What’s been going on

Hello everyone so I kind of took a break from social media and blogging. The main reason for that is I have been creating new items. I figured that doing a weekly update was unnecessary since everything is the same as the week before. It just seems a little repetitive and unnecessary.

The only thing that is going on is I have a great opportunity to showcase my work in a local shop. A few months ago a lady who owns the shop contacted me, she said she wanted to see what kind of products I have . I got everything ready and we had a little meeting. I explained to her my process. She asked if I did custom orders and I told her that I did.

Well that is what is going on with little links links nothing really too exciting exciting just creating beautiful jewelry and posted it to Instagram and Facebook hope you guys are having a wonderful night

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Resin review 

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been MIA, but I finally had a chance to do that resin review!! Just to catch you up in case this is the first time you are reading my post (thank you so much btw).

 One word that I will be using a lot is doming. When you done with resin that is the process to make a raised and rounded look on a piece.

So the last resin I had been using was called “easy cast. ( picture below)

I came across it at hobby lobby. I was super excited because it was a little cheaper then the other two resins that I like to use. So I figured you know I’ll give this a try. This resin has a one to one ratio, as well as having  to double stir.What I mean by double stir is you measure it and stir it and one cup then transfer it to another cup and stir  for an additional minute. 

With easy cast my items came out extremely bendy. When I would add colorant to the resin it felt like it didn’t fully cure with type of molds that I use I use molds that are thin,they are about a quarter inch thick. However with my deeper molds they hardened up just fine.

Demolding time 24 hours for a soft cure and 3 days for a full cure.

Pros: great for larger projects 

Cons: double mix, pigments alter the way it cures, horrible for doming.

The next resin that I used  is Little Windows Resin.

I absolutely love this resin, this was the resin that I had originally started using 2.5 years ago. It has a two to one ratio, low odor. For the bottles in the picture I paid $40, more or less.

You can de-mold pieces after 12 hours! That is crazy! It worked beautifully on my thinner molds. They were a little soft and slightly bendy but after a day they were completely solid.

Pros: demolding time, perfect for doming, pigments didn’t alter the way it cured. Non toxic.

Cons: two to one ratio.

Last resin that I used is ICE resin. 

This is another resin that I absolutely love!!!!  These bottles costed me $58 plus shipping. I have been using this resin for 2 years. (I’m very scared to try new things cause I hate wasting money if it doesn’t work.) This is a one to one mix ratio.

With this resin you can demolding your items after 10 hours, they may be a little soft, but that will go away in a day. This works well with my thin molds as well. The only thing that I noticed is if I used a liquid colorant vs a powder the curing process was effective. 

This resin is good for doming as long as you used a bezel.

Pros: demolding time, the one to one ratio.

Cons: liquid pigment alters curing time, can only dome with a bezel.
There you have it! This is my review on the resin products I use (I will not be using the easy cast again, since it doesn’t meet my crafting needs). Please keep in mind that this post is about my experience, and everyone’s may be different.

Facebook live

So lately I have been trying to get more attention on social media One of the things that I have been trying is Facebook live there is only one downfall to this Facebook live thing is it notifies your followers but it’s really hard for someone to cross your live video as far as new people.Then I think maybe I’m not using the Facebook live correctly or maybe I’m not labeling my videos correctly. 

When I go on my personal Facebook page to look at other Facebook live feed I always see our people who have millions of followers or thousands of people watching that video at that moment. The other videos that show up are videos that are not live.

Take for example that giraffe that was giving birth I don’t even know if she’s had the baby yet but I know that it was going on for a few days and there was over x-amount of people viewing so how do I find something like to captivate people to watch? Should I just make longer videos?Should I change the titles to something different? I mean I know this Facebook live is new to everybody and everybody’s using it at the moment. I just want to try to use the tools that are available to me. When I use these tools it seems like it’s a dead end and what I’m trying to do was build my followers and people who like my jewelry.

What are your guys thoughts on Facebook live? Are any of you guys having the same concerns?

First giveaway 

So I’m super excited! I’m doing my first giveaway. The necklace I’ll be giving to the winner is a gothic style cross with maroon tips and a champagne color that’s frosted over. There are a total of 10 beads, 6 clear glass beads and 4 mother of pearl round shell beads. 

Along with being super excited,Worry accompanies this feeling. Mainly because Im terrified that only 10 people will enter. This is just my anxiety kicking in. 

I am confident that this giveaway will be a success on getting Little Links out there and more people aware of my etsy shop.

Resin rings!

So when i started working with resin I Had a friend ask me to make her a resin ring. I had no idea what what she was talking about. She had showed me a few pictures that she had found on pinterest, ok more than a few. I was fascinated with Livinlovin who makes beautiful  rings with flowers, and  smilewithflower who makes bulbous rings with flowers. Both are breath taking.

Now as you all know, I dont like coping other peoples work. I like to make my own creations. When my friend asked me to make her a resin ring, I honestly didn’t want to do it at first. Just for the main reason that I didn’t want to feel like I was coping someone. After a few months of her begging me to make her a ring  with gold flakes, I finally caved and agreed.

I bought a few molds, since I knew that this was going to be a one time project. I got my molds off of amazon, along with some type of gold flecks.

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After mixing the resin and pouring it up. I quickly found out that this was not the project for me.  The first ring i poured up i spilled resin every where. The rest of the rings i decided to scoop the resin into the cavity, this was extremely time consuming. I noticed by the time i was getting to the end of scooping that the resin was setting a little.

Once they had set and been pulled from their molds, i noticed that some needed to be sanded. On the rings that were faceted they had a small lip.Once they got sanded and polished, I was in love. But not in love enough to make resin rings all the time. If I have some extra resin from a project I will definitely pour it into the ring molds.

 

Any idea on what to do with these resin rings?  I am thinking of putting them in a giveaway, I know for a fact I do not plan on selling them.

Bendy resin

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In the past few weeks I have been making a lot more resin pieces with new molds that I have gotten. I have been using easy cast resin, and have not had any issues with this brand until now. I have been noticing that my pieces have been coming out really bendy. At first I thought it was because they had not fully cured. I had put them to the side and made a mental note to check on them in another day or so.

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Making another batch and colored and poured them into  their molds, nothing out of the ordinary. When I went to release them, I noticed that this batch was also bendy. I was surprised because with my crazy home life I wasn’t able to de-mold them until a few days later.

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Puzzled I went and made a third batch. I colored some of the resin, poured the colored and uncolored resin into molds, and also domed the back of a few bendy pendants. I was hopeful that this would help keep them more solid. Also wanting to find out if the colorants that I was using was the cause of the resin not being able to fully cure.  When I went to release them a few days later,they all came out bendy.Even the pendants that got domed

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The end result of my bendy resin batch is I am going to switch back to another resin that I was using before hand. Not sure what I will do with the bendy pendants, but it will be epic!!!

 

SIDE NOTE: My etsy shop will be closed for a few months. The reason for this is so I can create some more items. I plan on re-opening  in June. The few items up at the moment will stay until they get bought or their listing time expires.

Evolution  of my displays

It is now the end of craft fair season, at least for me. I have noticed over the past few months that my table has gone through a few changes. Ok more than a few. Like I  had said in the beganing that this was my journey starting up Little Links. I had to get established somehow, so I started my etsy store, as well as participated in a few craft fairs. Now I have taken you guys along for the ride!

So my first craft fair display was missing a table cloth. I also felt that the display kinda hid me and was difficult for me to connect with anyone that came to my table. I felt like i was popping out and scaring them. image1

My second craft fair i decided to get a table cloth. I wanted to stand out and grab peoples attention. I had chosen a bold pattern burlap, That i thought would complement my display boards. Once everything was set up, what i had envisioned was not in front of me. My area gave me a headach, i can only imgine what people who attended the craft fair thought!. It was way cluttered. I had also let my sister-in-law sell her bows at my booth, but no one really saw them. The display boards still hid me, the feeling of me not being acessable to people who stoped by was still there.img_2249img_2248

 

 The 3rd craft fair I decided to make my display a little more open and inviting. I only used  two of the displays. I chose the ones with the corners cut off for a somewhat fancy feel. I spread several of my necklaces across my table. A near by vendor had lent me a piece of white cloth cause she had mentioned that my pieces blended into my table cloth. 

There were a lot more visitors at my table this time around. I fully believe that it was because I was visible.

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The last display ended the season for me, and it was by far my favorite one. I kept with using 2 boards. I used the two turquoise ones. I had found two necklace holders that were bright pink and a small earring holder that matched. I’m very proud of this display. I feel that it was crisp and clean, you could see everything. When you walked by something would catch your eye. You were able to see me. 

So since the craft fair season is over I have some more ideas for my booth next year. The one top of my list, get a new table cloth! Im planning on going with white since it will make my items pop!

I really look forward to next year. I may not have had a good season this year, but I knew that might if happened.