Got a winner!

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Jul 012010

Thanks everyone for entering and for ALL of the comments! You sure know how to make a girl feel good! And its truly been humbling and heartwarming to have so many artists that I respect and admire and strive to be like, give me such great feedback.

I combined the comments from here and from the blog on blogspot – put the numbers ( 1 – 34) into a random generator, and hit “pick a number” and lo and behold…..

Number 4 which turns out to be Stacie!

Stacie – please contact me using the contact us tab above and we’ll get started on designing your piece! I’m really looking forward to it!

 Posted by at 9:41 pm
Jun 292010

I’ve decided to have a little giveaway.

Comment here, or there, and if your name is drawn I will work with you to create a custom piece of jewelry JUST FOR YOU! (within some parameters of materials etc that I have on hand…)

Comments will be open for 48 hours.

This is the piece I did for my last little givewaway.

A ring.

I like it. 🙂

I’ll like yours too. 🙂

Good luck!


We have a winner!

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May 212010

For our Polish, Grind, Shine Giveaway —-

First a little renumbering for the ‘opt-out’ entries….which meant we had 12 entering comments rather than 14. Then off to the randomizer…

And that means ANISE SEVERT is the winner
of the Rotary Tool and Attachment Kit!

Anise said this about her favorite finishing item/ tool/technique:

“I use different grits of sandpaper, polishing cloths and compounds til I get a high shine. Mag polish gives the best shine”

We’ll send Anise an email and give her a couple of days to respond!

Stay tuned for our next giveaway.

See previous giveaways.

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My Booth Evolution

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May 132010

We are going to be posting a series on show booths/displays so I thought I would go ahead and blog about my meager beginnings.

I have really just begun considering shows. I have taken part in one local show on three different occassions. It is a very small non-juried show, but nonetheless it requires some sort of booth. And tables. And displays.

oh my!

Knowing that I would one day begin to participate in shows/fairs, I had begun collecting some items over time. I purchased a couple of folding tables and two black tablecloths, some basic jewelry display items such as velvet necklace busts, bracelet t-bar, and plain black trays with velveteen inserts.

Then came earrings cards and carousel and business card holder and all the little things that I really didn’t think about at first.

Somehow I aquired the basics and finally, last fall, I bit the bullet and went out for my first little local show. Here is what my table looked like on that first occassion:

Jewelry Artists Network - show booths

My first little table

Jewelry Artists Network - Show booths

My first table sideshot. 🙂

Not too bad. Small, somewhat flat…VERY basic. NO real ‘pow’ or personality. But perfectly respectable.

I only had one table. And the details of the day are fuzzy. I was mildly traumatized by the whole thing – first time out and all. (kidding)

(sort of)

I do recall though that hardly any of my product was labelled. This was a definite buzzkill to the shoppers. I don’t think people like to have to ask, they like to be able to look and see for themselves.

I did the same little shindig a few weeks later. This time I brought TWO tables. Then, of course, I was faced with the problem, umm – challenge…umm – opportunity — to design an actual layout. (and the trauma continues!)

I decided to set them as a modified ‘T’ . This way I could discreetly use part of the back table for other items.

I didn’t prepare for two tables though and didn’t have enough black tablecloth so I made use of an old table cloth I found at home and ended up with a mismatched set up.

This is what the table(s) looked like on my second run:

Jewelry Artists Network - show booths

Two tables!

Jewelry Artists Network - Show booths

2nd table 🙂

 I think I liked the first show set up better!

There were some improvements though.

I bought table risers. They are GREAT! Your customers will thank you as they won’t have to bend over so much.

You will thank you as they might stay at your booth a little longer touching each and every one of your pretties!

In addition, I labelled and tagged EVERYTHING! I found people stayed longer and asked more questions. The lack of tagging at the first show was a direct result of my poor time management.  

As you see, I still didn’t have a tent, thank goodness the weather was clear and mild.

Stay tuned for my next post with more ‘things I learned’ as well as resources for purchasing display supplies, etc.

May 132010

Its Giveaway time!!

Not everyone can purchase a foredom flexshaft when they are starting out – or even when they are down the road a ways….and even if you can, or already have one, its sometimes nice to have a more portable unit.

So, for those who don’t have one or want an extra/backup/portable option… just leave a comment telling us what your favorite finishing tool/item/technique is at the present and we’ll send a brand new lightweight rotary tool kit.

We’ll leave comments open for 1 week and then we’ll have a random drawing for the winner! If you don’t want to enter but want to leave a comment re: your favorite tool/item/technique – PLEASE do so and just note that you’re opting out of the drawing!

The rotary tool is similar to this one:

Jewelry Artists Network Giveaway

Rotary Tool Kit


  • 16,000 RPM
  • 1/8″ collet
  • Spindle lock for easy collet changes

and comes with: 25 cutoff wheel discs, 1 mandrel for cutoff wheels, 4 polishing cloth wheels, 1 mandrel for polishing cloths, 1 carbide burr, 4 drill bits, 4 piece collet set, 2 sanding drum wheels, 4 sanding drum sleeves, 1 mounted nylon brush, 2 wire brush wheels (steel and brass), 10 aluminum oxide mounted grinding stones, 1 grinding stone, 20 diamond burr bits




Apr 302010

We have a winner!!

Its a beautiful day here, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and we have a winner!


The winner of the giveaway will receive a LOVELY Fretz Chasing Hammer compliments of Fundametals. Fundametals is a relatively new supply shop but is fast becoming a favorite of many. Jeanette, owner of Fundametals, offers her customers great service, attention to detail, competitive prices, AND she keeps her ears and eyes open for new tools and supplies to carry for the wire and metal jewelry artists. Fundametals has quickly become a fabulous resource for the jewelry community.

So, on to the drawing –

Unfortunately the comments were not closed right at midnight and there was a late entry this morning – we just didn’t feel right counting that one. SORRY!

AND, there was a duplicate commenter early on  so one duplicate for that commenter was deleted and then one comment came in as a reply to another and wasn’t numbered in the comments list, so we did a quick renumbering to give that one a number, trying to allow all who commented within the guidelines to be included. The renumbering starts right after 30 and goes through the end of the comments with the exception of the late entry and the last entry which was also from someone who had already commented. (confused yet?) It really does all make sense!

Here is a cut and paste of how the renumbering went so it makes sense. We will always do our best to keep things ‘straight’ and as fair as possible. 🙂

Then a Random Number Generator was used (Tara’s random number generator) and the result is shown below.

Then back to the list of comments to see who it was….

Congratulations Colorsmiths!

Colorsmiths said this:

“My favorite tool is my graph paper! I can’t imagine doing without any of the essential pliers and cutter, etc. But the design starts taking shape on my graph paper. Using graph paper makes engineering a setting and calculating measurements, for a new design or a new size of an old design, a lot easier than putting it together in my head and a lot thriftier than guessing measurements. When I start envisioning how a design idea is going to come together, it’s time to pull out my graph paper!”

GREAT tip for the rest of us! I’m going to be sure I still have some graph paper at home!

Colorsmiths, you will receive an email in just a few moments, but you can also use the contact tab above to get in touch with us. We will need to hear from you within 48 hours with your mailing address so we can ship the hammer to you or we will have to select another number!

Thanks all for participating – this was great fun!