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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.  

I had some copper shapes… and a few brass disks.  So we had three metals to experiment with.

This was our work space and set-up. We cleaned the metal two ways. Some pieces were given an alcohol bath (shown) and some pieces were cleaned with Penny Brite (a copper cleaner that is basically citric acid and soap).

We used a Sharpie marker to create resist patterns.

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.”

Leather Clasp Ends

The other day, we were discussing something in the SRAJD forum. Someone casually mentioned they were looking to purchase the kind of finding that goes on the end of those necklaces like those multistrand Native American chokers.

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
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