I’m not hugely sure about this move, but after monitoring a lot of chatter, I’ve gone ahead and opened up a studio at Artfire.? At the very least, it is an alternative outlet to Etsy for beads that I want to sell as is.

I’m planning to keep finished pieces, including earrings and the majority of the pendants, at 1000 Markets.? ArtFire will be for my bead sets, and for the plain focal beads. The handbound books? I’m not sure where I’m going to put them yet. I may spread them out and see what happens.

Then, if ArtFire takes off at all, that will be a sign to shut down the Etsy shop. I have NOT been happy with Etsy. Their setup encourages sellers to “game” the system to try to get exposure, and I have neither time nor inclination for that. Plus it’s becoming more and more clear that Etsy doesn’t really give a rat’s ass about their sellers, not to mention that I have been disgusted with their pretentious posturing more than once.

So pop on over and visit Art of the Firebird at ArtFire. As of right now there’s only one item in there, but tomorrow and Monday I’ll be photographing and stocking to get more available.? And, of course, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll get tweets when I add new items (but I promise I won’t spam you with them).