Jewelry by Hand

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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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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.


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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.

 


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.


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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.


I have made my final decision, and I have decided to keep my current name “CraftsbyKnight” there was a lot of thinking that went into this decision, and I wanted to let everyone know not to expect a name change in the future. I like my current name and it allows for growth in the future, which is the reason I chose it. 

On a side note, school starts on Tuesday and I am really excited! I am going to take four classes this semester. The classes I am taking are: Intro to Jewelry making and metal-smiting, Intro to Photography, design survey, and a really neat class about profesional portfolio development, which should help me to improve my portfolio for the spring and help me to get an internship next fall. 

I am also going to try and focus more on my business site, craftsbyknight.etsy.com. I am worried that I won’t have time to do everything I want to do, but it doesn’t hurt to try. I am going to set a schedule for myself for the week, that should help to keep me on track. Anyway I look forward to hearing from everyone that reads my blog, Carley.


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Image before being taken apart

here are the findings on the necklace
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The components after being taken apart

I just wanted to let you into my work process a little bit.  Here is how I get the materials for my earrings. I got this necklace from a rummage sale for $3 because it was broken.  It was a great find because the beads are real hematite, I believe that’s what it is called. Anyway I took the necklace apart which involves taking apart each individual link.  I decided to keep the beads on their individual wire links, I would save work later on, but I created more work for me for right now.

I will post a link here when I finally make earrings out of the beads. thank you for your time in reading my post.  I hope you enjoyed a peak into my working space, sorry for the mess.



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