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

 

 

Perri Jackson in Florida – Actually Twice :)

Hi all – just wanted to let you know – Perri Jackson aka Shaktipaj Designs will be visiting me for just about a week, next week in fact, to get ready for our classes in Oct In Orlando. We plan to play at Buttons Bangles, and Beads on Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, Sat Sept 11th and Monday Sept 13th. Stop by, say hi, and get a sneak peak at some of the designs we are teaching in Orlando. We will not be teaching classes these 2 days, but just providing a little eye-candy to drool on. :)) Also, Perri and I would both love to get to meet some of our internet friends in person!!

Plus don’t forget, there is still time and room to sign up for the Orlando classes. Check put www.beadngemsinfl.com/wire-school.html for more information, and to download the registration information and form.
Hope to see ya soon!
Wrap happy,
Bobbi

 

 

 

Nose Rings aka Honey I Shrunk the Bracelets


Nose Rings aka Honey I Shrunk the Bracelets
Originally uploaded by BobbiWired ~ MyWiredImagination

A friend on another forum really liked how tiny these hoops were getting, and it put the thought in my head, that maybe they would work as nose rings too. Soooooo here they are. Shae had gladly volunteered to be my guinea pig to see if they are comfortable to wear and fasten. I’ll keep ya posted 🙂

♥wrap happy,
♥Bobbi

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“If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your Mother told you to.” ~Unknown

Do you see YOUR work here?

Most of you in the jewelry world are aware of recent events surrounding Corra’s Pipa Knot, and the subsequent infringement posted on JL for sale. Only now is Jewelry Lessons Admin looking into the situation by posting a LOCKED thread on JL asking for facts. http://www.jewelrylessons.com/question/we-need-facts

They asked for facts? Okay – pictures speak louder than words…..

Corra’s Pipa Knot this woman is teaching……..

The translation is hard to read, but she talks about seeing this on the net on a US site before teaching it.

NaturalJewels Indian Bracelet…..


I can’t post any more of Tangocats’ tutorial – They posted the whole work in the blog – I won’t post the link for this either, I think it’s worse than awful.

How about Athereal Minx’s Octopus?

Eni herself isn’t even safe….
Do I really need more?

Blast From The Past Series….. Part Two

Going back to the very beginning, bangle style bracelets were the very first thing I ever learned to wrap more than 20 years ago; what actually started my addiction to wire.

At the time, I was heavy into leather work and Native American style jewelry. I made leather and bone jewelry; custom saddlebags for motorcycles; and yes leather whips upon request. The tooling and sewing were taking an awful toll on my hands, and I needed a new creative outlet. A very dear friend, who owned the bead shop I haunted at the time, suggested wire wrapping. My hands were so bad, I told her, I didn’t think I could do it. I was seriously drawn to it, but it was several months after her initial suggestion, that I decided to give it a try.

She (Millie), sat down with me one night after the shop had closed, and showed me how to make the basic bangle. I still have the very first one here somewhere in my stash. The bracelets above were the next ones I made on my own (the Labradorite on the left was second – the Cloisonne’ on the right my third). The Scarab bracelet in the center was the first attempt at branching out beyond the basics. I was hooked!!! The wire was not near as hard on my hands as I thought it would be – I doubt I would have cared or stopped if it was – I was in love! The Cloisonne bracelet by the way, my Mother snagged as soon as she saw it – she was my biggest fan and snagged most all my “firsts” of any design :)).

Those first few months I couldn’t make enough of them, and after wearing one to work, everyone seemed to want one. I was averaging 10 to 15 bracelets a week, just for the people in the office where I worked.

The only drawback, was the way Millie had taught me to construct them was extremely difficult. Planning took soooo mmuch time, to get the right number of beads, and the wire just right to get the bracelet length right. Those of you who have my Swarovski Bracelet Tutorial, know I don’t construct them that way anymore. The modifications didn’t happen overnight – I experimented with many, many different construction techniques before I settled on the one I currently teach. Please don’t get the wrong idea – there is nothing wrong with the traditional way to make them, I just thought there had to be a better, prettier, and definitely easier way. Sadly Millie has long since passed away – I would have loved to show her how the basic bangle had evolved.

Though I’m definitely a “ring girl”, the bracelet is still one of my favorites to teach. The way I teach the construction now, it’s almost impossible to get the length wrong, and if you do, easy peazy to fix it.

I even experimented with tension setting a faceted stone in this style. Definitely one of the pieces I ran across that I’ll be revisiting…..

Well I’ve bent your ear enough for today, so I’m off to get some “chores” done LOL, and hopefully get some wrap time in!

Thanks for stopping by – Take care and…..
Wrap Happy,
Bobbi


Blast From The Past Series….. Part One

Some of you may know, I recently did a major revamp in my house, and moved my jewelry workspace into my “bird-room”. In the process of organizing and moving everything, I ran across a lot of wire work pieces I hadn’t seen in many years, and had forgotten all about.
That revamp lasted all of a month, and I had to rearrange it all again. You see my roommates’ folks want to move down with us, so I gave them my bedroom, and moved my things into the bird-room…… not all that bad, the room is huge. In the process, I found more “antiques” :))

Most of the pieces I swore would never see the light of day again. Then I got to thinking of a lot of the new wire workers I’ve met over the years, and the comments I’ve heard. “Your work is great, I wish mine were that good.” “I just make stuff for myself, it won’t ever be good enough to show or sell.” There have been oodles of other comments, but you get the idea.

I’ve decided that maybe showing some of my older pieces, wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all. You see very few, if any, wire artists pop into existence fully skilled. I certainly didn’t. My passion for wire started over 20 years ago, and continues to grow and develop everyday. So…. from time to time, as time allows (I’m probably already in hot water that the Cuffs and Vines tutorial isn’t finished yet), I will photograph and post some pictures of my older work, in the hopes that maybe it will inspire a “newbie” wire artist with little self-confidence to keep working at their craft, and not get discouraged.
If wire is what you love, NEVER give up, no matter what. That’s advice I’m going to follow for myself as well.

These are some of the very first pieces I did – over 20 years old for some of them. I haven’t found the very first piece yet, but it’s here somewhere :)) hideous, but it’s here…… So far I’ve found more than 300 pieces – some of them I cringe when I look at them, but others not so much. There are even quite a few I plan on revisiting *grin*. Most of these I had no clue what I was doing. I’d sit at my bench many, many nights putting pliers to wire to see what I could come up with. I desperately wanted to learn wire wrapping, and since no one really taught it, I had to experiment on my own. The Labradorite pendant was what I felt was my first true “success”, though I look at it now and cringe at the tool marks.

The Amethyst Crystal on the right side is from the first wire wrapping book I bought, about 1995, “Moods in Wire” by Ed Sinclair. It’s an awesome book for beginners. Mr. Sinclair is a true Master in our field; is and always be my friend and idol :)).

I suppose I’d better get back to my tutorials – no rest the wicked……… :))

See ya soon………………..
♥wrap happy,
♥Bobbi
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“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pine

LuLu.com You’re Fired!!!

It’s such a shame – I really liked you. Tutorial projects were easy to create – you gave me a really pretty storefront with lots of extras – I had tons of cool projects planned – and Best of all my customers could have instant downloads and/or order a printed copy – all for reasonable creator fees………
Then you got greedy – you added a surcharge of $1.49 per project if any editing was done to the project. and when I didn’t need to edit, YOU put a password on ALL my tutorials behind my back – I didn’t find this out until a customer wrote to me telling me they purchased a tutorial and couldn’t open it without a password.
The only way to get the password off?? You guessed it – upload a new copy of the pdf’s – which of course would count as editing, and bingo – charged $1.49 per project! All attempts at getting real customer service help have gone unanswered. Oh you answered the first time – repeating almost word for word my questions about the passwords but providing no real help with the issue. It has now been a month since these problems started (I’ve written to you 6 times), and you continue to ignore me.
So? YOU’RE FIRED!!!!! Adios – Farewell – See Ya! I have deleted all my tutorials from your site – or should I say tried to – You put them as retired, which I’m sure you will count as editing, thereby charging me $1.49 for each deletion.
I’m sure there is someone else out there who will treat me better, and have real customer service, that actually cares, and provides the services they promise. Be careful LuLu – if you’re treating all your customers this way, I imagine you will get fired a lot!!
BuhBye LuLu

I’m Starting To Feel Cursed……

This year has been really, really rough – one set back after another, after another. If it wasn’t problems with the house, it was problems with my work. After that; relationship problems, major health issues, and financial issues – okay with that one, I’m sure just about everyone feels cursed.

Then there are the day to day curses – plumbing problems, computer viruses, car problems, and squabbling kids (no my kids are not the naked 2-legged versions – your point is?)

For weeks, I have been working on and off on a killer pair of earrings – 13.6 carats of London Blue Topaz – planning out the design, picking just the right complimentary stones – Black Spinel, and beautiful shades of Blue Tourmaline , finding quiet time to work, meticulously analyzing every turn of my pliers so as not to make a mistake. I scrutinized them under a magnifying glass when they were done, and agonized over getting just the right picture of them.

This morning, I just couldn’t leave well enough alone – I just knew I could manage a better shot of them. In setting up the shot…………. I dropped one on my terrazzo floor. Yes I can hear you groaning, and there is no need for me to repeat the barrage of expletives that followed.

As luck would have it – or the curse – it landed pavilion down, and suffered the very smallest of chips on the very point of the back of the stone. Small that is, only if you’re not an up-tight, over-worked, stressed, anal retentive perfectionist. The chip is not visible from the front – or the back when wearing them – but I still see it and – and yes I’m cursed.

thanks for commiserating with me…..
♥Bobbi

“Reverend Jorgensen: Mr. Monk, if you would be so kind as to reattach it’s head. Here’s some adhesive. Some witchgrass. Some coltsfoot. Ah. Mandrake root. Smidgen more. All I need now is the doll.
Monk: Okay, one second.
Reverend Jorgensen: It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Monk: Almost done.
Reverend Jorgensen: It’s symbolic, really.
Monk: There we go.
Reverend Jorgensen: The forces of darkness are gathering.
Monk: Hold on.
Reverend Jorgensen: It doesn’t have to be perfect!
Monk: Wait a second.
Reverend Jorgensen: It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Monk: One second, almost done.
Reverend Jorgensen: Doesn’t…
Monk: Wait one second.
Natalie: Mr. Monk, please, just let him finish!
Monk: Hold on…
Reverend Jorgensen: She’s suffering, Mr. Monk. It doesn’t have to be… okay, that’s close enough” ~ Mr Monk and the Voodoo Curse

I’m Heart-Broken!! Murphy and Gabby – Rainbow Lories

Murphy and Gabby are Swainson’s Rainbow Lories – Aside from their personality, they are absolutely identical. They’ve been with me for about 7 years. They are (were) inseparable. Shortly after I first got them, Murphy became incredibly sick. I was having to take her to the vet every week or so, for shots and weigh-ins. Gabby had to go along, because even separating them for an instant, triggered heart-wrenching contact whistles until they were reunited.

2 months ago, one of them – I don’t know which – got hung up in one of their stuffed toys, and started screaming bloody murder. The other one jumped on the first, and they both proceeded in tearing each other apart. Unlike a lot of birds, there is no “beak-fencing” or “toe-jabbing” during an argument. Lories lock up hard and in a matter of the few minutes it took to separate them, both were badly bloodied.

Now I understood this fight, no matter how gruesome and upsetting it was. One was screaming, and the others’ instinct for survival kicked in. Nature tells them to silence the one that is possibly attracting a predator.

I got out a travel cage, and put Murphy in it, and put Gabby back in the big cage after some much needed doctoring for both. I butted the travel cage up to the big cage so they could get close, but not actually get in contact. After about 2 weeks, I let them get back together, and after a little posturing, all was well. They groomed and cuddled more than any Lovebird pair I’ve ever seen.

All was well until 2 weeks ago. I was standing next to their cage, and they were rolling around on the floor, with this somewhat happy noise that I usually hear when they are bathing. As I stood and watched, to my horror, blood and feathers started flyin’. I scrambled to get into the cage and try separate them. They were at it so hard, I had to just grab one by the tail, and pull them both out together. I had to forcibly pry them apart. And no sooner would I get them apart, than they would run at each other again. Fortunately (for them anyway) I was the only one bit and bleeding this time.

I didn’t understand this fight at all. There was no screaming; no cries of pain and fear. And Murphy, it turns out is the aggressor this time. Gabby, up until now, has always been the dominant of the two. I understand it even less, since after 2 weeks of separation, they still will not tolerate each other. I tried to let them get back together with no success. Murphy immediately goes for blood, and poor Gabby runs for his life. It just breaks my heart! They have always been such a loving couple of birds – they sleep together curled up in a hidey-hut, they feed each other, groom each other constantly – or they did – not anymore. The really sad part is, that while they are separated, the contact calls are constant. The same calls Gabby made whenever Murphy was being examined by the Vet and he was still in the cage. They sit – Murphy in the travel cage, Gabby in the big cage, facing each other – all the while chattering and whistling as if wanting to be together.

I will wait another 2 weeks and s try it again, but I’m afraid that if it doesn’t work, they will have to be permanently separated. I can’t sit and watch them 24/7, and the thought of them having another go-round when I’m not around to break it up physically sickens me. Though no more than them having to live permanently separate from each other. As I’ve said before, it breaks my heart, and brings tears to my eyes, even as I write this.

Thank you for visiting – if any Lorie Guru happens to read this, and has any thoughts on what is happening, I’d love to hear from you.

Flap happy,
Bobbi

“There is no greater delight than to watch two love birds, twittering and chirping merrily as the first rays of the sun appear over the tree-tops.” ~Unknown

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”
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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

Securing Tutorial PDFs

I purchase a lot of tutorials both here and out on the WWW, and it never ceases to amaze me, the number of tutorials that aren’t secured in any way. It’s sad to have to think about it, but in this day and age, it has to be considered.
Why? If your tutorial is not secured, anyone having a copy of it can easily lift both photos and text and place them in a document of their own. Now I know what you’re thinking – “I have a copyright notice at the end of my tutorial, so I’m protected.” No you’re not! These days, a simple copyright statement is not near enough. Anyone with little to no moral values, can and will swipe your content.
Now if they are really determined, there are programs out there that will get past the security by brute force – but why make it easy for them?
There are 2 wonderful inexpensive options out there for you. (Probably a lot of options, but these 2 are my favorites.)

First (and free) is OpenOffice –http://www.openoffice.org/ This is a wonderful alternative to Microsoft Word. It will even allow you to open a completed Word document in Open office, and retain your Word formatting. To create a PDF, you simply “export to PDF’ which opens a wonderful host of options – how the tutorial is viewed; the ability to change the quality percentage to reduce the file size if needed; and add very specific security features. They (Open Office) has great support features to help with any questions about the program you might have. One of the nicest features is the ability to set the pages at “continuous” so the reader sees the information flow, rather than “jump” from page to page. They can view, say the bottom of one page and the top of the next page at the same time, which helps in viewing a complex set of steps.

Second is Deskpdf by Docudeskhttp://www.docudesk.com/desk_pdf_product_home.shtml This one is not free, but for $25.00 is not bad either. This one I consider my “quick and dirty” PDf converter. It has the wonderful option to sit on your desktop, and convert ANY FILE to PDF. It’s quite useful even outside the primary objective of converting a tutorial. The security features in this one are a bit higher than OpenOffice, and a little more intuitive, but it does lack the option to set the PDF to continuous – the pages automatically flip to the next page, when you scroll down to the bottom.

I’ve had several conversations with other artists, that really don’t see the need for securing their document; but you put a lot of work into creating your tutorials and sending them out in the world unsecured is asking someone to steal your hard work.
Thanks for listening 😀 – if you have any questions about these 2 programs, just holler – I’m always happy to help.

~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

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

Fred – Bare-Eyed Cockatoo

Hmmmm, where do I even begin with Fred. First off, he’s a Bare-Eyed Cockatoo, and the reason I almost didn’t get BabyDoll. Fred is definitely a rescue. He had 3 homes and 2 stints in a pet shop before me. When I got him, he had been in a pet shop (the second time) for about a year.
I blame his first home for many of his worst issues. From what I could find out, they took young Fred home, placed him in a nice enough cage set up in the family room. One very important thing they forgot was to put up a gate, at least temporarily, to prevent their 2 very large dogs from running up to the cage any time they felt like it. To compound the issue, the cage was fairly low, putting Fred at eye-level with the dogs. People’s stupidity, or if you prefer, ignorance astounds me. It is amazing how many “educated” adults fail to realize and acknowledge a parrots prey mentality. Unless you prove otherwise, they view just about everything as something that is going to eat them. Nature has programmed them that way for survival.
After about 3 months, Fred’s first owners brought Fred back to the pet shop, and begged them to take him back. Even though they shared their dogs intense interest in him, they couldn’t understand why Fred SCREAMED non-stop. Now if you never heard a Cockatoo scream in distress or fear, it is a blood-curdling noise comparable to fingernails on a blackboard magnified 100 fold.
Fred didn’t fair much better in his next 2 homes. They both had dogs, and though they didn’t allow the dogs to inspect Fred at will, they both went with the opposite “faux pa”. Every time Fred screamed, they came running – “awww Fred, poor Fred”. Bad move….. Now I’m not saying that should completely ignore a distress call, but running to it every time it screams, only teaches it how to call you to come. Both of those 2 homes did seem to really care for Fred, but were over-whelmed with a large ‘Too with emotional issues.
When I met Fred, his screaming had been reduced to a minimum, being there were no dogs in the pet store. Now I have 2 dogs – an English springer, and an African Mastiff, but I felt confident (or cocky depending on your point of view) that I could help Fred overcome is early bird-hood trauma. That coupled with the fact that it was painfully obvious, he would have no other choice than to live his life in my friend’s pet shop. I just couldn’t stand that thought..
After a trip to the vet, standard fair for new arrivals in my home, Fred was introduced to my already abundant “Noah’s Ark”. I’m not sure, but I think the presence of all the other birds in my house was somehow a small comfort. When we got home, I kept his travel cage covered for a bit, to lesson the trauma of a new and strange environment. The cage I had set up was (is) huge. Its actually a double meant for multiple Macaws. he now lives in one half – Laci my African Grey, his next door neighbor. One big plus for Fred is the cage is very tall (almost 8′). He can get well above head-height if he chooses (not something I’d recommend for every bird, but that’s another post).
After he got settled in and comfortable and happy enough to munch some lunch, I let the dogs out of the bedroom. Now my birds have their own room with a gate; the dogs can only walk by, not go in the room. By the way, my dogs, unlike most, have no interest in the birds whatsoever, except for the occasional treat that the birds fling at them. Fred’s initial reaction at seeing the dogs was as expected – he started to scream. I responded in a very “matter of fact” tone of voice that it was okay, and quietly ushered the dogs outside. Fred almost immediately quit screaming; he actually seemed confused at the dogs lack of interest in him.
Over the next week or so, the routine was the same – if Fred saw the dogs, and screamed, I simply (not all gushy) reassured him it was okay, and took the dogs outside. When Fred saw the dogs and didn’t scream, I rewarded him with his favorite treat, warm carrots and honey. Amazingly the screaming stopped (where the dogs were concerned) fairly quickly.
It took Fred nearly 6 months to fully settle into the house and the daily routine. Now Patches (my Springer) has NO interest in the birds whatsoever – the walking marshmallow could care less, even if one flies to the floor. Suie my African Mastiff’s only interest is the bird’s food – including seed. In the beginning if she ventured to close to the gate in her never ending quest for goodies, and Fred became upset, I simply (gently) scolded her and ushered her away from the gate. It didn’t take long for Fred to figure out that Suie’s only interest was his flung food.
These days Suie is a constant source of entertainment for Fred. Fred will deliberately drop seed, peek over the bars to see if Suie is picking them up, and them grab a foot-full of seed and pelt her with it. Her being startled by this, amuses Fred and he starts laughing. if she won’t come over on her own, Fred actually calls her – “come here, Suie, Suie, come here”. She gets pelted with seed if she actually falls for it – which she does, every time. The other favorite entertainment? Fred waits for Suie to lay down and dose off. Fred has learned, that if utters a certain screech, Suie will jump up, run to the front door and bark. Fred being so high up, he can see the driveway and anyone it long before the dogs – that’s actually how that started – now when Fred is bored, he gets amusement from sending Suie to the front door barking. At that point Fred and several of the other birds start barking, and Suie just wonders off to the bedroom to sleep.
Fred has lots of other issues – he is after all a ‘Too – but I’ve rambled enough for one day.

Thanks for visiting
~Bobbi
“You can learn many things from your children. How much patience you have for instance.” ~Franklin P. Jones

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

Meet Artist Gordon Uyehara – Precious Metal Clay

Sunday September 20, 2009
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST

Where:http://www.livevideo.com/liveshow/The-Jewelry-Connection
Join The Jewelry connection for a live interview with guest independent jewelry artist Gordon Uyehara of Hawaii! Gordon is a well loved and highly revered teacher and designer in Precious Metal Clay.
From Mona Hair – Jewelry Connection “His interview will be incredibly informative and his review of work will no doubt be a marvelous experience. It’s an honor to welcome Gordon to the broadcast room and I’m looking forward with great anticipation to sharing this experience with you!”

Where:http://www.livevideo.com/liveshow/The-Jewelry-Connection
Time: 12pm PST 2pm CST or 3pm EST depending on where you are in the USA; if you’re in Europe show time is 9pm except in the UK where it is 8pm

If you create a user ID at this site you may real time text to the show and even join us with your own web cam if you so desire! Nothing at all is required to simply join the broadcast room and watch the show!

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet world renowned Precious Metal Clay Artist Gordon Uyehara. Don’t miss it! See ya there :))

For those of you who haven’t seen Mr. Uyehara’s work, pop on over here to his personal gallery site:
http://www.geocities.com/gtrsolo/index.html

~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