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Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Color of the year

It is a pretty color, but it’s just a shade of purple that looks a lot like lavender.

Radiant Orchid

Hand-felted beads in a purple bird nest.

 

Radiant Orchid

Polymer Clay Beads

 

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Busy

I’m still here and yes, I’m still doing my jewelry. Of course I plan on writing more here soon, but I’m going back to school and I’m currently working as a tax preparer.

I’m getting so much spam in the comments that I just can’t keep up. If you add a real comment that doesn’t get approved just email me at debnests at g mail and I’ll approve it.

Navigating Etsy

Etsy rolled out a new listing page format last week. Many sellers are not happy and some buyers are just lost.

Not everyone realizes that Etsy is not a store, it is a platform for individual sellers. Each seller has a store front that includes a banner, a shop announcement, a search inside this store feature, shop sections, and other information about the store.

Debnests storefront

Debnests storefront

Most people find individual items before finding the main store front whether they come from Google, Etsy search, or some other link. The new listings format doesn’t make finding the store front obvious enough. There are several links to the shop page, but none are clearly identified. You can click on the shop name or avatar on the top left of the screen or on the right above the additional items. Another link is the square at the top left with the number of items in the shop. The tags at the very bottom of a listing do not lead to other items in the same store, they lead to a general search every store on Etsy.

Debnests

Debnests

 

Debnests

Debnests

Debnests

Debnests

 

Sections are optional, so not every store has them, but they are helpful in most shops. There is no way on the new listing format to tell what section the item is in.  Currently stores are limited to 10 sections. Most of the additional items on the right will be from the same section. The items at the top of the page are simply the most recent items listed or renewed.

Please let me know if you have more questions about Etsy or Debnests.

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I’m a Geek

The only thing that proves you are a geek, is that you admit to being one. I’ve been keeping my geekiness away from Debnests because my current jewelry is very mainstream and I don’t want to alienate anyone, but maybe that has left my profile too bland.

I don’t need a sign; I have a badge. 

What would your sign say? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to watch the music video of Nothing to Prove/ by the Doubleclicks.

Here are the Lyrics and a  transcript of the signs

I don’t usually dress up or cosplay at Dragon Con, I just wear geeky t-shirts. I do have a Jayne hat though.

Jayne Hat

Jayne Hat

Are you a geek? If you want to make your own sign, you can submit it to the Geek Girl Video tumblr.

 

If you’re on goodreads and you’re going to Dragon Con, please join my All Things Dragon*Con group.

 

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What does renew sold mean on Etsy?

Many newcomers to Etsy are confused when an item has thousands of views and hundreds of favorites because they don’t understand why it hasn’t sold. Most of those items have sold many times. You can renew an item that has sold to list the same item, but not a different item. You need to read the descriptions carefully to determine if you will receive the exact item in the pictures or one that could have some differences.

Most items that are not ready to ship will say made to order, but even some ready to ship items may not be the same exact item as in the pictures, especially if it has sold many times.

I do think all of my nests are different, but I do use the renew sold feature on Etsy because items with sale counts are given preference in browse. Also the favorites and views are retained with renew sold. I do change the pictures to reflect the new item when I remake it. All my custom and made to order items are in a special section.

Here are a couple of items I have remade. Do you think they are different or the same?

Three versions of the same ring:

blue and silver ring 1

Blue and silver ring 1

 

blue and silver ring 2

blue and silver ring 2

 

blue and silver ring 3

blue and silver ring 3

 

Bird nest earrings with turquoise dyed jasper beads:

Earrings version 1

Earrings version 1

Earrings version 2

Earrings version 2

 

Earrings version 3

Earrings version 3

 

And ones I haven’t remade since selling:

Sold Ring

Sold Ring

 

Sold Bracelet

Sold Bracelet

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Chains, Ribbons, and Cords

Now that Etsy allows different prices for variations, I’m thinking about adding some choices for some of my necklaces.

Bird nest necklace with chain

Bird Nest With Chain

 

Blue Cord

Blue Cord

The cheapest option would be only the pendant and the most expensive options would include a chain. One problem is that the lowest price is the only price displayed on the thumbnails and really everywhere except the product page. It would be better to have the displayed price match the primary photograph, but a picture with some kind of cord would look better.

Pendant only

Pendant only

I’m afraid people would be disappointed to find out the price shown doesn’t include a chain or cord, if a chain or cord is in the main picture. The first picture of each listing needs to be the best picture, not only to get attention in search, but also to increase the chances of it being chosen for a treasury, being pinned on Pinterest, or even being chosen for the front page.

with cord

With cord

I tested the idea with a pair of earrings and it works well with this item because the first picture is of the fishhook ear wires and I add a dollar for the clip on version. On the product page the price is shown as $7+ and you have to select the style to see the two choices with their respective prices.  red button earrings The other problem is the time it would take add the variations and include (take and edit) pictures of all the options.

What do you think? Would you want more options or always include a chain? Are the prices confusing?

 

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What are the eggs made of? Beads of anything.

The eggs in my bird nest jewelry are beads, but almost anything of the right size can become a bead, especially if it has a hole in it or if you can drill a hole into it.

One of the things that makes Debnests different is the variety of my bird nest jewelry. I have many different sizes, colors, and materials. Some of the beads I have used to make bird nests are:

Glass: I use round glass beads of many colors ranging from 6mm to 14mm. The birthstone beads are 8mm glass pearls.

Birthstone colors

Glass Beads in Birthstone Colors

Gemstones: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Jade, Jasper, Agate, and Tiger Eye. Some of the stones I use are dyed, such as the popular Turquoise dyed Jasper. Most of the stones are smaller (6mm – 10mm), larger ones could be heavy.

turquoise dyed jasper

5 turquoise dyed jasper beads in antique copper wire

Polymer Clay: I make my own beads from polymer clay and bake them in the oven. These can be of any size or shape because it produces a very light bead. Colors can be mixed, blended, or marbled.

Handmade Polymer Beads

Handmade Polymer Beads

Felt: The felt beads I make myself from wool roving using wet felting techniques.

Handmade Felt Beads

Handmade Felt Beads

Other Beads: Wood, Acrylic, and Ceramic.

Wood Beads

Wood Beads

Which ones do you like best? What else would make a good egg?

If you make beads, don’t miss reading about the beads of courage in the related articles or just go to the Beads of Courage website.

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Indie Craft Parade

The Indie Craft Parade is a juried art market in Greenville, SC. They only accept applications June 1-23 and only allow artists from the southeast.

indie craft parade

indie craft parade (Photo credit: kcryder)

I applied last year and was declined. I had convinced myself that I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t get selected, but I really was crushed. Now that the applications are open again, it’s really hard not to try again, but it would probably just be wasting the $20 application fee.

Debnests submission

Debnests submission picture

I wish I knew why I wasn’t selected, so I would know if I should give up or try again. It could have just been my pictures. I know my photography has improved in the last year. Maybe it depends on the judges they use each year. Before applying, I studied the pictures from the previous year and I think my jewelry would have fit in with those booths, but the jewelry that was selected for last year was very different.

Debnests submission

Debnests submission

The rejection letter does say, “unfortunately, there were some great entries that couldn’t be included.” It doesn’t actually say my entry was great though. For $20 you would think they could at least give you a personal critique, instead of just a form letter.

Good Luck! to anyone who does apply.

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Upcoming Posts on Debnests

I’m working on several posts, but need to do more work and proofreading on them before they go live, so I thought I would just write a short post about what I’m working on.

debnests

Indie Craft Parade – this is a craft show in Greenville

Craft Shows – this may end up being multiple topics

OOAK – One of a kind.

What are the eggs made of?

Etsy browse

Treasuries on Etsy

Etsy teams

 

These are in no particular order. Which ones would you like to see first? I even have more ideas concerning Etsy, but maybe I should spread those topics out more.

 

 

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What to feature

Any tips or suggestions on which items to feature in an Etsy shop? Only four items can be featured at once, although you can mark more items so that they will move up if any of the first four featured products sell.

turquoise

5 turquoise dyed jasper beads in antique copper wire

 

Featured doesn’t do that much, just puts those items at the top of the first page of the shop no matter which sort option is chosen. I understand that when featured items were introduced, sellers didn’t have the option to rearrange items, but now I’m not sure it’s as much help. I don’t like the look of duplicate items in the first two lines, but maybe most people are used to ignoring the top line anyway because they expect it to be ads like in search results.

 

Felt and Clay Pin

Polymer clay eggs in a hand felted green nest

Which sort order do most people use? Do you leave it at the default (custom or most recent if the seller hasn’t rearranged the shop), or always change it to lowest price, or do you even notice the order?

Bird Nest Ring

Polymer clay eggs in a blue wire nest on a silver ring

 

So, is it better to feature the most popular items, the least popular items, or what? Or maybe no featured items at all? What’s your preference? Does it matter at all?

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