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.
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:
After 1 hour(there was not much change):
After 2 Hours: (not much more change)
9 hours late (I decided to stop checking in every hour):
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.
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:
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:
and here they are drying:
I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:
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:
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.
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available
– 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:
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.
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.