Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What'cha Looking For?

Since the rebirth of Alchemy on Etsy there have been many a commercial supply request posted there... of course if you read the D&D's you know that commercial supply requests are not kosher in alchemy. Soooo.... after a quick chat and a bit hurah ESST will be hosting a Commercial Supply Alchemy thread in the forums.

It's a place to safely come and make your requests for those hard to find commercial supplies, and be seen by a number of supply shops! Even outside of the promos threads can be burried quickly, and you may not always get the results you need. So we're hoping this thread can help bring supply hunters together with suppliers!

Come on over and post your commercial supply requests today! :)

A Super-Quick Super Simple Tutorial

I originally posted this tutorial on my blog, but have agreed to share it here. I've been wearing my bracelet all over town and get tons of compliments on it.

I've been looking at
these sequins for 6 months, thinking that they'd make cool jewelry. Today, I finally sat down and did something with them!

Here's what you need to make your own -

  • 1 pkg of the above sequins, available in my Etsy shop. One package should make 2 bracelets. You could also get two packages and make a necklace.
  • 1 clasp - I used a silver snap clasp for ease of use.
  • Jump Rings - I used 7 (seven) 6mm jump rings.
  • Pliers for opening jump rings

How to make it -

  1. Using your pliers, open a jump ring. Link two donut sequins, through the small holes along the edge, using a jump ring. Close the jump ring.
  2. Open another jump ring. Connect another sequin to the chain of two you've started. Close jump ring. Repeat until bracelet reaches your desired length. I used 6 sequins.
  3. Once your bracelet reaches your desired length, open another jump ring. Use this to connect your clasp to one end of the sequin chain. Repeat with the opposite side of the clasp and other end of the sequin chain.
  4. Voila! You have a very cool, very bold, very lightweight bracelet!

    Make sure that you don't have a twist in the sequin chain. If this happens, simply open one jumpring and untwist the chain. This may happen when you add the clasp.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Treasuries - April 21 thru April 27




Thursday, April 17, 2008

Team ESST Spring Sale is Here!


Our team shops are offering a wide variety of supplies. You will find great everyday prices, special discounts, free shipping, free gifts...check them all out!!

Here's a list of participating shops ~ check each shop annoucement for their specific offer!

Beads & Jewelry Supplies:
CarDon Creative Designs
RJ Beads
Bead Blanket Bingo
Four Tails Lampwork
Just Jaynes
Gerrys Jewel Box
Artistic Jewels and Beads
Black Star Beads
NKP Beads

Mosaic Supplies:
Doodles Mosaic Tiles
Oh Faro!
Artful Mosaic Supplies
Artsy Hand Paints

Paper and Embellishing Craft Supplies:
Barking Dogs Boutique
The Artist's Closet
Beck and Call Girl
Krazy Kate Designs
Aunt Sues Old & New & Lovely Too!
School Locker
Dainty Pretty Crafts

Boutique Supply Shops:
Jazzies Junque
Grams Vintage Buttons
Fritz/Bitz Craft Kits
Supply Riot

Matieral and Handspun Yarns:
Kitty Grrlz
Fabric Stash

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

ESST Treasuries 4/14 - 4/20












Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Treasuries for week 4/7 - 4/13




Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Trying a New Craft...

mosaic supplies
Originally uploaded by dsgndbyrj
I love trying out new crafts, and mosaics is next on the list! A number of our members offer fabulous mosaic supplies. I've never felt the pull of mosaics until I saw some of the beautiful tiles these ladies offered... so I recently took the plundge and aquired some fabulous mosaic supplies of my own.

Artful Mosaic Supplies is a one-stop-shop for making your own mosaic. Dana, the proprietor, is super helfpul and very friendly. She helped me sort out what I'd need to make two trivets for my kitchen.

So now I'm armed with packs of beautiful stained glass tiles in blue and grey, grey grout, two MDF square forms and a parcel of extra little goodies... the little ceramic daisies are my personal favorite!

I'm excited to try out this new craft, and if all goes well there will be some trivets made for Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Doris - DorisDotz - April 4
Megan - CastoGemstones - April 8
Doris is one of our new members, so we also want to welcome her
to our team.
Esst would like to wish Doris and Megan very happy birthdays.