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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hi all! first jewelry post! on: May 23, 2009 12:56:56 AM
I love the variety of colours and bead sizes, I think it adds a lot of interest to your necklaces!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Lots of FOs- Earrings, necklace, and bracelet on: May 20, 2009 03:58:27 AM
I am loving those earrings! My favourite are the strawberries.

I was looking at the ice cream cones and thinking you could do a sundae in a glass with a bright red bead as a cherry on top! That would be super cute.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: What Am I Doing Wrong? on: May 20, 2009 03:10:24 AM
1. A bit more variety in the photos. All the photos seem to be taken from the same angle. Maybe a close-up of the clasp, or some of the components for one of the photos.

2. Make sure your images are sharp and clear. Try to hold the camera steady, or rest it against something to steady it.

3. Are the clasps stainless steel, nickel, sterling silver, silver plated, et cetera. That would be good information to have. You did this on the first necklace, but not the bracelet.

4. I am wondering why the bracelet with multiple charms is only 50 cents more than a necklace with a single charm. It seems like if more work went into that piece, the price difference would be larger!

5. More items! You really don't have that much listed, and listing a few things every day helps with views for your shop.

6. Filling out your profile will help people connect with you, and could lead to more sales. Right now it is blank.

7. Shop policies! You have no information on shipping, returns, et cetera.

8. This may be a personal thing but the title part that says "uNiQuE KiTsCh" is kind of a turn off for me, with the random capitalization. It might be more professional to not do that, but it is completely up to you.

I hope this doesn't come across as me being Negative Nancy, because I think your charms are really cute! You also just have to get out there and network. Post here, post on the Etsy forums, blog about your jewelry, et cetera.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: hearting items on etsy on: May 19, 2009 02:42:04 AM
I heart stuff as gift ideas for occasions coming up. I heart stuff that I may buy later. It's exactly like the real world, I will think about something for a bit before I actually purchase it, especially if it is expensive. I heart it so I don't forget! I have hearted stuff I know I wont buy, but I am considering a custom request of something similar.

Sometimes I just can't order stuff right at this moment. I am currently in Iraq, but I have hearted several things I will look into buying when I get home. Sometimes I heart the seller, but if it is just one or two items I am interested in, I will heart the item for later reference-- if they are sold I will email and see if they have some more in stock, or whatever.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Chain Maille- I'm extremely confused. on: May 18, 2009 12:10:33 AM
The rings are Jump Rings and you can get them at www.firemountaingems.com, or you can make your own! However, you might just want to buy them if you want an inexpensive metal and are just going to be making a couple of things.

I've never done chain maille, but the simple stuff doesn't look like it would be too hard. Your best bet is to find a tutorial/free pattern, there may even be some on here-- I know I've seen several people post great chain maille things on the finished jewelry board.

I did a quick google search and found this page:

I also found this page which has tons of resources like different places to buy jump rings, books, websites, et cetera:
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: lots of bracelets!! on: May 18, 2009 12:00:24 AM
I really like the second one a lot, with the large red beads and the silver rings! It's definitely my favourite although I do like them all. I like the beads you chose for them.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Marketing a crafty business that doesn't "make" anything on: May 13, 2009 05:40:35 AM
You could also try marketing classes. Find someone with a skill, set up some sort of contract where they teach.

One-time only classes.


Classes that run for several weeks, and offer FREE use of the space on off days to class participants.

So, say a person signs up for a quilting class that is once a week on fridays, for four weeks, and they can come in say, wednesdays and use the space for free (or whatever) in addition to being able to use the space on Friday. Or maybe the class starts at 6 PM, but all day Friday they can use it for free so they can come in early and/or stay late.

I think classes would be a good way to get people in who then would be interested in utilizing the space beyond the scope of the class.

Also, Craigslist.

Another idea: Guest speakers/workshops. Is there a local fabric store that would sponsor a day where they show how to sew a simple bag? You could work out a deal with them, because it would be advertisement for their business, and they could brings products such as fabric for people to use. This would probably cost less for you, than say the above idea where you would hire a local artisan to teach a craft.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Two questions - wire hammering and how to clean cogs on: May 13, 2009 01:00:16 AM
I don't have an answer to this question, but I hope someone else does as I have the same one!

I have read about what you need to get started silversmithing, and it is a LOT of supplies, and can be rather expensive.

I want to the basics that you'd need JUST to hammer wire, and maybe a supplier someone is familiar with.

Actually I can answer some of your questions, because I have also seen hammered copper. I think steel would be way too hard, though.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Laser Cut Plastic Charms? on: May 07, 2009 04:48:48 AM
I know Ponoko.com does laser cutting services, and I know a few sellers who use them to make pendants and rings and stuff like that.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Amelia Earhart Cashmere on: May 06, 2009 04:05:50 AM
Oh, I would totally join a KAL! I only have access to worsted weight yarn and size 6 and 8 needles at the moment, so what do you know? A pattern I can actually knit.

Your hat looks awesome by the way.
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