December 2014

How to Avoid the Duplicate Content Filter

What is a duplicate content filter?

A duplicate content filter is a way for search engines to weed out sites that have content that's exactly the same.  After all, if you search on "torch enameling", you probably want a a variety of choices rather than the first ten to be exactly the same site.

Etsy Promoted Listings Tutorial

I recently ran across these great videos by Cyndi of JewelryFX that do an excellent job of explaining Etsy promotional listings.  

Cyndi's explanations makes sense and she doesn't have those 5-10 minutes rambling introductions like some video tutorials do.  Her instructions are right to the point and don't waste time.

Cyndi also has blog posts that go along with (or are instead of) the instructional videos.

Sealant Testing on Metal Stage 1

I'd like to thank those who are providing additional information and suggestions for my testing.  These first two rounds of testing were not definitive in any way and there's still lots of tweaking and more options to try.  

Learning to Fuse Fine Silver and Argentium

I’ve been experimenting with fusing fine silver.  Before I begin sharing, here's a bit of background info on the differences between fine silver, sterling silver, and Argentium silver.

Fine silver (also known as pure silver) is 99.9% silver.

DIY Photo Cube Tutorial Free Instructions for Making Your Own Photography Set Up

There are many DIY photo cube tutorials on the internet and I'm adding one more now.

For this photo cube, you can use any size box that fits your needs. The one in my example below was made out of a necessity to fit into a particular space (12 inches wide).

I hate having to set-up and tear-down my photography arrangement based on what I'm doing each day.  Wouldn't it be nice to just have a little corner space set up at all times for when I want to shoot a picture?

Google Trends (Or How to Waste Time on a Rainy Day)

Need another internet way of wasting time? Check out Google Trends.

You put in a keyword (or keywords) and see what’s trending on Google (what others are searching for on Google and what country they’re from).

The website "About.com" says: “This isn't a measure of searches, but it is a measure of what people are talking about on the Internet.”

DIY Sanding Box (Or How to Have a Dust Free Workroom)

I had made a new “contraption” for my workshop. Sanding metal makes a huge mess. And just because I wear goggles and a respirator while sanding, it doesn’t mean I’m okay with the metal dust particles left all over the workshop.

So I often sand outside, but that entails carrying all my stuff out there and of course I never remember to bring everything I need on my first trip out.

Here’s my current solution.

My First Experiments with Patina

A couple of years ago, a friend and I got together to test out some patina recipes.

Elizabeth made a batch of bronze wire spirals that we would be using as testers.