Hoopla & whoop-whoop…whoo hoos….. today I recieved wonderful news that I have won a Premium Zibbet Account for life – the opportunity came though a competition promoted by The Australian Etsy Blog – Nicky has some really interesting jewelery so please, go & check it out in her new Etsy store & also her Zibbet store
Zibbet is proving to be a great venue… not many sales yet but it’s only just starting. The setting up has been a breeze & the whole look of the market is clean & crisp which shows off your items to their full advantage – if you have been thinking about setting a a little internet shop check it out – it may be what you have been looking for…
can’t tell you how excited I am… & already playing around with the custom features – don’t how many times I’ve changed things around & back again…… this is what I’ve done with my Zibbet shop for now….. enjoy
For anyone interested in internet selling…. here are 2 sites that might tempt those of you who have thought about it but weren’t sure about charges & the like.
A while ago I set up a ‘basic’ ARTFIRE shop – it has… No listing or final fees – the basic account has it’s limits but I think worth giving a try. [Edited August 2011: What a shame.. Artfire no longer supports basic accounts]
2 weeks ago I also set up a ‘basic’ ZIBBET shop – it also has no listing or final fees but again, being a basic account has it’s limits.
You can upgrade these accounts at any time to take full advantage of all the benefits they offer…. but for me, the basic is enough for the moment – I just want to see how it goes – if you have a moment, go & have a browse you may be pleasantly surprised….
I have been wracking my brain for ages trying to come up with something different – a smallish item that is practical but still stylish & good to look at – I came up with this little Carry Safe – Freeform Crochet camera/phone case – it’s lined with a strong, dark grey commercial felt to withstand the hard knocks – the brain-wracking has been worth the effort, even if I do say so myself
I originally created these polymer buttons/beads for my own use in conjunction with, & to be incorporated into, my freeform crochet work mainly because I couldn’t find what I wanted elsewhere – Over that last few months I’ve many enquires about them so have decided to offer some for sale in my Etsy shop
I love making these buttons/beads… it’s a lovely change from fibre… but you will notice that I do not disguise the handmade nature of these pieces & there are some anomalies such as: fingerprints, brush strokes, distress scars & many a wonky edge & of course, no two pieces are ever the same – & it’s these unique imperfections & differences that I love most, I never really know what I’m going to end up with – so very freeform… just wish the photos would do them justice – they look so much better in the flesh.
All my polymer buttons/beads are freeformed either by pinching the clay into shape or pressing it into one of my own handmade moulds. They are baked at the recommended temperature & roughly sanded. Depending on the effect I’m trying to achieve, each piece is hand-paint with a variety of acrylic/oil/metallic paints/powders then sealed with 2 coats of Polyurethane (indoor/outdoor) water based satin varnish & left to cure for at least 48 hours