Sunday, January 15, 2012


Okay, so many months have passed since my last review. And thank you to all of you that have responded to my post about the Scams on Artfire and their customer service.

Here is a follow up of my progress with Artfire so far....
So I have been trying to upload all of my inventory from my Etsy shop onto my Artfire shop.
I followed all of the directions from the Artfire help page and have been successful with about uploading 20 of my items onto the Artfire platform.

But I have been having problems with uploading all of my CSV files from my Etsy shop onto the Artfire platform. When I went to upload the files on Artfire, nothing happens, none of my CSV files or listings show up. I know how to do this right because I have done this with success before.
And I keep trying to re-save my CSV file from Etsy and re-uploading it again on Artfire. I even tried doing this with different computers and still nothing. I tried to reboot my internet and nothing. I tried doing this for a period of over a month, so you can't say that there was a system glitch for that day. Because I was trying to do this everyday for over a month time.

And then finally, I called Artfire customer service. They were very helpful at first and even told me to email them my CSV file so that they can upload it for me. The lady on the phone got back to me the next day via email and asked me to resend my CSV file again because they could not open the file that I sent before. Ok, so I resent the CSV file.
So a week have passed, nothing. No more response or follow up from Artfire. I emailed them back to follow up on the progress of my customer service inquiry. No response. A month have passed, and still no reply emails or follow up response from Artfire.
They have forgotten about me.

I will still keep trying to call them over and over again and send more emails so that they can see I am very serious about my cry for help. But it is their system not my computer or me, that is the problem.

Does anyone else have this problem trying to upload their CSV file (etsy inventory) to Artfire?

Anyways, I just wanted to write a follow up on my last Artfire review. Since many of you said that they have great customer service and even Tony (one of the executive at Artfire) wrote to me and suggested that I call them. Well, I just wanted to say that their customer service is no good if they don't get back to you! And I know that if I am having a problem with their platform, then others may too. So why don't they fix it. This problem have been going on for months and still no one has done anything about it. This is very frustrating!


Resin Cameos is a plastic like material (thin and light weight).
Between 1 to 2 mm thick. These work great for frames and settings.

THEY ARE RESIN CAMEOS WITH THE IMAGES ATTACHED. STICKY BACK. All ready for you to stick it to any setting you want. Unlike most other cameo sellers, these are not plain flat backs. You DO NOT need to use Glue! Very easy and convenient to use. All you have to do is peel the protective paper on the back of the cameo and stick the cameo to any setting that you want. These are individually cut. All ready for you to make whatever you want with it. Very high quality craftsmanship.
What you see is what you get!

The BEST value anywhere!

***OPTION***Also available WITH OUT the sticky back feature. If you prefer to have a plan paper backing with no sticky back, it is not a problem. Just let me know when you check out in the "note to seller section." There is NO extra charge.
Please go to the end of the listing to read about different techniques.

***This listing is for the RESIN CAMEOS ONLY*** Frames and settings that are shown in this listing is for sample and demo purposes only. They are NOT for sale with this listing. If you wish to purchase the settings and frames, please let me know and I can set up a listing for you. Check my shop for other frames and settings styles available.

Save yourself money and time. I've already done all of the hard work for all you have to do is play with your imagination. Glue this to any settings, frames, or just add a bail on the back, and you are done. Simple, easy, and fast. Time is money honey!

Great for Steampunk, Jewelry making, Scrapbooking, use in your collages, and much much more. Perfect for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, headbands, rings, broaches, pins, and so much more. Light weight and high in quality and craftsmanship. Light weight and ideal for earrings and necklace pendants. Use your imagination. 100% handmade from scratch!!! Lots of time, love, and care were put into making these.

These are water resistance but I DO NOT recommend that you wear these while exercising, showering, swimming, or while doing anything that will expose the item to prolong water contact.

You can use these for anything really. The possibilities are endless. String on a chain for an easy necklace piece. Add some more charms to them. Use them in your steampunk creations or other vintage inspired jewelry.

Other colors and designs are also available, please check my shop for more colors and styles. If you need more, please convo me for a custom order.

Some crafters prefer the non sticky back because they like to use glue. Although you can use glue with the sticky back ones as well (just don't peel off the protective paper cover that covers the sticky back. And apply glue directly on the back), some crafters prefer to use glue on the plain paper back.
How to use glue with the sticky back cameos: Don't peel off the protective paper cover that covers the sticky back, and apply glue directly on the back. Or you can peel off the protective cover, use the sticky back to stick to a thicker paper or card stock paper, cut around the cameo, and then apply glue to the back afterwards.

Glass Cabochons have a higher dome, about 5mm high.
They are much heavier than the resin cameo.
Glass is also more difficult to use because you have to use messy sealant, glaze, and glue to seal the images into the glass. It is also more time consumming because the drying time can be days. Also, on many occasions, if your temperature is not consistent, small air bubbles will develop between the glass and your image. And the error rate is very high. For every 3 that I make, only 1 is perfect. So the rest, you have to throw away because they are not good enough to use on your perfect jewelry.
And because the glass material is more expensive, heavier in weight, and the process takes longer (with much more effort needed), the prices for these are higher than the resin cameos.

Glass is NOT scratch resistance. Any imperfections on the surface will be permanent. And glass is a lot easier to scrape and scratch.

Resin Cameo are low dome, about 1 to 2 mm thick.
Light weight, perfect for earrings and anything that you need a light weight material.
The resin cameo that I sell have sticky backs, so you don't need to use messy glue (unless you want to). Just peel the protective cover off of the back of the cameo and stick it to any flat surface that you want. I love to use this for my frames and settings.
Much easier to use than glass cabochons.
These are less expensive than glass cabochons.
The glass cabs and these resin cabs are 2 completely different things. You DO NOT need to use them together!

Many people like to use these resin cameo so much more than the glass cabs because
1. Resin is less expensive than glass.
2. Resin is much easier to use than glass. No need to use glue with my sticky back option. Just peel off the back and stick it to any flat back settings that you have. You can always use glue if you want to.
3. Glass is more messy to use because you have to use all sorts of glaze, sealant, etc... to seal in the image.
4. Resin is much more lighter in weight than glass. Making them ideal for making earrings and not so heavy jewelry and scrapbooking pieces.
5. Resin cabochon is more scratch resistance. If you accidentally creates mark or minor dents on the surface, most of the time, the imperfections will disappear (almost instantly like magic) within a few seconds.

When you have a setting piece that is too thin or too light weight. And you want to make your pendant or jewelry piece feel like it is not too flimsy. This is when using Glass cab over Resin Cameo is better. But it all depends on your personal preferences as well. Some people like more light weight pieces and others prefers heavier pieces. I happen to like a piece that is not too heavy and not too light. So I use the glass cabs and epoxy resin cabs to off set the weight that is in my frames and settings.
But if you are making earrings, you should use the Resin Cameos over the Glass cameos. Because you want something light weight on your delicate ears, not some bulky glass piece that is going to weight your earlobe down...ouch!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


(Picture courtesy of Elizabeth. She made this using one of my handmade Barbie cameos for her wedding. Thank you Elizabeth and All of the BEST wishes to you on your wedding day and your life moving forward.)

I was so thrilled that one my customers had contacted me and purchased my handmade barbie cameos to make her own garter for her wedding. To have any of my creations in anyone's wedding is extremely a huge honor for me! :) To be able to create something for someone's wedding that they will use and have it in their memory forever is so special of an experience for me!

Above is a picture of one of my customers' handmade creation from my Barbie cameos.

To make this or something like it, you will need the following:

1.5 inch White Ribbon
.75 - 1 inch White Ribbon
2 inch Pink Ribbon
Barbie Cameo from
.25 inch elastic band
Thread & Needle
Glue (E-6000)
Measuring Tape (used for sewing, not the type from a hardware store)
A sewing machine will be needed for clean stiches. You can hand sew it, but it will not look as clean cut or professional.

1. Measure the circumference (thickness of your upper leg), or where ever you are planning to wear the garter. Let's call this measurment LC (for leg's circumference), as we will be referencing this measurement a few times more later.
2. Cut the piece of elastic according to the "LC" measurement.
3. Take the 2 sizes of white ribbons and cut it according to "LC x 1.5 inches"
***HINT: If you want your garter to have a lot of ruffles then measure "LC x 2 inches"***
4. Sew the smaller white ribbon on top of the larger white ribbon.
5. Take the piece of elastic that you have measured earlier and string through the middle area (sandwich) between the sewn 2 pieces of ribbons. Doing this, the ribbons will start to form some ruffles.
6. Secure the ends of the ribbons and the elastic so that the elastic will not get lost in the middle of the ribbons. And sew the ribbons and the elastic together in a straight line using a 5/8 seam allowance.
7. Now the main piece of your garter should be done.
8. Next take the pink 2 inch ribbon and and tie a large bow. When you have achieved the desired size for the bow, cut the ends off. Sew this ribbon to the garter piece that you have just finished.
**HINT: Sew the pink bow on top of where you have sewn the connecting line for the ribbons on the garter. Doing this, you will hide the seam line and make the garter look more seam less and clean cut.
9. Now take your glue (E-6000), and glue your Barbie Cameo piece on top of the pink bow.
10. Make sure that you lay your garter and the Barbie Cameo on a flat and even surface. And make sure that you keep this in an area where no one will touch it or play with it, while the glue dries. It may take hours for the glue to dry completely and so you don't want anyone to be able to touch your piece or move it around while the drying process is taking place. Otherwise, you may have to start the entire process all over again.
11. Ok, now when the glue is completely dry (read the instruction on the glue container), you can try on your garter and see how it looks! Whoa-La! A beautiful handmade piece that you have made for yourself.

You can use these instructions to create similar pieces like hair bows, barrettes, a bow tie and cameo necklace, make a wrist bouquet for prom, broach for your sweaters and coats, a hat pin, etc... The possibilities are endless.

Have fun and I would LOVE for you to show me what you have created!!!!

***Feel free to use these instructions to make your own creations for personal use or you can use creations that you make to sell*** But please DO NOT copy/paste my instructions and sell the instructions (in part or in full). And if you want to re-post my instructions online, please contact me first and I would appreciate a link back to my blog. Sharing my instructions with your friends and family is highly encouraged and I would appreciate a link back to my blog or a mention of my shop. Thank you very much and I hope that you have enjoyed my How-To.
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