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

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

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!