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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 



here are the bails, they came!

here are the bails, they came!

My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:

the glue

the glue

and here they are drying:

drying on my window ledge

drying on my window ledge

I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:

here are all of the pendants done!

here are all of the pendants done!

I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!


Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.

pros:
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available

Cons
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name

I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.


Hey nothing that interesting happened today, but I thought I would write a blog entry anyway.  I am really excited because school starts tomorrow!  I am really looking forward to going back to school.  It is funny, I never used to feel this way for my first degree, that must mean that I am on the right track.

Today I went shopping for school supplies and I hope that I have everything that I need.  I went to jo-ann fabrics looking for sketchbooks and I saw this in a magazine:

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It looks a lot like what I make (the rock part at least) doesn’t it?

Well this is going to be a short post, as I can’t think of anything else to write about.  I am going to have a hard time sleeping tonight, I can just tell.  I am both excited and nervous at once.


I woke up this morning with a migraine headache and could hardly get out of bed. After going downstairs and having breakfast I took 2 Advil I went back to bed.  When I was sitting in bed I started to play around with my Ipad, and I started listening to some podcasts.  I listened to 15 minute craft website tips and she recommended getting the domain name for your website.  So I went to godaddy.com and tried to register craftsbyknight.com and it was taken.  I called the number provided and the guy that owns the site answered and he bought it for his wife whose father is starting a business by the name of, you guessed it “crafts by knight”  I gave him my contact info and he said he would ask his wife about selling me the page.  I am kicking myself right now.  I should done this first before choosing my name, but now I don’t know what to do.

I figure I have a few options, the first one is to wait and see if he is willing to sell me the page.  I am going to do this for one week.  My second option if I can’t buy the domain name from him is to change my name.  I was thinking of the name “Jewelry by Knight”  but this would be a huge hassle, I would have to create a new fb page, gmail account, pinterest account, and get a new etsy store.

I could register “jewelry by knight” before someone else gets it, but I don’t know what to do.  Does anyone have any advice for me?  I don’t know what to do.

UPDATE: craftsbyknight.net was available, so I am not going to change my name, I have craftsbyknight.net and blog.craftsbyknight.net as well as an email address, which I will set up later.  It will all be up by Sunday.  I can’t wait.  the .net will forward people to my etsy store and blog.net will forward people to my wordpress blog.


Well this is a lot more complicated than I initially thought last night.  After doing a little research online today it turns out that there are many styles that are similar to what I do.  First there is what I mentioned in my blog last night, boho chic, and then there is a style that is actually called hippie chic, and the two styles are very similar, I can’t really tell the difference yet.  There is a third style that I have found that is called indie.  Am I naive of it or is this way too complicated?   I might have jumped the gun when I said I was boho, because indie seems more like what I do, it is more about handmade, which is very important to me.  If anyone reading this has any advice, please let me know, I feel like a fish out of water right now.

 

Some results from my search on my phone

In the meantime, before I figure everything out, I might as well tag my items boho and indie.  That might generate trafic to my etsy store, which I really need.  Tomorrow I plan on doing another photo-shoot, this time of my rings and earrings, and listing the rest of the necklaces that I took photos of last week.  I will continue to look up teams and post about my blog to spread the word.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, please leave a comment in the comments section to let me know what you think of my post.



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