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Style definition for Etsy listing attributes

Here you will find a style definition or guide for each of the style types that are optional attributes in the sell on etsy form.

They used to drive me crazy! There used to be like 50 of them and I didn’t know or remember most of them! Thankfully with the new updates there are only like 11 styles so they are much easier to remember.

Sometimes I still have to look them up though, so I decided to make this style definition list.

According to Etsy these styles are optional and not necessary, but they recently published an article encouraging everyone to use them, calling them “super tags”. When you are trying to be found on Etsy and improve sales every thing counts!

Style definition for Etsy listing form

  1. Art Deco  – rich colors, geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation
  2. Art Nouveau  – curved lines, flowery
  3. Avant Garde  – Experimental & innovative designs
  4. Boho  – Bohemian gypsy “floaty” style clothes, boots, folksy
  5. Brutalist – This must be based on the Brutalist architecture which emerged in the 1950s-1970s. From the French word ‘brut’ which meant raw, and was mainly unornamented concrete made to project a feeling of strength.
  6. Celtic – There isn’t a really good definition of this style, but generally this art has a lot of spirals, swirls, triskelles. Typically from Ireland, Britain and Scotland.
  7. Edwardian – Very similar to Victorian style however clothing was a little more relaxed and hem lines were shorter, this time period was very brief
  8. Gothic – From the European late middle ages where architecture was full of columns and the use of repetitive geometric shapes with flourish (thinking of a cathedral). The modern Goth is a sub-genre of Gothic styles and is mainly characterized with the use of all black clothing, nails, hair, etc. But it can be colorful using dark and dramatic hues.
  9. Mid Century – Pure 1950s! Everything that was modern and clean lined in the 1950s. Soft colors such as lemon yellow, aqua, baby pink and sea green are used. There’s not much pattern but when there is it’s usually shaped like atoms, kidneys, arrowheads and boomerangs. Dior’s ‘new look’ (despite it being 1947!) and the TV show Mad Men are perfect examples. A lot of stuff that’s mid-mod is also called Eames era and atomic age.
  10. Minimalist – following the mantra ‘less is more’, this is modern with the most simple terms. Natural materials, stainless steel, straight lines, smooth textures, functional. Minimalist style contains objects and fashion that does little more than serve it’s function, all adornment is shunned.
  11. Victorian – Anything modeled to the last half of the 19th century is ‘pure’ Victorian, with the high peak being 1860s – 1880s. Though the Victorians were mad for color, Victorian style now is usually the ornate, lace-and-beaded black-on-black that was popular in the 1880s – 1890s, with high button boots, lace cuffs and cameo jewelry.

If you are looking for a style that isn’t shown, then checkout this list I came across on the Etsy forums, which has all 50 of the ones that used to be in the sell on etsy form. This list of attributes was done by sparrowsalvage several years ago, and I have incorporated some of her definitions also.

Where to find fairy jewelry charms & pendants

See below for where to find the cutest fairy jewelry charms and pendants to make charming fairy inspired jewelry.

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I have always been fascinated with ideas of enchantment, magic, and undiscovered secrets. Doesn’t everyone love a good fairy tale?

Green Girl Studios has some of the most magical and artistic fairy charms and pendants that are perfect for any jewelry making creation. A few are spotlighted below with links for purchase info ….

Dragonfly-Fairy-Centerpiece
Dragonfly Fairy Centerpiece Pendant

Fairy charms & pendants for jewelry making

Fairies have existed in folklore for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Today in this age of computers and science, we don’t talk about them much anymore. Many people have tried to debunk these old and cherished fairy tales.

Fairies have magical powers, are sometimes mischievous, and are of a hidden society that can shape shift into different objects or beings. Who are we to say that they don’t still exist?

Flower-Fairy-Pendant
Flower Fairy Pendant

Fairies have been known by many names all around the world. Names such as wee folk, fair folk, elves, pixies and many more.

Fairies have influenced art and literature as well as legends, and even traditions. Who hasn’t put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy?

Tooth-Fairy-pendant
Tooth Fairy Pendant

Keep the magic and mystery of these stories and legends alive by incorporating them into your beaded jewelry. Create unique gifts that will become keepsakes of intrigue, and spark their own fairy tale!

Green Girl Studios charms and pendants are made from lead free pewter, some have a sort of rustic appeal, and go well with unique gemstone, glass or crystal beads of all shapes!

Joy-Fairy-Charm
Joy Fairy Charm

Learn resin casting & sculpting with Cynthia Thornton

Check out this online course to learn resin casting and sculpting from Cynthia Thornton. Summer is always a good time to learn something new before getting busy with the holidays!

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I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, probably because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.

Resin casting
Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques with Cynthia Thornton

Then I found this online class about Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques taught by Cynthia Thornton, the founder of Green Girl Studios. I love all of the Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, so this is a great teacher to learn from.

Sculpting & resin casting

This Craftsy online class taught by artist Cynthia Thornton guides you through every step and teaches you how to sculpt a polymer master, then make a silicone mold to use in resin casting. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • Essential polymer clay techniques
  • How to craft a variety of shapes and whimsical creations
  • How to replicate any piece by making resin molds with silicone
  • Tips for smooth, consistent resin results
  • How to use custom dyes, paints and metallic finishes
  • How to seal your work for long-lasting beauty
  • How to mount resin creations to pendants, buttons, hairpins and more!

Better yet is that with Craftsy online classes they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain step.

Learn resin casting and sculpting
Learn resin casting and sculpting, make your own resin molds create decorative pieces to use as pendants, buttons and more.

About Cynthia Thornton, the Instructor

Cynthia Thornton studied fine art and 3-D illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She worked as a sculptor in a variety of industries, and then founded Green Girl Studios. Cynthia is the author and illustrator of the book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry With Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More. Learn more about Cynthia and see some of her limited run creations in her Etsy shop.

Home invasion – what happens when you are a victim?

I am sure you have never wondered what happens when you are the victim of a home invasion. You see it on the news and think how awful, then you go on with your life.

I haven’t done anything on this blog since September 1, 2018 because 5 days later I WAS the victim of a home invasion.

What is a home invasion?

A home invasion is where you are minding your own business, safely inside your locked house and someone just bursts in, ties you up and steals your stuff.

It is terrifying. You can’t imagine this is really happening to you. What do you do? Do you scream, yell, cry, pray, what????

While I can’t say much because of the legal issues. What I can say is that I chose to pray. I didn’t freak out, instead I chose to ask God to help me. In a few minutes I had the chance to break free, call 911 and get the hell out of the house!

So, to all of you who might have followed this blog or are on the mailing list, that is why I have been so silent. I totally lost interest in many things for a while.

What to do now?

That’s a really good question. I still have my website, Etsy shop and Ebay store.

I still love making jewelry, taking photos and trying to figure out how to make my own income.

But I now have an experience and point of view that I didn’t have before. I think the home invasion happened for a reason. As soon as I am able to freely discuss all that happened to me, maybe I will be able to help other people.

Comments welcome 🙂

Bridal hair accessories handmade just for you!

Bridal hair accessories handmade just for you! Crystal bobby pins and sparkles for hair are now available in my Etsy Shop.

I have been making jewelry for years, and never even thought about hair accessories until recently. Most of my life I have had short hair and really didn’t use bobby pins, hair clips or hair combs.

Swarovski crystal bobby pins
Made to order Swarovski Crystal bobby pins

Bridal Hair Accessories

Pretty crystals or gemstones on bobby pins are beautiful in wedding hairstyles, updos, etc. Check out all the bobby pins in my Etsy store. They are also great for parties, unique gifts for little girls, stocking stuffers and more.

Bride hair pieces with floral sprays of pearls and crystals are just gorgeous! My new passion!

Flower hair comb with Swarovski pearl and crystal
Swarovski pearl and crystal hair comb with flower

I have noticed that quite a few wedding hair combs or hair decorations come from overseas. I have started learning to make these beautiful sprays and hair combs as well. Made right here is the USA.

So if you are looking for hair accessories please check out my selections! Let me know what you think 🙂

 

Jewelry drilling safety tips and techniques

Important jewelry drilling safety tips and techniques that every jewelry designer should know are explained by guest blogger Joe Smith from The Bead Traders.

Jewelry has long been a highlight of the culture and structure of ancient civilizations.

Jewelry-making dates back 3,000-4,000 years, and the resulting pieces have been used by historians to connect civilizations to their culture’s fashion style and period.

These pieces of art and history tell historians about the ways and lives of the people who wore them, almost as much as fossilized bones and other artifacts provide the same information.

The jewelry trends today are ever-changing, yet still they represent the same things as jewelry from other cultures of the past. Jewelry is still a form of art, a form of expression by the creator and the person who wears it.

A variety of beads for jewelry

Jewelry can tell a story, just like it did in the past, except the stories are current to the people and society of today. You can find innovative and exotic forms of jewelry with beads, gemstones and crystals for almost every pallet in many different stores and online shops. It’s literally everywhere!

Important safety tips and techniques for jewelry drilling

by Joe Smith

Many people give and receive jewelry as a gift, whether it’s for a holiday or for no specific reason at all. With jewelry being as prominent in today’s culture and business as it is, many people have taken to creating their own jewelry.

Jewelry drilling is commonly used in jewelry-making to add decoration by inserting small holes for decoration or to situate another part of the jewelry, such as wiring, into the piece.

Whether it’s for a small jewelry business or a jewelry-making hobby, there are 8 important safety tips and techniques that every jewelry maker should know and use.

Wear the right protection

As with any craft or trade, wearing the right protection is always the first step in ensuring a safe and successful job.

  • Goggles: Jewelry drilling is often done with a rotating drilling machine. Its fast rotations lead to flying bits of jewelry and debris, so it’s important to wear goggles for eye protection while drilling.
  • Gloves: Jewelry makers wear latex gloves or leather finger guards during the drilling process. Alternatively, you can use finger tape for a more flexible feel.
  • Proper Lighting: Make sure to drill in a well-lit area to allow for optimum vision and control on the piece and the drill.

Gather the right supplies

Usually, the drilling process for beads and jewelry pieces is the same and use these common items:

  • Some kind of drill
  • Something to keep your piece stable
  • A shallow container of water, under which the actual drilling happens. Water keeps the drill tip from overheating, and also cleans off any stone debris while working on the piece.
  • A buffer between your piece and the bottom of the water container, so you don’t accidentally drill a hole into it.

Start with a dent

A good technique to use before jewelry drilling is to make a dent or mark in the area of the piece where the hole will be made. This dent serves as a guide for when you’re ready to make the actual hole. When you make the dent, use a much smaller bit to test out where the hole should go. Dents can be made with a variety of tools, including an automatic center punch or prick punch and an engraver.

The key to making a good dent or mark is to use a very small and precise tip. This is beneficial because you can easily move the position of the hole once it’s made, as long as it’s small. Moving the hole a few millimeters is all it takes to get it into a perfect position, if done correctly.

Jewelry Drilling Tools

Choose the right drill for the job

If you’re drilling a wooden bead, any drill will do to go straight through the piece. But drilling gemstone beads is more about grinding the stone away to make a hole, rather than just going straight through it. Make sure to use the appropriate drill to avoid scarring the piece. Afterward, a variety of different tools can be used to buff and polish the finished piece.

Keep your piece stable

Keeping your piece stable is important to making a clean-cut and accurate design. There are lots of different ways to keep your piece stable.

  • Use putty to hold it in place and reduce the chance of the stone breaking off or chipping in the back when the drill pushes through the end.
  • Use a block of wood slightly larger than your piece that’s lined with foam, this also serves the same purpose as the putty.
  • Invest in a drill that come with a stand and includes a piece that holds your stone in place during the process.

Use a small tip

It takes more than a steady hand to move your drill through your piece in an efficient and stable manner. But this is also another key to getting that perfect hole. The first thing to do is to use a smaller tip at the beginning of the drilling process. The small tip slowly opens up the hole and reduces the chance of the drill getting caught or scratching the material. Once the hole is made go back a second time with a bigger bit to enlarge the size.

Let the drill do the work

It may be tempting to push the drill into the stone and help along the process, but that does more harm than good. Working slowly and patiently allows the drill to gently shed away the stone, instead of leaving a jagged mess. You only need to guide the drill to let it do its job; no extra force is required.

Exotic Jewelry Necklaces

Increase your control

Maintaining control over your drill is the make-or-break point in every jewelry maker’s career. If you can’t control your drill, the jewelry will suffer. Improving your skills on practice objects is the best way to increase control and efficiency with your drill.

You can buy accessories for your drill to increase stability. Add-ons like a foot control lever help to keep the drilling process hands-free, as well as give you control over the speed and intensity of the drill.

Create what you love

All of the above jewelry drilling tips combine to bring you closer to creating the jewelry you love to make in an efficient and safe way.

Leave a comment with any other important tips!