Follow my blog with bloglovin Linda B's Blog: April 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Taurus - April 21 - May 20

The astrology sign, Taurus is from the Greek Tauros or the Bull.

Taurus is persistent and steadfast than Taurus and excels at her work, because she understands the importance of method and order. Taurus has a wonderful sense of humor and often uses humor to be the center of attention. Taurus is not aggressive, but can be stubborn and self-indulgent.

Blue Euro Style Pandora Necklace

Taurus is a loyal and faithful friend, warm hearted and loving. As a lover, Taurus is sensual and amorous. Taurus is very fond of music.

Crystal Quartz
Lapis Lazuli

Taurus governs the throat and neck, the 5th chakra, and corresponds to communication and friendship. The color is blue.

These are blue lapis glass beads. I'd be pleased to design a jewelry piece for you.

Happy Birthday, Taurus!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4.27.11 Vote on Linda’s Top Etsy Finds – Vote for your Favorite

Congratulations to last week’s winner of the votes was The Boom Candle

Here are this week’s candidates for you to vote on in the top left sidebar.

pot holders
tealight holders
My Creations
Lampwork Purple and Blue Beads Necklace

1. Please vote in the poll in the upper left hand corner

2. Show me yours to be considered for next week by commenting on this blog:
   - Post your best URL
   - AND include your shop name

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Interview with Tangled Metal

Eric was the winner of the votes from my early April blog post with his Something Blue Chainmail Necklace. Here’s his solo interview*.

> Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Eric Young and I currently live in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I have been making chainmail for a little over 25 years. I started out making armor and moved to jewelry pretty soon after starting. My dad is a Silversmith and goldsmith and lapidary and gem cutter. I come from a long line of metalsmiths, so it is in my blood.

> What is your favorite color combination?
I like silver and black best I suppose. I have never been much into colors. I always enjoyed black and white photography.

Something Blue Chainmail
Blue chainmail necklace


> What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
The first piece I ever made was a chainmail shirt out of coat hangers, more than 25 years ago. I had been reading fantasy novels and when I read Lord of the Rings I was enthralled with the idea of a mithril chainmail shirt. (Nerd alert: mithril is a type of metal mined by dwarves in Lord of the Rings and not a type of chainmail weave. It was said to be lightweight and stronger than any known metal. It was also very rare and very valuable.) I took all my metal coat hangers and made coils and cut the coils and started to learn chainmail. There are many websites devoted to teaching chainmail as well as a few books now. 25 years ago, the best you could get was a couple of photos in a history book. Trial and error was the way I learned. I think it made me a better chainmail artist.

> What inspires you?
There are many things that inspire me. Nature is a great inspiration. I also am quite inspired by math. Sure movies are also inspirational. I have actually had a few chainmail items in a couple of different movies. I started out with the inspiration to make myself a shirt. I guess I am still inspired by the want of a shirt, though now it would be for show only. I have made dozens of shirts and never completed one for myself. Every time I make one someone else wants it.

> Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my jewelry is inspired by historical jewelry. Chainmail started out as just chains. Linking chains together is what chainmail is. I also look at modern things and think, that would be neat or cool in chainmail. I made my first chainmail hacky sack about 17 years ago. It has been one of my best sellers for many years.

Chain Mail Sack
hacky sack

> What are your favorite materials?
I work in stainless steel for the most part. It is very durable and does not tarnish. It also helps to keep my prices reasonable. I have worked with just about every metal from sterling silver to titanium to platinum. I would be happy to make anything out of any metal given the right wage. Stainless is my favorite while titanium is my least favorite because it is difficult to cut and to work with.

Green Glass Bead Chainmail
green glass bead chainmail

> Why should people buy handmade? Any tips of wisdom on selling handmade items?
Buying handmade was the only option not all that long ago. People made a relationship with the craftsmen. If something went wrong with an item you took it back to the person who made it. Today we have gotten away from the craftsmanship aspect of items. Buying handmade means someone rather than a machine made the item. There is some love and energy put into every piece made by hand. The quality is usually greater as well. Sometimes the pricing is higher on hand made items but to me it is well worth it.

> What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists?
I have learned patience. And believe me, it takes a lot of patience to put thousands of rings together each and every day. I have also learned about how to sell my art from other artists. Before I was just a manufacturer, now I do consider myself an artist.

> Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Up until the beginning of the month of April I worked in the tourism industry. I produced festivals and events in the town where I live. Due to some restructuring and downsizing I am currently unemployed and a jewelry artist. Apart from being a jewelry artist I am also a master stone mason. I create everything from retaining walls to water features. I love working with stone because it lets me work outside. That may be what will pay the bills pretty soon.

Steampunk Chain Mail Bracelet
steampunk bracelet

> What’s your favorite movie or book or both? Why?
I am still quite partial to the Lord of the Rings series both the books and movies. They are a pretty excellent escape. I do like other types of books and movies but those have always stuck in my head.

> What are the Web addresses for your work?

> Are you offering my readers any specials?
Yes, I will offer 10% off for any of your followers through the month of May. Just send a message ahead of time for a coupon code. So visit Eric’s shop and get 10% off!


Linda, thanks so much for the contest and everything,



*If you’d like an item considered, comment with your best URL and your Etsy shop name. (I only feature jewelry different than mine.)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

4.20.11 Linda's Top Etsy Finds - Vote for Your Favorite in Left Sidebar

I'll be posting the Solo blog interviews from prior votes soon. Here are this week's Linda's Top Etsy Finds, including a few Earth Day selections.

You can comment in 2 ways:
1. What do you do for Earth Day or to reuse, reduce and recycle?
2. If you are not featured, and want to be considered, please comment and do all 3 items in the comments:

  • Post 1 URL from your best handmade item (Note: I don't use a lot of jewelry since I design jewelry), and
  • Include your shop name, and
  • Tell me how you found my blog

If you are featured, vote for yourself and tell everyone to vote for you! Congratulations!

This is one of my upcycled pieces:

Thanks, Dear Blog Readers for reading.


Sunday, April 17, 2011


Congratulations to Tangled Metal for winning the votes from last week's Linda's Top Etsy Finds

and to Pepindor, who won the week before

I've sent out the blog interview questions.

I'm almost finished with a custom order for a Women's Wire Kippah with silver wire and white pearls. It'll look something like this

My next custom order is for a women's wired kippah with gold wire and Swarovski crystals. Then, I have a few Mother's Day bracelets. I can't wait to work on them and show you.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

4.13.11 Linda B’s Top Etsy Finds – Vote for your Favorite

It’s time for my favorite weekly post – Linda B’s Top Etsy Finds where you vote for your favorite Etsy handmade item. The winner gets a blog interview.

If you’re featured, please tell all your friends to vote for you so you can win.

CA photo
blue chainmail necklace
lighthouse salt dough ornament
Bright adult apron
pink carnation flower bookmark
pink flamingo napkin ring
broken egg bowl
OOAK Magnetic puzzle
lavender neck pillow
Not for voting: my Blog Guide
Not for voting: Pearl Barrettes
Blog guide by
pearl wire wrapped barrettes

If you’re featured, please remember to vote for your favorite in the top left sidebar.

To be considered, show me your best URL and please include your shop name in Comments.

Thanks for reading and voting, Dear Blog Readers.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

4.10.11 New Jewelry from Linda B.

It’s a beautiful day outside and I’m watching the tree leaves move in the breeze as I write this. I was out earlier sitting in the back yard for the first time this year. I finished off my least favorite Stephen King Book, Full Dark No Stars. The short stories were just a little too gruesome for me this time. He didn’t leave enough to my imagination, but wrote vivid descriptions.

Johnny Lang is playing on my Pandora radio station. I finally got my photos uploaded to my computer and some new jewelry listed. All of these items would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. Check them out!



So, that’s what’s new with me. I have 2 questions for you:


1. Which is your favorite?

2. What’s new with you? Show me 1 url and include your shop name please.


Thanks, Dear Blog Readers, for reading my blog.