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Team Serenity Etsy Street Team Promotion

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Today only – receive 15% off in my Etsy shop as part of Team Serenity’s promotional event. Use the coupon code TEAMSERENITY at checkout.

Use the same code in these other shops for discounts and goodies as well:

www.etsy.com/shop/harmony5 – 5% off

www.etsy.com/shop/TreeCricket – 20% off purchase of $5 or more

www.etsy.com/shop/EternalGirl – 20% off

www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetCrowe – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/StrandsofDNA – Free shipping and complimentary key chain

www.etsy.com/shop/KnitCraftSew – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/SweetSerendipityArt – 20% off purchase of $5 or more

www.etsy.com/shop/willowlaneboutiques – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/BlackCatStitches – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/KyleyCo – $5/off purchase (no minimum)

www.etsy.com/shop/HelloHarts – 20% off

www.etsy.com/shop/SAjolie – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanClink – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/Mriya – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/BeyondTheBarrel – 30% off orders of $75 or more

www.etsy.com/shop/Angelof2 – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/BLPhotography – use code PREFERREDCUSTOMER for 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/StoryWeaver11 – 5% off

www.etsy.com/shop/Colourscape – 10% off purchases over $10

www.etsy.com/shop/GoldDaisy – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/skylay – 15% off

www.etsy.com/shop/MeganERisk – 10% off

www.etsy.com/shop/ChatteJolie – 10% off purchase of $25 or more

www.etsy.com/shop/Oogle – 20% off

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Bunch of Big Hole Beads!

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Well I finally have my desktop computer up and running. I had all these listings ready to go for sterling silver lined big hole beads… and then my hard drive died. Luckily I was able to recover pretty much everything though (the thing wasn’t completely fried, I guess just on its way out, or maybe my techy husband is just a miracle worker). So although it was a bit of a pain getting everything working again and organized the way I like it (the former, my husband can be thanked for, although the latter was left to my own OCD), it wasn’t a terrible ordeal or loss or anything like that.

Anyhow, I just added a whole bunch of new listings to my Etsy shop. These are some fabulous big hole beads, the type which fit on the European style charm bracelets. There has been some issue with copyright lately so I will not be using their name. But yes, they fit “those” bracelets. They also look fabulous on a silver chain or plain leather cord. The hole size is big enough you can easily put them on many different things you already have. All of these new beads feature Val Cox Frit, most of them the new Painter’s Series blends that I have already talked about a whole lot but am still in love with!

Thanks for looking <3

etsy

Artfire and other things

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Well, I have been pretty terrible about updating this blog in a while. Sorry about that! I haven’t gone anywhere. Actually I have been working on adding loads of new items to my Etsy store, and will be continuing to do so over the next while, so keep checking back there for new goodies.

Fruit Salad Charm Bracelet Spacers on Etsy

I’ve also been working towards having more spacers in stock and ready to ship in my Etsy store. You can always order spacers and other sets in larger quantities in my Handmade Artists shop, which is entirely made to order (meaning that I will special-make the beads just for you), but I know not everyone likes to wait for creation time. (You can also always contact me through Etsy for a custom order if you prefer Etsy – I usually have the glass in stock to make extras but it’s not always guaranteed, and some things are one of a kind. But you can always ask!) At any rate, it’s a bit of a slow process increasing stock on spacers, but you will notice that some of the listings now have multiples in stock.

Copper Green Spacers on Etsy

Another piece of news I want to share is that I have decided to stop selling on Artfire. Or rather, attempting to sell on Artfire. I have just not been getting enough sales there to justify the monthly fee. I gave it a chance for a good six month period, and it hasn’t been working, so I am not going to keep going with it, at least for now. It’s too bad because I really do like Artfire, but I guess they just aren’t getting the traffic, or it’s the wrong people for my work, or something. I do much better on Etsy and eBay.

Rainbow Charm Bracelet Spacers on Etsy

(For that matter, I haven’t been having stellar results with Handmade Artists either – but I am keeping on with them because their monthly fee is so low, and I really do want to continue to offer certain sets and spacers there as a sort of catalogue. I am hoping that this site will stay around long enough that people become more comfortable ordering there. They have such a nice philosophy of artists helping other artists, I just don’t think enough people are aware they exist yet.)

Flamingos in the Pool on eBay

So, what else is new this week? I do have some sets starting at discounted prices on eBay. And I’m offering FREE SHIPPING worldwide on these listings! So they are like a double discount in a way.

Dusky Roses on eBay

And that’s about all the news I’ve got for now! I hope you all had wonderful holidays and are having a great start to 2013.

etsy

And now for something completely different!

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Ladybug attack! I just posted a whole bunch of ladybug beads in every colour you could possibly want in my Etsy store. I am selling them in singles or pairs because they are really like little mini focals and would be great for earrings also. Most of them have multiples available too, if you want to buy more than just one or two. (I have made bracelets and necklaces out of these little guys and they are so adorable).

Hope you enjoy <3

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Val Cox Painter’s Series – Sunflower Fields

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Sunflower Fields

A blend that transforms in the flame to produce vibrant spring brights. If you think you’re not a “yellow” person, this one may surprise you.

Painting by Deryk Houston, Amy’s dad.

Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com

Amy’s notes: Obviously this blend has some special significance to me, being as it was created based on one of my dad’s paintings. Sunflowers are my favourite flower too. It’s one of dad’s older pieces, but one that I have always loved. I am so very honored that Val Cox frit has made a blend based on this painting and that it is a part of the Painter’s Series! It has felt in some ways that I am “painting” with dad’s colours in glass, which is really cool.

Now, because of the large amount of yellow in this blend (I believe), it really didn’t do well when I tried to encase it in Lauscha – I had lots of cracking issues. So I wouldn’t recommend that. It does look beautiful encased in clear, so probably sticking with a 96 COE clear would be your best bet. It looked great with many colours in the 104 pallette (and no cracking issues when it was on the surface), although the ones I really wanted to use it on – yellow and orange/red – it was just too muddy to show up. So this actually led me to figure out a “new” technique (certainly not something I invented, or even something I had not done before, just something I hadn’t thought of in a while). I put a layer of clear in between the base colour and the frit, and that way I got to see the lovely frit blend against those backdrops that I so wanted it to work against. This opened up in my head a whole new array of frit using possibilities. Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention!

Anyway, here are my results…


Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit encased in Lauscha clear – note that most of these beads developed stress cracks shortly after this pic was taken – so I am not recommending this frit blend be encased in Lauscha clear.


Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit encased in Lauscha clear with silver foil – again, note that most of these beads developed stress cracks.


Harvest Swirls
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit swirled in and speckled on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear


Blue Skies and Sunflowers
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 224 Pastel Light Sky Blue


Sunflower Fields
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 204 Pastel White


Perfectly Fresh
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green


Artfully Inspired
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 428 Special Light Red/Orange with a layer of Lauscha clear in between


Sunflowers
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 412 Special Dark Yellow with a layer of Lauscha clear in between


Sunflower Swirls
Val Cox Sunflower Fields frit on Moretti 026 Teal and Moretti 266 Opal Yellow

And finally, here are my paddle tests of this blend. It doesn’t demonstrate the 104 palette in full by any means, but gives a pretty good idea of how the blend reacts with a variety of colours.

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Val Cox Painter’s Series – Coy Koi

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Coy Koi

A playful blend of warm and cool tones. The blend includes an orange strike color (coy), so you can decide how many koi you’d like to see.

Painting by Edoen Kang. Visit this and other works by Edoen.

Buy this frit blend at ValCoxFrit.com

Amy’s Notes: While this blend probably is not the most versatile of the Painter’s Series in terms of the number of different ways it can be used, it is actually one of my favorites. And don’t get me wrong – it works very well with many base colours, and produces some interesting reactions as well. It encased well with Lauscha clear, and the reaction it produces with silver foil is really cool.


Encased Koi Pond
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 026 Transparent Teal, encased in Lauscha clear.


Encased Garden Gnomes
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 073 Pale Green Apple, with silver foil, encased in Lauscha clear.


Koi Pond Swirls
Val Cox Coy Koi frit swirled in and speckled on Moretti 004 Transparent Clear


Koi Pond
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 031 Transparent Pale Emerald Green


Koi Pond on Blue
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 232 Pastel Light Turquoise


Koi Pond on White
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 204 Pastel White


Coy Koi Crystals
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 204 Pastel White


Desert Spring Lentils” (Yes I know this name is confusing because there is a frit named Desert Spring as well in the Painter’s Series… but that is what this set is called nonetheless. The frit *is* Coy Koi!)
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 090 Seaweed and Moretti 266 Opal Yellow


Koi Pond Lentils
Val Cox Coy Koi frit on a base of Moretti 020 Transparent Light Grass Green and Moretti 219 Pastel Copper Green

And finally, here are my paddle tests of this blend. It doesn’t demonstrate the 104 palette in full by any means, but gives a pretty good idea of how the blend reacts with a variety of colours.