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A Week Of Activities To Break Creative Block

A Week Of Activities To Break Creative Block

If you don’t feel creative today, sort your beads, clean your workshop, or rearrange your books. 

Artistic Confidence, Being Nice, and Finding Your Artistic Voice

Can you imagine going up to a jewelry booth at a show and saying to the artist, “You work really sucks.  These people around you are so much better than you.  You shouldn’t even be here.”

Pretty shocking, right?  I mean, even if you THINK it, you’d never SAY it.

But some people do say it… to themselves… on a daily basis.

It breaks my heart.

What Are People Pinning From Your Website

Pinterest and Your Website

Want to see what people are pinning from your website to Pinterest?  Put this URL into your internet address bar (but substitute the name of your website where it says “yourdomain”) and remove the space after the “h” at the start… I have those there so this won’t become a hyperlink.

h ttp://pinterest.com/source/yourdomain.com

Adding Off Site Links to Your Etsy Shop

You are allowed to list your other website(s) in your Etsy shop/listings. 
 
According to this article called Clarifying Offsite Linking Policies (click to read), here’s the current stance on non-Etsy links…
 
“As long as you’re not urging or suggesting that your buyers leave Etsy to make a purchase, you’re welcome to include any links you want in your shop - to your personal website, your blog, other online venues, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.”
 
Although you can put these URLs in your shop announcement, your ite

More Patina Experiments... This Time Sealants

I decided to expand my patina testing to include sealants... as in how do certain sealants affect certain patinas.

I spent some time applying patinas via my torch scrap pieces of copper and bronze (see end of post).

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.

Etsy Promoted Listings Video Part 1

Etsy Promoted Listings Video Part 2

Etsy Promoted Listings Video Part 3

Etsy Promoted Listings Video Part 4

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.  

Please note that I did not "heat cure" the ProtectaClear.  I followed the manufacturer's directions.

In order to cover as many bases as I can, I will "heat cure" the ProtectaClear during the next phase of testing as many metal clay users swear by this.

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?

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