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Wire Wrapped Princess Kate Engagement Ring

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I’m so very thrilled and blessed to have my wire wrapped version of the Princess Diana/ Princess Kate Engagement Ring featured in the October/November 2016 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine!! Denise Peck introAND it made the cover too – woo hoo!! Denise Peck, chief editor for the magazine, also wrote a truly lovely intro for it.

There are a few ‘typos’ in the issue, that will be corrected in the digital version,wire wrapped princess Kate ring but sadly it’s too expensive to correct and reprint the newsstand version. One of the most important ‘boo boos’ (aside from spelling my name wrong on the cover) is they listed my Etsy shop, MyWiredImagination.ety.com as having the wire for the project – um…. no!  The resources should’ve read: Wire and Tools from RioGrande.com , Crystals and settings from MyWiredImagination.Etsy.com, and crystal beads from EurekaCrystalBeads.com

 

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All in all, I’m really thrilled with how it turned out!! Look for the issue on newsstands starting Sept 15th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trunk Show – Swarovski Crystals and Settings

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Join me Friday, February 26, 2016 10am to 5pm, for an in-person
crystal sew-on ‘trunk show’ at Crystals, Bangles and
Beads – 425 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Free demos and help, adding yummy crystals in settings to your jewelry designs. Plus….. a new earring design you’ll see only at CB&B

Hope to see you there ~Bobbi

 

 

Shop Early for Christmas!

Now through November 30, 2015 enter coupon code ShopEarlyChristmas15 and receive 15% off your total order!!!
Shop Happy :))♥♥♥
(Total before shipping, $50.00 minimum purchase)

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope to see ya again soon 🙂
Bobbi

LAST Week – Super Sizzling Summer Sale on Craftsy

LAST Week for my summer sale!!! Sale ends Aug 31, 2015 midnight est

ALL Patterns including already discounted packages 50% off !!!

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Learn How To Make Wire Wrapped Rings

Alexandrite and Sterling Siver

Anybody that knows me even a little, knows how much I adore making rings – Check out this post by Gayle Bird on Craftsy’s Jewelry Making Blog. Learn How To Make Wire-Wrapped Rings has fabulous tips for anyone interested in learning how to make wire-wrapped rings.

 

thanks for stopping by!

Hope to see you again soon!!

Bobbi

 

 

How To Make Gemstone Rings: 8 Tutorials

Marcella Crystal Wire Wrap Ring 1
Peacock Mystic Blue Topaz in 14k GF

At some point or another, every jewelry maker considers making a gemstone ring. These tutorials will help turn that idea into a reality.

Check out my post on Craftsy’s Jewelry Blog for 8 great tutorials to make gemstone rings.

Happy creating!

Bobbi

 

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

 

Easy Peasy Post-Stud Earrings – New Tutorial Release

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.

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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

 

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

 

 

 

2 down, 12 to Go – Or How to Register Your Tutorials with the US Copyright Office

So today was a really cool day. I made a trip to my PO box, expecting the regular bills and various sales trash that still plague the earth – and was very pleasantly surprised to find 2 letters from the Library of Congress. You see, almost 8 months ago, I started submitting my jewelry tutorials to the US Copyright Office for registration. At first, I checked my PO at least once a week, sometimes 2 or 3 times, looking for these prized letters. Silly me thought it would only be a matter of a couple weeks, and all my registrations would be sent. Nope, sorry – it’s not quite that easy. Well the registration part is – it’s the “wait for them to be researched, registered and returned” that’s the hard part, especially when patience isn’t your strong-suit.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking – “My tutorials are copyrighted as soon as I create them”, and/or “I put a notice at the end, that says they are my copyrighted works, so I don’t have to register”. Well you’re sort of right. Yes, you have a copyright on your work, as soon as it’s created and/or published; yes your notice at the end, does emphasize that fact a bit more. But, NO, you are not fully protected. It’s still incredibly easy for some nit to come along, and try and say, “no, that’s my work”, and without a Certificate of Registration, you’re a bit hard-pressed to defend against it. Now that same nit can still whine after you get your certificate, but then it is the nit who will be hard-pressed to get anywhere. The other major point, is if you need to file suit against someone for violating your rights, you HAVE TO have that registration before you can take them to court.

No, I’m not planning on taking anyone to court, but I, like every other artist out there, needed to protect myself against the whining nits. The copyright Office takes the time they do, because they do a thorough and exhaustive search, to see if your submission is already out there, and belonging to anyone else. When they send you your certificate, they don’t do it lightly. It’s basically the US Copyright Office standing on your side, saying, “Absolutely, Yes that’s your work”! One extra perk – Your work is also submitted to the Library of Congress as a permanent record! How cool is that?

Now you’d like a little help doing the same for your own tutorials? Well, I’m not an expert, but after 14 submissions, I’m on my way – so here’s some pointers and info to help you through it.

First you need to visit http://www.copyright.gov/ . There are tons of links and tutorials to answer just about any question you could ever have on copyrights. Then click on the eCO login
, read the privacy and security notice, then click on the link for new users towards the lower left side of the page under the login space. Be as complete as possible when you fill in your personal information. it will come in very handy later when you actually start a submission (registering a claim). The submission process has a great feature called “add me” wherever applicable, that inputs all your relevant personal information for you so you are not constantly retyping info.

The biggest hurdle is deciding what type of work you are submitting. For 99% of you, that will be a “Literary Work” in the drop down menu for type. Later in the submission you will have the opportunity to input exactly what all you think is included, ie photos, text, art, instruction, etc. There is a tutorial available at every step of the process if you get hung up. You can save the submission at any point, and come back to it later – very handy. You can work on your submissions as long as you like, there are no time limits set, when you start. It’s only when you send them money, and submit the tutorial does any of it become carved in stone, so take all the time you need.

I found it very handy to fill in every submission, all the way to the payment stage, and then “save for later”. Then whenever I was ready to pay for one, I just clicked on “working cases” in my profile, did one last quick check, and clicked “add to cart”. It’s only $35.00 per submission, and you can upload a pdf (make sure it is secured), directly after payment. You can send the tutorial by snail mail, but you can’t do both. If you send your pdf file, make sure you disable your pop-up blocker for this site first.

It doesn’t take long at all to get the hang of it. You have “working cases” – claims that are started but not paid for; “open cases” – claims that are paid for and submitted, but haven’t been registered by the CO yet; and “closed cases”. Those that have been registered and you have been sent certificates for. You can review any “case” at any time from your personal page after login, and your closed cases from the “my applications” link, also on your personal page.

I hope you take the time to at visit the US copyright Office website. The information is priceless. Other valuable information on the subject can also be found at http://www.sarahfeingold.com/
Comments and questions are always welcome – I’m not a lawyer, but I’ll try to answer you as best I can. If you get really hung-up, and you truly think you need a lawyer, make sure they are fluent in “Copyright Law”, not just patents, and trademarks – different animals all together.

Thanks for listening….

♥wrap happy,
♥Bobbi

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