Jewelry by Hand

(almost) back to shool

 

 

I’m going back to school tomorrow, I’m really excited about that, but I’m worried about losing the progress I have made in my jewelry business. I am taking a class called the multiple in jewelry and metals and I am also taking the intro to fibers course and an art history course.

I am going to try and manage my time better and plan into my days time to work on the business and times for school work. I have been making jewelry everyday lately, here are a few new pieces I have made, let me know what you think of them. I am planing on doing a photoshoot soon for things to list on etsy.

 

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I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would update you on what I’ve been up to. I have been making earrings, at least two a day, here are some of the earrings I have made, I use upcycled vintage beads to make my earrings, I hope to post them soon on my etsy store, let me know what you think:

 

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After taking the intro to Jewelry and Metal-smithing class (in which I got an A) I have learned a lot. one thing that I learned was that it is important to add a patina onto anything copper that I make. I wanted to add a patina to my old copper pieces, but I also wanted an affordable, eco-friendly way to do it. I googled how to patina copper jewelry and I found this website. I learned that there was a way to patina copper using a hardboiled egg, and I wanted to try it out. I thought I would take pictures documenting the process to see how it works. I had made these copper disc earrings a while ago, and never added a patina to them. I thought it might help people to learn about the process here, and here it is:

Before:

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After 1 hour(there was not much change):

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After 2 Hours: (not much more change)

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9 hours late (I decided to stop checking in every hour):

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I think they turned out really well, what do you think? I think the more time the better, when I do it next I will leave them in overnight, I think. Well let me know what you think, I will be taking better pics and posting them on etsy soon.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m back (again)

I’m going to keep this post short, because I don’t have much to say right now. As school is winding down I have more time to devote to my business, so I’ve decided to restart my blog. I have really improved my jewelry making skills from taking the jewelry making class. I have some pics of projects I’ve

Ornament for Racine Art Museum

Ornament for Racine Art Museum

pendant that I got an A on.

pendant that I got an A on.

I’m back!

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My newly designed logo, click on it to go to my etsy store.

A lot has happened lately and I just wanted to let my followers know that I am back to selling my jewelry (I never really went away). I don’t know what exactly to post here, but I want to start blogging again, and I figured the best way to start is to just start. I re-designed my logo recently here it. I designed it myself, using the skills I learned in the design class I took. I feel that it better reflects me and what I do so let me know what you think! I am looking forward to getting back to blogging. My next post will be much longer, but I just wanted to get this one out of the way.

 

Big News!!!!!

I have a big announcement, in case you don’t follow my facebook page I am going to be having a booth at my school, UWM’s Valentine’s Day craft fair at the student union, from Monday February  11 to Thursday the 14th. I will be there from 10am – 5pm almost everyday. I am really excited in case you haven’t guessed by now, so I am working hard to prepare, I want to create a lot more pieces of jewelry for the show, take inventory, and figure out my display, all in under 3 days.

In order to prepare for the craft fair I have been making necklaces for my pendants that I made, but it was taking a lot of time to hand-make all of them, so yesterday I had a revelation, why not just buy some chain? The chain costs more, but it takes a lot less time to make each individual necklace. So went to my local bead store, Planet Bead and bought 25 ft worth of silver chain, and I managed to finish all but one necklace (I ran out of the chain) here are some of them on a display thingy I bought:

ImageLike I said before, I am really excited for this opportunity to sell my jewelry and spread the word about my business to the masses, so if anyone reading this is in the Milwaukee area next week, come and stop by my booth and say hi, I look forward to meeting you.

My First Week

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My dog Coco, isn’t she so cute

My first week of classes was crazy, I ended up dropping two classes, my photography class and my portfolio class, and I added another class, an art history class, women directors. I was taking on much more than I can handle. A lot of other stuff happened, but I don’t really want to share all of it here. I have been dealing with a lot of issues and had to come to terns with some stuff. The day that would have been my dad’s 55th birthday was Saturday and that triggered a lot of issues for me.

I am going to take a short break of my business, I will start to focus more on it after I’ve got my feet on the ground and am more used to being in school.


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