Friday, July 27, 2012

New Class: Introduction to Metal Clay: Layered Copper Pendants

Introduction to Metal Clay:
Layered Copper Pendants

Beginner level

This class is great for all levels, but geared towards those who have never worked
with metal clays before, and those who have never worked with copper clay before.
In this class students will make a layered pendant using texture stamos and molds.
Students will learn basic composition planning by sketching and making molding clay
mock ups of their ideas. Using dry assembly techniques students will create a
layered pendant featuring a swing bail.

Historical Monthaven Mansion
Saturday September 8
12:30 to 3:30
Class fee $75
30 grams of Metal Adventures CopprClay
class use tools:
kiln ring
tumble polishing of pieces
additional clay will be available to purchase from instructor
Class size is limited,
please contact Hendersonville Arts Council to reserve:
Hendersonville Art Council
PO Box 64
Hendersonville, TN 37077-0064
615 822-0789

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What's on the bench?

This week I'm finishing up a few steampunky pieces, and reworking earrings.
And I finished a pair of copper clay and gear earrings.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Making Etsy work for you

How to Make Money using Etsy by Timothy Adam

So apparently this is the guy that also started Since I have only poked around at this will not be a compare and contrast.

This is a good overview book.
If you have never used Etsy before and are thinking about it, or you are just getting started and the process of setting Etsy up is intimidating this is a good book.

There are chapters that walk you through setting up your site, how to place items for sale, and explains the bill.

This book has some good overviews on how the SEO process works. And setting up key words, and how to make use of strong key words.

I have been on Etsy since it was in beta--yes I was a beta user. My sales are pitifully low and pretty much always have been.  Im specifically looking for those tips that will increase traffic to my Etsy site.

This book has those.
Yes I said it, this book has those. But only a few of them. It really walks you through the process of creating backlinks, and promoting yourself via social media.

This book also has a lot of interviews with successful Etsians. There is actually some useful info hidden in those interviews.

Key take aways from this book:
Leverage social media to drive traffic to your Etsy site and increase views
Use Paypal shipping

This book is available from Amazon:

I got my copy from the library.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Facebook give away

Hi my name is Laura, I'm an artist and this is my pitiful plea to increase my fans on my Facebook page. On my Laura Medeiros-Art stuff fb page you will witness my trials and tribulations, and experimentations, and successes with my jewelry art. I use art clays: polymer clay and metal clays to make sculptural art jewelry.  I am not above transparent ploys such as bribery to increase my views. As a matter of fact I embrace bribery, but instead we will call it a "promotional give away".

So go over to my Facebook page (pleeeezzz): and like it.

On August 1, 2012 I will throw all the names of my "fans" into a hat and pull two winners.

I have two wonderful promotional giveaways:

July Facebook give away #1

The steampunk give away: a copper metal clay heart and gear pendant, and a tentacle pendant from polymerclay in pink and green with peachy colored suckers

Under the Sea give away: A copper pendant featuring a sea horse and an olivine cubic zirconia, and an acorn fairy house for a beach loving fairy.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Starting some great promotions (I hope)


Im working on new stuff. Some of its jewelry and some of its marketing!

Coming soon:
Blog promotion give away
More vending ops
More blog posts
twitter and instagram

On right now:
10% sale at my Etsy store:
use coupon code: birthday