Posts Tagged ‘etsy’

Red Agate Slice necklace and other news

December 5, 2008

Man, that was a lot of  work for etsy.  I had to edit tons of pics, too, which I really dislike doing. So far, the starvingjewelryartist team has snagged lots of treasuries and I was even in one of them with my Red Agate Slice Necklace. I’ll get to those pics in a minute.

So, having been brave (maybe) and joined etsy, I took another leap and joined on online selling venue called have a monthly fee of  $7.00 and you get unlimited listings and can have up to 10 pics of each item. Like I need to try and set up another store, but I have. I’m at

All I have in there right now is ornament drapes. Haven’t gotten around to adding my jewelry yet.

Speaking of jewelry, here’s the Red Agate Slice Necklace I mentuoned earlier. It’s on a spiral chain made with silver lined Burnt Orange Delicas, matte med. topaz and silver lined med. topaz Miuyki seed beads from SeedBeadSue’s shop. hpim1025none-5


Started a new blog, too

November 23, 2008

Since I have bitten the bullet and opened an etsy store, bought my domain name and have otherwise gotten businesslike with this seed bead addiction, I have decided to change my blog name to match my business and domain name. I have started a new blog and you can find it here

I was going to do all this on blogger, since you can have paypal carts there, but couldn’t get these posts moved over there. So it looks like that will eventually be my “store”.

StarvingJewelryArtists have started a team on etsy, so I decided to open a shop. It helps to make a huge leap like that when you’ve got some good friends backing you up and helping you out-and maybe giving you that much needed push off that cliff. Thanks you guys. LOL!

Setting up an etsy store is a lot of work, but I’ve learned a lot in the few days I’ve been working on it. Etsy has quite a learnig curve to it and I’m still just working on the basics.

So, if you are cruising aroound etsy for any reason be sure to check out some of the starvingjewelryartists shops at . There are some really creative people selling all kinds of things on etsy. I know I have been quite outspoken against the admin. at etsy-there may be times I will be that outspoken against them again, too. Time will tell. I need a very economical way to sell my creations on line and for the time being, etsy is it.

Yes, I kind of feel hypocritical about it, but at the same time, when I was ranting against them before, it was from a non-seller’s view point-the outside. I’m curious to see what it’s like on the inside. What can I say-I’m the kid whose parents were always pulling her inside the house during thunderstorms-I need to see things for myself 99.9% of the time.

Etsy finally steps up to the plate

June 19, 2008

The shop and it’s owner who were giving sooooo many lampworkers migraines has finally been closed. It’s about time, etsy. You could have temporarily closed the shop while you investigated instead of letting it continue. You have suspended shops for lesser violations of your TOU.

While you were investigating, beads were still being bought and passed off as another artists work. You didn’t stand up for your sellers or your buyers. That’s not right and it’s not good business. At least you got around to it-after at least several days of this occuring.

Etsy, you should listen better to your sellers and buyers when they tell you something is wrong. When they tell you that someone is passing glass beads off as a real stone, when they tell you that this work is mine and now it has shown up in this shop, when they tell you that they are being ripped off by another seller. You have a bunch of new investors and an influx of cash-hire more people to monitor your site while there is still a sight left to monitor.

I’ve been talking to several people who were thinking about opening an etsy shop because we know people who do well on your venue. Those thoughts are gone now because of the way you handled this incident and you have lost business because of it. With the attitude you have shown the last several days, I doubt if you will lose any sleep over it. It’s still your loss, though. You can’t spin this and make it look right and the word is out there-etsy won’t go to bat for it’s sellers or buyers.

From what I have read on your etsy forums, lampwork isn’t the only category this has happened in. I’ve looked through “vintage” shops on etsy. Yard sale is more like it. What happened to the “handmade” idea behind your venue?  Gone with the wind and a lot of glass beads, I guess.

I am curious about one thing-this particular shop has been closed for 3 days now? Has she managed to slip past you and open another store? It’s ok if she has. There are lots of folks watching for her and I’m sure they will let you know if that happens.




A jewelry makers point of view

June 11, 2008

Ok. I’ve just been checking out the LE thread and this travesty is still continuing. (See June 10th post.)

As a person who hopes to someday make a half decent living from selling my work, I am still mad about what is being allowed to go on at etsy.

Stealing someone’s work and calling it your own is a lowdown way to cover up your own lack of creativity. It’s possibly taking food out of someone’s mouth or their children’s mouths. It might be the difference between somebody making their rent or mortage payment. It’s wrong.

It could happen to anybody who designs and creates anything-not just jewelry. How would you feel if you saw one of your sales on someone else’s site and they were claiming that they made it? A lot of lampworkers are currently in this position and I feel for them. If somebody did that to me, I would want their hide hanging on my wall and their head on a platter-for starters.

When you create something, you put a part of yourself into it. From the first tiny glimmer of an idea, to the struggle to get your hands to do what your head sees, to the final product-it’s your baby. You hope that somebody will appreciate your effort and maybe want to buy it to wear or to use as a componet in a piece that they will wear or sell. You certainly don’t make it to have it bought by someone who will sell it as their work. That would be like having someone walk up to you and tell you that you didn’t give birth to your child-she did.

I feel that this situation happening with etsy will have far reaching trust issues. I don’t trust them to deal fairly with me if I ever open a shop there-which is becoming highly unlikely the way they are handling this. How will any of the sellers that are aware of this situation going to trust them? If the buyers find out about this, and I think they should know about it, how will they be able to trust the esty and ebay sellers?

I’ve always been a wee bit radical. I was in high school when the killings at Kent State happened. Next day, I was also one of several students who led a strike in protest of what had happened. I took a stand because what had happened MEANT something to me.

I’m taking a stand now because THIS means something to me. I stand with fellow artisians who are being treated unfairly. Artisians who have closed their shops in protest. I stand with them because what is happening to them could happen to any of us who create. Won’t you join us?



Lampwork fraud on etsy and ebay

June 10, 2008

For a few days now, a lot of lampworkers and etsy people have been up in arms over a seller/buyer of lampwork beads and rightly so. This woman is allegedly buying lampwork beads from ebay and etsy, then has the gall to sell them at a much higher price, but that’s not the worst of it by far. She’s passing these beautiful beads off as HER OWN CREATIONS!!!!!

The first I heard of it was a post in SJA. If I had checked my email, I would have seen it a few minutes sooner. There is a HUGE discussion thread about this on Lampworketc..You do have to sign up to read the thread, but here is a link to it. is by far the bigest discussion thread I have ever seen. It goes for 120+ pages and continues to grow.

She supposedly uses several user names to buy the beads-among them Ulja,and Gerbera28 . Her shop name at etsy is ulljasbeads. I would like to give you a link to her shop, but I won’t. The beads shown there are probably not hers and I won’t promote her in any way. You can go to etsy and find her if you are curious. She has allegedly  also sold glass beads and passed them off as gemstones.

Several glass artists have closed their etsy shops in protest over the fact that she is still being allowed to operate her deceptive shop. I don’t blame them. She is in clear violation of etsy’s TOS and general principals. The general consensus of people I know who sell on etsy seem to be 1 of 2 things:etsy really doesn’t care, or 2) etsy is doing a very careful, in-depth investigation of this before slamming shut her shop door. It’s possible that she has been reported to so many places and organizations that the postal service and law enforcement agencies are looking into it, too. If she did send fradulent items through the mail, so that would make it mail fraud.

If you have purchased any beads from this woman, you should check the links I have given you. Some people may not want to register at Lampworketc. to view the thread, but you should. It’s very informative and sometimes humorous, in spite of the subject matter. It’s also in the etsy forums for now. They seem to be shutting down the threads that are dealing with this, pretty quick.

I am really outraged over this whole thing and will continue to follow the story through the LE forum. It’s one thing to copy something, but a whole ‘nother ballgame to outright rip people off by claiming that somebody else’s work is yours. I was thinking about starting a shop on etsy in a few months. Not now-no way no how. They could have suspended her shop while they checked things out, but they didn’t. If you want to buy lampwork beads, try to buy from an artist who is an SRA (Self Representing Artist) member.