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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Artfire Collection

I have managed to get a few more items listed in my new Artfire shop. You can shop right here on my blog!  One of the features of Artfire is the collections.  They are a little like the treasuries on Etsy for those who know Etsy. Unfortunately Folksy doesn't have that facility (maybe in the future...)
I have been very fortunate in the short time that I've had my Artfire studio to have had items featured in several lovely collections.
This is the most recent, it's full of gorgeous blue items and my polymer clay pendant necklace is included. I'm very grateful to the curators of this and the other collections I've been included in. (You may have seen them posted on my Facebook page)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

jigsaw Puzzle Cutters

For some time now I have wanted to make polymer clay pendants and earrings in the shape of jigsaw puzzle pieces. I have tried in vain to find cutters and I knew I could not do them freehand.
By chance I read a question on an Artfire forum from someone looking for the Artfire studio that sold cookie cutters.  
I found Cookie Cutter Guy  -  a brilliant shop that makes custom cookie cutters.  I emailed Sandy who made me 2 cutters, a small one and a really small one!  They are perfect, I'm so pleased with them, and here are photos of my first attempts.  I couldn't wait to share the results. These aren't perfect and I want to define the texture with inks - but first I have to buy some inks.  Once I perfect the technique you will see them listed in my Artfire and Folksy shops. 


Friday, 1 October 2010

My new shop

Well first of all,  if you are on Facebook you may have seen that I'm in the USA right now!  I'm visiting my daughter, son in law and gorgeous grandchildren.  I'll be here for 5 weeks, which will fly by I know but I intend to enjoy every last second.  I'll be posting from time to time to let you know how I'm getting on.  I'll be taking lots of photos of course so watch this space, also my Facebook page.
Some of you may also have seen the buzz around Facebook and on Etsy about the deal on Artfire to get a pro shop over there for just $5.95 (that's less than £4) per month.  I decided it was worth a try so I signed up and it's just been activated.
I started by transferring a few items over from my Folksy shop (which is in holiday mode while I'm away. I plan to get busy making beads and some jewellery in a day or two when I've recovered from the journey to get here.
The basic free Artfire account allows you to list unlimited items, you get a shop with a banner but can't rearrange your shop, have featured items or categories.  Once you go pro you get a lot of tools to help you sell.  I'm excited to get categories which we are waiting for on Folksy.  I can also set up a shopfront on Facebook (again eagerly anticipated soon on Folksy) which I will do soon.
For now I've put a small shop front on this blog which you can see just to the right of this post! You can shop directly from here!
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