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Time for the “Guess My Size” Ring Giveaway

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

So What have You Been Up To?

So what have you been up to? Me? I’ve been writing and creating like a crazy person. (Don’t say it – you know I can hear you snicker from here, right?) I just released my newest tutorial – Back to the Beginning – Beginner Bangle Bracelet.  I’ve spent a year writing this one, on and off – re-writing it – editing it….. It’s been a labor of love and a nightmare at the same time.

This tutorial was written for the absolute beginning wire worker. It’s a simplified version of my Swarovski Crystal Bracelet tutorial, but by no means a lesser pattern. This bracelet pattern has evolved over the course of many years teaching students how to wire wrap for the very first time, and has paved the way for my Crystal Hoop Earrings, the Marcella Ring, and many more designs. At the back of the tutorial is tons of information on tools (with photos), wire, suppliers, and all the basic information to get you started. Almost as good as having me right there with you!

In between writing, I have taken small breaks to answer ideas that pop into my head – The Fancy Swarovski Crystal Braceletthe Double Marcella Crystal Ring, and  the Clasp Ring for arthritis sufferers – and tons of Fanciful Flowers you haven’t seen yet….. tease 🙂

So I guess enough chattin’ up for one day, and time for me to get back to work – Next up in tutorials…… Fanciful Flowers Earrings and more 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – See you next time – Don’t forget to Wrap Happy,

Bobbi

 

 

Have You Tried Craftsy Yet?

NO???? Boy are you missing out!!! Craftsy is a wonderful online venue to learn, share and create, and not just for us jewelry junkies either.

Interested in knitting?, crocheting?, felting?, sewing?, jewelry?, quilting?, paper crafts?, embroidery? Craftsy has it all!!!
And if that’s not yummy enough, they recently added Patterns to their wonderful site. They already have thousands of patterns from Independent Designers, and more are added everyday. …….. Wait there’s more 😀 – all of the patterns offered for sale, are available for immediate/instant download – talk about instant gratification!! 😀 And if you’re one of the Designer’s with your patterns on Craftsy for sale, it gets even better, because Craftsy sells for you absolutely FREE!!! No more forking over, up to 50% of your hard work and income to someone else!!!

You gotta check it out – you’ll love it as much as I do!!! All of my work is there :)) check it out….. All of my upcoming tutorials will show up there first too! 😀

  BobbiWired

 

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

 

 

 

 

Faux Bow Angel Wings

Many of you know I spend a good portion of my time in my local bead store.  Being the resident wire junkie, has its perks, it also has its challenges.  One of the challenges is, that I constantly get requests to create or re-create a manufactured finding. The request usually goes something like this….. “I really love blank, but it’s not blank enough. Can you make it for me bigger, bolder, smaller, in silver, in gold, fancier, simpler, blank. blank, or blank.”Angel Pendant

That’s how the Faux Bow Angel came about – they needed bigger angel wings than are commercially available. So to make a long story short… here’s how to make wire “Angel Wings”. You could really make them any size you like, but for this we’re going to make them big – for a pendant size angel.

Materials needed for wings approximately 1 1/2 by 3/4 inches – 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.5cm) 18ga Artistic wire – I like the Non-Tarnish Silver – but you can use any color you like. You can also use copper, sterling, fine silver or gold filled wire, (soft is better.)

Materials for a finished Angel : 1 lg briolette – at least 10 x 20mm drilled top to bottom; 1 bead cone in proportion to the briolette; 1-10mm round bead; 1 4 inch head pin; 1 or 2 6 to 8mm crystal rondell

Tools: flush cutters; chain nose pliers; round nose pliers; extra large round nose ( approx 15mm dia. or larger)

Now if you paid attention to the title, you might recognize the “Faux Bow”  – the angels wings are loosely based on that free tutorial. If you don’t already have a copy – head over to my “Free Tutorials” page to download a copy.

 

After cutting  your piece of wire, straighten it out with your fingers and use round nose pliers to form a small coil at the center.

 

 

 

Hold the wire so the coil hole is straight up and down – not facing you. Place your extra large round nose pliers on the wire to the right of the coil, roughly 1/2 inch from the coil as shown.

 

 

 

Bring the right wire over the pliers, forming a teardrop. The wire should cross behind the coil.

 

 

 

Put the pliers on the wire to the left of the coil, again roughly 1/2 inch from the coil.   Fold the left wire over the pliers, just as you did the right wire, to form a matching teardrop.

 

Your wings should look something like these at this point.

 

 

 

 

Hold the left ‘wing’ and the wire just under it (the right wire you angled to the left) tightly so they don’t move. If you don’t have the finger strength, use a pair of wide nylon jaw pliers. If you let the wires slip on this next part, your wings will shrink and be uneven.

 

Use the wire angled to the right, to wrap tightly around the right wing one time. Leave the wire facing down.

 

 

 

Turn the wings around, so you can get a good grip on the other wing. Bring the free end of the wire towards you, around the wing, and ending in the same direction it was in to start.

 

 

I curled the ends of the wires the same as in the Faux Bow, but you could just cut them short, and tuck them in towards the Angel.

Put your Angel together by threading the headpin from the bottom in this order – briolette, bead cone, crystal rondell, wings, round bead, and another rondell for her halo.

Form a double loop at the top for a bail, and you’re all set – maybe. 🙂

Her wings are cute, but a little too simple looking for me – sooooo….

To give the wings a little more “wingly” shape – At the middle of the outside of the wing, use flat nose pliers – grip the wire, and turn it in towards the center just a bit.

 

 

 

Turn the wings around, and do the same to the other wing.
I think she is just soooo much cuter with her shapely wings.

This one is mine – I kinda like her halo slanted off to one side *grin*

 

I hope you enjoyed a quick peek at Faux Bow Angel Wings. Look for the full tutorial on the Free Tutorials page soon.

Wrap Happy,
Bobbi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitrail Medium Trillion ‘Marcella’ Ring

I played around with these cute 8mm vintage trillion “sew-ons” a couple of weeks ago – the photos are quick kinda crappy phone pics, but you get the idea. They make a sweet ring, even if they are a bit fiddly to work with. They are on my play list for today for another ring and maybe some earrings too 😀

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