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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 



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.


Hello and welcome to my blog.  Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think about anything by commenting in the comments section.  This is my third entry and I thought I would write a little bit about the jewelry that I make.  I make rings, necklaces and earrings.  I am planing on starting to make bracelets too, but have to figure out exactly what type I want to make.  

The earrings that I make are hard for me to categorize into one exact style.  My personal style has been described as eclectic by some.  I get my beads and components from old jewelry and beads that I buy at rummage sales, thrift stores and other random places.  I make quality earrings that I find to be aesthetically pleasing.  

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For my necklaces and rings I use stones that I gather from the shores of lake Michigan.  To get the stones I go to the beach at doctor’s park and I pick up interesting looking stones.  I then bring them home and clean them.  After cleaning the stones with soap and water I treat them with a sealant  to make them all shinny and bring out their natural colors.  

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when I make the necklaces I wire-wrap the stones to make a pendant and I make necklace component as well.  To make my rings I wire-wrap small stones and shape them into rings.  I recently found a dremmel drill at a rummage sale for only $12 and I plan on making necklaces using stones with holes drilled in them.

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I am struggling right now trying to figure out which market I would like to target, I would appreciate any advice on that front that anyone has. I don’t know the age range for my products.  I believe that my earrings are for women, although they could be bought by men as gifts.  My necklaces on the other hand are pretty much unisex, I think.  I guess I will just have to make a lot of stuff for the Art Walk and see what sells and to who.  I don’t know if I wrote about this before or not, but I was accepted to the River Walk Art Walk on September 22nd In downtown Milwaukee.  I am really looking forward to selling there.  It is free for me to have a booth there and it will be my first big event, I can’t wait.   I hope a lot of people go, because it is a first anual event.  I also hope that it does not rain because there are no tents and it will be canceled in the event of rain.  

I have been very busy with my business lately.  On Tuesday I did a little photo shoot.  I only photographed about seven necklaces, but I took an average of about 15 pics per necklace, so it took me forever to edit all of the photos.  I finally finished editing the pictures today, all I need to do now is convert the pics to .jpg and post them online in my Facebook page photo album where I will work on deciding which pictures to use for my etsy store.  Once I post the pictures on my Facebook page I will post a link on this blog so you can vote on which pictures are my best ones.  

Last night I went to an etsy craft party for the first time.  I met three other crafters, whose names are Moira, (check out her etsy store and her blog) Maria, (check out her etsy store 1 and etsy store 2 and her blog) I didn’t get the business card of the third lady, I believe her name was Amy.  There was a cute but hyperactive little one year old bugle puppy there, it was too cute.  I talked to the ladies about their etsy stores and learned a lot.  I was also able to make one ring and three earrings.  They hold a meetup every month, and I am looking forward to going to more meetings and meeting new people.



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