Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Web Site Updates

Checking the sources of the traffic to my sites a couple of days ago, I came across a post about my polymer clay work at some forum. The post had a link to the gallery at my Eugena's Creations web site with a short comment, something like this: “Polymer clay imitations of cloisonne beads, but very beautiful.”

While I am flattered by the “very beautiful” part of this statement, I felt quite uneasy about the rest of it.

The choice of preposition (“but”, not “and”), probably, says something about the author's taste. I feel, she does not really like cloisonne in general, or she is not a fan of the polymer clay versions of this style. Whatever it is, there is nothing I can do about it.

The first part of this comment, however, made me spend a few hours updating my site. I realized that in fact, the gallery did not represent my work in its variety. I had mostly my faux cloisonne work there (plus a few sculpted flowers), but none of my other works – in steampunk or rustic style, for example. So, I added 25 new gallery pages. Take a look when you have a few minutes.


It was a timely update, indeed. I am shifting priorities in my polymer clay work, concentrating on my tutorials now. I never liked “production” type of work, and with closing of my 1000Markets shop, I decided not to list my jewelry for sale anywhere else at the moment. So, Eugena's Creations web site is now becoming a showcase of my works rather than a tool to lead to my on-line jewelry shop. It is also becoming a portal to my Polymer Tutorials web site, which will be the center of my attention now. In either case, my gallery definitely benefits from showing a wider variety of my works.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Coming Soon:
Tutorial
Perfect Crackled Metal Leaf
on Polymer Clay


I am finishing a new tutorial.  It will be ready by October 1.

Right now, I offer it for an introductory price through my Etsy shop.  If you purchase this tutorial between now and October 1, the tutorial will be e-mailed to you no later than October 1.

In this tutorial, I will share my tips and tricks for obtaining the perfect crackled metal leaf effect on polymer clay. I will explain, step-by-step, how to make the necklace shown here, but the technique may be used in many of your future projects. I show a few examples in my listing at Etsy.com.

So, what do I mean when I say “ the perfect crackled metal leaf effect on polymer clay”?

That is simple. I mean: “pretty and durable”. In other words, the colors shall be as vivid as possible and they shall stay that way for a very long time.

As you can see, the colors in my metal leaf creations are really bright, the surface is clear and has a nice domed shape, and the entire piece is smooth like glass. I am using clear epoxy resin to add shine to my pieces and to protect their surface. But that is not all! The tutorial will explain how to do every step – from choosing the materials to adding the finishing touches – to assure the best results.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Closing My Shop at 1000Markets.com

I just learned that 1000Markets.com was acquired by Bonanza.com. Although the sellers are promised an easy transition to the new place, I decided to close my shop rather than moving it.

In fact, I am planning to concentrate on my tutorials only.  They will still be available through my PolymerTutorials.com web site and through my Etsy shop.

My 1000Markets shop will remain open for a few more days.  If you wanted to buy any of my jewelry listed there, this is your chance to buy it.  Since this site requires Amazon payments account (while many people prefer PayPal), I am willing to take your order off-site and accept your payment through PayPal.com.  Please contact me by e-mail to arrange this transaction if you are interested.

Friday, September 03, 2010

LABOR DAY SALE

I decided to do my fist sale ever and offer all my tutorials for 20% off this Labor Day weekend. This offer expires at 11:55 PM CST on September 6, 2010.  The tutorials are on sale in my Etsy shop, Eugena777.Etsy.com

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