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Try some of these...
although I have had not bad results on etsy
You need to have a good variety of items in your shop, customers like to browse!!
The name ( or word) Breagha is Scottish Gaelic for beautiful.
Here in Scotland it is used for a girl's name, and I also must add that my friend's dog is called Breagha!
It is pronounced Bree - ah and would be fine to use if the parents had some scottish ancestry.
I've ordered quite a few items from China, mainly jewellery components, and I have always received them in less the one week.
Make sure you pay by paypal, and if you are still nervous about that,you can cancel the card linked to your paypal account shortly after the transaction, and get a new one .
Make sure you tick the box on paypal " use paypal balance" to pay for your items, and just keep enough in your paypal account to cover purchases. If anyone tries to access your paypal via card, your card will now be invalid, and you will hear from paypal right away.
OK, that's "iron on transfer for light fabrics"
There are two things that could have gone wrong....
Didn't iron it long enough (I iron it for a lot more than 10 seconds...at least 30 sec.)
If you are ironing onto something like a new tshirt, you need to wash the t-shirt or fabric first to remove any starches or dressings from the new fabric
Both of the above prevent the transfer from taking well to the fabric
I just finished the Henrik Larssen Trilogy ( girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc.) and I was quite sad when I finished the last one...I wish there were more!
I'm having a problem finding decent books to read, my local library is rubbish!
Ah, that's the one that's sold as "iron on for dark fabrics".
OK, you just print what you want to transfer, without reversing the image. You remove the backing paper, after ink has dried (about half an hour after printing)
You then have a filmy white- backed sheet ...lay this on the fabric, printed side up. Put a sheet of silicone paper over it, there is usually at least one sheet of this supplied with the transfer paper, check the pack. It looks like white greaseproof paper.
I then press using an iron set to the two-dot setting, as I find if you set it too high it will scorch this type of tranfer paper.
Press for about 20-30 seconds, then peel away the silicone paper... that's it finished
Ordinary greaseproof paper is no use for this, it just sticks, you need the silicone- coated stuff.
If you don't have any in the pack, pm. me your address and I'll send you a sheet...I have some spare.
Are you using iron on transfer for light coloured fabrics? The kind you do a reverse print with?
This usually has a green and orange backing paper, with little pictures of irons on it....place face down on fabric and iron at maximum heat, (cotton setting or 3 dots) until the orange iron symbols turn brown...then remove the backing paper. There is no need for plain paper or greasproof paper at that stage.
After removing backing paper, place a sheet of plain copy paper, that you would use in a printer, over the transfer area, iron with a hot iron, same temperature as used before, then whip it off...it takes away some of the sticky transparent residue with it.
Now get another sheet of plain paper and repeat...you may even have to repeat again , using a new sheet of paper each time,if there's still some sticky background left.
It's much easier to use "Transfer paper for dark fabrics" if you can get it.
I'm BlackUnicornDesigns on etsy :)
I've had 20 sales now since first listing items at the end of September, so I'm quite happy with that.
I think you need to list more items, Nikki, especially some zombies or plushies. The more items you list, the more views you get. I've been getting lots of views, and I don't have facebook, twitter or anything like that, just depend on etsy searches.
However, I don't think anyone makes a fortune on etsy. You will sell much more at craft fairs, xmas fetes etc. I always sell 30 -30 items at craft fairs in one day, and also sell in some shops on a sale or return basis. People buy more when they can touch and lift and prod!
It would be worth your while to find out if any local schools, churches, brownies and guides, etc are planning xmas fairs, and try and get a stall there.
Hi Nikki, thanks for adding my Black Unicorn Designs shop to your etsy circle....
I think the main thing is you have to list more items, especially plushies and zombies, as these are mentioned but you don't actually have any for sale. I find it better to have a variety of different types of item, and at least 20 listings in order to attract more views. I know it costs 20 cents a listing on etsy, but I think you have to lay out the money in order to attract more customers.
I've given up listing on folksy for the time being, because there are not many sales there, I find it's just not worth the effort! Etsy definitely gets a lot more customers.
Good luck with your etsy shop, I hope you do well with it :)
I have a few steampunk-esque projects here
but if you check out my etsy steampunk shop, you might get some ideas for gloves, chokers etc.
If you see anything there, and want instructions or a " how to" let me know and I'll try my best to help.
Try filling them with cat litter, and putting them in a box ( like the box your boots came in) packed with cat litter...leave them for a few days, then give them a good brush with a rubber suede brush. The cat litter should absorb the smells, and can then be used again for its original purpose!
If this doesn't work, you can cover them with Shake and Vac carpet freshener, then remove that with a vacuum cleaner.
(make sure boots are completely dry first)
I'm finding the whitish stone background really difficult to look at...too bright and for some reason makes the posts more difficult to read (maybe just my eyes??)
I think there are too many topics now, and perhaps sewing(dressmaking)/ needlework could be combined into one, also knitting/crochet, fashion/hair and beauty, art/ photography, could be combined this would make fewer categories.
Some really old posts have now been put near the top of the topic boards, for example in needlework the top post was one I started over a year ago...there has been another reply lately but it was at the top before that.
I also think city guides topic is unnecessary.
It would be better if the most popular topics , the ones that get the most posts,were nearer the top eg. the swap thread.
Check this out first:
You can get resin mail order from Fred Aldous (Manchester) and larger quantities from Clark's Coatings.
They akso sell it in some larger craft stores.
There are loads of them on etsy...for example
just enter " adjustable ring blanks" in the search box after selecting "supplies" in the drop down menu
Oh PJ, I'm so sorry to hear you are feeling bad. I hope you get good news tomorrow, and get on a bit better with your medication.
Once you get breathing a bit easier, try to take your dogs out for a walk somewhere wild and peaceful, staying indoors just makes you feel worse ( well, it does for me, anyway :) )
Sending all best wishes to you across the Atlantic ocean!
If I'm doing miniature highly detailed pieces, I prefer Sculoey premo.
To stick different pices of clay together, use TLS ( translucent liquid sculpey) as a glue, before baking.
For tiny pieces, you can boil them in a glass of boiling water in a microwave for 3-4 minutes, saves using a big oven!
Often when this happens to me, it turns out that the bobbin is not properly positioned and threaded into the bobbin holder, or else there is fluff or a stray bit of thread around the bobbin holder.
Try removing and cleaning the bobbin case with a little brush, and replace making sure it is properly sitting in its position.
Also, oil the machine ( oiling points are shown in the instruction book)
Over the past three years I have bought about six pairs of glasses from selectspecs, and one pair from glassescrafter.com
They have all been a great success.
I started out buying budget ones as I was a bit nervous about them at first, but a few weeks ago I bought a pair of Gant Yasmin from them, for approx. one third of the price they wanted in my local opticians, and they are great!
My sister in Spain also uses selectspecs, as they deliver anywhere. The cheaper glasses come from HongKong and take about 2 weeks to arrive. The designer ones in the UK are delived from England.
If you want a designer frame, go and try the on first at a big opticians, take a note of the style code and colour, then buy them online for a fraction of the price!
I can recommend them :)