Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tutorial: How to Burn Polymer Clay

This is a great way to really ruin a project.

What you will need:
Polymer Clay
An oven

Step 1: Spend time shaping and molding the polymer clay until you have created a masterpiece.
Step 2: Accidentally set your oven on a very high temperature. Place polymer clay on a baking sheet inside the oven.
Step 3: Wait until you smell something odd... kinda like burnt plastic.
Step 4: Rush to the oven to retrieve your work. It should be a nice shade of brown or black, and perhaps misshapen.

Ha ha... I thought I would share this tutorial as a warning to what happens when polymer clay is overheated.

That last photo is actually of 2 little pulls or keychains I was making. They started out as nice little circles with letters imprinted. Oh, and they were bright purple and blue. Then, I thought my oven had cooled enough after I had baked some food, so I put the polymer clay in. Well, in about 10 minutes, the polymer clay had turned that color and smelled really bad. And, one of the pieces blew up in size... not sure why just one did.

Anyway, be careful when you bake polymer clay.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Promotional Sale: Free Earrings

I am trying to promote my shop of jewelry: Curly Pearl. It is only a couple weeks old. So here is what I offer...

Buy any item in the shop,
And get a free pair of EARRINGS!
You choose the free earrings, but they must be less than the cost of the item you purchase.

Buy a $9 pair of earrings, get an $8 pair for free.

Buy a necklace, get a pair of lesser valued earrings for free.

How to get free earrings:
Simply buy the first item, then include a message telling me which pair of earrings you want free. Do NOT purchase the free pair... that way we avoid having to refund and all that.

Remember: Your free item must be earrings, and it must be less expensive than the purchased item.

Please let me know any questions. Please at least look at my shop. I have a variety of jewelry for all different occasions and styles. I am offering this until January 31st. Feel free to spread the word!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I like owls with polka dots.

I like all owls... but owls with polka dots really make me happy. I guess that's why I have several spotted owls in my shop. I just finished and added these little polka dotted keychains. They are made of polymer clay.

Who else likes polka dots?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Are you a treasure hunter?

Then you may want to look here for a fun hunt involving etsy items!

I've added a clearance section to Owlsome Gifts of things I am trying to clear out. Click the clearance button to take a peek and hopefully find something you like for a great price!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I found some owlsome cuddle cushions...

If you get a chance, you should check out the blog Little Ted Canvas. I just love the cuddle cushions (pictured above) and nursery pictures I found there! They are so cute.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Let me see your OWLS!

I am looking for some ideas for my Monday Owl Finds, and I'd like to feature some of my followers' owls over the next few weeks. Please post your owls if you have any in your shop, and I'll take a look!

Hoot hoot!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pink Owls ... and new shop developments!

Have you seen my pink owl keychains? I added a couple today... click the pic to go see...

And, thank you to everyone who gave me advice on picking a new shop name! I appreciate all the feedback. I have decided to go with... CurlyPearl... I liked the idea of rhyming, and I thought it sound girly. I'm still working on getting the jewelry ready to sell, but here's a little sneak peak of a banner/logo I'm working on!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Some new low-cost items added to my etsy shop!

These are $3.75 for a pair! And, I took advantage of the snowy day to photograph them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How did you come up with your etsy shop name???

I'm thinking of starting a new shop to sell all kinds of jewelry... not just owls! But one of the hardest parts of starting a shop is thinking of a name.

Wondering how people come up with the names they have... any thoughts?