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Featured in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Feb-March 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

 

CraftHub vs Etsy Instant Download Service

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

 

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