ONE QUESTION I get frequently asked is where to buy metal findings for making custom accessories/jewelry. Basic metal findings are common and can be found even in the department store, but findings like cameos, cameo bases/settings, glass cabochons and such are harder to find. By recommendation of a client I found an online shop called Our Happy Nest that sells rarer metal findings. They also have the lowest prices for these items for an online shop, so I went ahead and bought supplies from them sometime ago myself.
You can access their webshop through http://ourhappynest.com/
From then on, the shopping is quite straightforward. Just browse through the categories and then add items to your cart. Submit your order after, pick a payment method, and then you’ll soon receive an email with payment details. I picked BPI bank deposit for my payment method, so they emailed me their account details within 24 hours.
I paid and got my items soonafter.
I bought filigrees, cameos, hairpins with trays, settings, a heart locket, and other items.
They have low prices for these items compared to other online shops. They have more glass cabs and settings as well for cheap prices, if you are interested. I heard that they used to sell thru Multiply back in the days; I may have bought my own glass cabs/settings from them back then!
I ordered a lot of the silver tray hairpins, but some were not available. They also make non-online transactions so occasionally some items will be out of stock. I got promptly refunded for the excess amount.
Close up of my items. I haven’t touched most of them yet and don’t know what to make with them yet! I did make some molds from the cabochons and proceeded to make my own custom colored version of those cabs from them.
This shop has low prices for rarer metal findings, so if you’ve been looking for that elusive cameo, setting, or locket at a cheap price then you might as well check them out! I’d like to buy filigree rings from them next time. If you ever decide to purchase something, tell me how it goes!
*This post is not sponsored and is an honest review; all items featured are bought with the blogger’s own money without any discount or prior deal. This shop is based in the Philippines and may/may not ship overseas. The blogger is not related to the shop whatsoever; for questions about items and to make purchases, please contact the shop directly.*
I’ve been getting asked a lot of what gloss, varnish, and sealers are good to use for clay crafting. Most of my stuff and tutorials use clay in them one way or another, and will most often need a coating of gloss if it’s polymer clay, or sealer if it’s air dry clay. So I’ve decided to make this compilation of easy-to-acquire glosses, varnishes, and sealers in the Philippines–where to get them, how much, and reviews for usage. You can buy most of these from the shops I listed down in my Where to Buy Clay in the Philippines post.
FOR ALL COSPLAYERS and Japanese fashion enthusiasts, we all know of Taobao, the Chinese marketplace that seems to have everything we want for sale. Cosplay wigs, otaku items, Lolita dresses–all dirt cheap. It can be a challenge to purchase from Taobao though, as you would need a Chinese Bank Account and even then, shipping costs can be frightening. And still, even then, there are Customs taxes to deal with. Enough to discourage me from wanting to try out purchasing!
But then one of my trusted shops, Dolly House Shoppe (DHS), opened a Taobao Shopping Service group. Hallelujah! A chance to try out Taobao Shopping. In this blog post I’m going to rate my experience with the DHS Taobao Service. And then of course rate the fabrics that I purchased from a certain Taobao shop. (Click here to see the shop!)
Fabrics I bought through the DHS Taobao Service
I received a Liza Pavelka Steampunk Texture Sheet Set from my friend in Delaware as a birthday gift, which made me very very very happy. I always wanted to try making some Steampunk-themed items, but unfortunately cogs and such metal findings are not available locally, and if they are they are very expensive. I thought that with this set, I can at least achieve a similar effect but using polymer clay.
THESE DAYS, Facebook isn’t only an avenue for keeping up in touch with your friends, but is a great platform to buy and sell items as well. There are tons of groups that are dedicated to the buying and selling of products, new and secondhand, from individuals, and even more pages dedicated to businesses and products!
There are many advantages to setting up shop on Facebook: First and foremost is that it’s Free (internet and electricity bills aside!). You can set up a page for your business and upload all your photos and products without paying for a listing unlike dedicated shopping sites, and no deductions on your sales either! That can also mean lower prices. 🙂 That’s why tons of shops and individuals use this as a selling platform, and lots of buyers shop through here.
But of course, since it’s not an actual shopping site unlike Multiply, Amazon, Ebay or Etsy, there is a different approach to buying and selling. I want to give everyone a few tips on how to shop on Facebook.
SHOP THRU A GROUP
There are numerous groups out there that are dedicated for buying and selling of brand new and secondhand items. You can do a search of it or ask your friends if they know any groups. If you found a group you are interested in joining in and looks promising, just click join!
Each group has its own house rules, make sure to abide by them. 🙂 They mostly prohibit spam, violent language, and insulting other members and their products.
THE OTHER DAY MY ORDERS OF NENDO POLYMER CLAY have arrived from Claytoons Polymer Clay Shop. I have ordered before from Claytoons (previously just a minor order of bases and molds) and this is my second order: this time Nendo Polymer Clay. I have always wanted to try new brands of clay, and Nendo is one of them. They’re cheaper than import clay brands like Sculpey, Fimo, and Kato. However, I’ve also read complaints about them so I was always hesitant.
But after my successful foray into using Sculpey Bakeshop (I was so scared to try it at first because it was so cheap!), I decided to risk it. My first Sculpey Bakeshop creation was not the best I wanted it to be. Details didn’t hold to well, shape didn’t hold as good as I hoped–BUT now it’s a staple clay of mine. If you play with it long enough and learn when and how to use it, you’ll love it too. It’s all about learning when to use what clay and how.