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Jewelry / Recycled book necklace Every Woman's Luck Book
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:16:41 AM »
Need a bit of love advice? This necklace is recycled from a reprint of a 1930's woman's love/luck book.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39485701






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General Discussion / Need some love
« on: December 23, 2009, 10:00:21 PM »
I got a response today from a buyer about a custom I sent out. I am so upset, I could cry. (Have not yet, but probably will before the night is out). I really felt like I did a good job. Here is what she said:

The necklace arrived on Friday.

I probably should have realized this with the photos, but the quote is started incorrectly. Your necklace starts "Heaven only knows" and the actual quote begins "For Heaven only knows". Overall it's not a huge difference, but the absence of "for" makes the necklace look biblical and is, consequently, and incomplete and inaccurate excerpt.

Also, I'm disappointed with the lack of detailing on the metal cover. I was expecting something more ornate and easy to see (like in the example), but my necklace looks rushed.

I don't think the bead colors you selected matched the real content of the excerpt. As someone else who loves books, I expected you to be more in touch with emotional meaning in literature, but I don't think your selections worked out too well.

Also, as a general design issue, the necklace always flips backwards on the string.

Also, I'm extremely disappointed with the discrepancy between your initial estimate for how long this would take to complete and how long it actually took. The necklace is nice, but because of the disappointing craftsmanship, lack of attention to detail, and slow construction, I would neither order again nor recommend your services.

I was very clear to her that using the book keeping the original text was not going to be possible. So I do not understand why this was a surprise.
 
Lack of detailing? It is hand cut, sanded, painted, distressed, stamped, and sealed. I don't like to get to intricate as it would take away from the main focus, the pages.
 
In our convos, she specifically said "I love the gold tone. I like yellow, brown, and cream. I trust your opinion in which colors would work well with this piece." So I had some vinatge mother of pearl and clear chips I thought were perfect. See listing... http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=23132681
 
As for the flipping. It weighs next to nothing and hangs below the bust line, of course when you walk it is going to bounce. I have one I have worn and it did not bother me. (I am very critical of myself and work as I am sure all of here are).
 
I told her I would have photos of a work in progress to make sure it meets her approval in a week, which I did. I was in the wrong on the estimate of the final pics/listing by one day and I should have convo'd her as soon as I realized this. I am in the wrong there and I take full responsiblity for that.
 
I guess the last comment is what hurts the most.
 
I offered her a full refund and even shipping because I only have 7 sales so one negative is going to look REAL bad. She has not let feedback yet so I am hoping for at least a neutral.
I can't let this ruin my Christmas, I am having a hard enough time getting in the Spirit as it is.
 
A lot of you have said how nice they 'look' so I hope that is the truth and I just got the one buyer who was not happy. I mean, they are made from 100% recycled material (the pendant body) so I don't know if she was expecting a heavier metal or what. Ok, if I keep going I am going to cry. I just had to vent. Thanks for listening.

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General Discussion / Bobbi...of Bobbiewired, so your a fan of PoW?
« on: December 21, 2009, 09:55:25 AM »
I saw this today and thought it was pretty cool to see a couple of faces I recognized...


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General Discussion / Interesting article about Etsy
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:00:23 AM »
I got this from someone else and thought you guys might find it interesting or motivating.

I would be happy with 50K a year, but 250K I would not complain about. Maybe we need a "Goals" thread for the new year?!?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/fashion/17etsy.html?_r=2&no_interstitial


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Jewelry / New necklace/earring set
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:28:11 PM »
Ok, these were inspired by a friends daughter who is really into Manga. They were supposed to match, but I had a little Ooopps moment and snapped the blue metal in half so I had to use a black one I already made for something else. So the earrings are blue and the necklace is black. I still have to attach the ear wire and the ribbon, but I was pretty excited about how they turned out.





Do you notice the two wrapped loops on the pendant? That was also a goof up, I drilled the hole off-center and so I had to improvise.

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Jewelry / For Suzedablooze
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:19:39 PM »
Here they are Suze...ye ask ye shall receive...

Suze asked that I try to make a pair of earrings to go with the book necklaces I had been designing. So I tried and they turned out pretty good. They are about 1" x 1/2" maybe 1/8" thick. Surprisingy light too.






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Creative Creations / Before and after
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:15:31 PM »
So excited with how this turned out, I had to share.

I had a Christmas party this weekend. I needed a gold handbag to go with a pair of gold heels I had borrowed. Since I borrowed the shoes I did not want to buy a bag I would never use again so I had to get creative. This is the outcome:

Original bag (probably about 8-10 YO as you can ttell from the wear and tear)



After I added some glitter and an embellishment:



I know the peace sign does not make a whole lot of sense for a Christmas party (on some level it does), but I had to buy earrings and the only gold ones I could see myself wearing again were these cool peace sign ones so I wanted to bring it all together. I also made a bracelet that I added a peace sign to.

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Jewelry / Recycled Book Necklace
« on: November 18, 2009, 11:33:29 PM »
I do a lot of work with books. I remove the old covers and make new books from them. Well, that leaves me with a TON of book blocks that I cannot bring myself to recycle the 'old fashioned' way so they are stacking up. So before I cut them up for the resin pieces I have been I made these.
I found this design in a 'how to' book and adapted it for my needs.
The metal is a tin can (chicken or water chestnut, I can't remember which) cleaned and painted. The book, if it matters, is Edgar Allen Poe. These will be listed next week.



I hope you like them.

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Jewelry / Resin, Finally (Pic Heavy)
« on: November 18, 2009, 11:23:00 PM »
Those following the "what are you doing today" and the support group threads know how long I have been working these out.
Well, they still are not perfect, but I like them. There are bubbles, but I have figured out what I did wrong so they will hopefully be gone for the next batch.
I do a lot of work with old book covers, but this leave me with the book block. I cannot bring myself to put these to the recycle bin, so they are stacking up. I came up with a way to use a little bit of them.
The defects don't show quite so much in person, the camera picked up everything!









Thanks for checkin them out. IF I list them, they will be in a discount section due to the imperfections. Like I said, in person they aren't really that noticeable unless you hold them about as close as the camera is.
P.S. Suziex- These are the pieces I was telling you about.

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Creative Creations / New Stockings
« on: November 13, 2009, 09:38:00 PM »
For the Christmas season I have just completed three new stockings. The backs are reclaimed denim from a pair of jeans. All other materials are new.
All are lined and hag loop for hanging.

The first Jester style has a large white satin bow and bells on toe.

The second Jester style has chain swag with tiny bells strung along it and bells on toe.

The back is basically the same on all three.

The Cherries and Studs has a tulle ruffle with velvet trim and studs. Studs are also reclaimed.



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Events & Promotions / Blog contest - I need a new banner (Ends Nov 15)
« on: November 09, 2009, 09:56:53 PM »
Hello, fellow HAF members. I am gearing up for this Christmas season, as I am sure we all are, in doing so I want to make some changes to my shop. The biggest change is a new banner. Because I am terrible at making decisions I want to ask for your opinion and in return I will give away a bookmark from my shop to one lucky follower. (Details in blog article)
All you need to do is go to my blog www.invernessstudios.blogspot.com, become a follower and tell me which banner would grab your attention. The drawing will be held next Sunday, November 15, 2009. Thank you so much for your help.

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General Discussion / I need a new Iron - Any Opinions???
« on: November 08, 2009, 06:54:46 PM »
I have been researching a new iron. My last one, some cheapy from Wally-world has just pissed me off one too many times. It has developed a spot on the sole plate that I clean off, but keeps coming back and it is leaving marks on my fabric/clothes. It also leaks and the spray spits does not mist. Since I am trying to get more serious with my work and my hubby requires nice clothes (ie, ironed) for work I would like to get the right one this time.
I need steady heat (My research indicates that my 'spot' is due to uneven heat distribution), no spitting or dripping, and good steam.
What I have found so far is that Rowenta is the way to go, but which one. I use it for sewing and general household ironing.
What do you use and recommend?


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Has anyone ever attended either as a vendor or shopper the Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth,Tx. The upcoming event is in March. You have to be accepted into the show so I do not even know that I would make it, but there is a $10 app fee, which I realize is a small amount, but it is non-refundable if I don't get in. I will worry about booth costs when/if the time comes. I have never done a show before, but would like to do one that is not a hodg podge of stuff (e.g. antiques, garage sale, etc) and this sounds like it fits the bill. I have to have my app in by the 15 so I am asking your advice. I just found the info so I am desperately trying to decide. If you have been, was it worth it? Was there a lot of traffic? Thank you for any advice.
http://funkyfinds.us/springfling/2010/

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General Discussion / Epoxy/Resin Help
« on: October 29, 2009, 03:37:28 PM »
Anyone have any experience with this stuff? I am trying it out for the first time and would appreciate any advice. A few of my concerns are:

Embedding items (not paper) how long should it dry before you place them in so they do not fall to the bottom (top of piece). I am talking small, pendant size pieces. A little more than a table spoon of epoxy.
Bangle bracelets - I would like to embed in these as well, but it seems if I place things in they fall to the bottom (side of the piece) as well. I wait till it gets somewhat thick without being too solid. Is this even possible?

Thanks for any advice.

*I hope this thread is in the right place, it did not seem to go in the 'how to' section. Sorry, if you have to move it.

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General Discussion / New stuff this weekend
« on: October 19, 2009, 07:16:50 AM »
I just listed a bunch of new stuff for this past weekend when I was part of the "spread the love". Thank you, everyone for the support. I made my first sale! You guys are awesome. -D-

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