Come on in and sit a spell.. have a look around, we sure hope you enjoy your stay!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Saying goodbye to my Artfire shop..




After almost 4 years on Artfire, many sales, many friends.. I have decided it's time to shut the doors on that shop ONLY!

Starting today and ending on December 31st at midnight, I will be running a 25% off everything sale in my ARTFIRE shop only!
You can use coupon code ARTFIRESHOPCLOSINGSALE25 during check out.

After the 31st, I will close the "doors" on the Artfire shop and concentrate only on my new Etsy shop.

Thank you to all my customers, friends and supporters..




Friday, December 21, 2012

A feature in a Magazine, me?!

Hi all! I hope you haven't been worried about me? I've been busy, like a lot of y'all... getting ready for Christmas! 

Cleaning the house, making things for people, that sort of thing.. and, I'm really pleased to announce that since opening my Etsy shop in October.. the orders have been steady. It's off to a fabulous start!

So, a few months ago, I was approached by the wonderful ladies over at Sweet Delight Sample Boxes. It's an online sample shop. Where someone will purchase a sample box that includes many samples.. from perfume to makeup to jewelry. I gladly supplied the ladies with some samples, knowing full well that whom ever purchased the sample box that contained my samples.. would also contain my business card.. so, it was a win, win for both of us!

Today, I received an email from the ladies at Sweet Delight The Online Magazine, announcing that my Pumpkin pie pendant set was selected to feature in the Winter 2012 online magazine issue.  Talk about over-the-moon excited.. I couldn't believe it! 


If you are interested in this Pumpkin pie set or any of my other items, you can find them in my Etsy shop, Cobalt Moon Jewelry. 

Don't forget to "Like" us at Cobalt Moon Jewelry, on Facebook for updates and postings of new items I've made!

A great big thank you goes out to Robin and Penny at Sweet Delight Sample Boxes ! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful and Merry Christmas!!!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Artist Feature of the Month.. December!


Feature of the month..


Five questions we ask every artist: Diana Smith

Diana owns her own embroidery business and has come a long way since starting out at the young age of 18 years old! Now with children and many beautiful grandchildren, Diana spends her days doing what she loves, creating wonderful items at an affordable price! 


Questions for the artist

Q. How did you get started in your particular craft? What drew you to it in the first place?
A. I was working at a place that made dance,cheer,and school athletic wear.
I had all was been interested in sewing from a very early age. And I loved things embroidered and appliqued. So when they asked me to take over the department I was quite scarred. I had never used a machine quite like this before. There were 6 machines and each had 12 needles on them but once I started I was hooked. I was with them for about 5 yrs. and then I thought I can do this on my own and so that is when I started my own company business. I only have 2 embroidery machines now just started with one. So I have grown over the last 4 years.
Q.  How do you overcome the times you are feeling uninspired?
A. I look at new trends and see what is out there.New movies and Disney is always a good one. I even pick up children's  coloring books and look through them. And at any thing I think I can hoop and embroidery on. My motto Is If I can hoop it and it fits on the machine then I will embroidery it.

Q.  Where can we see more of your work?
A. I have an Etsy page that is where I started it is at http://www.twostars321.etsy.com/


and my best place where you can see everything and meet a lot of really nice people is on my facebook page we have a lot of fun there. It is
http://www.facebook.com/twostars321


Q.  Do you have any advice for someone just starting out ?
A.  Oh now this is a hard one. I wish I had some one to answer that one for me 4 years ago. My best advise would be don't give up to easily look around and see what people are wanting in anything you are wanting to do. Talk to people and don't be afraid to get your feet wet. And most of all give your 100% and always give good customer service that is the key to any business and listen to your customers. I have been so blessed and am so thankful to all of my customers, they are the best. And the best advertisement are them I have been very blessed because all of my business has been word of mouth. So if you have one happy customer and they tell just one person and so on who knows where you will go from there and I thank God for giving me a great talent and my family. If you have those to main things behind you, You can't fail.

 Q.  What’s your favorite medium to work with ?
A. I would have to say fabric. Because to look at just a flat peace of material and then be able to make something out of it. It is like a sculptor and a peace of wood or marble. It is just a blank canvas to a painter. I love all kinds of mediums I love to paint and in general just make things with my hands. I can look at something and imagine it as something else. 


Thank you, Diana! You certainly have wonderful items in your shop! 


Be sure to come back and visit us next week, where we will feature another very talented artist! 

Disclaimer: Each artist featured here today has given Cindy with Cobalt Moon Jewelry written permission to do a feature on their work. The photos seen in this post were used solely for that purpose.

If you are an Artfire or Etsy artist and you would like for your work to be featured here on Cobalt Moon Jewelry, I would love to talk with you. Please email me :
cdowdle2 (at) gmail (dot) com 

Or if you know of an Artfire or Etsy artist please email me! I am always looking for talented artists to feature!

Stay tuned for next month’s feature.. 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Polymer clay hints, tricks and tips

Hello and welcome to the first installment of 
Polymer clay hints, tricks and tips.


There are many people out there working on Polymer clay and to be honest, starting out can be very exciting, but when it comes to actually creating a jewelry item to sell, that's a different story. 

When I first started out claying, I didn't come from an artsy background, didn't take any classes heck.. I only had 4 blocks of clay, a pasta machine and one basic book. I'm a self taught Polymer clay artist and let me tell ya.. it's been an adventure !   Along the way I have tried quite a few things and I thought I would share with y'all what I have learned. 

I've been asked by friends and family a few questions and it gave me the idea to share with y'all what I've learned over the years of 

Lets start out with:

 *Tricks and tips* 

One question I've been asked a lot is.. 
How do you keep the loops and eye pins from falling out?


  • A few simple solutions are, headpins, and eye pins. By inserting the headpin or eye pin into the clay before it's baked, it gives the clay something to hold on to. I don't like to waste the store bought eye pins, so I create my own. Same affect. 
  • By placing the eye pin or head pin deep into the item will keep the pin from falling out, it will also give your item more strength. Put a dab of TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) or Kato brand Liquid Polyclay before you insert the pin.
  • If you are going to strengthen your piece by either using tooth picks or wire, which is my preferred form of strengthening. You can add a tiny dab of TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) or Liquid Polyclay will also work. It can be baked and acts as a glue to hold the clay to it's self. 
  • I would really stay away from inserting just a straight pin with nothing for the clay to adhere to, thus creating a stronger bond. The straight pin will simply slide right out after baking. Then you are faced with having to glue the pin back. (This happened to me way back when I first started claying- then it hit me - it's got to have something to hold onto) 
*Some uses for Liquid Polymer clay*

  • Add a bit of pastel chalk to your liquid polymer clay and it changes the color. You can use that for faux syrup, frosting, soup or cereal.
  • Use as a glue to make your pre-baked items stronger. Keep head pins and eye pins in place. 
  • Use as a bakeable varnish. You first bake your item, then brush on very thin amounts of TLS or Kato Polyclay. Then you must re-bake your item.
Here are a few examples of what I used TLS for:


I made the waffles then used a very tiny hint of brown and yellow pastel chalk along with my TLS and created the "Syrup" for the top. Then baked the entire item. 


Here I added more pastel chalk to create the effect of thick sauce. Drizzled it on top of the Spaghetti and meatballs. 



Another example of the use of TLS. I used a very tiny amount and brushed it on top of the french fries, then added real sea salt. This has created a bond to the clay so the sea salt won't come off. Then to keep the salt from melting away if the wearer were to get it wet, I brushed the entire piece with a Polyurethane sealant. I also used the TLS and pastel chalk to create the Ketchup on the plate. 



Disclaimer: I'm a self taught Polymer clay artist. I do not claim to be an expert. The above hints, tricks and tips are some of my own personal trials and errors that I have decided to share with you!


Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you can come back sometime! 


Monday, December 3, 2012

On This Day, In Clay Table News..



On This Day In Clay Table News... 

This is a new weekly feature that will be running, letting y'all know what goes on in my day to day life, creating things, sculpting and just plain ole’ smooshing of Polymer clay, cause lets face it.. if you’ve done anything with earthen clay or Polymer clay… it’s so much fun!

Let's dive right in, shall we? 

So, I've been working on a few Christmas items, nothing has been listed in my shop yet, but I wanted to show y'all anyway.

Cute little Santa Clause seating markers


Plate of warm waffles and syrup with a little pat of butter. Topped with fresh Blueberries and Strawberries.  This can be a ring or necklace. 

So, that's all I've been able to work on. There used to be a lot of time during the day to sit and clay all day, I donno what happened to it tho. LOL

That’s all the time we have for this week.  If you would like to keep up with the latest items in my shops and Facebook fan page, come over and visit:



Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping to say hello!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tutorial : Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings


Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings. 

Hello and thank you for stopping in! 

I thought I would share with y'all, the way I make my Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream cone earrings and necklace! 

 Starting off with mint colored Polymer clay,  I added chunks of pre-baked dark brown "chocolate chip" Polymer clay to the mix, then I about tore the skin off my fingers kneading all the pre-baked chunks into the mint clay. Right next to the mint chocolate chip clay is the base to the sugar cone.


 To mix Mint Polymer clay, you take standard blue (I used French Blue, by Sculpey III) Standard Yellow, by Sculpey III. I have found that if I use anything other than what I have listed above, the mint just isn't the correct color, for me. You can experiment if you like.

When you see the words 1 part this color and 5 parts that color, 
What does that mean? 
This means you will roll out the Yellow, on the thickest setting of your pasta machine. Do the same for the French blue and Vanilla. Take your 1” cutter, larger or smaller, which ever you want to use and then roll out the clay colors you will need.

The formula I used was:

1 part French blue Sculpey III= using your cutter, cut out one circle of French blue.

4 parts Yellow Sculpey III= using your same cutter, cut out 4 circles of the Yellow clay.

Mix those colors together. Of course they make green. And one might say “can’t we just use green to start out and save this step” Well, of course you can, but I have found that when I use green, it just doesn’t come out the way I want it to, so I use this formula. This is also great to know for when you are working on something and run out of green!

Then you want to take your Sculpey III Vanilla and cut off ¼ of the 2 ounce block

After you have mixed the blue and yellow, add them to your Vanilla cream. It’s important that you don’t use pure white for this, it will be a pastel color. If you want that color, then by all means, use white.

Now, you have the Mint green that you want for your ice cream.

 Next, I took my favorite tool for making the "sugar" cone. Can anyone guess what it is?                                                     

It’s part of a screen off an old screen door. I put tape around the edges so it wouldn’t distort and it also kept poking me.

Taking your rolling tool or glass bottle works really well, make the impression into the clay.
                                                   
I just love the impression is makes in the Polymer clay!

Next thing you need to do is cut out your clay with the new impression. Using your circle cutter. For the necklace, I used the neck of a coke bottle that I cut off. *I love to reuse items I find around my house* so I was rather resourceful and cut a coke bottle neck, it works so well for the size I want. This size is right at one inch on the inside.

 So, now, the cone shape needs to be cut. Here’s what I do. I take the clay, cut the 1” circle out then I cut off the top of the circle.

I've cut out the shape I want from the clay and I'm just about to manipulate it into the cone shape. The clay I'm using is extremely stiff, so the little 'squares' don't smooth out when I'm shaping.

Sometimes this is the most difficult thing of the entire process. If you aren't careful, you'll have smoothed out areas and then you'll have to start all over again. (sometimes with lots of cursing) LOL!!

 I haven't finished adding the texture to these "ice cream" tops yet, but I wanted to show y'all that it's not as difficult as you might think it is. Since I use such stiff clay, I'm able to do it all without first baking the cone then adding the ice cream. 
*If you are using softer clay, this is where you would bake the cone at the temp the manufacturer recommends.*

So, what I've done is take a piercing tool and make a hole right down the middle of the ice cream. Then taking a head pin, make sure the head of the pin is on the bottom of the ice cream. To insure the head pin stays in place, I take some scrap clay and hold it place.

I do the same for the cone. Since I don't bake mine ahead of time, I like the stiffness the scrap clay adds to the cone. *It also helps to bond the ice cream to the cone* 

So, now at this point, I have it shaped just as I want it, this is where I put on the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. You can add more texture or just leave the ice cream as it is. Bake it according to the manufacturer's recommended setting. The one thing I didn't take photos of was me dusting the cone with pastel chalk.


I like to use the soft "Cinnamon" color pastel clay and lightly dust the sugar cone. If you want the sugar cone to appear as it's been dipped in chocolate, then you can wait until the clay cools and paint a very thin strip of dark brown acrylic paint. 
Finish them all off with your choice of jewelry findings.

 Doesn't that look yummy?

Thank you so much for stopping to view my tutorial. 

If you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to answer them. I'm by no means an expert, this is just how I do things. 

Have a great day and I'll see y'all soon!


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holiday Ornaments and Jewelry sampling ...

I've put together a sampling of Holiday items you can find in my Etsy shop:
Cobalt Moon Jewelry


Christmas moose Ornament

Punkin' slice earrings and whole pie necklace


Pecan pie necklace and earrings set



Melted and sad snowmen earrings



Santa got stuck in the chimney Ornament

click here to view more holiday ornaments and jewelry 

Thank you for stopping by. Warm Holiday wishes to everyone ! 

Happy shopping !



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

This week in clay table news…


This week in clay table news…

This is a new weekly feature that will be running, letting y'all know what goes on in my day to day life, creating things, sculpting and just plain ole’ smooshing of Polymer clay, cause lets face it.. if you’ve done anything with earthen clay or Polymer clay… it’s so much fun!

Let's dive right in, shall we? 

This week, I have decided to do something different. I was getting a little bored with just telling y'all what I was doing and posting a few photos. I decided to do a tiny tutorial for y'all! 

Mint Chocolate Chip Polymer clay necklace and earrings. 

 Starting off with mint colored Polymer clay, I added chunks of pre-baked dark brown "chocolate chip" Polymer clay to the mix, then I about tore the skin off my fingers kneading all the pre-baked chunks into the mint clay. Right next to the mint chocolate chip clay is the base to the sugar cone.



 Next, I took my favorite tool for making the "sugar" cone. Can anyone guess what it is?                                                     

                                                   
I just love the impression is makes in the Polymer clay!
 So, now, I've cut out the shape I want from the clay and I'm just about to manipulate it into the cone shape. The clay I'm using is extremely stiff, so the little 'squares' don't smooth out when I'm shaping.

Sometimes this is the most difficult thing of the entire process. If you aren't careful, you'll have smoothed out areas and then you'll have to start all over again. (sometimes with lots of cursing) LOL!!



 I haven't finished adding the texture to these "ice cream" tops yet, but I wanted to show y'all that it's not as difficult as you might think it is. Since I use such stiff clay, I'm able to do it all without first baking the cone then adding the ice cream.
There are other things I do that, because it's hot out or my hands are making the clay too soft, I will have no choice but to bake in between each layer.

So, now at this point, I have it shaped just as I want it, this is where I put on the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. Doesn't that look yummy?

Please let me know if you want to know how I obtained the Mint clay color. Now, there may be a pre-mixed Mint Polymer clay color, but I haven't been able to find it in the stores, so, I have decided to whip up my own. 

Also, if there is a certain technique that you are interested in, I'm certainly no expert, in fact, I'm a self taught Polymer clay artist. At times it's quite frustrating to see something and not be able to just whip it out. In my case it's cane building.. Grrrrr! 

I would love to share the tips and techniques that I have picked up over the years, these tips have really made a difference for me! 

If y'all are interested in seeing more 'tutorials', 
please leave me a comment letting me know which item you are interested in. 

That’s all the time we have for this week.

Tune in next time when we will feature yet another tutorial. 

If you would like to keep up with the latest items in my shops and Facebook fan page, come over and visit:


Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping to say hello!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This week in Clay Table news...


This week in clay table news…

This is a new weekly feature that will be running, letting y'all know what goes on in my day to day life, creating things, sculpting and just plain ole’ smooshing of Polymer clay, cause lets face it.. if you’ve done anything with earthen clay or Polymer clay… it’s so much fun!

Let's dive right in, shall we? 

I've been pretty busy this past week in my studio! 
Opened an Etsy shop, which wasn't as difficult as I thought, but it sure was time consuming. Let's see.. it took me about 3 days to load the photos, list the items and make sure everything looked awesome!  I was able to open the shop today, YAY!!! 

My online friend, Debbie created me an Etsy shop banner, which I'm so proud of! Did y'all know that Debbie does this for a living? She also created my shop avatars, Facebook fan page banner, Artfire banner and business cards!

If you are in the market for amazing work, go and check her out! But she doesn't just do banners and avatars, this woman is so talented, in fact.. I you can check out this blog post, where I did a review for her new workbooks called ABC Workbooks. 


For Halloween, I have created a few new items for sale now in my Etsy shop
Realistic Autopsy Polymer clay necklace
Grim Reaper with Scythe

Also, in both my Etsy and Artfire shops, I'm running a 
**HALLOWEEN SAVINGS** 10% off! 
Just enter coupon code HALLOWEENROCKS2012 during checkout, and receive 10% off! Offer good 10/21/12 thru 10/28/12.

That’s all the time we have for this week, tune in next week where you can view the newest items I have listed in both shops, which are listed below. 

Come and see me on :

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping to say hello!



Monday, October 22, 2012

ABC Workbooks review


How are you doing today? I would like to thank you for stopping to visit my blog, I would like to invite you to follow my new blog, I'll gladly return the favor, thank you!

So, are you an artist or crafter? You enjoy creating fun things for friends and family, then someone has said to you those 4 magic words.. "You should sell this" !?  
Oh sure, you've been thinking about it for a long time, wondering where and how you would even begin to start selling your work, then like some of the artist and crafters I have run across.. it was just too overwhelming, so they slowed down or stopped all together, only to realize they were giving up something they really loved doing! 

Well, here's your chance to start fresh, learn the ropes and get out of your comfort zone to sell your craft, online! 

Look no further.. you aren't alone, with the Artsy Biz Chick at your side each step of the way, that task of selling the craft you love, won't be so overwhelming after all!

With these 5 very informative ABC Workbooks, you are able to follow along at your own pace while you learn everything you need, to get started.

The Artsy Biz Chick workbooks will help you cut out the "learning time" that I spent looking for tools and tips to build my art biz on a small budget. You'll save hours, days and even weeks of effort and keep you in your studio, which is where you really want to be.  And finally, it will show you how you can have a successful art business by working smarter, 
not harder." 

The workbooks you will receive are:

               
 What a fantastic offer and let me tell you, it's worth it! 

At such a wonderful price, the set of workbooks normally goes for $19.95 but right now, for the bundle you will only pay..  $14.95 for the entire bundle of 5 workbooks!

 With each workbook you get:

A manual written with the 'newbie' in mind, FULL of 
practical tools and tips to start selling online right away,
even on a small budget.
 Easy checklists to help you complete your tasks.
A bonus chapter entitled 'Selling Your Art', which lists
the top online shops and galleries.
There are over 50 pages of practical info a
a BONUS 'Tools And Resources' package
(over 50 online tools that are
free or almost free!).

As soon as I received my workbooks, I dove right in on the first one, Website DIY. Now, I'll be honest with you, I was half expecting this workbook to be filled with all that technical computer lingo that normally goes right over my head, but not with this book! The terminology was so easy to understand and follow. I felt as though I already had enough for customers to follow, with a blog, online store and Facebook page. But as I was reading through this workbook, I created a "mock website" just to see if it was really as easy as the book claimed. I'm really happy to say.. Yes, the instructions were so easy to follow that I'm now considering keeping that 'mock website' and using it along side of my other site. 

And as an added bonus, at the end of each workbook there is a check list of the things you have covered in the workbook! 
I'm tellin' y'all... these workbooks practically do all the work for you!

The next workbook was Your Blog, voice behind the artist
In this workbook you can learn the right way to create and maintain a blog. The correct ways to write each blog post and most importantly, the best way to get your product or craft noticed by all! And lets face it, we all want the viewers to our blogs to stay entertained and look forward to reading more about us, don't we?!

So, now that you feel as though you have a handle on those two things.. it's time to Get Social; Tweet Your Way to Profits. 
Really, no matter which social platform you choose to use, this workbook is a fantastic way to learn the importance of social networking etiquette!
Tells you that one of the most visible places to network right now, is... my favorite.. Pinterest! I have found that Pinterest is the best place to get noticed! 

Now that you have these three workbooks mastered, it's time for you to do some Marketing Your Art: The (Not so) Scary Side of Business. 
This workbook takes you through all the great ways to market your art, as the title says! It's really amazing how detailed this set of 5 workbooks are, they have really opened my eyes on ways to market my jewelry. The books will help you as well! 

Which brings us to the last of the 5 book series, Other Streams of INCome

This workbook takes us through all the great tools that have been at our fingertips (literally) and we might not have taken advantage of them yet. I'm talking about Google Adsense and other things such as becoming an affiliate. This workbook is chock-full of all different types income related products. Before reading this workbook, I only knew of and used Google Adsense, but now that I know that there are many others out there, I'm able to make a choice on what's right for my shop!

With each workbook you start on, there are easy to follow directions, 
If you are struggling and haven't been getting those sales you've expected.. perhaps it's time to take the next step and look in other areas. One of those areas should be with these fabulous workbooks! Go and purchase you a set! They are called ABC Workbooks by Artsy Biz Chick! 


To follow updates on Facebook, please visit  Artsy Biz Chick 

A warm thank you to the Artsy Biz Chick for this opportunity! 


Disclaimer: Cindy (Cobalt Moon Jewelry) has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Cindy did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest. Your opinions may differ. 



As always you can visit my online jewelry shop Cobalt Moon Jewelry