009 12:20:11 PM
hi,  I've been trying to figure out the types/styles of jewelry.  Some info is straightforward, but other info is open to lots of interpretation.

What is .... bridge jewelry - in between jewelry, uses semi-precious stones
                costume jewelry - plastic, not semi-precious stones (can be really pretty and expensive)
                fine jewelry    - diamonds, sterling, gold, sapphire, rubies

These seems to be basic definitions.  Is this correct?

I understand these terms, but the one that confuses me is artisan jewelry.  At first, I thought artisan meant hand-crafted, but apparently that is not true.  I read somewhere that artisan jewelry might be manufactured.

Someone told me that artisan jewelry is a broad term, but some would not consider pieces to be artisan, unless some of the beads or some aspect of the piece is handcrafted.  For example, the beads themselves are handcrafted or wire-wrapped, perhaps.

Any ideas?  What does it mean to be an artisan or what is artisan jewelry?

In the long run, does it matter what your jewelry is called?  The main thing is to enjoy the beauty and celebrate creativity.  I think all jewelry actually fits this definition.  I would like to know my jewelry type.  I know it's not fine jewelry.  I think what I mostly create is bridge jewelry.

40  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / jewelry idea needed on: May 14, 2009 11:16:45 AM
hi,  One of my customers has requested an idea for jewelry that would be related to the movie, ya ya sisters.  Any ideas??  thanks.
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