Featured in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Feb-March 2014

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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My Fanciful Flowers Earrings pattern is featured in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry – WooHoo :) I’ve actually known for some time, but it didn’t seem real until I saw the actual magazine for myself.SBSWJ1

I am thrilled and honored to be included among the talented artists and designs chosen for this issue. If you don’t have a subscription to this wonderful magazine (you really should), check your local bead store, Barnes and Noble bookstore, or JoAnn Fabrics.

You can also purchase the single issue directly from Interweave.com .

Double Fanciful FlowersYou can find the extended version of Fanciful Flowers, finished earrings, and much more in my Etsy shop  – MyWiredImagination

Thank you for stopping by! See ya again soon!

wrap happy,

Bobbi

 

Easy Peasy Post-Stud Earrings – New Tutorial Release

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

lt turquoise cover  This step by step tutorial will teach you how to make super simple, super cute post-stud earrings with endless design possibilities.

There is 15 pages with 74 full color, clear, crisp detailed photographs, which can be enlarged to more than 500% without any loss of detail or clarity, and 26 steps covering 3 variations, for both the visual and instructional learner. Almost as good as having me sitting right there with you. Measurements are given in both inches and metric.
Sapphire Rivolis
This is a mid-level beginner tutorial – You should at least be familiar with basic jewelry tools, terminology, and simple skills such as creating a basic loop. Direct hyper links for tools and materials are provided.

Materials suggested for one basic pair of earrings (additional materials listed later in this tutorial):
One pair crystals or gems in OPEN BACK sew on settings aka Montees – size and shape is your choice.  Crystals in Settings
20ga round wire, half hard.
One pair earring backs, aka ear nuts or butterfly backs.

DSC_6266Tools needed:
Flat nose and/or chain nose pliers, round nose pliers.
Flush cutters.
Wire rounder aka cup bur on a stick, or file to smooth wire ends.
Ruler with millimeters.
Optional:
Bail pliers, Pin Vise
20 or 21ga square ½ hard wire, standard ear wires

Tutorial available on Etsy and on Craftsy

Thanks for stopping by – see ya soon….

wrap happy,

Bobbi

 

My Very Favorite Design Featured by Fire Mountain Gems

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Featured on Fire Mountain Gems

Monday, August 26th, 2013

CraftHub vs Etsy Instant Download Service

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

crafthub vs etsySo you got all excited that Etsy finally offers digital media sellers instant download and it’s free, right? Well you know the old saying “You get what you paid for”?  Before you bash me for my opinion though , please hear me out. I’m not down on Etsy – I love my shop, and Etsy in general. It’s just their instant download service I don’t like. I did purchase a digital listing from an Etsy seller I knew was using Etsy’s system so I could see how their system works. I can’t and won’t try it from a seller’s perspective, because I don’t want to permanently give Etsy any of my files. I have however read and followed every bit of the discussions on the Etsy Digital Team.

Now if you’re new to selling digital media, only have a few small files, and don’t care anything about having control over your products and branding, then Etsy’s service might be right for you. If even one of those points don’t apply to you though – keep reading.

CraftHub is a paid service  – $8.00 mthly for Basic service (50MB file size limit) and $15.00 mthly for Premium service (100MB file size limit, product stats, and customizable listings – more on that in a bit). Both plans include unlimited transactions and download reporting. CraftHub also offers a 14 day free trial. –  Etsy’s service is free (for now).

CraftHub offers file size limits up to 100MB – Etsy recently upped their file size limit from 10MB to 20MB.

CraftHub offers an extensive account dashboard where you can easily manage every aspect of your files and related listings. Etsy? Nope.

With CraftHub, you upload all your files at one time (or whenever you want really), and attach them to your listings as needed; and you can attach as many files as you want or need to any listing. Easily upload an edited file, and it automatically attaches the edited file to the listing. – With Etsy, you upload your files every time you create or edit your listing, with a maximum of 5 files per listing. Edit your file, and you have to edit the listing and upload it again.

With CraftHub, you have the ability to remove or edit files from previous purchases. – With Etsy? Nope.

With CraftHub, YOU decide the download limits – how long the customer has to download the file(s), how many times the customer can download the file(s), even the ability to lock the download to the first IP address the file is downloaded to.  You can also disable or refresh a link at any time. – With Etsy, THEY decided – your files are in the buyers purchases page indefinitely and the customer can download it as many times as they wish.

With CraftHub, you can easily see what IP address(s) the file(s) went to, exactly when they were downloaded to the second, where the IP address is located, and if necessary, instantly kill the link if you suspect abuse. – With Etsy all you get to see, is IF the file(s) were downloaded – not when or where. And from what I’ve read on their Digital Team, Etsy doesn’t intend to provide that information any time soon.

With CraftHub, you can easily customize and brand both the download email to your customers and the download landing page they visit. And when I say customize, I do mean customize! Both have FULL text editing with HTML allowed. If you’re not computer savvy – CraftHub provides extensive tutorials to help you craft the perfect email and landing page.  – With Etsy? Well they did recently add another generic “Message to Buyers for digital items” text box on your shop info and appearance tab.

CraftHub offers the ability to create Ad Hoc links for any file uploaded to CraftHub whether it’s attached to a listing or not. (More info on Ad Hoc Links) – Etsy? Nope

CraftHub recently added a new feature for sellers to create a custom promotional listing. Want to offer a “Buy ___, Get ___ Free” or “Buy Any ___ for $__ Your Choice” type of listing? CraftHub gives you the tools to do that. You select any and all files you want to include, and the customer gets to see all their choices and choose what they want.  – Etsy? Nope, nada, never will.

CraftHub is also working to develop promotional listings that would combine physical and digital products (think “buy any __physical products get __ digital products free”); automatic reminder notices for customers whose links are about to expire; and Digital File Delivery and Management for other selling venues like ArtFire, and/or stand alone personal websites. – Etsy? Nope (probably more like “not just no but hell no”)

I hope you’ve stuck with me all the way through! I am not in any way related to CraftHub admin, nor do I get any monetary benefit for posting all this info – I  just passionately believe in CraftHub’s benefits, and needed to share.      If you’d like to learn more, check out CraftHub’s awesome website here.

Hope to see ya again soon,

Bobbi MyWiredImagination

 

Just a Few Days Left – SUPER SHINY Sale

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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Happy Full Moon Monday :)
Just a quick note to let you know there is still a few days left in my SUPER SHINY Sale – 25% off my ENTIRE Etsy Shop MyWiredImaginationALL Finished jewelry, Tutorials,  Jewelry Supplies, Gems and Crystals 25% off – even already discounted tutorial packages :D                                  ♥♥♥ Sale ends Thursday, February 28, 2013.♥♥♥

 
Shop happy, and have a great week,
Bobbi

 

Winner for the Tanzanite Crystal Ring

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Good Morning Sweat Peas!

Congratulations Anna!!

Congratulations Pam Sinclair!!

 

We finally have a winner for the ring posted January 31st, 2013. The correct size is 6 3/4 and the first person to guess correctly was Anna – Please contact me either here or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your new sparkly to you.

When I get caught up on my “chores” I will check the folder on Facebook to see which ring has the most “likes and comments” to be the next ring in the game.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you’re notified as soon as I pick the next ring in the game “Guess My Size”.

see ya soon,

Bobbi

PS Sorry you didn’t contact my Anna – Congratulations Pam Sinclair!!

 

 

Guess the Ring Size January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Congratulations Lindell Radloff

Congratulations
Lindell Radloff

Yes Virginia, we have a Winner! Sorry, am running out of quippy intros for the game :)

The winner for the 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline ring is Lindell Radl0ff, who was the first to correctly guess size 5. Since I already have your mailing address Lindell, your new shiny is all bundled up, and off to the PO tomorrow.

On to the next ring. Time for a Tanzanite :D

Guess the Size January 31, 2013

Guess the Size January 31, 2013

The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Tanzanite. Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic)  – this ring however doesn’t have any flaws; I just thought it’d be fun to add to the game. It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 2 tutorial, which btw is on sale right now – just sayn’ ;)

Sooooo –  post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE.  Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise .

Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner (it may be you) and a new ring.

Guess happy,

Bobbi

 

Guess The Ring Size Game January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Good Morning my pretties  :D Well here’s a twist – no one correctly guessed the ring size for the ring posted Jan 23, AND Cindy never contacted me on the ring posted Jan 18 – guess she didn’t subscribe to my blog to get notified :(

Congratulations     Beverly Hoagland

Congratulations
Beverly Hoagland

Soooo – Beverly Hoagland had the next closest guesses (without going over) on both rings, and I decided to let her choose which one she wanted. She chose the Montana and Sterling. Congratulations Beverly!!

Congratulations          Sarah G

Congratulations
Sarah G

That leaves the Vintage Glass Opal and Gold Filled ring. After Beverly, Sarah G had the next closet guess without going over – Congratulations Sarah!! The ring is a size 5 ¼ btw. Contact me here on my blog, or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your new ring to you.

 

On to the next ring :D

Guess My Size January 29, 2013

Guess My Size January 29, 2013

The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage Swarovski Crystals in Peridot and Tourmaline.

Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them (I am my own worst critic)  – this ring however doesn’t have any flaws; I just thought I’d add it to the game. :D It is a slight variation on my Marcella Crystal Ring 1 tutorial.

Sooooo –  post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE.  Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise. :D

Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner (it may be you) and a new ring.

Guess happy,

Bobbi

 

It Pays to Be a PackRat

Friday, January 25th, 2013

DSC_4683I am a die-hard Pack Rat – It’s awful – I don’t let go of anything that has the remote possibility of being useful. Note I said ‘pack rat’ not ‘hoarder’ –  there’s a difference – garbage is garbage, but there is lots of useful “stuff” in my collection.  This is one such piece of “stuff”.

I have been playing around with a micro-torch lately, and needed a kiln imagesflame proof work surface – not good to set your bench on fire. I nearly fell off my chair with kiddyness when I remembered this old kiln in my garage. It was a ‘gift’ almost 30 years ago, and I’ve hung on to it all this time, despite not having any idea how to use it – it has no power cord, but looks like it should have one. I’ve never been able to find any useful info on it despite having the brand name “Nova” and the model and serial number. Kiln top and bottomThere are 4 pieces to it; 2 lined cylinders, and the top and bottom which I use to torch on.

My first soldered ringThe cylinders are still in the garage (I’ll find a use for them sooner or later ;)) and I have a great surface to torch on without setting my bench on fire.

Soooooo, what’s in your garage? :D

See ya again soon,

Bobbi

 

 

Time for the “Guess My Size” Ring Giveaway

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Congratulations     Cindy Piper

Congratulations
Cindy Peiper

Good Morning my pretties :) As promised I’m not waiting for Fridays to post a winner and the next ring. The size for the ring posted Jan 18, 2013 was 9 1/2 – the first person to correctly guess it was Cindy Peiper – Congratulations Cindy – (Don’t forget to contact me here or on Facebook with a mailing address so I can get your ring out to you).

Guess My Size January 23, 2013

Guess My Size
January 23, 2013

The next ring with the most comments and “likes” on Facebook is this one in 14k GF wire and Vintage WG Pink Glass Opals. Some of the rings that will end up in this game, may have minor flaws that prevent me from selling them  (I am my own worst critic)  this ring however has no flaws, it was just an experiment  with my Marcella Crystal Ring 2 tutorial, that wasn’t quite what I had in mind :D.

Sooooo –  post your guess for the size here in the comments, and the first one to correctly guess will win the ring – FREE.  Guesses are only valid here on my blog – 1 guess per person – and if you win a ring, please be fair, and don’t try to win another one for a month. There will be plenty of rings in the future, I promise :).

Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post a winner and a new ring.

Guess happy,

Bobbi

 

Time For Guess The Ring Size

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Congratulations Perri Jackson!!

Congratulations
Perri Jackson!!

Happy Friday my Pretties – Bet you thought I forgot – nah, just a bit late.

The size for last week’s ring was 3 1/2  – The first person to guess it was Perri Jackson on Facebook – Congratulations Perri!!

For those of you who have come fashionably late to the party, the first person to correctly guess the size of the ring I post, wins that ring – FREE.

I am changing the game up a bit – part of why I’m late – I had several comments on Facebook, where folks were confused as to where to vote, and one full blown complaint (fortunately sent privately)  that because guesses were everywhere, I “would cheat” and just pick whomever I like. That almost made me quit the game, but then what would I do with all these rings :)

January 18, 2013 Guess My Size

January 18, 2013 Guess My Size

 

Soooooo…. All votes are now here on my blog posts only. PLUS, you only get one vote – awwww, I know – but on the upside, I won’t wait til Fridays to post a winner and a new ring – more like every 3 or 4 days. How’s that? :) You can vote for the next ring in the game – each time I need to post a new ring, the one with the most comments will be the next one in the game. Please don’t post your size guess in the comment, it won’t count. Rings that will eventually wind up in the giveaway can be viewed here on Facebook.

Have fun with game – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, so you get notified as soon as I post winners and a new ring.

Guess happy,

Bobbi

 

Guess the Ring Size Friday – Jan 11, 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Happy Friday – Time For “Guess My Size”

January 4, 2013 Guess My Size

Congratulations
Courtney Tucker!!!

The size for last week’s ring is  7 3/4 – The first person to guess it was Courtney Tucker here on my blog – Congratulations Courtney!!

Simply put…       Each Friday I will post a new ring to                                                 This Week’s Ring in “Guess My SizeJanuary 11, 2013 Guess My Size
The first person to correctly guess the size of the current ring posted will win that ring, and I’ll send it to you – FREE.

Every Friday I’ll announce the winner for the week and the next ring in the game. You get 3 guesses per ringOne on the current week’s blog-post if you’re subscribed here on my blog; One on the current ring picture on my Facebook, and a 3rd guess IF you share the current picture or post somewhere on the net and let me know about it in a comment here or on Facebook – the share can be on your own blog or Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever social media you prefer.

So your vote doesn’t get lost, please only vote on the current blog post,  or on the current ring photo on Facebook.

Happy Guessing,

♥Bobbi

 

Happy Friday – Time For “Guess My Size”

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Congratulations Sally Bolene Wooten

Congratulations !!!
Sally Bolene Wooten

The size for last week’s ring is 9 – The first person to guess it was Sally Bolene Wooten on Facebook – Congratulations Sally!!

Simply put…
Each Friday I will post a new ring to This Week’s Ring in “Guess My Size”January 4, 2013 Guess My Size
The first person to correctly guess the size of the current ring posted will win that ring, and I’ll send it to you – FREE. Every Friday I’ll announce the winner for the week and the next ring in the game. You get 3 guesses per ringOne on the current week’s blog-post if you’re subscribed here on my blog; One on the current ring picture on my Facebook, and a 3rd guess IF you share the current picture or post somewhere on the net and let me know about it in a comment here or on Facebook – the share can be on your own blog or Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or whatever social media you prefer.
So your vote doesn’t get lost, please only vote on the current post here, or on the current ring photo on Facebook.
Happy Guessing,
♥Bobbi
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Doing the Happy Dance

Monday, December 31st, 2012

aka "Honey I Shrunk the Bracelets"

aka “Honey I Shrunk the Bracelets”

“Congratulations! Your design has been selected for the second round of judging in Fire Mountain Gem and Beads 2012 Swarovski Elements Jewelry-Making Contest.”

What an awesome way to end the year!!! Normally a trip out to the mail box is just a depressing assortment of bills and spam – not today….. I got a letter from Fire Mountain Gems!!!Crstal Cube Hoop Earrings

As soon as I saw the return address I started a little jig in the yard – of course, I quickly stopped, so as not to frighten the neighbors lol.

I am so totally tickled *insert big cheesy grin here*

Finalist 2011 Swarovski Elements Jewelry Making Contest

Finalist 2011 Swarovski Elements Jewelry Making Contest

Last Year was awesome winning a Finalist slot in their 2011 challenge – Here’s crossing my fingers in hopes to do it again ~~~ Wish me luck :D

Happy New Year everybody!!!

Bobbi

“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk