Do you have anything on ChainMaille? Do you make Chainmaille? 11 Dec 2013
I have made a few pieces of chainmaille. But I must admit I don't have the time or patience to do a lot of work in chain maille. But I must say it is getting very popular and you can do it in stainless steel rings. Which makes the supplies very cheap!
Someone told me that you and mary use a metal detector to find treasure is that true? 10 Dec 2013
Well I can tell you I have been using Metal detectors since I was 14 years old. In those days I used an army surplus metal detector that was used for finding mines hidden in the ground.
I have never found any gemstones or gold nuggets but when I first started my dad (now passed) and I found 5 gold rings in one day!
So it is a lot of fun and you can find just about anything! Today some of the biggest gold nuggets that were every found are not being found with bull dozers they are being found with simple metal detectors.
There was a guy not to long ago that found a gold nugget in Australia with a metal detector it weighed 11 pounds!!!
Here is a video of that same guy showing off his nugget!
I am about to do my first craft show and I am really scared and nervous. What do you do to relax? 08 Dec 2013
I have been making wire jewelry for 20 years and doing show for over 20 years and whenever i do a show I am still a little nervous. But its a little bit of nervousness and excitement all rolled into one.
And the more shows you do, big or small, the more excitement you will feel and the less nervous. Makes no difference what you sell. If it is a good show and you have some fun and make a little money. It will help you to move forward. Its like being a rock star for one day! And I always cherish those moments. SO just move forward and enjoy the moment!
Here is a video from a customers point of view on how a wire artist sells at a jewelry or craft show.
I cant afford gold or silver wire. What is the best wire to use for big chunky necklaces? 07 Dec 2013
There is so many different types of necklaces and beads I would be hard to give you the exact formula.
But I do see good results with 18 gauge Dead Soft Round Copper wire woven in and around large beads. That combination seems to work pretty good. Just use your imagination and come up with your own design. The bigger the beads are the more value it seems to have.
And copper is becoming very popular as gold and silver go higher.
HEre is a complete tutorial on how to make a wirewrapped copper necklace with spirals.
All of my jewelry photos stink! THey come out yellow or off white. THey just dont look crisp and clean on my website. I really need HELP! 06 Dec 2013
I am not a professional photographer although I have a house full of photographing equipment. It just seems there is so much to know and with the new small cameras it is getting easier. It sounds like to me that it is not the camera that is the problem but a lighting problem. And usually 75% of the time it is all about lighting!
And I know most people will say to take a photo in natural light and yes that is a good idea. But I like my photos to be consistent. And to do that you need a little light box with a couple of cheap lights. The big thing is diffusing the light! Keep experimenting with your light box and diffusing your light until you get it right!
Here is a video that is devoted to showing you how to diffuse your light with a small light box.