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Please see my new blog for official instructions on this rubber channel. http://shoozles-wearyourart.blogspot.com/2008/09/hidden-rubber-channel-alternative-to.html

When I started fusing 8 years ago, the silver bails you see on pendants were nowhere to be found so all my pendants were made with a channel that was made with fiber paper. The fiber paper does not burn in the kiln therefore it leaves a channel/hole that goes through the glass pendant. It was all I knew when I began fusing, then I discovered wire wrapping and that evolved then came the standard silver bails. I am as usual looking for innovated ways to make pendants look and function different. Early this summer I started making sterling silver roll bails those are nice too and it really steps up the piece since the silver is expensive and I necklaceon2.jpgmake the bails by hand. Within the last few weeks I have been working on a new way to wear the pendants- A no bail alternative to all these other devices.1tubedetail.jpg

This is called the hidden rubber channel. I spent some time wearing and testing the strength of this and have found it to be quite nice, not to mention how great is lays on a neck, plus comfort. I have to say the thing I like best about it -NO BAIL, the piece stands on it’s own like art hanging in a gallery.

If you have any questions about the hidden rubber channel jurubberbail.jpgst drop me a line. Trust me it is a great new way to wear pendants. To find products with this alternative channel go to http://shoozles.etsy.com

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Do you ever just need to know something about Glass? Lampwork, Fusing, Stained Glass, Enameling ? I could continue with the list of glass categories but I won’t LOL. But do you just ever need an answer and the internet doesn’t quite give you what you need?

Well the EGA-Etsy Glass Artists Street Team, have a great new feature on their website called “Ask The Artist”. You can submit your glass question to the EGA glass community from this website and the TEAM will do the very best to answer your glass related inquiry as fast as possible. It is then added to the EGA website for all to view and learn from. Lis kidder is all about educating the public about the wonderful world of glass, she and our team would love to hear from you.

Here is the site, just click on the fun question mark at the right and submit a glass question for us. http://www.etsyglass.com/

Maybe one day there will be a question only I can answer HA! To be so important LOL

If you read my blog we might have 1 thing in common an addiction to glass or jewelry and wanting to make enough money to support our habit, right? More than supporting our habit would be even better. Well bear with me and I am going to point you in the right direction. This plan will work for the Jewelry designers/beaders too. It can work for most home based handmade items!

Display is keyWhen I first bought my kiln seven years ago I went off half-cocked. I didn’t think about what I would do with the things I made, and then I had buyers remorse. Huge purchase and ton of money in supplies, that was it. Kind of all dressed up and no place to go, if you know what I mean.

After a few years of struggling with Ebay, I put my big ol thinking cap on and devised a plan to broaden my fused glass adventure. I started doing Home Jewelry Parties. Much to my surprise, it worked. Ebay quickly fell by the way side, because the interaction with people was intoxicating and the money was GOOD!

Here are few tips to home party bliss:

1. Make a well planned brochure that outlines your party plan (I am going to make your life easier here; you can use my brochure as a guide as long as you don’t live near me LOL).
2. Have business cards on hand at all times and strategically hand them out. Creepy people do not need your info. ;)
3. Carry a calendar and brochures with you at all times.
4. Put a message on your answering machine that tells people they have reached the right place. Nothing’s worse than calling and not knowing if you reached the right place.
5. Make sure you wear what you make, otherwise what is the point? If you won’t wear it, who will?
6. Put on your seller face and voice in public. In other words smile and be nice. That draws them in to ask about what you are wearing.
7. Don’t over commit yourself. Ya gotta have time to make stock.
8. Present your items well. Put your creations on cards with a logo and contact info.
9. Make available to your customers chains and cords so they can wear their purchase right away or give them as gifts. Easy shopping is the key to great home parties.
10. If the budget allows – advertise. Make postcards and send them out to advertise special sales and shows you will be selling your works from. Add your logo and site info to your car. I can’t tell you how well that works for me.caradvertising.jpg

Your Etsy shop will grow with these parties. Your website makes you accessible to people outside of the parties.

I quit my real world job to do what I love. I am able to live off of it and support that glass addiction I have. Life is good!

Good luck in your new adventure! Hope this helps!

Click here If you would to see copy of my Home Jewelry Brochure and use it as a guide to make your own. I would love to know your thoughts and would love to share any other ideas you have as a party giver. This plan has worked wonders for my business. home-jewelry-part-new.pdf

Studio cat

My cat and I are battling over my studio chair every day we go through this. I get up she gets in it. I have been picking her up and placing her other comfy places and trying to run to the chair before she gets there, sometimes she wins LOL. Now the interesting part about this whole exchange is she is pregnant and in the last two weeks trying to remove her from that chair is so DANG scary. No kidding I reach for her and she has every intention of taking my hand off. I have devised a little trick I have these little Dog treats call beef tips, yea I know I said she was a cat but she will jump out of that chair for those treats, But now I have NO more TREATS, man I ain’t gonna try to touch her, she is vicious! She is holding up my creative process. Wonder if we have some lunch meat?

Check out her not gonna budge face and that tail! Bad cat

I don’t know why Halloween is my favorite holiday but it is. Maybe it is the season change or the memories I have as a kid, who knows? I truly get excited when I start to see the Halloween stuff in stores, CRAZY I know, I also know I am not the only one that feels this way, otherwise retail stores all over America have lost their minds <—– okay that might be true but anyway I have restrained my self as long as I could and here is my Halloween offering. I was kinda excited to get tHalloween funo use other stuff with my glass.

Just glass and Halloween brads for scrap booking who knew that would be a cute bracelet? See more of this Spooky bracelet in my etsy store http://shoozles.etsy.com

 

Wire wrapping opens up a world of possibilities for your jewelry designs. I am self taught so you will have to bear with me, and I am not into the fancy stuff. This is just the basics.

So get your stuff and lets wrap a cab together!

You will need

  • Round nose pliers
  • Small sharp wire cutters
  • Pointed pliers.
  • 22 g or 20 g wire (you might want to practice with artistic wire first, less pain on the pocket if you mess up).
  • The most important thing you need is some beautiful grooved glass cabs.
    Now that you have all of the necessary tools and supplies, you can begin.Fit the wire into the cab groove

Step 1

Cut a length of wire 16 to 18 cm long (depending on the cab size). You might want to go longer at first, but this is generally what I start with. Straighten the wire out.

Cross the wire ends

Step 2

Take your grooved cab and push the wire into the groove on one side, then bend it around the bottom of the cab and fit it into the groove on the other side.

TwistStep 3

While holding the wire securely in the groove on both sides, bring the two ends together at the top of the cab. As you come to the center point, cross the two ends over each other, and begin twisting them together.

Be careful at this stage not to over twist, especially when using sterling, as it can snap the wire. I usually do not twist it more than two times. Never use the pliers to tighten your twist, because you will mar and weaken the wire.

Clip Grip Make a loopStep 4

Clip the shorter end of the two pieces of wire. With the fat end of your round nose pliers, grip the base of the twist, and wrap a loop around the pliers.

Wrap
Step 5
Now you should have a wire wrapped cab with a twist and loop, lets finish it off. With your round nose pliers still in the loop, take the excess wire and wrap it around under the loop, then around the twist.

Keep wrapping down until you reach the back of the cab. Cut the excess wire, and tuck the sharp edge under, toward the cab. If the loop looks a little wonky, just take the flat part of your pliers and gently squeeze the loop to make it straight.

You are finished! Whew! Now it’s a pendant!

green blossom BarrettesIt’s always about “NEW” Maybe I get bored easy, or maybe I am afraid my target audience will not come in and look at my shop if I don’t change it up from time to time. I am probably right about both of these things. I feel the need to offer items for a younger crowd and I have to keep in mind not everyone likes the same things as me. For instance I made these hair barrettes today, I am 40 and not a cool 40 okay? So I would look like an idiot if I wore them. I guess I had to step out of my box today. I have had this idea for over a year I bought the felt flowers last fall and never got the nerve to do these, thinking the idea was dumb now this stuff is everywhere. Who Knew-well I guess I did LOL the moral of the story go with your gut and step out of your little box.