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Easy curved crystal dangle earring –beading tutorial

Items needed

1 .Head pins -2

2.eye pins – 2

3. 4mm bicones :4 for each earring the least .(you can have more beads based on your preferred length of the curve)

4. Tear drops shaped crystals – 2

5. Bead caps – 2

6. Ear hooks – 2

 

Method

Step 1 : Take the eye pin and bead all the bicone crystals

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 : Do not cut the eye pin yet! Once you have beaded the crystals onto the eye pin , bend the eye pin around any cylindrical object ( a white board marker or pen would be ideal) , to give a “C” shape .

 

Step 3 : Cut off the eye pin as usual and finish with loop .Make sure the loops at both ends are parallel .

 

Step 4: take the head pin , bead in the tear drop shaped crystal , bead cap. Cut off the head pin as required and finish off with  the loop

 

Step 5: Connect head pin piece and to one end of curved eye pin , Connect the ear hook at the other end of curved eye pin

Step 6 : Repeat steps 1 -5 for the second earring

 

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Marketting tip #2 : Craft stalls

I recently put up a craft stall in one of the local community areas .I initially was very sceptical about how my sales will go as I have never tried that before .I was wrong. Happy I was wrong!!.I did make decent money out of the stall – good for a first timer though.

In my opinion any business should be started small to establish confidence in oneself. I paid only $10 for the stall which when compared to Big craft market that are held, is very little amount.

I had put up this stall in one of the churches. I happened to browse through the one of local classified websites and stumbled on this ad.
Lucky me that I did get a place too!!Usually in renowned craft exclusive fairs, it’s really hard to get a stall.

I have been trying to register for specific markets from a long time ,50% of the times; they charge a very high amount for setting up a stall and have to book months in advance.

This trial of mine to sell in one of local small communities taught me some basic stuff about sell handmade items . I learnt that

– If you are trying for the first time , go small scale ( safer)

– Try community fetes /school fetes – no need to pay heavy amounts /no long waits yet profits are good enough to cover the least stall expenses and get some in hand. I did make about $80 within 4hrs which is not bad for first timer !!

My hubby actually encourages me in so many ways ! He is a great support!

He gave me some really valuable ideas that I could do while being in the stall

1. For Jewellery – to have some pliers and beads handy, make and sell then and there
—this idea was good , as I did make and sell quite a few that very moment 🙂
2. If the customer likes some earrings say ,but wants in a different colour ,make it then and there – Customisation !!
— This idea was awesome one ! Truly fruitful!

3. Deals – be flexible on prices
– Some of the customers did actually buy more when I was able to offer them a deal.
4. Higher the price of the item- fewer number of people buy – Hence make more number of items that you can sell for lower price , and make fewer items that can be sold of higher price .
– This was absolutely true ! More customers do not think twice to buy something that is cheaper ,but are quite choosy when it comes to buying high priced ones .

Hence I made a large number of earrings ( which is my main area) in $2-3 range , which actually maximised my earnings . Also made some few high priced ones which I could not sell much as much as the other.

I do understand the pricing technique /method etc.I do know some artists may feel this is not right.I do understand the concept.

In today’s market ,customers /people are very reluctant to spend money. Usually people have an impression that handmade items are expensive because of their exclusiveness .Hence keeping our profits a bit low will actually attract them .I am not saying to cut costs or use cheap materials ,but suggesting to make handmade market more appealing and affordable .

And for the struggling artists , giving a tip to try even the most simplest market event rather than waiting for big exclusive craft fair .Smaller markets have – low competition , easy availability of stall space + low or no stall fees when compared to the big craft events .

I am sure I will setting up more stalls in future 🙂

Handmade butterfly all occasion greeting card

HI
Thanks guys for liking my previous blogs .I feel very much encouraged to write more

I once read in internet to one need not have too many items to create beautiful greetting cards.I really feel that is so true .

In this card of mine , I have used only the following items
– Card stock
– A piece of pattern paper
– Acrylic butterfly stamp
– Black stamp ink
– texters
– purple colored paper

Handmade butterfly card

I am also uploading a free card making template that I used for this card.

Though I have made my own card topper (i.e butterfly image) for making this card , one can use any ready made card toppers like stickers to give a different look to this card .
The shape of the card topper can also be changed from square to a circular shape and the card will look totally different ,not to mention various color combinations

This card making template is quite versatile and with minimum alterations and changes a very variatons of cards can be made ..

Since there is no quotation or sentiments written on this card , this card can be used for any occasion like birthdays ,Thank you card , anniversery etc

I guess I have listed one more item to play and explore 🙂
Have Fun !

New swarovski crystal with glass pearl earrings

Hi,
These earrings are made with swarovski crystals,where i have woven the glass pearls around the crystal using the beading wire.I then have combined them eith glass black bicone beads to make the dangle earrings.
black swarovski earrings

Click here to see more details

Rgds
Chinniabhi

Card making idea #1 : White “Congratulations” card

HI ,
Lincraft store had this massive and attractive Sale which ofcourse I could not resist.That’s when and where I purchased few beautiful stamps.I must say these clear stamps were really really beautiful . The very night before I forgot my ideas I made this simple “Congratulations” card

Instructions:

Step 1 : White card ( I have pre cut card making it easier.) IF you don’t have precut card ,the cut off 6inches by 8inches card stock (white)
Fold into exactly half along the longer length giving th 6 X 4 inch card

Step 2 : I have this red back ground paper with light glitter effect .I am not sure of what type of paper .Hence I will call it the background paper.
I cut a rectangle piece of background paper 5.5inches by 3.5 inches .Keep this on aside
Step 3 : I cut another rectangle piece of paper which is slightly smaller than the red background paper .For the below stamping use this piece

Step 4 : I used the clear stamp that I bought from lincraft to stamp the smaller white paper at the right hand bottom corner .
Step 5 : once the stamped image is nice and dry , I colored it using the water color pencils . Then pasted the red rhinestone /bling in the center
Step 6 : Then I used another clear sentiment stamp of “Congratulations” in the center of the paper .. Leave it to dry .

Step 7 : Back to the card stock that we made in step one .,I pasted the red background paper on the card stock ,Once my stamped images were dry,I finished the card by pasting the smaller white paper on red background paper .

That’s all .!! Is that not a simple idea??!

Cute handmade Octopus birthday card

Hi,
This has been my latest card that I made. I have drawn the octopus picture on piece of square paper. Pasted the same on black background paper . Then, I cut the slightly bigger square .

On the pre cut card, I have pasted the pattern paper in such away that the blue pattern paper covers half of the card. (Diagonally )

I have then pasted the octopus card topper, in a slightly tilted fashion.

I have used black ink to rubber stamp the quote , and added a few extras like the stars. At the end the very cute octopus card is ready!

Click here to see more handmade cards

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