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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

 

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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