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Tips for Building a Workbench

So you want a workbench. Now WHAT?

Each workbench I own was a decision I had to make: buy one or build one? Simple right?
Well – sometimes it’s a combination or rather a modification of something else to fit your need.
Here I write about the first workbench I ever built in part one of my Custom […]

Using Gallery Glass Paints

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Since not everyone has ever heard of, let alone made a faux stained glass window, I thought that I would share with you some of my thoughts about making one.

My goal was to make a fairly large window and I only wanted to do it once. I knew that I would need to make a […]

Shopping at Gem and Jewelry shows

My thoughts on making the most of shopping at Gem and Jewelry shows.

Making a living - Photography

I had a friend ask the question about taking his photography to a professional level and trying to make a living with it… I thought I’d share my answer since may others also may be thinking along those lines.

Hey There!

If you seriously want to explore the whole photography as business idea -or – other passion […]

Shopping for the Impoverished Artist

The Holidays are upon us….

I find at this time of year that I am drawn even more to all the bits and pieces of equipment, tools and supplies that I don’t already have. That I quite simply can’t afford or justify either.

So. What do you do?

I try to cope by going to lots of thrift […]

Re-design a necklace - pt 2

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Earlier I wrote – KT commissioned me to re-design a necklace she had.
I hadn’t seen it yet – however I told her to send it ahead and I’d do what I could.

The re-designed necklace set is pictured here:

Here are the earrings and bracelet:

Here’s what I did after I took the necklace apart and re-arranged the […]

How to re-design a necklace - pt 1

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The other day I received a commission from KT to “please, please can you DO something with this necklace?” There were a couple of specific needs that needed to be met.

1) I really don’t like that big green glass bead… it throws the necklace off and it’s heavy.
2) And also – I need you […]

nifty cabochons and other stones

Just got back from Penguicon 5.

Went to a panel on miniatures – learned a few tricks to try on jewelry making.

Went to another panel on staying on target artistically speaking… and trying to make it work along with the rest of your life – called Life Hacks. It was primarily targeted to aspiring writers – […]

Setting up a Workshop / Studio

Setting up a Workshop / Studio

by Carrie S. Hafer

If you look around the web and talk to various artisans you will find lots of advice on setting up your own work space.Things to consider:

available space
required use and storage needs
flexibility of space as needs change
can you use the space available “as is”
do you need more power, […]