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Board Rules and Suggestions / Re: Want a new Board Section
« on: May 26, 2009, 10:07:31 AM »
Both suggestions should help! Thanks so much. I know what a pain it is to have to describe how to function on line to morons like me who don't bother to read all the instructions! (laughs)

I'll get there eventually. You're too kind to point the way.

Jewelry / Re: Purpleheart Surfboards and Dangles Necklace
« on: May 08, 2009, 08:32:42 AM »
Black construction paper turns grayish in pictures... :'(

Didn't know. Hadn't tried it. Still, would that be a bad thing?

Creative Creations / Re: Symbolism Doll
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:35:10 PM »
Those are great-I'm thinking making one would also be a great form of 'therapy' for those who may need it!

Oh yes! I was thinking of the therapy as well after reading the description of creation. It would.

Jewelry / Re: Purpleheart Surfboards and Dangles Necklace
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:31:44 PM »
One of the techniques I saw a lady do was to photograph her pieces on white and then cut around them as close as possible. Then she put them onto a white background and those completed pics went onto her white background. They looked like they were floating on air. Very cool. So don't count out white!

I actually got into using a light blue fleece. The only problem I had was that it appeared as different shades in different pictures. Probably due to the light exposures but without a photography tent it couldn't be very well controlled.

Something else I played with was a large embroidery hoop with fabric stretched across it and a light underneath. That gave an interesting 'glow' to the pictures but I never used it to display anything on line.

Most everything looks great displayed on black velvet but for pictures it isn't the best. Have you tried a piece of flat black construction paper. I thought at one time that would be very keen.

Jewelry / Re: A couple of my macrame bracelets.
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:09:09 AM »
Oh definitely! Once again... something I love but can't get my brain to work on. And who is it up there that said macrame was old driftwood looking like owls? (eye roll)

Macrame bracelets with beads... yum! Very chic if it is done well. You say your pieces are "plain". I say you're right but I'd also add adorable and well done.

Now go do something in a WIDE bangle with more beads, more twists and loads of design. While you're working on it, think of how that can be improved on your next piece and then stat adding in necklaces and mmm... earrings too! Summer time is all about the ankle bracelet (8 to 9 inches) and work in some hemp for the 'eco' friendly look.

'Cause from me to you sweetie... macrame rocks.

Jewelry / Re: Purpleheart Surfboards and Dangles Necklace
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:59:58 AM »
I did, lol. I am fairly thick skinned and will take any suggestions. It didn't look that 'linty-fied" until I got the pics to photoshop.

linty-fied=my made up word, lol.

Be thick for a second here, OK?

This is your second post that I admired your piece enough to comment so pardon my naggin'! I honestly wouldn't say if I didn't care.

First off, they're all correct. Lose the black background. I did the same thing for about two years until I got tired of cleaning up the pics. The weather is nice out now. Go find interesting natural back drops to poise your work. Bark, sand, stones. The natural sunlight is also much better for jewelry photography.

Secondly, wherEVER you post your work... add the description. Describing your piece in detail is worth the effort. Be cautious though. I've read some people who make their art sound like it just cured cancer. Give details like, "20MM round" and "copper wire" or "sterling chain", "toggle clasp", "18 inches in length"... what ever it is you need your BUYER to know. Also, delight your BUYER with some of your idea of the piece but don't tell them exactly how THEY should feel about it. Hint at the lore of a stone, the origin of a pendant but let them decide how to feel about their purchase.

It is very attractive! I'm not really a fan of rose quartz but your mix of shapes is great. The one thing I would have changed was your use of the 'e' beads on the headpins for the earrings. Your design is so tasty and deserves some 2mm silver rounds. Even if they have to be seamed.

Otherwise... lovely.

General Discussion / Re: Looking At Sites...
« on: April 25, 2009, 09:46:35 AM »
I'm thinking that the people who seem less passionate about the art than they are the profit will go the way of greed banking and General Motors. In fact, many of the people I knew online 5 to 10 years ago are no longer working at jewelry. The few who are have become slightly jaded, I guess. (??) Reap as ye sow.

Personally, I enjoy the commeraderie and sharing what I know as much as I do learning from others. I've been doing this for more years than I'd like to admit but I still see a lot of inspiration when I troll the 'net. I've seen things that were stunning as well as stunned me... from a, 'look how hard you tried' point of view. Stunned. That's one of the best things about comming to view this group. I am thankful for everyone who puts up their links. And don't think I'm not looking!

I stay at my mom's for the time being so it is difficult to get all my boxes and tools out and start working the way I'd like. I also have some concentration problems and am running almost daily to the clinics and specialists they're sending me to. Time, space and my own sense of what I'd like to produce versus what would be easily done on the sofa in the evenings is really confining me but I very much enjoy looking at what others are doing.

And so I wait.

Creative Creations / Re: Symbolism Doll
« on: April 24, 2009, 04:35:14 PM »
Wow. I just got the 'gift' of headaches after a semi wreck in December. I've been trying to stay chin-up about it and hope that the mass of doctors now involved will be able to do something. Not quite through the specialist list yet.

Now I think I better get to work on my own doll.

On the serious side... can you drag US through the sybolism doll lessons?

General Discussion / Re: Looking At Sites...
« on: April 24, 2009, 04:20:06 PM »
I'm not very compu-savvy myself M.Mystique but I did hve a lot of sucess just putting my link out and about. Suggest you do that too. Add yourself to everything you can find which is what this thread is about. Hoping everyone tosses up their ideas and satisfaction with what they've experienced.

Years ago it was great to be a handcrafting artist. Now, with the advent of all the stores and online suppliers, most anyone can start pumping out most anything. It used to take a very long time to come across enough beads and findings to create something artful. Now most people can drive a few minutes to grab bags of whatever thrills them. It seems more about the money now too which, to me, is the most obscene.

And, yes... even more obscene than myself wallowing in the sexy chainmaille!

I don't know. Maybe I just long for the old hippy days gone by. ((sigh))

None the less, selling on line is tough. Just as much work involved as selling on the street or in a B/M store. You have to advertise, network and connect with people. Make yourself memorable and be available to people.

General Discussion / Re: Looking At Sites...
« on: April 22, 2009, 02:16:10 AM »
Yanno what...? I don't mean to sound weird or anything but I just went to your Etsy shop and just a glance down your front page was a wow trip for me. I've never been overly delighted with maille. I like it. Think it is a special person's art for sure because it confounds the hell out of me when I try. In fact, my fingers still hate me for the last venture into it! And frankly, most of it looks too masculine for my taste. I've only seen a few that do it elegantly and I gotta say... your's makes me want to get naked and wallow in it!

Is that too weird?

Most of your pieces look so sexy! (thumbs up)

I'm currently on worker's comp and it doesn't look like I'll be working in the very near future. However, I'm bookmarking you for when I do get back to work. Like I said, I've seen little maille that I fell over backward this way and I sure don't have it in me to make my own. I'll be shopping you, I swear!

Delicious! Quite tasty. Yum.

General Discussion / Re: Where do you buy your tools, wire, beads, etc
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:58:21 AM »
I don't chainemaille but I use a lot of wire in my pieces. I mainly use hemostats and specifically the small tips without serrated mating surfaces. Not hard to find at the flea markets and usually for cheap.

My small hole cutting set is Snap On. Most of my pins and dowels are made from lots of years of working metal and collecting anything of size and surface. Files are easy to come by but my fave set is, again... Snap On. Pliers are easily had most anywhere and bought according to their use. I probably have a dozen or so pairs of pliers. Don't get me started on av-snips, hand shears and cutting wheels.

The choice of tool is always, in my opinion, based on it's use and how much abuse it will take. I have a cruddy ol' pair of needlenose pliers that have half the nose broken off one side but I keep them because for some reason they always seem to do those cuts I don't want to risk on my expensive pairs. And they never fail me. Oh, by the way... they're Craftsman.

I guess the next question would be, "Can you bear to throw a tool away?"

General Discussion / Re: A little help
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:45:01 AM »
Personally... Jeanne has a point with the crystals. To me, they seem over whelmed (is that one word??) by the rings.

If you're dead set on adding them then think about two things. Use much larger crystals. Put them on head pins.

If I were dead set on hanging any glass or semi stone from there... I'd actually use a glass bead that color coordinates with one of the colors of the rings. Something large. Oh... and what would be less than gorgeous about maybe a nice disc of MOP? Something unexpected that doesn't seem to really "work" with the colors of the rings yet they can't get along without it. Is the word I'm looking for, "obtuse"?

I'm not crystal-happy though so you may not want to hear me holler this way. I love them and think they're gorgeous like most everyone else does but c'mon... they're a wee over done at this point. In my opinion, anyway. I think there is a LOT of beauty out there that so many people are forgetting. I get a kick out of a box of those "floor sweepings" boxes of glass beads they sell on the shelf at the Wal. Just to see what can be done. ^shrug^ I dunno... maybe it's just me.

Board Rules and Suggestions / Re: Want a new Board Section
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:32:41 AM »
I'd say to keep it simple for now. As your membership grows it will decide it's own needs. And oddly enough... "it" will ask!

The problem I'm having in here from the start is recalling what and where I posted yesterday. I recognize most of the initial topics but there is a lot to get used to right off. I went through a bunch of the posts yesterday just to see what's being said and get a taste of the place and now it's a mash in my bean-bucket.

So, I'd suggest that what you have now is plenty. Add to your 'general rules' or whatever that people are welcome to bring their suggestions for topics/groups to the boards. I see you also have a request for moderators. I'd ask anyone wanting a specified group topic to be that moderator if they feel up to it.

Anyway, that's me sitting here telling others what to do! (laughs)

So far I've enjoyed it here. The topics have been interesting and I've seen some keen stuff by following links. Yay!

Thx, Leisa

General Discussion / Looking At Sites...
« on: April 20, 2009, 12:05:23 PM »
It's been about two years since I've really done any marketing on line so I've been poking around and looking to relocate myself. Doibg a lot of "myself" work these days, actually.

So, I find and enjoy it.

Then I find this place and so far, enjoy it too!

Ok, question.

I know a lot of people list on Etsy. How do you like it, why or why not?

Second question... what about other sites?
And Lord knows I can't name them all so please... feel free to add your faves/not so faves!

Artfire is one that comes to mind. Deviant Art, anyone?

So tell us, your goals for your craft and how it finds it's way in your place on the web.
For me... and don't bother. Nothing there.
My Space is getting too weird to continue.
I Twittered and just don't get it.
I've eBay'd and sold from my web site in the past. Loved it.

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