JUST UPDATED Beading Pattern – Passion Flower Vine Necklace (Advanced Level)

Finally updated! New photos, diagrams and drawings! Plus the layout needed some work. An advanced level beading pattern that uses peyote stitch, right angle weave, ndebele and St. Petersberg stitches. 22 pages.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/62800738/just-updated-bead-pattern-passion-flower

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Just added a brand new necklace to my Etsy!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/273829912/underwater-garden-bead-woven-necklace

Underwater Garden – Bead woven necklace with silver pendant center – Glass Beaded Necklace with opals pearls and topaz by Hannah Rosner

I was fortunate enough to have a perfect centerpiece (although I don’t remember the maker’s name. She was a jewelry student I met in Pittsburgh) – a silver freeform pendant set with two opals and a blue topaz.

18″ necklace with 45mm (2″) focal and another 3″ of fringe. Sterling silver, Swarovski crystal and seed beads. Freshwater Pearls, opal and Japanese seed beads.

In early May, I was about halfway through updating a tutorial about selling on Etsy when they up and changed their Control Panel again.  Although the new dashboard seems to be pretty easy, I thought that this was a perfect time for me to check out another selling platform that students and friends have been asking about: IndieMade.

You can check them out at www.IndieMade.com

IndieMade bills itself as “Artist Websites Made Easy” and says that it has SEO (search engine optimization) built into each IndieMade store, so I decided to put it to the test.  I heard that you only needed a few minutes to set up a complete shop on IndieMade so decided to dedicate one afternoon to it.  Signing up was simple – pick a store (User) name and hit a button.  After a bit of a kerfuffle with the password, I was in!

I chose the Pro Plan.  I wanted something that I could sell downloadable tutorials (electronic files) and could connect with Etsy for upload since I’ve already done a ton of work on that site.  Adding items one at a time when I have almost 100 tutorials sounded like a real chore.

Under Shop Settings (Options) in my Etsy store I found a button labeled Download CSV.  It was exactly three button clicks to download Etsy items to my desktop and upload almost 200 products to IndieMade!  But it turns out I still had to upload each PDF document by hand.

IndieMade Pros

  • ·        Nice website design options with customizable colors and fonts.
  • ·        Easy calender option for events.  However, if it is a multiple day event it appears you need to make separate event postings.
  • ·        You are not limited to the 10 categories that Etsy gives you
  • ·        Reasonable monthly fee without the per-item fees that Etsy has.  All of the Paypal proceeds go directly to you.

IndieMade Cons

  • ·        If you are uploading a CSV file, each shop item uploads the title, price and description.  However, I still had to edit shipping information and tags in spite of IndieMade’s claim that pages had “reasonable” search engine optimization for each page.  I can’t see what these tags are, however; I’m hoping that they just uploaded the tags I had on Etsy.  For tutorials I still had to upload each document.

It appears that IndieMade is a great resource for someone who wants their own beginning level website that allows sales directly from the site and has easy setup.  Their interface to add products is easy – especially if you are doing it from scratch.

Although I’ll upload the rest of my PDF tutorials and see how the SEO goes over the next few months, I suspect I won’t be keeping my website with them since I already have a well-established Etsy site with over 4000 sales, a WordPress blog, and also a website that I still upkeep in HTML (and thereby have complete control of the site’s look and tags

You’ve already found my blog!

For my Etsy store, go to http://hannahrachel.etsy.com

For my website, head over to http://www.goodrivergalleries.com

I had to take a short break from tutorial rewrites to get ready for (and then recover from) Bead & Button, but I’m back at them!

This little toggle clasp project is great because it only needs about a gram of each kind of bead so uses up leftovers.  It also means that you can exactly match your bracelet or necklace project!

Requires knowledge of peyote stitch.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/62780388/just-updated-bead-tutorial-peyote-stitch

Just added to Etsy – part of my Swarovski pearl, Czech pearl and Czech beads overstock! Its time to really organize and clean my studio. So far there are 40+ types of beads, but I’ll be adding more as I clean and organize! https://www.etsy.com/shop/hannahrachel?section_id=19617256

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Just added to Etsy – part of my seed bead overstock!  Its time to really organize and clean my studio.  You can pick 5g, 10g or 25g weight counts.  So far there are 40+ types of Toho seed beads, but I’ll be adding more as I clean and organize!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/hannahrachel?section_id=6889290

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I think I only have two spots left in my Royal Ruffles Ribbon Bracelet (end photos, below) class at the Bead & Button Show on June 11. For details head to http://www.beadandbuttonshow.com/store/class/b170780.

I’ll also have a table a Meet the Teachers on June 9 and will be doing a demo at the Toho Booth on June 10. Hope to see you there! I suspect I’ll be doing a demo of a lotus blossom flower (see the middle photo of the basket top below) using the new colors of Toho demirounds at the Toho booth.

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