Monday, April 26, 2010

Video Tutorial Making Your Own Headpins

Working in Copper Wire





I'll admit it...I'm a sterling silver girl. I like it shiny, oxidized or a little in between. Sterling is my choice wire. However, I'm willing to bend. The other day I was reading one of my old magazines about wire wrapping (these never go out of date) when I ran across a design using copper wire. Guess I've never given credit to using copper wire but it's so versatile and quite lovely actually. You can mix it with silver, antique brass or gold and it looks great. Copper is much cheaper than sterling or gold wire too. The article suggested unthought of stores to find copper wire (and of all places the hardware store). Look in the wiring section or conduit section and there you will find it. Never thought of that either. I bought a role of it at the craft store a long time ago and never really used it. Now I've been so inspired by copper jewelry artists that I'm going to give that wire new life. Here is an example of a copper wire pendant combination. I've used copper wire for the hoop and attached a gemstone pendant wire wrapped in antique brass as a drop from the copper hoop. So why not think about using some copper in your next design project. You might just discover a whole new way with wire (and save some money ta' boot).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Hand Forged Wire Wrapped Pendant Design



I feel lost as I am completely out of sterling wire. Without my wire my creativity comes to a screeching halt. Wow, I never realized just how important it was to have a wire 'stash'. The bad thing about being a wire jewelry artist is the price of your supplies if you work in precious metals. I have never worked with gold wire (way too expensive for me) but usually always in sterling. My last few wire purchases have come from sellers on Etsy and I've been very pleased. Guess it's time to go Etsy shopping again.

This is a wire wrapped pendant I created using sterling wire. I shaped the bottom hoop and bent it around to form a circle and finished wiring it at the top (I added the pendant before I wired the bezel). Very neat little piece. I need to make more of them....if only I had some wire:)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bead Studio



So I've been busy re-vamping one of my etsy shops and turning it into my bead shop( www.mermaidbeach.etsy.com). I wanted a place to display my creative work in polymer clay. Seemed like an easy enough decision. I also have a blog for Mermaid Beach which I have changed into my bead blog now. I'm having issues with distinquishing what should go on what blog (jewelry or bead making and a combination of the two). I'm really confusing myself LOL.
Trying to stay focused on the task at hand I've been composing a few new jewelry designs that I'm very excited about. Hoops, hoops, hoops. Classic design that goes with everything. However, recently I picked up a copy of Jewelry Affaire by Stampington & Company and was so inspired by the talented jewelry artists. I decided to add some beads and baubles to some of my hoops for some extra glam.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop of the Week Wudls




1. How did you learn to do the craft of woodworking? My father, he built fishing boats, furniture, and cabinets, I took drafting and wood shop during school.
2. How do you come up with your design ideas? I start by looking at a craft to see if there is a need for a display, from there I design on how to best display it, but also factor in the ease of transporting it to and from a show for the vendor.
3. How long do you usually devote to each design? Most of the designs work from the start, some need tweaking, I get feed back and ideas from vendors seeking a display that will work for them, sometimes it takes a few e-mails and pictures from me till the buyer says yes that works.
4. What is your favorite type of wood to design with and why? I love Black Walnut for my scroll saw work, it just has the look after a fine finish. For my Craft displays Pine, it is light weight, easy to work, plus the cost keeps my display at a good price for the crafter, I want to keep their overhead low when buying.
5. What other types of artistic endeavors do you pursue? Having a working wood shop I do lathe turning, scroll saw, I build wooden computer cases out of Black Walnut with scroll work designs, love to decal the cases with Dragon designs, I can show you pictures if you like.
6. What is your best piece of advice for new crafters selling on Etsy? Do not expect to just jump in and make a living from the start, it takes hours of work, sometimes you may have to switch to a different product till you find the right group of buyers.
7. Please tell us something that you would like your customers to know about you? As I have said I have a working wood shop I will try to build anything a customer might ask for at a fair price, so if there is something made from wood you would like just ask.
Here's a few more of the scroll saw projects from Wudls.



To see more of this talented artist's work visit his Etsy shop at Wudls

Thursday, April 15, 2010

DIY For Packaging Your Jewelry Items

How to Sell Your Handmade Jewelry Tutorial

How to Make Stretch Bracelets Video

Friday, April 9, 2010

Etsy Jewelry Artist Interview Cassowary Jewelry


Each week I will be featuring a "Get To Know" section on my blog of jewelry artist that sell their work on Etsy. This week's feature designer is Cassowary Jewelry. She was kind enough to answer a few questions and let us know a little about her and how she creates her beautiful jewelry designs.

1. What led you to become a jewelry designer? I found a bead kit in a store and started noodling around with it. After that I was hooked.

2. How did you find your niche in jewelry design? I don't really have a niche. I just always work with what interests me. I'm trying to always find new materials, although my techniques tend to be the same. I am still growing since I'm self taught.

3. As jewelry artist’s we are always looking for new ways to create unique jewelry. What is your next creative jewelry endeavor with your craft or what jewelry making skill are you interested in learning next (metal fabrication, etc)? I think I'll start using more mixed media in my jewelry. I do that a little with my reused materials, but I've always wanted to incorporate cloth into my designs.

4. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry to design? Earrings. There's a lot of variety in what you can do with them.

5. What’s the best piece of advice you can give other etsy jewelry sellers?
List a lot, make a lot, promote a lot.

6. Where else do you sell your jewelry besides etsy? My website http://www.cassowaryjewelry.com

7. What’s one thing that you’d like your customers to know about you that’s not in your profile. I'll read anything that isn't nailed down.

To see more of Cassowary Jewelry visit her shop on etsy at http://www.cassowaryjewelry.etsy.com/.