Sunday, 3 August 2008
Crafteroo is a new forum, part of a larger site to be launched later this year. It's a place were anyone of any crafts discipline can get together and talk shop. It's brand spanking new so go and make yourself at home! The crafts forum is very much in the users hand and new alterations will be added to suit. The only rules are to chill out!!...No bitchiness, no nasty comments, no worries!
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Anyway... there are plenty of bargains to be had on ebay. Everyone's heard of auction sniper tools...they lurke around auctions putting late bids on things and driving sellers crazy!
There is a way to save money using ebay another way... a bit sneaky...but it's a win-win for you and the seller!
First...hunt down items using spelling errors on ebay...using websites such as
These are great sites to mooch around on as there are loads of items on there with simple spelling errors, meaning that prospective bidders can't find them, therefore next to no (or no) bids!
Next, take a note of the item details and hop on over to BigCrumbs.com . Buy the item at the bargain price you've found it at and buy it via the bigcrumbs site and recieve money back from it!
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Drive traffic to your ebay store.
No matter what you sell via ebay, we could all do with ways to boost traffic to ebay and therefore hopefully pick up a few extra sales. I'll add to it as needed so check it out!
Sunday, 20 July 2008
For the time being though, I've written a guide to buying a glass fusing kiln on ebay so have a look if you're interested!
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Beads by Lilli's web store is jammed packed with jewellery making supplies and anything and everything beady- well worth the look! A few of their handy guides are featured on the dichroic glass tutorials site with more to come. They are excellent quality and make everything look so easy...although perhaps they are a bit more challenging to us lesser mortals!
Friday, 18 July 2008
Monday, 30 June 2008
Get your self over to the new dichroic glass forum and have a goosey at the latest glass fusing tutorials, lampworking how to 's as well as the latest glass art news and info.
There are monthly competitions and you can also submit glass fusing URL 's and lampworking websites to the monitored links section.
Get over there and take part!
Saturday, 28 June 2008
There's an ever increasing amount of books reviews now available on www.dichroicglass.co.uk .
Don't waste your money on books that offer you only pretty pics. Get a review and buy wisely!
There's a glass fusing forum on the site too to discus your opinions and ask any glass question you might have.
If you've got an Etsy shop, ebay shop or other glassy website, add it to the links section and shout about your fabulous work- join now!
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
I love it. Lynsey is a recycling fanatic! I found this out when she could resist using every single scrap of glass. Nothing went to waste!
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
From now though, all my dichroic glass pieces are going to be sent out in recycled packing, using recycled paper or if possible reusing envelopes! I'm sending out everything in bags that can be easily reused and recycled and i'm making my own protective packing for the pieces!
Every little helps!
Monday, 9 June 2008
I'm really pleased with the work people turned out. Really impressive for new fusers!
The people who came were great and really enthusiastic. I purposely keep the classes small because I have tendancy to baffle people initially. Keeping the numbers small means I can respond to confused faces quickly!
I think this will be my last class for a while. I'm just so busy, but I'll put the details up here again once I restart.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Sunday, 1 June 2008
The new dichroicglass.co.uk site is a site for glass artists of all disciplines. The aim is to share information and increase the knowledge and profile of all our work!
We're looking for moderators to help out with the site so if you're interested join the forum and send me a message!.... Send the message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Take a look yourself!
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Lee from Kilncare is now watching over the kiln/technical bit for us so all your kiln related queries will get answered by an industry leader!
With all the hubbub with the dichroic glass website i've not forgotten either my dichroic jewellery website or ebay shop!
I've added lots more dichroic bangles...and more are coming over the next few days. I'm also adding lots of new dichroic ranges too-so think on!
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
My feedback doubled in one fell swoop! Another new addition is the fact that the negatives and neutrals are now linked....you can click on 'em and have a snoop why the customer left the negative score. It's actually quite funny!....Also check out other people's feedback, you can see the seller who previously were attacking customers with negs and also telling complete lies about them!....Maybe they're a good thing?..Well maybe not but they're a good laugh at least!
Friday, 16 May 2008
The new site will be packed with news and info relating to all things glassy-with the emphasis on glass fusing! They'll be a tutorials section as well as forum to swap all of your tricks and know-how. A new links section is being added to get the details of your crafts out there an there'll be a website of the week, in which we'll spotlight an artist, supplier or resource website. Check out www.dichroicglass.co.uk early next week!
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
I sell a lot through ebay as I repeat...well, repeatedly. This changes have affected me heavily as they have everyone selling either dichroic glass jewellery and other handcrafted goods-to the point that a lot of sellers have simply abandoned ebay altogether.
What ebay don't seem to grasp is that those who sell on ebay also buy via ebay-I myself, buy a lot of findings etc on ebay simply out of conveinience. As the sellers have packed up shop, this in turn has had a knock-on affect on our sellers all noticing a slump in sales.
A few months back, Ebay announced the restoration of visibility to the US and Canadian markets via ebay.co.uk. This change will have a similar affect in reverse on ebay.com. This means that items placed on auction on the UK version of ebay will be advertised on ebay.com also...for a fee of course! This change couldn't come soon enough for me as before the drop in visibility ,I was regularly posting 3-4 items to the US daily, after the change 2-3 per week.
Ebay have now also announced that this summer, the gallery listing-the picture that appears on the auction listing will be free , all summer!
This is unprecedented for ebay, and I can only assume it's due to the amount of people no longer bothering with auctioning item, coupled with people's strained finances at the moment.
Hopefully this incentive to list, along with access to overseas buyers will restore people's faith in ebay-myself included.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Tracy kindly let me showcase her fabulous work on the site-it's first feature! I went to Tracey first because I was so impressed with the uniqueness and quality of her beautiful dichroic glass jewellery!
I'm sure you'll agree how amazing her work is-well worth a look!
Monday, 12 May 2008
The British summer last approximately 23 minutes so i'm making the most of it while I can! Having a few kilns in my living room, it can feel a little stiffling in this heat!
I'm gathering news stories for Dichroicglass.co.uk and i'm testing as we speak so hopefully it'll be live and kicking in the next week or so. I'm also beefing up GlassKanvas.com. I offer wholesale dichroic glass jewellery accounts so get in touch if you're interested.
Ebay is picking up nicely again now. I've been mulling leaving it for a while. Although prices have come down I think that's largely down to changes that haven't had an effect yet. I've met a lot of lovely people via ebay so it'd be a shame to loose contact with them, I will keep a presence there even if it is reduced. While it's true some fellow sellers can be a little aggressive, most are lovely and I enjoy reaching out to them through this blog....Although one cheeky blighter writes all over the internet criticising plagiarism yet got the know-how on how to make their latest ranges from this blog! ....If they're shooting at you, you must be doing something right!
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Here's a few from my sundrop dichroic pendant range. These are all based on transluscent art glass-very summery! You can get one for every outfit...please!
As well as my ebay site which is my sale site, my website also offers wholesale dichroic glass accounts for resellers so just get in touch!
Friday, 9 May 2008
When the droan starts I normally put my ipod on to drown out the noise. One podcast I listen to regularly is Craftcast. It's a multi-discipline crafts show I download to tunes and is great for ideas and resources. It deals with so many fields that you're sure to pick up inspiration for your next venture. It's also good to reach out to the craft community from time to time.
With that in mind....stay tuned for a very special announcement from me and incywincy crafts about a brand new website for the craft community starting very soon!
I really must slow down with these websites!!
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
British weather is a marvellous thing. One second it feels like we're in suburban Antarctic, the next it feels like the Algarve!
The sun is currently cracking the flags and everyone is out an about- hence no-one staying at home buying things from me!- Seriously, it's tragic!
I always notice a downturn in sales when it's sunny so i'm not too concerned-I'm enjoying the weather too much myself!
I'm busy adding to my website and getting things together for a bit of a relaunch. My main sales avenue is ebay and to be fair the whole site is fast going down the drain! So i'm going to concentrate on that -plus the new website!
At the moment i'm doing quite chunky designs with textured dichroic glass. It can be quite a pain using ths type of glass as the clear top you add can pull in, ruining the piece. Conveniently though, i've already done a how-to for the new site so it'll be easy for beginners to tackle using this glass after they read that....if they want. Not that i'm pressuring anyone or anything.
I'm also starting to reintroduce dichroic 'slider' pendants. These pieces are fused with a hole near the top so they'll 'slide' right onto chain etc. They're probably my favourite pieces as they're so thick and full of depth. The finished result can be so random after fusing! I get quite a few questions about these so i'll add a how-to on these to the site as well.
Anyway-it's too blooming nice to be stuck indoors next to the kiln so i'm going far a walk!
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Next...following on from the first Beginners glass fusing glass, i'm holding the next one on..June 8th!....Like the previous one, it's going to be a small class ranging from the very basics of working with glass to using dichroic glass. We'll be making several projects including items of jewellery and a few items for the home. The aim of the class is to give you the fundamentals of glass fusing and going through the lessons you can apply them to any of the future project you want. Plus..i'll act as your 'remote tutor' after the class, so if you've got any questions or want impartial advice you can drop me a line!
Anywho...must go, the kiln's beeping!
Friday, 18 April 2008
Sorry it's been sooo long since the last post but I've been a little overwhelmed with work lately and answering emails something had to give!
What have I been upto?! Well firstly, I held my glass fusing beginners class and it went really well!....In fact I got quite jealous at some of the work produced! David, Harriet and Lynsey all picked it up really quickly and some excellent things got made....I expect to see one or two glass fusing rivals very soon!
As well as that I've been making room for some brand new lines...and i'm thinking big! Which means a new kiln!..yey! New ranges will include some wall art, platters and other homeware lines...and lets just say they take up quite a lot of room!
My third bit of news is still very hush hush.....but lets just say i've got a new website! It's going to be based on the blog but I don't want to say too much as the spies are out there!
Back tomorrow with more news....and the competition winners!!!....Ooo time for a new competition I think!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
My auctions always start at wholesale prices but now i'm listing some buy it now wholesale packs. There'll soon be an option to buy packs of each of the ranges I offer. Great if you're a reseller or if your buying for groups etc.
In the meantime have a look at these new designs i'm selling. Dichroic glass rings and dichroic dog tag necklaces. Available from my ebay shop. I'll be adding lots more over the next few weeks as well as some very exciting new items i'm currently working on.
On an entirely different matter....my glass fusing classes are proving popular...One place left though! See my website for details! It looks like i'll be adding more dates soon also so check back for future dates.
I've not done a tutorial for a while so I'll blog back soon with a do's and don'ts of glass fusing. I get lots of emails as a result of the blog now, which i'm thrilled with, but I also get a lot of the same questions so i'll try and answer them all in a FAQ...drop me a line if you have a query you want answering.
Thursday, 28 February 2008
I quick and easy way to make custom dichroic patterns...well when you don't have a lazer engraver or sandblasting unit to hand is etching creme. It's not as precise as either of those two but a lot less messy and it's a good way of adding writing to fused glass should you want to..I write like Daniel Day Lewis's right foot so it's not something I'd want...anywho...
First stage is to 'mask' areas you don't want etched. There are a couple of ways to do this. If you want to be precise you can use a stencil or even a sandblasting resist film to mask the dichroic....I think there's not enough time in the world to do that so I use 'sharpie' markers. They're quite effective..if you add a few layer they're even better! ...One cheating way of doing it is you use card making 'peel offs' to make quite a precise design.
I sketched a quick design using the marker...The key word here is 'sketched'. I did this simply for the blog so I wasn't really inspired at this point!
There's a lot of black here but remember to do the design in negative so the creme will take of the unmasked parts.
Here's the creme. You can use it do some interesting effect on glass but use it with caution! Remember to use gloves as it is caustic and wash you hands after use!...We wouldn't want this stuff reaching the parts that other beers can't reach!
This is the dichroic piece afterleaving the creme on for 5 mins....a bit rough and ready I know but it was just for show....and i'm not Picasso. Wash the glass thoroughly.
Here's the etched dichroic glass in a section of one of my jubilee pendants....purty ain't it!
And now for something completely different!
I'll be starting bi-monthly glass fusing classes from my home studio on 30th March. Details available from the website or you can email me at email@example.com . I'm limiting the number to 4 so everyone gets a decent amount of attention so drop me a line fi you're interested!
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
I'm also trying to knock some sense back into my website which because of other commitments, i've had to neglect for a bit. It'll be back in shape later this week with some very exciting new lines i'm working on...plus, i'm going to be displaying some dichroic glass by other artists! There's a small minority or glass artists who are quite hostile to other artists and sellers. I hope through this blog and my growing list of contacts I can slowly dispell that and get a sense of community that should be there!
Anyway. I usually end up working late through the week so was up for the dramatic earthquake that hit Lincoln in the early hours of this morning. When I say dramatic...I mean a few bits of masonry came down in some village (ok, so they landed on someone which must of hurt), but it was hardly the end of the world. I've had curries that looked more threatening..and with the same wobbley effect. Still it proves how luckly we are in Britain to not be at the mercy of nature as much as people in other parts of the world are...although walking down the sea front outside my apartment is like an assault course at times!
Very exciting news this week is that my work is feature on http://amazingglass.blogspot.com/ .
Which is indeed an honour to be among such great work! Check it out and add it to your list off faves!
...back tomorrow hopefully with a mini tutorial of making custom dichroic patterns!
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Ok, so the ebay strike is underway!....Nothing has happened though! No change whatsoever and the sky has not fallen in...which is always nice. I'm hoping it forces sellers to be a bit more customer focused and not so bitchy about other sellers. It's definately not as attractive a place to base a business anymore but that has been the case for almost a year now and nothing looks as though it'll change.
I've had more grief from competitors than customers in the past six months. When craftspeople like me make the same items, from the same material some sellers honestly think their work is pioneering and all others, forgery! They get so bent out of shape ...one once started a smear campaign via blogs etc which was quite funny as the spelling was rather...erm...irratic.
Doing this blog I hope people feel they can ask questions and i'll try and respond in as open a way as I can.
Here's a few new designs...domino dichroic pendant and textured glass pendants.
These are quite a contemporary shape, with a double bail...they look great on a choker! There's a load more on my ebay shop.
These are more from my textured dichroic glass jewellery range. They're very tactile and I guarantee they will get lots of admiring looks from the magpies in the office.
I'm giving away this fused glass plate from my dichroic glass website. It's the first of a new selection i'll be putting on soon. It's eight inches square with a slight curve and will look great on any table.
For a chance to win just help me answer the following question in the comments section..
I'm producing a new range of glass jewellery and home accessories based on this style pattern.
What should I call it?
Competition ends 26th March and answer will be picked at random from a selection. All inappropiate answers and comments will be removed as nesessary. Postage will be paid for and the prize will be posted within 7 days of the competition close. No replacment will be available in the event of loss or damage whilst in transit. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash alternative. Entry not limited to the UK.
Monday, 11 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
It's a great honour because the work featured on the site is so beautiful I have to restrain myself from looking at it too much in order to preserve my bank accounts! The site featured some of my dichroic bangles and dichroic pendants and got some nice comments.
I have to say that it made my day so thank you cuteable and thank you too swirlyarts!
On another note....I'm going to start a series of glass fusing jewellery classes, starting in March and i'll post details up soon. It'll be aimed at beginers to intermediate level fusers. I'll be teaching compatibility, cutting, kiln use and dichroic techniques. It'll be for groups of 4 and depending on the level of interest will be held once or twice a month from my home studio based in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Friday, 1 February 2008
I sell dichroic glass jewellery via Ebay and these change will effect me heavily.
Ebay has lowered the cost of listing items, whilst taking a greater percentage of the final value fee once the item sells.
It has also withdrawn the ability of sellers to leave negative or neutral feedback to buyers.
At first glance these changes don't seem to drastic but i've no doubt that they will be the straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of using ebay.
Whilst the lower listing fee is welcome this is only because ebay has lowered visibilty on UK auctions to the extent that a larger proportion of items sell and when they do I barely cover the costs. I use Ebay mainly to advertise now.
Not allowing sellers to leave feedback is potentially far more dangerous to the sellers. Sellers are now far more exposed to 'neg blackmailers' who effectively extort sellers against the threat of ruining their feedback profile. Also, what's to stop a unscrupulous competitor from 'negging' you if a seller cannot leave reciprocal feedback?
When it comes to fashion jewellery and handcrafted jewellery, I think the feedback system will now become more of a 'critic' than an honest feedback of the transaction.
I have always prided myself in honest and efficient customer service and in my 20, 000 ebay transactions I have only ever left 1 negative feedback but i've a feeling the negative feedbacks will now start flying about and therefore lose the effectiveness of them in the first place.
The strike is due to take place in a few weeks...should I take part? Based in Liverpool, UK I was hit badly by the October/ November Royal Mail strike which lost me a great deal of money and nearly cost me my livelihood. I'm not sure I can afford to take part, but then again can I afford not to?
The out come of the whole thing is that i'm now much more focused on other outlets than Ebay.
I'll pay much more attention to my website and ETSY...let ebay put itself out of business!
Things are really quiet in terms of selling...I think the credit cards bills have been stinging people. As a result i've been really slogging myself trying to get things made to sell...whilst trying to get together my paperwork-the tax man cometh!
Anywho-tutorials! I've not done one in a few weeks to i'm going to get a few done over the next week or so. I'll do a troubleshooting guide and another for making dichroic donuts as i've had quite a few emails that i've busy answering!
These are a few images of my new range of dichroic glass jewellery. I'll be adding them to the website soon but for now i'm going to ebay them. I call them scraffito dichroic pendants.
For anyone who doesn't know my rather irratic job history....I used to do a lot of textile art and also studied architecture, although I found the practise of being an architect quite soul destroying. Anyway, I transfered some of the designs I used in my textiles...which were often based on church architecture onto these dichroic pendants.
They're a kind of blend of architectural shapes and stained glass windows. I'm still in the early stages of these designs so i'm hoping they improve but for now i'm happy with their look. I'm expecting some new glass tomorrow with some brand new glass colours from CBS so I can't wait to see how these look with them.