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I have some new supplies in antiqued copper and brass that I’ve been playing with, including some lovely filigree flowers and heart lockets.
I’ve made my first necklace with one of the filigree flowers, for which I worked a Swarovski rivoli for its centre. I have half a dozen flowers in different colours so I matched the crystals to the colour of the flower.
I’ve also been busy taking new photos of some of my existing work and the new packaging.
I am happy and proud to announce that I have received the ArtFire Certified Handmade Artifact.
ArtFire has created the first Certified Handmade Award in the handmade market. All the applicants are rigorously reviewed and the artifact is awarded only to artisans offering exclusively Handmade or Fine Art items. I meet all the criteria so I sent off my application together with an explanation of my handmade process plus photos of my studio and of works in progress.
As designer and creator of all my jewellery, I take great pride in my work. Each piece is meticulously and skilfully made with my own hands. This badge, which is displayed in my ArtFire shop and listings, provides extra reassurance to all my visitors of my commitment to handmade.
I gave my ArtFire Studio a re-organisation this week. I changed my Sections to reflect my jewellery styles, such as Fantasy & Floral. The sections were previously based on jewellery types, e.g. Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings and so on. I prefer the cohesive look now, when the individual categories are viewed. Anyone can still see all the rings or bracelets together by using the Search Bar within my Studio. In keeping with the new sections, I’ve updated the Rapid Cart on this blog (see right). I now have three separate carts, each featuring four products from a particular section.
Another new widget I’ve put in my Studio links back to this blog, showing all my Creative Space posts. This will give Studio visitors a glimpse behind the scenes.
The Handmade In Europe (HIE) Guild’s Halloween Game carries on till the end of October. Lots of fantastic prizes to be won, including a $15 voucher from my ArtFire shop. See this post on the HIE blog for details.
Last week I entered Beadaholique’s Contest to Win A Lifetime Artfire Pro eCommerce Store.
I love ArtFire to bits, so the chance to win a free-for-life store was brilliant!
There wasn’t enough time for me to order new supplies all the way from the US, but luckily I am already a Beadaholique customer and already had some of their supplies in hand. I decided to make a simple design that best highlighted the materials used and sent off my entry.
I missed my Fiery Fridays post, so here is a Splendid Sunday instead!
The $5.95 Group Deal was activated on 1st October and besides opting in with my gr8jewellery shop, I also opened another shop at that special rate. I’ve been seeing many new Pro Shops and found it much easier to find listings from Pro studios for my newest Collection. It was indeed A Fruitful Search
I also noticed an active Beadweavers’ Guild so I immediately applied and am very happy to have been accepted. One of the members, Carol from SandFibers, created a Collection featuring Guild members’ work and the first thing I saw this morning on opening ArtFire was my Mystic Eye Choker staring back at me from the front page of ArtFire! Thank you Carol :D
Snapshot from a Forum thread posted this week announcing the definite activation of this super value-for-money deal!
In another display of why ArtFire is such a great place to be, Tony wrote a really helpful post in the Forum especially for Etsy users, to welcome the newcomers and highlight the difference between Etsy and ArtFire. Lots of helpful hints on how to make the most of selling on the two sites, useful to new and old members alike.
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? If you’re not already a seller on ArtFire, you should first register here, then opt-in for a Pro account for $5.95/month here.
So much happening on ArtFire this week! There was a huge buzz with the news that ArtFire will be exiting Beta very soon and to celebrate they are offering a limited number of people the chance to lock in a never-before-seen monthly rate of just $5.95.
This is a great opportunity to have a PRO account and benefit from really great seller tools whilst being found by millions of shoppers through ArtFire’s unique vision of pushing its members’ items out to where the shoppers are. When you list an item in your studio, it is loaded into Google Shopping and TheFind, the top shopping engines worldwide. All this for the truly small sum of approximately US$0.20 per day. That is all you’ll need to pay because on ArtFire there are no listing fees and no transaction fees!
Get in on the deal now, risk free. Existing members are getting the first chance at this deal, so if you’re not already a seller on ArtFire, you should first register here. You can open a Basic shop for free and will only pay the new low PRO monthly fee once this deal is activated. There is a minimum threshold of 20,000 members required to opt in before this deal comes into effect. If this minimum number is not reached, everything remains as it is and all PRO members will continue paying their current monthly rate, while all current Basic shops will remain free.
To top it all off I’ve just read on the Chatterbox Forums that ArtFire is giving away 5 iPads, one each day of the week starting from Monday 20th September. Opt-in to the Group Deal and you’re automatically entered each day for a chance to win an iPad! Woweeee!!!
More exciting news this week is the preview of the revamped Front Page to be launched very soon. I’m looking forward to this!
And one last announcement; on a personal note I’m happy to have become an ArtFire Maven, which means that I’m in a team that gets special access to information and is involved in the early planning stages of new features. Mavens are often asked to test new tools/features and give feedback before they’re taken live for the entire community so it’s the perfect playground!
That’s it from ArtFire for today. See my previous Fiery Fridays posts for more news on my ArtFire experience.
Since going PRO on ArtFire a few weeks ago, I’ve been blogging about how fantastic this venue is in my Fiery Fridays posts, but this news couldn’t wait till tomorrow!
To celebrate leaving Beta phase, ArtFire are offering, for a limited time only, the chance for up to 50,000 members to lock-in a Pro account for $5.95/month, that’s only approximately $0.20 per day for loads of brilliant tools to set up and run your own studio and benefit from ArtFire’s expertise in directing traffic to your store!