Amazon lost our videos... :-(

Amazon lost our videos... :-(

Post by Burt Johns » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Several people have asked me this week why they couldn't find our videos
on Amazon. com.  I tested and sure enough, they seem to have lost any
reasonable indexing.  The videos are still there, and can be found by
typing in the exact ISBN number, but no search (that I found anyway) will
show them.

I _think_ this got lost when they set up their new video section. I know
that I could find them with searches like 'Master" (we were about 10 down
the list) or 'Master Artisan' (we were then first on the list) last month,
but no more.

I have sent an email to Amazon administrators asking them to correct the
situation. Based on past experience with them, this may take months to
resolve...

At any rate, you can always stop by our site and buy directly from the
publisher in the interim. I will post a note here once Amazon searches
work again.

--

MindStorm Productions, Inc.
http://www.mindstorm-inc.com

 
 
 

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Post by Monica Jackso » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00


I started working with clay about a month or two ago to work out
problems with fatigue in my hands and keep hands flexible after carpal
tunnel surgery...I wear eye glasses and my perspective is off a bit,
making it hard to make straight edges and perfect round
objects...HOWEVER!!! I love working with clay, I've drawn out some
creative ideas on my computer and I WANT TO CONQUER THIS!!!! Anyone with
some advice? My biggest trouble is trying to get a reasonably, evenly
round bead...I have had some success, but my work is still met with some
inconsistencies (granted I know practice makes perfect, but I really am
wondering if all the practice in the world will fix distorted
vision)...I WAS piercing the bead with a toothpick or needle while
uncured, but that distorted the work I put into making it as round as
possible...NOW I have a dremel tool and want to drill in cured
clay...problem: Making the bead as "perfect" as it can get by hand (are
there bead molds?) and getting the bead set up under the tool for a
centered drill hole...I GOT LOTS OF PROBLEMS HERE HUH? *laughing* HELP
MEEEEEEE! Any and all advice will be appreciated! Thanks...

                                          Monica

 
 
 

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Post by Cynthia Morga » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00


There's something wrong with Amazon's inventory control system, I think.
They're usually very reliable and speedy, but two of my recent Amazon
purchases went astray. The first I got a confirmation on, then a week later
got a notice that the book was unavailable and they wouldn't be able to send
it after all. The second was a birthday present, that I timed to arrive the
day before my father's birthday. It didn't arrive, and after I called to
check I found out that one book was (again) out of print, and they'd held up
the shipment to wait and see if it was in stock.

Normally they'd have notified me immediately, and I'd have chosen something
else. And I've had a couple recent experiences where I'd check to see if a
book was in stock, come back to the site sometime later to order  and was
told the book didn't exist. I wonder what exactly is going on over there?

Quote:

>Several people have asked me this week why they couldn't find our videos
>on Amazon. com.  I tested and sure enough, they seem to have lost any
>reasonable indexing.  The videos are still there, and can be found by
>typing in the exact ISBN number, but no search (that I found anyway) will
>show them.

 
 
 

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Post by Melissa Cunningha » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>My biggest trouble is trying to get a reasonably, evenly
>round bead...I have had some success, but my work is still met with some
>inconsistencies (granted I know practice makes perfect, but I really am
>wondering if all the practice in the world will fix distorted
>vision)...I WAS piercing the bead with a toothpick or needle while
>uncured, but that distorted the work I put into making it as round as
>possible...NOW I have a dremel tool and want to drill in cured
>clay..

Monica,  I was just admiring the work of City Zen Kane in the December issue
of Lapidary Journal and happened to notice that their large 'round' beads
were not perfectly round at all.  In fact, a little imperfection of this
sort distinguishes hand-made beads from commercially made beads, right?

For easier piercing, you might try letting the beads rest for about an hour
to cool off, then piercing with a sharp bamboo skewer from one side, just
until you can feel the tip at the other side with your finger, then piercing
from the other side.  I've had really good luck with this method and haven't
had to resort to drilling.

I know you're going to love working with the clay.  It's very ***ing!!

Have fun!
Melissa

 
 
 

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Post by Kathy & Wi » Sun, 06 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Monica,

An aid I use to check the roundness and size of my beads is a Pickett
Small Circle Inking Template that you can purchase at any art store or
large office supply store.  It is a green sheet of plastic with lots of
circles from 1/32" to 1 i/4" increasing in increments of 1/32.  

I use it to check size by trying to drop all the beads that are supposed
to be the same size through the same hole.

You can check roundness by finding the correct hole and trying to drop
the bead through the hole several times with a different orientation each
time.  You will realize the bead is not quite round when it hangs up in
the template.

Hope this helps.

Kathy

 
 
 

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Post by DBuck268 » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Hi Monica,
   I don't know how big a bead you want to make,but some folks like to cover
existing wooden beads. At least that way you start with a good round shape. I
think you need to give them a coat of Sobo glue first to help the clay stick.
The other thing you could try is what I do-don't make round beads! I like
different shapes with lots of texture anyway and it hides the imperfections.
Unless I'm making a pretty small bead,I build them over a compressed aluminum
foil core too. It gives me more control over the shape and something to push
against when I decorate them with dental tools,etc.

Jody Bishel

 
 
 

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Post by Burt Johns » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> I wonder what exactly is going on over there?

Interesting tale...  I'm not really sure. They've only carried our tapes
for about 6 weeks now. Things seemed to be going smooth until about
Thanksgiving for us. They were selling several tapes per week (not a huge
number, but more than any other single retail outlet has sold), then it
just suddenly died.

2 weeks with zero sales. I thought it strange, but put it off to holidays
or something until 3 people (another since I posted the original here)
told me they couldn't find us. Going there I discovered that the old
searches no longer work??

Of course Amazon has lost a ton of money so far, despite their
stratospheric stock price. One analyst calculated they would need to sell
over $1B per year to just break even!

Maybe what we are seeing is some cost-cutting internally to try and
staunch the red ink? Or maybe some of their latest growth attempts are
fouling up the system?

I haven't gotten a reply from them yet (will let you know here when I do),
but I'll bet this will start hitting the financial rags before long if it
really is a widespread trend within the company...

--

MindStorm Productions, Inc.
http://www.mindstorm-inc.com

 
 
 

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Post by LyndaS » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Hi Burt et al,

TIME magazine this month has a tiny section about Amazon.com and the changes
they are going through right now.

Because they are losing so much money, they've added the videos AND gift items
(for Xmas trade).  I think they're having problems since they've expanded to
include the extra stock.

Don't worry, we who are devoted to your videos will always find a way to order
them, no matter what!!

Lynda

 
 
 

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Post by BethCurr » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Monica, I often use an old trick I learned in a chemistry class to center a
crystal.  When you start piercing your bead, once the skewer gets about 1/4 of
the way through, start rolling the skewer between your finger and thumb and
watch the bead rotate.  If it rotates in its own volume without wobbling up and
down, it's good and round and you have a straight hole going.  If it wobbles as
you rotate it, you can use the rotation to see which side of the bead is "off",
and you can redirect the skewer accordingly.  Hope this helps

-Beth Curran

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>Having smoking and nonsmoking sections in a restaurant is like having peeing

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Post by Desiree McCror » Mon, 07 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> My biggest trouble is trying to get a reasonably, evenly
> round bead...I have had some success, but my work is still met with some
> inconsistencies (granted I know practice makes perfect, but I really am
> wondering if all the practice in the world will fix distorted
> vision)...I WAS piercing the bead with a toothpick or needle while
> uncured, but that distorted the work I put into making it as round as
> possible...NOW I have a dremel tool and want to drill in cured
> clay...problem: Making the bead as "perfect" as it can get by hand (are
> there bead molds?) and getting the bead set up under the tool for a
> centered drill hole...

I think you have a few choices, but most of the following suggestions are
only in theory, not practice. I'm just thinking off the top of my head;
take my suggestions with a grain of salt.

Bead sizing: I saw this wonderful idea in an old NPCG tips and techniques.
Cut out the amount of clay needed for a bead with a circle cutter. That
way each bead with have the exact same amount of clay

Bead shaping: If you don't feel that you can produce a nice enough round
shape by using your hand, try this. Attach four same-sized encased ball
bearings on the corners of a thick lucite sheet. It will end up behaving
like a sheet on rollerskates.

Here's the tricky part. You will need to determine the amount of clay
needed to create a spherical object whose diameter will be equal to the
height of the "rollerskated" sheet.

Place the unfinished clay ball on a big sheet of lucite; place the
rollerskated sheet over the ball. Now you can roll the top lucite sheet
around and around in various directions; which will shape the clay ball
into that perfect sphere.

Overall, the goal is to make sure that the space between the two lucite
sheets is the correct height for creating the sphere.

Raw Bead piercing: As many here have mentioned, pierce the bead until you
can feel the needle on the other side, then reverse to pierce from the
opposide end. Generally, I've felt that if I can do what I need to do
while the clay is raw, I do it.

Also, it might help if you start with the tinest needle you can find,
'cause that will diminish preliminary distortion. Then gradually work your
way up with gradually larger needles.

However, if you want to tackle making a post-bake hole by drilling and you
want to be precise, borrow the techniques of precision woodworkers. They
use things like many tools, templates, and jigs so they can do the same
thing safely and/or repeatedly.

You'd likely want a drill press apparatus; something that precisely lowers
the drill down to the object to be drilled, then raises once done. And
you'll need a beveled opening to hold the various sized beads in place
while drilling.

Now that I've likely scared you with all that equipment jazz, you'll
appreciate imperfections more than ever!

  ;-)

 
 
 

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Post by Polycla » Tue, 08 Dec 1998 04:00:00


And if you want to get all the beads purfectly round and the same size go to a
lapadary shop and look at a ball mill (marble grinder). it is bassically two
cone shaped cup grinders that are run with one cone angled about 15  degrees of
axes of the other.  you grind in the center of the cone shaped cups


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Post by hark.. » Mon, 14 Dec 1998 04:00:00


On Sat, 05 Dec 1998 21:20:36 -0500, Monica Jackson

Quote:

>I started working with clay about a month or two ago to work out
>problems with fatigue in my hands and keep hands flexible after carpal
>tunnel surgery...I wear eye glasses and my perspective is off a bit,
>making it hard to make straight edges and perfect round
>objects...HOWEVER!!! I love working with clay, I've drawn out some
>creative ideas on my computer and I WANT TO CONQUER THIS!!!! Anyone with
>some advice? My biggest trouble is trying to get a reasonably, evenly
>round bead...I have had some success, but my work is still met with some
>inconsistencies (granted I know practice makes perfect, but I really am
>wondering if all the practice in the world will fix distorted
>vision)...I WAS piercing the bead with a toothpick or needle while
>uncured, but that distorted the work I put into making it as round as
>possible...NOW I have a dremel tool and want to drill in cured
>clay...problem: Making the bead as "perfect" as it can get by hand (are
>there bead molds?) and getting the bead set up under the tool for a
>centered drill hole...I GOT LOTS OF PROBLEMS HERE HUH? *laughing* HELP
>MEEEEEEE! Any and all advice will be appreciated! Thanks...

>                                          Monica

For your drilling problems you might try using a router with a vee
groove bit .  Set the bit to cut to the widest part of the vee and cut
straight down into a piece of 1" pine without moving route sideways.
this will produce a round coneshaped hole.  It should allow you to
drill the beads without them moving from side to side.