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.

Small pep talk to myself (weekly update #6)

Hello everyone! First off I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that is following me on my journey navigating through trying to make my jewelry crafting into a business.

Over this past week i have done a lot of reflection. I have found that my ambitions and my wants to be a successful business entrepreneur have well, not been so easy. I do understand that it was going to be hard to start out, i just didn’t think that it would be THIS hard. My main goal was to see if i was able to sell my creations. What i have learned that in the past 6 months, what i thought (hoped) would happen, hasn’t happened. Thats OK, I need to keep telling myself this.

There are other reasons why you decided to start this journey! You wanted to try to break out of your shy, inverted shell. You wanted to be able to connect with people. Right now that is what you are doing, your putting yourself out there. Your putting a small part of yourself into your jewelry. Your reaching a small number of people with your blog posts. You have a Facebook page that is slowly getting likes. You have made a total of 4 sales. Yeah its only 4, But its something!

 

Craft fair blues

This past week and I did my second craft fair. It didn’t go as well as I would have liked it too. I did have fun, but I wish there was a little bit more activity at the craft fair. I met some amazing crafters who are genuinely nice people.

As far as sales , I did not so good. OK maybe I’m being a little modest here I did horrible. Honestly I didn’t even make enough to cover my booth.

I have came to a conclusion that maybe my booth has a lot going on. I’ve been thinking of a way to redo my presentation. 

I wanted a way to stand out. The peg board display might be a little much for some people, and the bright colors might be taking away from the individual beauty of my work.

As far as my scared to talking to people, I have overcame that and I spoke to every person that came by.  I had conversations with a lot of the people. The main thing I feel self-conscious about is not the visitors can smell the desperation on me and that is what scares them away from my booth.

I am determined not to let these hiccup discourage me from doing more craft fairs. I think I just need to be more of a where of the people who may be going to the event. I am taking this as a learning experience.

Th positive is, I made a few sales. I made some new connections. I had fun. I learned what I need to do differently.