Resin Pendant Video

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Saturday 19 July 2008 at 7:06 am

John W. Golden shows how he makes rings and pendants using paper-based designs, metal ring and pendant bezel components, and epoxy resin. This is a three part video that shows the entire process. He also has an Etsy shop.

Craft Bloggers Unite 07/18/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 18 July 2008 at 6:58 am

Boy! It has been a busy week. I’ve been blogging (as usual), working on some non-crafty writing projects (boring academic stuff, ya know), doing the “day job” thing, and beefing up my Etsy shop. No wonder my office/studio looks like a tornado come through here! I’m not the only busy crafty bee right now, either. Check out these other craft bloggers who have lots and lots going on too.

About Family Crafts
If you are planning a party for an upcoming birthday or other occassion you have to check out some of these great resources! They will help you with everything from planning to cleaning up… Well, almost… Cross Stitch
Stitch up an alphabet mini sampler or collect them all for a larger project. Help a child learn her letters.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a sizzlin’ summer deal for you! Check out her blog to find out the details…

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Over at Craftside there is a fleece flower pattern from the new book Wild and Wonderful Fleece Animals, a pair of necklaces that are simple and unique, a great tip on how to knit odd rows with not a lot of ends, two great ways to make ribbon photo corners and more!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy (that’s moi) talks about how she accidentally inspired a newbie crafter while wandering down the isles of her local Michael’s craft store.

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi’s readers are sending in pictures of the best thing they’ve made so far this summer! Wanna join in?

The Impatient Blogger
Some folks like to kick it old school, but The Impatient Crafter and her crew like to kick it Ye Olde School. Check out this fun filled video tutorial about making acrylic look like burned, aged glass and turning a vintage optical lens into an adorable pendant!

Birthday Jewelry Sale

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Thursday 17 July 2008 at 6:50 am

Kenneth Fron NecklaceNecklace Guy, Kenneth Fron, is celebrating his birthday during the month of July by having a sale on his web site. During the month, if you buy any of his one-of-a-kind necklaces, you will automatically receive $25 off the price when you check out. He’s got it set up automatically so you don’t have to mess with coupons or codes or anything like that.

Pictured is his piece called Oceanique, made with quarter size round, double-sided “coin” powder blue color Tahitian mother-of-pearls, (15) 8mm round turquoise Swarovski crystal beads, (1) Sterling Silver gemstone slide clasp.

Have a craft sale of your own going on or a special announcement you’d like to make? Let me know (tammypowley [at], and maybe I’ll blog about it here on the Crafty Princess Diaries.

Updating with Metal at Etsy

Blogged under Design Ideas,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 16 July 2008 at 6:48 am

fine silver, silver, links, jewelryThese are some of the latest metal items I’ve added to my Etsy shop, along with some sterling silver charms, a few of which I cast a ga-zillion years ago. I’m toying with the idea of maybe focusing more on metal for while over there. We’ll see, though.

I made these using PMC3 and a few simple circle cutters. I sort of think of these as flat beads since they have holes, but probably the term “link” is a better way to describe them.

I have more ready to fire. After firing them and filing them some, I texture them with a ball peen hammer. Fine silver is great to hammer on because you can get some really good texture going with not that much effort. What exactly would I do with these myself, I keep waffling on.

Links are so popular right now, so I know there are a lot of different design possibilities. I made them originally thinking I could add them as cool accent points throughout a beaded necklace, maybe even add some fiber tied around a few of them. But, then again, they’d make some easy and interesting earrings as well, maybe attached to some chain and dangling from an ear hook, all in silver?

Any ideas on how to use these in a jewelry design? I’m open to suggestions.

Crochet Doll Clothes Experiment No. 1

Blogged under Design Ideas,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Tuesday 15 July 2008 at 4:43 am

crochet, blyth dollsMy blog and jewelry web pal, Jean Yates from Snap Out of It Jean! There’s Beading to Be Done, collects those cool Blythe dolls, and because I’ve been looking for smaller items to crochet, I am a doll lover (have a few Madame Alexander dolls from way back when), and I’d like to work on my crochet skills I attempted to make her a few clothing items for one of her dolls. I crochet, how shall I put this? very organically, which is another way to say I just sort of wing it a lot.

I thought this experience might teach me to pay attention. I even tried to write down what I was doing now and then, but then I got into the project and sort of just “did it.” I looked at a few Barbie doll outfits, but I’m just so bad at following directions. That is horrible to admit because I write them all the time, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to do something step by step. I sort of get the gist and head off into la la land.

Skipper in Crochet OutfitI looked all over the web trying to find measurements for Blythe, but this must be some top government secret because other than say her body was about the same size as a Skipper doll, that’s all I could find. As luck would have it, I happen to have my old Skipper doll and dug her out, so she was my model, at least for the top and skirt. The hat, well, I just totally guessed. I’d love it if anyone knows the dimensions of Blythe’s head. Hats would be so easy to make, just a big ol’ circle!

So, here is Skipper, and cut her some slack because obviously Gwenny (pictured at the top) has a little more curve to her hips and a much better hair brush handy!

I may try to make some more pieces. I have a few ideas, and they were actually pretty fun to make. I just wish I could remember what I did so that I could improve on what I already made. For example, I had a heck of a time with the velcro that holds the pieces together. (The buttons are just decorative.) I think also that the skirt, which is supposed to be a kind of wrap around to the side design, is too bulky for what I was thinking.

Here are some other images of Gwenny totally rockin’ this outfit, and you can find more pictures of her and Jean’s other styling dolls here and here.


Gwenny Showing Off the Hat

Optical Pendant & Cool School Necklace Video

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Monday 14 July 2008 at 4:06 pm

Of course, Crafty Princess Teacher that I am, I love the theme of this crafting video by Margot Potter, aka the Impatient Crafter and aka Impatient Blogger too. I can’t actually see myself wearing this to school, but I like how she has a lot of different techniques going on that you could pick out a few and make something similar, maybe just scaled down for those of us who have to work in more conservative circles. For example, the optical lens pendant she makes in this all by itself on a long chain would be still great looking but not so over the top that a few academic eyebrows might be raised, ya know?

A Little Itty Etsy Jewelry Success to Report

Blogged under Crafty Biz by Tammy on Sunday 13 July 2008 at 3:03 pm

metal clay, star charms, charmsOkay, it is only one sale, and just for a few of my metal clay fine silver charms, but hey, it is my first official etsy sale, so I gotta brag!

The extra nice part of it was that this has been the weekend from hell starting with a Thursday ER trip around midnight (DH was sick but doing much, much better now, thanks) and ending (hopefully) with my hard drive deciding to take a huge nose dive. To top it off, my tech support guy is on temporary hiatus and I’ve been having image issues on this blog for weeks. I have had to link over from photobucket or use images loaded before wordpress decided to cop an attitude.

So, when I got an email on Friday that someone wanted to buy some of my little silver stars, well, I was delirious. At least that was one tiny bright spot, and needless to say I wrapped her package with much love and got it out the door asap.
Little Silver Mermaid Charm
I have more items set up to post in my Crafty Princess Etsy shop, including this little sterling silver mermaid charm I cast a zillion years ago and uploaded to my shop just minutes ago. This is actually left over from my days selling charms on Ebay. I took a lost wax casting class for a number of years with my husband. We made a pretty good team because he likes to do the filing and I prefer polishing, so we would both cast items and then help each other with the clean up process.

I will say when my hard drive decided to stop cooperating yesterday, I managed finish up some metal clay pieces I’ve had waiting for some last minute detailing. So, I also have some other metal clay items waiting in the wings for my Etsy store. After warming up for about an hour, my PC decided to work for awhile today and I’ve been typing like a mad woman ever since. I do have a laptop as a back up, but of course, it just doesn’t have what is basically my life uploaded to it.

I’m off to get some more of my Etsy jewelry items ready to post, mainly metal clay pieces I’ve made and a few other leftover charms from the days of my casting class. I still haven’t found the whole niche thing over there yet, but as far as views (which I’ve heard may mean nothing really), it seems the metal pieces are the most popular on my shop right now. We’ll see what happens with that.

Craft Bloggers Unite 07/11/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 11 July 2008 at 9:11 am

About Family Crafts
When you have a day when it is way too hot to spend time outside or when there is another reason you are stuck inside, you can keep busy with these Summer-themed coloring pages. Cross Stitch
Use these tile patterns for bookmarks, borders, and more – let your creativity flow!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s feeling inspired! Enter Aileen’s Artist Manikin Contest and get your groove on creating your own art muse! Click the link to find out the nitty gritty…

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Variety abounds with summer centerpieces, retro gas photos, a sneak peek a couple of fun projects from the new book Felt Inlays, a how to make your own Calligraphy pen from the new book Modern Mark Making and a tutorial on how to convert a photo into a knitting pattern with a free graph of Jon Stewart.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Lesson 3 in Tammy’s series on getting your craft work published talks about submitting your work to magazines.

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi got to test some new Golden’s digital ground products, and a waxed paper transfer collage is the result!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
The Scissors are busy with Summer Sweater Projects

The Impatient Blogger
Madge is in full tilt preparation mode for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Show. ACK!

Swag with Your Jewelry Sales, Yeah or Nay?

Blogged under Crafty Biz by Tammy on Thursday 10 July 2008 at 6:28 am

Years ago when I sold metal charms on Ebay, which my husband and I had cast in our casting class, I never included what is now referred to as “swag,” little extra goodies included in the package you send to customers who purchase products from you. Since then, I have heard a lot about swag and how it is a good way to create a loyal customer base. But when does swag cross the line? When does it become an annoyance to the customer rather than a sweet treat?

I’ve been checking out the Etsy forum now and then, and there was an eye opening thread about when swag goes bad: “Do you NOT like to received freebies with your order?” While I have yet to make my first sale there and admittedly haven’t spent the time I know I need to over there, swag was in the back of my mind when and if I make a sale. Since I’m primarily trying to sell supplies over there, I thought maybe a small bag of beads would be an appropriate freebie item to include, such as some hematite stars, which I think are a good Crafty Princess sort of swag item.

Anyway, I was amazed at how many buyers really don’t like swag, or at least the wrong kind of swag. I think that is one interesting aspect of the Etsy forum. You have a mix of both buyers and sellers over there, so you can hear ideas from both sides of the issue.

So, what are your thought as either a buyer or seller? Are freebies a good thing or just extra junk to toss in the circular bin? What is good swag and bad swag?

Crochet Me Some Flowers

Blogged under Around the Web,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 9 July 2008 at 6:36 am

crochet flower, crochet, crochetmeI’ve been looking for smaller crochet projects to possible tackle lately because it is just so hot out. Face it: crochet + 90-plus degrees in Florida does not = fun! I’m so close to finishing my monster afghan, but sometimes I just can’t bring myself to lug it out of the bag I’m storing it in and cover myself with it while I work on it.

During my search for small but do-able crochet projects, I discovered some adorable crochet flowers along with a wonderful crochet web site and blog called Crochetme. There’s a lot going on at this site (a forum, blog, tips, etc.) but the goodies are in the free projects, lots and lots of them. So, if you are trying to beat the heat and still get a let hooking in 😉 check it out.

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