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LED lights have come a long ways in the last 3 years. I have both a store and I do shows. I have converted everything to LED and my energy bill has been substantially reduced. Some shows in my area (CA and NV) now require energy efficient lighting. When choosing LED lights, make sure you are choosing daylight spectrum or cool lights. The warm lights give a yellow cast to the stones.
03 Nov 2014

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How much do I charge for a wire wrapped semiprecious stone
27 Oct 2014

I think that is a loaded question!

Because there are wrapped pendants and then there are really wrapped pendants. Let's look at a few:

#1. Good Pendant that Walter Brown wrapped: http://www.wirejewelrybootcamp.com/public/viewimage.cfm?ImgID=5462

This pendant is well done, in silver and a highly treasured lapis stone. With these 3 things it would sell for a good price. Or the best price you can get in the arena that you work. So it becomes:

THE WRAP THE STONE THE WIRE THE ARENA

With all these things going for it I think i could sell it in my arena from $75 to $99 but im not sure about your arena because im not familiar with it. So this is just a sample.

#2. If the stone is the same but the wrap is not so good you might take off 40% o retail price.

#3. If the wrap is bad it won't sell at all.

PENDANT PRICE EXAMPLE - SOLD PENDANT RECENTLY WENT FOR $139 http://www.cameojewelry.com/products/Lady_in_Waiting_Large_Italian_Shell_Cameo-1276-6.html

In closing keep your work looking good and improving all the time. It does not take long to do this so don't give up. And precious metal wire, if you can afford it, will bring in a higher price then brass wire normally.

And the stone is so very important but that's easy to fix with a good lapidarian. It is easy to get an incredible stone at a cheap price if you just look around. Check out our friend R Willy the lapidary in the bootcamp, he is incredible.

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What kind of lighting to use for indoors for shows? Do you use a Ultra Violet Full Spectrum LED light, or what is the best to use to make copper, silver, and gold stand out and shine
26 Oct 2014

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I normally use two 300 watt halogen lights one on each back corner. But there very hot and you can can burnt if you touch them. Right now you can buy big strong fluorescent for peanuts but get the big ones. They burn bright and cool. Get two big ones on each side. If that don'd work well go back to the florescent.

Many crafters and photographers are going to LED lights. There cheap and very very bright. I have never used them for my booth. The dollar store has these leds very cheap. Anyone out there have a comment on using leds? ______________________________________________

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This is a hint for the lady worried about security. It is only for small things, but your money and expensive pieces can be taken care of this way. take a small cooler and your tote bag to shows, and keep the cooler in an out of the way place that is available to you, I put mine under my work table that has a skirt that goes to the floor. When you are packing up and no one is looking put your money bag, your wallet and phone in the cooler (no ice please) and any expensive pieces that will go in the cooler too. I'm a 78 year old lady and carry the cooler and my tote bag with not much in it and nothing important. No one is going to grab the old lady's lunch, but they will grab a tote bag. This way I'm not afraid to go to my car, if they grab what they think is my money in the tote bag they aren't going to get much and the goodies are safe in the cooler where the left over lunch should be. Now I've given up my secret for getting out of a show safely, hope the thieves don't read this.
24 Oct 2014

TIP BY CAROL BAUER

Thanks Carol thats a grea tip!

They say that white hair should be worn like a crown! and you don't just get them you gotta earn each and every one of them!

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