It's hard to believe today marks my 8th blogging anniversary! When I first started writing back in early 2007, I never even dreamed it would grow to what it is now. I didn't even enjoy writing back then but I thought it would be a neat way to showcase the work of my beginner students! Who knew I would end up teaching and help inspire through it? And reach out far beyond where I live in Canada.
This blog would also not be possible without the combined contribution of wonderful jewelry makers in the blogsphere who freely share their ideas and howtos. My thanks too to the amazing featured jewelry designers who showed us how far we can reach.
I also couldn't have done it all without you, the readers. Your support through the years is much appreciated. With so many posts - 3300+ - I am grateful for those who took the time to let me know of dead, wrong or even forgotten links in older posts so I could correct them. Many also shared their own finds, tips, tutorials and observations through comments, emails thus helping make this community stronger for it. Even if you don't have a blog, send your tutorials and tips anyway especially if you think they are a good fit for this blog.
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|My desk and laptop in a spare bedroom|
Truth be known, this blog also constitutes my own notes for future reference! It is my journey as a jewelry maker just as much as it is yours. It is a tremendous investment of time and effort on my part. So if you are new to the blog, please note there are ads and affiliate marketing links to help it grow and still remain free for all. Advertising is my main source of revenue.
I do not accept money as a condition for writing reviews and spotlight features which accompany many giveaways. But I do exercise editorial discretion in what I accept for review and giveaways. Whenever possible, jewelry items made from reviewed products are sold to raise money and awareness for my favorite causes (some items in my Etsy). Giveaways now occur on a regular basis - it is a good way to help reward loyal readers like you.
|My basement workshop|
|My tools are easily accessible|
A few people have asked me about bead organization. Here is how I do it. I keep all metal findings in compartmentalized containers.
Otherwise, I keep my beads in zip lock bags and put them in inexpensive clear containers sorted by color. Seed beads are in their own separate group of boxes. Crystals are in zip locks in small plastic drawer containers. Everthing else is organized either by material type - for example, all copper wire is together in a scrapbook supply box or by technique, for example, clay tools and supplies are together in a box.
|Jewelry tutorial photography Modahaus TS400 set up with daylight bulb lamps|
|Modahaus Steady Stand for overhead tutorial pictures - hands fit in from the side!|
|Modahaus TS300 with light tunnel instead of diffuser case - my old compact camera|
|Bertha the mannequin modelling earrings - Modahaus TS400 diffuser case in upright position|
Before You Go:
- Artificial Light Photography Using Daylight CFL Bulbs
- Jewelry Photography with Mannequins
- How to Use Your Smartphone for Jewelry Photography
- 4 Easy Ways to Promote Your Online Store
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