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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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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.


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.


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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The problem with shop sections on Etsy

And why they aren’t as helpful as you might think.

Sections are another thing that Etsy doesn’t explain to buyers. Every seller can create their own sections and use them however they want, but sections are optional. One of the things I like about shop sections is that the list of sections (top left corner) includes total number of items in the shop beside the words shop home. Unfortunately, without doing the math yourself, there is no way to tell if some items were (intentionally or accidentally) left out of a section. I wish there was an automatically populated other category for missed items.

Debnests Shop Sections

Debnests Shop Sections


A shop can list an unlimited number of items, but can only organize them into ten sections. That’s not nearly enough, especially for the large supply stores that can have thousands of products.

Sections are also exclusive. An item listing can only be in one section at a time.  Subsections and non-exclusive sections would help organization and make it easier to find items.

Sellers are not given the option of rearranging the order of items in a section the way they can rearrange the items in the shop. The custom order is not available in a section and the  sort defaults to most recent.


Destash: Buttons


Descriptions would be very helpful to explain some sections and to define terms and abbreviations. Not everyone knows what OOAK (One Of A Kind), ACEO (Art Cards Editions and Originals), and Destash (shorthand for selling your own supplies) means.

destash beads

Destash: assorted glass beads

I have my jewelry divided by type (necklaces, rings, etc.), but I would also like to identify groups by materials (felt, polymer clay, gemstones, etc).  I have a holidays section, but it doesn’t currently show up because it is empty.

What changes do you suggest for shop sections? Do you have any other Etsy questions?

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Custom Family Nest for Mother’s Day in Birthstone Colors

It’s only three weeks until Mother’s Day. Order your custom family nest today.

Any of my bird nest jewelry would make a good gift, but the family nests were designed with mothers (and grandmothers) in mind.

Family Nest Jewelry

Family Bird Nest Jewelry


First decide how many eggs you want in your nest. One for every family member, one for each child, or just the grandchildren. The eggs are 8mm glass pearls in birthstone colors. Then choose the type of jewelry; necklace, ring or brooch.

Rings with an adjustable band are made with non-tarnish silver wire and are probably better with a smaller (2-4) number of beads.

Brooches (pins) come in silver or gold. Less than three beads may show a small amount of the pin back.

Necklaces are the most versatile, accommodating 2-7 beads and a choice of wire. The necklaces can be made in antique copper wire, gold wire, or silver wire.  

Then specify the month for each bead.

birthstone colors for family nests

birthstone colors

Birthstone colors by month:

January – Garnet
February – Amethyst
March – Aquamarine
April – Crystal
May – Emerald
June – Light Amethyst
July – Ruby
August – Peridot
September – Sapphire
October – Rose
November – Topaz
December – Blue Zircon


You can place orders through my Etsy shop or just email your choices to



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A little about this blog.

You can learn more about me on the about page, but please make comments here or on other posts because I’m sure the about page will change many times as I think of new and more brilliant things to say.

I make jewelry, but you don’t have to be interested in jewelry to read this blog. I have lots of ideas, but I don’t want to make promises (my plans keep changing) and I want to keep this first post short, so make suggestions and just skip the posts you aren’t interested in. I’m actively looking for blogs for the blog roll, so feel free to suggest any related ones, even if it’s your own.

Debnests Jewelry

Bird Nest Jewelry

OK, that’s an older picture (from last summer, I think) some of those have already been sold, some I can recreate, but not all. I think my photography has improved a little since then, but most of my pictures are for Etsy so they are of one item at a time. I’ll add newer pictures later and you can always see the pictures on my facebook page.

I’m just getting started so hopefully there will be improvements to the site soon, I’ll add widgets and links and other stuff. I just didn’t want it to be empty. The related articles below are always hand selected by me from Zemanta‘s suggestions, so they should always relate to something in the post and may elaborate on something I only mention here since I use those suggestions for research. This time the first article is actually from my other blog (Deb’s Answers), so you might want to check it out too. I respond to comments even if the post is old, so go ahead and tell me what you think.

I welcome any feedback on my jewelry, my etsy shop, and both my blogs.

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