Linky Love Wednesday

Happy update day! The other day I came across this new (to me) site with all sorts of articles on selling your work online, marketing, business tips, pricing, and even crafty tutorials. Handemadeology – The Science of Handmade While the site is very etsy-centric, the information, tips and tutorials are worth reading even if you do not sell online. A few examples of articles I’ve been reading: A guide to surviving regretsy – Should you ever find your self there. It’s not necessarily time to pack it in! Lori Bergman wrote a little tutorial on how to make lampwork beads …

Back to School

Yes folks, It’s almost that time again. Once we get the wee (or not so wee) ones settled back in school and regular activities – it’s time to start thinking about our continued learning. For most of you reading this blog it’s all about the bling, and of course how we can improve our bling. Classes, books, magazines, websites – no matter what our time constraints are, or our ability to travel, there are a ton of resources available to us. Personally, this year will be the first time (in a number of years) that I will have both children …

Easiest Ring in the World – Again

I love this ring – sorry – but I just love it. First time I made this, it came about because I just dropped the stone into the bezel and it fitted perfectly and wouldn’t come out. Well – that was easy! Stephanie Dixon loved the idea too – but she made hers with a little Apoxie clay to hold it in place – which also elevates the stone a little – which looks nice too. After last week’s ring project, I had some clay left over, so I put a small ball in a square bezel ring, and put …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Easy Leaf Earing Idea

Last week when I was working with my copper clay making milkweed leaves a simple earring was born. I want to share this design with you. First get a pair of copper head pins and hammer the pin flat (alternatively, use copper wire and curl the end and flatten it, the end of the wires will be hidden between two layers of clay so they don’t need to be pretty).Roll out your clay, you want to create two 1 mm or 1.25 mm layers. Place the flattened headpin on one layer (see below). Position the pin where you want your …

The Business Chat – Booth Display 201

In booth display 101 we talked about the structural aspects of a booth display, storage, signage and the other parts that go into creating a functional set up. Once you have the pieces in place it’s time to actually display your work and make the whole thing pretty and inviting. What makes a booth successful? They make a great first impression. They can be seen from a distance and provide an overall sense of the artist’s sense of style before you even enter the booth A great booth is wide open with no little bits of furniture or display racks …

An awesome ring organizer

Dwyn found this project the other day on Cut Out & Keep  – we wanted to share, as it’s so easy…and brilliant really. I need to make one (or a few) πŸ™‚ Plaidcrafter created this ring box using a cigar box, an old sweater, and some glue.

Nifty things you can do with MetalFX

Did I just really write/say nifty? Sigh – ah well, my kids aren’t old enough to tell me that I am ‘So not cool’. I’ve had a whole bunch of projects in mind to show you all the different things you can do with our MetalFX powders – but as I am still without a working camera (yes, still) as I can’t find a replacement battery charger that works with my particular battery for less than $120 – I’m still trying to find a cheaper option. πŸ™‚ I can still tell you all about them though! 1) Did you know …

New This Week!

Charlotte’s Web – er – beads When I first got into beads – way back when we all rode woolly mammoths to work and they hadn’t invented the Internet yet hardly – Ha! Anyhoo, back in the day – I was taught that a “Charlotte” was specifically a size 13 seedbead with a single facet. Now, however, the term gets thrown about with abandon – referring to any size seedbead, it seems, with faceting. Was my original source wrong? Did the meaning change and I didn’t get the memo? Am I a stick in the mud? Probably yes to all …

Happy Update Day :-)

Sorry for the late post today! Had a few technical difficulties throughout the day, and I thought I should get a post out to you quickly before this storm passes though. Those of you in Southwestern Ontario – please stay safe! Grab a cup of tea and check out the etsy metal blog for incredible eye candy, artist interviews, tutorials and much more. This should keep you busy enough til our midnight update πŸ˜‰

Signature Dragon Ring

Well – last week’s update with the crystal letters – I just HAD to make a signet ring. With a dragon. The Swarovski crystal letters – such a score! Letter-shaped crystals – who knew? Anyway – because they are out of production and were only ever special order – it’s hard to find a complete set – so – in the absence of an actual “D” for Dwyn, Dragon, or DragonJools – I had to get creative. The P, rotated 180 degrees – looks like a lowercase d – and that was good enough for me. Actually – I was …