December 27, 2007
For my son I purchased a vintage tie that was made into a guitar strap from kacey's space .
December 10, 2007
I was thinking of making my Mother-In-Law a grandmother's bracelet for her birthday in January. Do I use all traditional stones or do I use modern? Or, perhaps, I use a combination to make it more visually appealing.
December 5, 2007
Even though my kids are older I thought I would show some great gift ideas for little ones from The Designing Swanky Moms. Just click on the link below the photo to see more from their shops.
Pink and green initial bagPolka Dot Market
December 2, 2007
December 1, 2007
Cozy Christmas Gift SetCozy Moments
November 29, 2007
Even though I make jewelry I still find pieces that I really admire. Here are a few of them. They are all from Designing Swanky Moms. Just click on the name under the photo to be brought to that seller's shop to see more of their work.
A funky leather cuff
Beautiful Swarovski crystal earrings
November 26, 2007
Business Card Holders
And a very bold Disco Dots Wallet
November 5, 2007
I take most of my pictures with my light box on one of two windowsills in my house at the same time of day when it is bright outside. I either take the pictures in our family room or in the kitchen.
Day One - I set up my light box and picture frame and hung the earrings. Then I go about my business while waiting for the earrings to stop swaying so I can get a nice clear picture. Here is where things get complicated. Here in Northern NJ it is starting to get cold out, which means that the heat comes on. We have forced hot air heat with a blower located, you guessed it, right under the window. So now I have to wait for the earring to stop swaying all over again and quickly get the pictures done.
I finally have my photos all done and ready to list in the next few days in my shop.
There has to be an easier way, but I haven’t found it yet – any and all suggestions are welcome
October 31, 2007
Here are some that I made and have for sale in my Etsy shop.
Just click on the photo if you would like a better look.
October 25, 2007
October 20, 2007
What makes this bracelet unique is its creation. Although it appears to be made from different colored beads, it is made from clear hexagonal shaped seed beads. The rainbow effect is created by using rainbow thread. As you crochet, the thread color changes giving the finished bracelet a rainbow appearance. This was the first time I used this thread and it certainly won't be the last.
October 15, 2007
A Treasury sometimes hard to come by. The Treasury must drop below 222 and you have to be on the Treasury list page and ready when one becomes available. I learned through the forums that while you are waiting for a Treasury you DO NOT REFRESH your page. You just have to sit and wait for that elusive box to show up. When the box shows up on the bottom of the page you click in it and it saves your spot. Then you go about naming and creating your Treasury.
Sunday as I was on the Treasury list page I noticed that a lot were expired and they would become available soon. I figured, it's worth a try. I never tried before because I thought there was some special trick to getting one. But, I sat and waited and sure enough the box signaling that a Treasury was available showed up. Talk about exciting! Right as I clicked I noticed the time and had to go pick up my boys from Sunday school so my Treasury didn't get up and going for about an hour.
The title of my Treasury is Are You Swanky? and it features items from an Etsy group I belong to called Designing Swanky Moms. I wanted a uniform look so I tried to have all the items I chose in the yellow family or containing some yellow. Below is a screenshot of my creation.
October 13, 2007
This is what I was waiting to photograph.
October 9, 2007
tutorial .It's animated, very clear and easy to follow. She also has a great book with many great ideas for anyone interested in bead crochet. It is called Bead Crochet Designs .
Another great source for tips is Beadwrangler's Site. Lots of great tips on bead crochet and crochet in general.
Last, but not least, I gathered a great deal of information on the forum at Beadwork at About.com.
October 6, 2007
I then saw the coil apart using my trusty jeweler's saw - which has a blade as thin as a hair. It is very important to keep the blade lubricated so that it doesn't break. I use beeswax for this.
October 5, 2007
October 2, 2007
A lot of artists use liver of sulphur to add patina, but I don't have a source close by and I really didn't want the odor and fumes in my house. I don't have a separate shop with a ventilation system so I looked into alternative methods. After much research and discussion on various forums I decided to give the egg method a try.
Hard boil and egg and while it is still warm, cut it in a couple of pieces and put it in an airtight container with your item. I have read people stating to not let the egg touch the item, but my egg and item always get jumbled together and I never found it to be a problem. In fact, when I was using the egg method on this bracelet I squished the egg and mashed it into the bracelet. This bracelet has a very tight weave and just leaving it sitting with the egg wasn't working very well. I use a ziploc bag to do this so I can keep moving and turning the item to get good coverage.
Having never used liver of sulphur, I can't be sure, but I believe that this method takes quite a bit longer. In fact, most of my pieces get left in the egg overnight.
All the copper in my Etsy shop, so far, has been left shiny. I do indicate in the descriptions that it will darken on its own over time, but maybe it would sell better if I added the patina. What do you think? Any opinions on copper bright verus darkened?