Some days…

Some days it just seems so freaking complicated, or difficult and just plain trying!!
And computers just add to the stress frankly, because they make you lazy, you dont need to write down links, you just save them. You dont need to write down emails, cos you save them. You dont even need to remember all your passwords..cos it can save them. So what happens when you cant access them anymore?
Well you panic, and get flustered, and wanna bash your head against the keyboard, cos you swear its the right password to the right account!
I have spent most of my day trying to get my newly upgraded computer back to some semblance of my normality..and I’m only about halfway there..if that.
I thought they were supposed to make life easier? LOL

Christmas in July!

Yes, I have been lured into Christmas in July. I guess it makes some sense for Australians and other Southern Hempisphere countries to find it a good idea, after all..its usually 40 degrees (Celsius..that’s over 100 degrees to you Fahrenheit types, lol) and snow, ice and roast turkey aren’t usually at the forefront of your mind! Whereas July is cold.. really, really cold… like 4 degrees Celsius at night and 14 degrees during the day.. and some places are colder and some places get snow, so roast turkey and veg and all the trimmings sounds pretty good!
So on ArtFire we are having Christmas in July sales, and some guilds are organising extra promotions too, like the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild.

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HaffinaCreations goes on sale from July 15th until the end of the month. I will be having 15% storewide, and I have a special Christmas Inspired category for anyone who wants to get in early and stock up for the festive season, with more to come. This will be a great time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

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New directions! Again!

I admit, I haven’t blogged here much lately. Been busy setting up my new studio, and writing articles for handmadenews.org, and making new things. And I have done some experimenting that may well pay off in a great way.
I decided to try my hand at making clasps out of polymer clay. Mainly toggle clasps. So I made a few, and listed them in my new studio – BeadsByHaffina – as a jewellery component. I had had an indication of interest from a fellow artisan and guess what? She bought the first one I listed! So I had ‘pinged’ the link to it and it went to my twitter – and one of my twitter followers saw it and loved it too. The word ‘wholesale’ was bandied about. And at first this kind of freaked me out, you know, I’m just little ole me, how can I possibly do something like that?!
Then I sat down and though about it, about how I could possibly make multiples relatively quickly and easily without it being a full time job, but maintaining the integrity of individual handmade pieces. I have some ideas now, and I will experiment further to see how that plays out.
Hey, I havent shown you the clasps… here is the one the sold and a hook and eye clasp.

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I am really happy with how they turned out. They have wire armatures in them to give extra strength and are varnished to help protect them.

So I have also been working on something for my buddy Jade (she is my bossette on Alundra’s Conundrum and the owner of BunnyRabbitSex – which is a writer’s forum where ideas breed like rabbits!). I made some merchandise for Alundra’s Conundrum (which I believe I blogged about before lol), and I had this idea for something for BRS.
So I looked around until I found a rabbit stamp, and then I made some mica shift pieces in polymer clay. And this is what we ended up with…

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Pretty cool, eh? I’m really happy with it, especially as I have struggled with Mica shift on pastel clay. And I can tell you that Jade was very happy too!

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