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Guess the Ring Size Friday – Jan 11, 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”

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

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 😀

Happy New Year everybody!!!

Bobbi

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

 

 

 

Guess My Size – Ring #2 aka Freebie Fridays

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Well It didn’t take long for folks to guess the first ring  – Congratulations Bonnie !! – So on to the next one – Please see my earlier post Happy Holidays and Guess My Size for info and entry rules.

I am going to slow things down just a bit though or you’all will guess them faster than I can take pics and add them to the game. Since I started this on a Friday, winners and the next DSC_4473ring will be announced just on Fridays. Oooh how’s this for a title – Freebie Fridays? Works for me lol.

Happy Guessing,

Bobbi

 

Happy Holidays and Guess My Size

Guess My Size #1

Good morning fellow jewelry junkies – are you having a good holidays? Mine have been okay, though I’ve been having to deal with some ugly personal issues, but that story is for another day, and not what I’m writing about today.

Some of you may have noticed the ring sale I have running in my Etsy Shop – now even though I’m saving for a good video camera to do video tutorials (Santa skipped my house), and taking advantage of my sale would be really cool, that’s not why I’m writing today either. 🙂

Aside from needing a video camera, I started the sale because I realized I’m buried in rings. You see when I make rings (and all jewelry in general) I don’t really make them with shop inventory in mind. To break it down, I’d say about 50% are made in developing new designs for tutorials; 20% I make for myself (though I really don’t need any more); and the other 30% I make just to see what I come up with.

While I was (am) photographing and listing pieces, I’ve run across quite a few, that for one reason or another I can’t “sell” them. To me they have some kind of  ‘flaw’, and I would hate for someone to buy them and notice the flaw, though I am my own worst critic (I’m told), and the buyer probably wouldn’t see a flaw.

In any case, I can’t just throw them away – they are all made with good crystals or gems and Sterling Silver and/or 14K Gold Filled wire. Soooo, the reason I’m writing this post (you knew I’d get around to it sooner or later) is to have some fun with them.

:)Simply put – You guess the ring’s size, and I’ll send it to you – for FREE. Yes, you read that right – for FREE, the first person to guess the size of the current ring offered gets that ring, no strings attached. I’m only going to post one ring at a time – when someone wins it, I’ll post another one (I have about a half dozen or so right now, and I’m sure I’ll add more). If you’d like a sneak peek at some of the rings that will end up in this game, I will post them on my Facebook Page in the photo folder “Guess My Size” – note: the order of the photos is not the order they will show up here, hee hee.

You’re welcome to comment on the photos, but guesses posted on rings other than the current ring won’t count and will be deleted. I guess that would be a rule  – there has to be rules right?   Rule #2 – You have to subscribe to my blog  – that’s to your benefit too, so you get notified the minute I post a new ring in the game 🙂 Rule #3 – You only get 2 guesses – one in a comment here, and one on the Facebook post – if you post more guesses in either place, I’ll just use your first ones. That’s enough rules right? Play nice so I don’t have to add anymore 🙂 For a third guess at the current ring offered, share this post on Facebook, and let me know in a comment here or on Facebook 🙂

Guess my size #1The first ring up is Sterling Silver and a Vintage Swarovski Crystal that WAS the color ‘Seal’. The ring was in the tumbler for only 5 stinkin’ minutes, and all the color’s gone? See the ‘flaw’? 🙂 As a rule, short spins in the tumbler have no affect on the crystals, but not for this one I guess. I suppose I should be grateful to find that out now, but I paid an awful lot for those crystals to have the color come right out :(. Other than that it’s a great ring – have fun, and Guess My Size 😀

See ya soon – good luck,

Bobbi

 

 

 

Treasured Hearts Charm Holder Pendant Tutorial

Some of you may know my Mother passed away in 2005. August 1st was her birthday. 

I had been wearing some of her charms just strung on a chain, and thought it time for  something better. I played around making the charm holder pendant as a way to cheer myself up a bit. A friend suggested I should show people how to make it, since I wasn’t the only one (to wear charms strung on a chain). So here it is ~ I hope you like it.

Materials needed:

7 to 12 in. (17.8 to 30.5cm) 16ga ½ hard round wire. (depending on the size of the pendant you want to make.)   2 or 3 – 6mm(or larger) jump rings.

DSC_3086 Cut and clean a 7 inch (17.8cm) piece of half hard round wire.With your round nose pliers grasp the wire 2 in. (5.1cm) from the end of the wire.
DSC_3094 Cross the wires over the pliers, and spread them just far enough apart to create a loop.
DSC_3098 Use your thumb to shape the left lobe of the heart.
DSC_3102 Continue shaping the wire, until it looks something like this.
DSC_3103 Hold on to the completed side of the heart, and use your thumb to shape the other lobe of the heart.
DSC_3105 Slide 2 or 3 jump rings onto the shorter wire. These will act as the ‘bail’ for your pendant.
DSC_3110 Use chain nose pliers to wrap the short wire around the long wire.
DSC_3119 This is how your pendant should look at this point.
DSC_3122 With your thumb, shape the long tail of wire into a curve.
DSC_3125 With round nose pliers, grasp the wire roughly 1 inch below the wrapped wire, and bring it around the jaw of the pliers to create the bottom loop.
DSC_3132 Create a hook in the end of the wire. This will be the “latch” for your charm holder.
DSC_3146 Tada 🙂 Add some hammered texture and some charms and you’re good to go.
DSC_3149 This is mine, though I think I might need to make a bigger one.

Thank you for visiting! If you’d like the full version of the Treasured Hearts Charm Holder, please visit my Etsy Shop or My-WiredImagination.com.   Instant Download available at both locations.

Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,

Bobbi

Cool Tools for Etsy Sellers

Let me start by saying I LOVE working for myself. Granted the hours are very long – on average 12 to 16 hours a day, every day; no paid sick days, no paid vacation days, and the constant feeling I’m sooooo far behind. You might think I’m whining, but I’m not – okay maybe just a teensy bit, but I’ll try to keep it at a minimum.

I would love to have an assistant, but it’s just not in my budget – I hear you snickering – yes I have a budget. O.o   So instead of an assistant, I’ve been on the hunt for some simple tools to help with the workload. I’ve found several that are so far really useful, and thought I’d share. 🙂 All of these are built on the Etsy API so they integrate with your Etsy flawlessly.

First up is Etsy Shoptimizer – It’s a free app that is a ‘report card’ of sorts to help you optimize your shop. It’s super simple to use and covers a ton of useful information and suggestions.

An oldy but a goody I use on a weekly basis is Craftoplolis also know as Etsy Shop Lovers. It can be a little slow to load if you have a ton of product in your shop, but it’s incredibly useful to see “hearts” , listing information, and batch edit your listings for everything but tags.

Which brings me to one of the newer tools I’ve tried;  BETSI – Bulk/Batch Editing Tool. There are 2 versions; one at a $9.00 monthly subscription rate, and a free BETSI lite. I personally like the full version, and think the subscription rate is well worth it. BETSI Lite would work really well for newer shops with fewer listings, and little to no deactivated or expired listings. There are several other batch editing tools available; some I just didn’t care for and a couple I hated, but you can decide what works best for you.

The newest tool I found is something of a “Holy Grail” kind of app for any Etsy Seller with digital products. Instant Digital Download Delivery for your Etsy shop by CraftHub.me. It is built on the Etsy API but not yet on their apps list – it only just became live August 16th. It was super simple to set up, and you get 5 transactions for free to test drive it. “Transaction” is defined by total sale, not the number of files sold. 🙂 There are several payment plans to suit your needs, and you can upgrade as your sales grow. If you do a search on Etsy for instant downloads you’ll see a ton of listings, but if you read their descriptions you’ll see they’re confused on what instant is – “within 24 hours” is NOT instant. As far as I can tell there are currently only 4 shops that truly have Instant Download available – (one created her own coding) and the 3 shops using CraftHub – Me 😀, SwellandGrand printable invitations, and FancyDogStudio who is partnered with CraftHub. I’m sure this list will grow as word gets around.

There are tons of other tools for Etsy sellers and buyers available. If you haven’t ever clicked the little link in the lower left corner of Your Etsy Resources you really should. I’m sure there is an app for just about everyone!!!

You could find the perfect assistant you’ve been searching for. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – comments and questions are always welcome!

wrap happy ~ Bobbi

 

 

 

 

Featured on The Beading Gem Journal

Are you a fan of the Beading Gem Journal?? I was totally thrilled to be featured on Pearl’s blog this week – Thank you, thank you Pearl!!!  There’s still time to enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to MyWiredImagination  (drawing ends this coming Monday 01/23/2012) – check out Pearl’s wonderful post at http://www.beadinggem.com/2012/01/mywiredimaginations-50-gift.html for details to enter

Good luck and……
Wrap happy,
Bobbi

 

 

 

 

New Tutorial Release – Crystal Hoop Earrings aka "Honey I Shrunk the Bracelets

These wonderful hoop earrings evolved from my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet design. They can be made as big or as tiny as you like – I’ve “shrunk” them down small enough for a nose ring and of course they started as a bracelet :). This is a high-level beginner to intermediate project. The project is not complicated, but does assume you are familiar with; basic wire handling skills, such as cleaning, straightening wire, turning a basic loop, and completing a basic binding wrap.
The tutorial is available in both my Etsy Shop and on Craftsy. I hope you get a chance to check it out – while you’re there check out other fun designs you may have missed like the Knot a Ring, and Cuffs and Vines Earrings.
♥Wrap Happy,
Bobbi

 

 

Post One Promote One…..

Hey Fans Of My Wired Imagination – Join me in Post – Promote – Share
Just one little catch 😀
Promote fellow handmade artists/friends. Show off your work and the work of your friends and fellow artists.
You can post as many different items as you like, but you must be a fan, and for every item you post, you have to promote a different artist/item in return……
Promote HandMade – Post – Promote – Share
You can post to discussions or to the wall with the title “Post One – Promote One”
http://Facebook.com/MyWiredImagination

thank you for visiting…..

~Bobbi
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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha

2 Hinged cages and a Locket – Tutorial

After 2 computer crashes, countless re-writes, and a heavy teaching schedule, I finally finished my newest tutorial – 2 Hinged Cages and a Locket. It grew much larger than I originally planned, with 3 FULLY ILLUSTRATED variations. I seriously considered separating out the Locket variation as a stand alone tutorial, but the “leave it in” part of my brain won the toss.

This tutorial teaches you step by step how to create a basic hinged cage, with or without beaded embellishments. This is a wonderfully versatile design to hold a favorite stone, maybe a love note, or a treasured trinket. Once it is on a chain, it is virtually impossible to come open by accident.
As a bonus this tutorial also includes 2 COMPLETE step by step variations including a crossed wire and locket style cage.
The owner of a local bead shop showed me the mechanics of the hinge close to 15 years ago. A very dear friend of mine, Master Wire Worker Ed Sinclair, created a published one in 1994. He has generously given me permission to share my versions of the basic cage and a crossed wire technique that he developed years ago.

This is an advanced level tutorial – it assumes you are familiar with basic wire techniques and improvising when needed. It is 28 pages with 67 steps and over 100 crisp, clear photographs. The file size is 2.3MB.

Don’t be intimidated by the length and number of steps – This tutorial covers 3 FULLY illustrated pieces. While this is an advanced level tutorial, intermediate wire workers with a solid foundation of basic wire wrapping skills can, with patience, complete this design.

Thank you for visiting……. Bobbi

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Bhuddha

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line Be Seen, Be Seen, Be Seen ~~PART 3~~

Okay – class?, class?, class? – oops sorry, had a Sister Mary Elephant flashback.

Before I move on, I’d like to share a small experiment I did recently using elements from the first 2 Be Seen articles. You did read them didn’t you?
I recently put 4 photos up in my Flickr account – 2 of the Mens’ Diamond Ring, and 2 of the Double Swinging Topaz pendant (both are in the gallery here). One each (ring and pendant) photos, I just added to my jewelry groups I belong to. The other set I added to my groups AND added them to Diigo, Mr Wong, Delicious, and Stumbleupon. The view differences were staggering. For the ring photo 1 (heavily bookmarked) the views were 134 for one day, while the un-bookmarked photo 2 received only 43 views. The same for the pendant photo 1 – bookmarked, the views were 271, and photo 2 received only 15 views. Social bookmarking DOES work.

Google Tools

Now that you’ve added your work in every social bookmark you can, (http://mywiredimagination.blogspot.com/2009/10/getting-your-work-noticed-on-line-be.html ) and started a blog (http://mywiredimagination.blogspot.com/2009/09/getting-your-work-noticed-on-line-be.html ), now it’s time to for more tools to get you into searches, and see how well things are working, AND see what needs to be changed to be more effective.

First you’ll need to get a Google account if you don’t already have one. Now before you start groaning about having another e-mail account (I can hear you), aside from being about the best e-mail service on the planet (no I don’t work for them), it is loaded with simple, but very useful tools. Gmail is free, and though it may take a little getting used its well worth it.

1) You have the ability to enable POP3 settings (without having to pay extra like Yahoo), so that you can still use Outlook, and Outlook Express mail.
2) You can have all your other mail accounts forwarded to Gmail, and access them all from one location, and set up filters and folders to easily keep track.
3) You have labels and filters, you set up so your mail is automatically sorted and labeled, and be color coded. Corra helped to put this one to the best use, as I have it set up to sort my sales, and PayPal receipts.
4) There is built in chat with other Gmail contacts, with one click…
5) A one click vacation responder with personal message…
There is a search mail function that actually works well, and tons of other features.
2 of the most useful features (I bet you thought I wasn’t going to get to it) are Google Alerts and Google Base

Google Alerts “http://www.google.com/alerts”
I have igoogle as my homepage, so to get to alerts, I just click on the “my account” link at the top right. Underneath your profile and personal settings are the tabs to access all sorts of useful goodies besides Alerts and Base.
Adsense — Blogger — igoogle — Talk — Docs — Orkut — YouTube — Gmail — Picassa Web Albums — Adwords — Groups — Web History
If you click on “more under try something new”, you have a full page of tools worth checking out.

Once you are on your account page, click on alerts. For the most part you will want to choose “comprehensive” to get the most information from your alert, but you can set the alert for specifics, such as news.

Now you enter your search terms – You’ll want to create a new alert for each term. Set up alerts for your name; your user ID – all of them if you have more than one; your shop name, again all of them if you have more than one; your products, especially if they are very specific, such as the name of a tutorial or a very unique design to YOU (try not to use just the term ‘tutorial’, you’ll be flooded with all kinds of miss-information); the title of your blog(s), the address of your blog(s); your username at every site you’re registered at, or have an account with such as http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbi-Maw

There are no limits to how many alerts you can create, so ‘cover all your bases’. Set up a folder for “Google alerts”, and color code it so it doesn’t get lost in your mail.

Not all returns will pertain to you, but those sometimes provide useful info too, in helping to refine your alerts, and see what people are searching for. I set my alerts to once a day – that’s once a day for EACH alert, which depending on how many alerts you have, will determine how much info is returned. Most alerts will show what folks were searching for, and where they finally landed in their search.

Google Base
“http://www.google.com/base”
Now to help move you along, there is Google Base, a free service for submitting all kinds of content for Google to host. You manually put your products and info into Google search engines. You can post items one at a time; use a data feed by uploading a spreadsheet or XML file which allows you to uploaded multiple items at one time; or for the techno-savvy there is API.

All 3 options have wonderful, very detailed instructions.

If you already have an Etsy shop – http://letsets.com has a free Google Base formatter. You just enter your user name or ID number and click “fetch my items”. It returns a complete list of all your shop items. At the bottom of the list, is the link to save the XML file to your computer, and even a link right there to take you back to Google Base to input your whole shop into Google.You can set it to renew on a monthly basis, or delete and re-create it, it if you have a lot of changes in your shop.

Now if you’ve stuck with me through all this go have a beer, cup of hot tea, or play at recess – you earned it.
Thanks for listening….SEE ya soon………..
~Bobbi
http://MyWiredImagination.etsy.com
http://www.KarmaWired.blogspot.com

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line Be Seen Be Seen Be Seen ~~PART 2~~

There’s lots of tips and tricks I’ve tried, too much for just one or two articles, so here’s is another ‘installment’ – Hope you find it useful.

Did you finish all the suggestions from the first article? No??? What ever have you been doing? snicker – sorry – ahem – There’s a little more to Blogs and Flickr, I wanted to mention….

For those of you just starting out, if you don’t already have a blog – Get One? Blogspot.com makes it incredibly easy to create one – there is a nice selection of standard templates, and tons of help and how-to guides for creating one. They are easily updated when you get brave enough to mess with the html code…And before you start groaning (I can hear you), if I can do it, anyone can! Now there was a time I swore I would never have one, and couldn’t for the life of me see the point – Now I have 2. Aside from showing off what I’m up to jewelry wise, they’re fun and a great “release” of sorts.

When you start getting your work “out there”, people want to know what you’re working on, how you made it (what inspired you). When people start to find your blog more and more, they become more interested. You can even attract followers – folks that like what you’re writing about, and want to keep up to date. Talk about your shop you have, Etsy, Artfire, or whatever – do a post about the latest craft fair you went to and/or were in – a great new piece you just struggled to make and now your tickled pink with. Every now and then, throw a personal post in there – not the new sexy nitey you got to wear for hubby, you won’t like the followers you get with that – but say – What you got or made yourself for your birthday – A great holiday to Australia you went on – Your roommates hilarious attempt to bring a motorcycle home in the car. Something that adds a feel for who you are, what you’re like – a more personal touch to the jewelry they are going to go buy in your shop. And yes people become interested in your work, and want to buy it – or ask do you have a tutorial for it. That’s exactly how I got started selling tutorials on-line BTW. I have taught in person for years, but it wasn’t until my blog that interest in tutorials came about – Well that and the encouragement of a very dear friend.

When you write your posts, make sure you add photos (blogspot does most of the work on this one too), but try not to over load it, remember some of your readers might be on dial-up. I try to keep the number somewhere around 3 or 5. The odd number comes from my art and photography classes, many years ago – It helps keep the piece balanced and pleasing to look at. If you write just a short post, use just one photo, place it to one side, and wrap the text around it.

One of the biggest things to remember about adding photos, is to make sure, they are crisp, clear, and well focused. You don’t know who’s going to look at them, and while they may look okay on a small screen, you have to think about if someone is going to look at them from a bigger screen computer, or if they are going to blow it up to get a better look.

Once you have a blog and Flickr started – tie the 2 together. Blogspot makes it so easy to add a slide show from Flickr. All you have to do is go into your ‘dashboard’, click ‘layout’, select ‘add a gadget’, enter your Flickr user name, click ‘save’ – poof you’re done. That wasn’t so painful, was it? If you already have an Etsy shop, you can add your ‘Etsy Mini’ in a similar fashion. Artfire has some great promo buttons, that unlike Etsy, actually link back to YOUR shop.

Both Flickr and Blogspot have wonderful widgets to add to your Flickr and Blog to provide more information, or to be entertaining, just try not to get TOO carried away – (I’m still working on that one BTW)……

see ya soon…..I’ll Be Back with more 🙂

~Bobbi

Getting Your Work Noticed On-Line – Be Seen, Be Seen, Be Seen

While a couple of articles have been written on this already – I thought they left out a lot – So here’s my ‘stash’ of useful goodies and thoughts…
Whether you have a shop (or two) on-line, a blog, or just pictures of great jewelry you make – none of it means anything if people don’t see it.
Here lately in my own efforts to get my work “out there”, I’ve ran across a lot of ideas, tips, and tricks for trying to ‘get seen’ – Some work, others, not so well.
The first is a collection of what’s called “social bookmarking”. Bookmarking services (free), keep track of your bookmarks on-line (useful in itself in the event of a computer crash), but in my opinion, under-utilized in promoting yourself.
The light went on for me when I got an Artfire shop. It comes with wonderful ‘shop stats’. Besides showing how many hits you’ve gotten – it also shows the referring URL – where and what someone was looking at, when they came to your shop/blog/whatever. There are great widgets you can put on your blog, and Flickr that will provide similar stats. Flagcounter, and Feedit’s LiveTraffic are 2 of my favorites.
Addthis.com provides free code to add the “Share Button” to blogs, Facebook, MySpace, and stand alone web sites to make it really easy for others to share your work too.
Back to the bookmarking – This is the ‘short list’ of what’s out there – Some work, others’ don’t, and some may not pertain to what you’re trying to accomplish, but you can try them out for yourselves. – I have an account (free) in about 90% of these, and I’ll go through and highlight some of my favorites. You can ‘Google’ any of these to get the actual URL, and a short description…..
Some of these you’ll notice aren’t exactly ‘social bookmarking, but they perform a similar function…The idea being to get SEEN… When you set up an account, make sure you put links in your profile of everywhere your work can be found and/or purchased.

Ask – Furl – Reddit –
Backflip – Google Bookmarks – Segnalo –
BallHype – Kaboodle – Simpy –
Bebo – Link-a-GogoSlashdot
BlinklistLinkedInSpurl
Blogmarks – Live – STUMBLEUPON
DeliciousMagnolia – Tailrank –
Digg – Mister WongTechnorati
Diigo – Mixx – Twitter
Multiply – Yahoo Bookmarks –
Fark – myAOL – Yahoo Buzz –
Faves (Bluedot) – MySpaceFlickr
Favorites – Netvouz – Yardbarker –
FeedMeLinks – Newsvine – Yahoo – MyWeb –
FriendFeed – PropellerYouTube
FlixyaBlogLog

Now you’re probably wondering how social bookmarking can help you – Here’s how most of them work – You bookmark a site, photo, item, whatever, and most offer the option for a short description and TAGS, so that your bookmarks are search-able by other users. Be as thorough on your tags as you possible can, and make sure when the option comes up, that you set your bookmarks “public”. (Don’t worry, most have an option to set each bookmark as public or private). One of your primary goals is then to bookmark YOURSELF. Now you don’t want to bookmark just yourself, you’ll turn some people off thinking that’s all you’re are doing is advertising.
Bookmark your friends sites and offerings, artists you admire, wonderful stuff you run across on the web – you surf, you know you do, use it. After a while (a very short time on some) other users will see your style, and tastes, and frequent your bookmarks more often.
My favorite, and according to my stats in Artfire, one of the most used – is STUMBLEUPON. It has free toolbars to add to your internet browsers, and a nicely laid out account format – You can even acquire fans :). Stumble yourself, your newest listing, latest post on your blog – they will get seen! Stumble is wonderful!
Delicious, Diigo, Mr Wong, Magnolia, BlogLog, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, rank close seconds. Delicious, Diigo, and Mr Wong, also have browser toolbars available.
Flickr is under-utilized too in my opinion. There are millions of photo fanatics on the web – use them. When you have an account, (and I posted more info on this at http://www.jewelrylessons.com/jewel/node/7967 ) don’t just include photos of your jewelry. Include pics of your animals, a great wedding you went to, beach photos, your kitchen remodeling project etc, and tag really, really well!! Someone searching for kitty cat pictures for example, finds your photos of your babies, and 9 times out of 10 will look at some of your other photos. They see your pics of your newest works, and while they weren’t intending to shop searching Flickr, your pieces peaked their interest, and they will look for links in your profile, to see where you sell. Before you think that’s all to Flickr, search out any and all groups, (there’s even one for JewelryLessons.com hint, hint) that you can contribute related pictures to..
Here’s an example of what I mean – I love and raise Parrots and Lories – I joined every group I could find related to them, from Pet Birds, to Lorie-ographers, and posted pics of some of my babies. I actually get people from jewelry un-related groups to come and look at my work. They came to look to see what other great bird pics I have, and end up seeing my jewelry. One woman from a Lorie group, made her way to my Etsy shop – Bingo!

Don’t be afraid to join jewelry groups either, even as a ‘newbie’, they can be a wonderful source of encouragement and ideas, and again, your work is making it’s way around the net. People mark their favorites, and someone else looks at their favorites, and marks some of their favorites, and so on, and so on.

One more before I go – (I know you’re thinking you’re reading a revised version of War and Peace) – Don’t forget TWITTER – Now again don’t just post sales or listings, people will tend to get annoyed, and stop following you. Make new friends, keep up with current ones, subtly keep them up to date on what you’re working on…

As I run across new outlets and ideas, I’ll come back and share them here – I couldn’t go through all of what I’ve tried in one article, you’all might fall asleep :))

Thank you for visiting………
~Bobbi
“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. “~Mark Twain

NEW Tutorial Release ~~~ Ornate Double-Terminated Focal-Clasp

Hi All – Just finished my newest tutorial, and am really excited about it! The primary project in this tutorial is a progression of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet. It assumes you either have that tutorial, or are familiar with that style of bracelet. Only the modifications to the ends of the bracelets to fasten to the Cab Top Clasp are covered, not the entire Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial.
When finished the Cab Top creates a nearly INVISIBLE clasp.

This tutorial teaches you step by step the techniques needed to create the Cab-Top Invisible Clasp, along with variations that include the Multi-Strand Bracelet, the Watch-Top Invisible Clasp, and the Ornate Focal Clasp for necklaces. This is an advanced tutorial, though if you’re comfortable in the basic skills set, the steps are detailed enough a patient intermediate level wire worker can accomplish these projects.
I hope you get a chance to check it out! Also available in my Shops – a Bracelet Tutorial Package for both the Swarovski Crystal Bracelet and the Ornate Double-Terminated Focal/Clasp. Purchasing them together saves you 25%!

Many, many thanks to Perri J ShaktipajDesigns for her continued support, friendship, and wisdom.

Background art in the cover photo, courtesy of Sabrina.


Thank you for stopping by…………………Bobbi
“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.” ~Tolstoy