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Perfection in Jewelry Making

I was working on a piece of jewelry yesterday and noticed that the metal curved a bit. My intention was for it to be straight. We’re talking about a curve of maybe ½ a millimeter. But do you know where my brain went immediately?

“Okay, here’s one for the garbage pile.”

Adding An Etsy Link To Your Etsy Listings

Sound crazy?  Turns out there’s actually some good reasoning for do this.  I’ll let my good friend Tammy Adamsexplain in her blog post: Etsy Quick Tip: faux breadcrumbs

What Is Metal Clay

What is Metal Clay?

(a non-technical introduction to the medium)

by Laura Bracken

 

Here are the basic steps involved when I create a piece of jewelry from metal clay.

Are You Wasting Your Energy Worrying About Your Competition?

Warning…. I’m going to do that soapbox thing now.

Wasted Energy

Stop spending time and energy worrying about competing with other jewelry makers.  Spend your time and energy on improving your work, your store, your listings, your audience.

First of all, it is a turn off to potential customers if you bad-mouth the competition… snarky, bitchy, whiny… all of it.  And guess what?  You NEVER KNOW where a potential customer is.  Anyone and everyone who sees your written words on the internet is a potential customer.

Invaluable Tools

Okay, these aren’t really tools, but they are two things in my workshop I’d hate to live without… and both recommended to me by the same person.  Thanks Elizabeth Dauch.  And thanks for gifting one of them to me.  You rock!
 
So the two tools (or items, really) are…
 
A cup bur for my dremel.  I love this so much better than using the hand tool.  Sorry traditionalists.
 
And a universal chuck for my dremel.  This thing saves me HOURS each week, I'm sure.  Ha ha ha!  All the dreme