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.

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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.

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.

End of September 

It’s the end of another business month! So now I’m just going through what I’ve done this past month, thinking of things that I can do for next month.

Before I get into telling you all that, I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog posts, like my posts on Instagram, and taking the time to comment.

I have featured  $2 necklaces, I did 2 coupon codes on etsy. I have joined a few groups on Facebook to help promote little links.

For the month of September my store has had a total of 165 views. On Instagram I have 76 followers, and on WordPress I have 14 followers.

Once again thank you all!

First weekly update 

So last week I said that I was going to to start letting everyone know what the past week has gone.

I thought I would try to glaze resin pieces cause I noticed some of my pieces have gotten a little dull. 

I came across a YouTube video about glazing charms. I really liked the way it made the persons charms look. They looked totally amazing ( here is the link of the video I’m talking about http://youtu.be/Lk1yIYSXJNo )

I only did one pendant cause I was terrified if it didn’t work and they would be ruined. I followed the tutorial exactly. After I put the duraclear coat on I was a little concerned because you could  still see the brush strokes. After it dried I got the floor cleaner ready. I will not lie, It smells like cat litter that hadn’t been changed in forever! I dunked the pendant in the floor cleaner, put it up to dry.

I checked the pendant, and I loved the way it shined but I was not a fan of being able to see the brush strokes. My husband did suggest dunking the pendant in the glaze. I will give that a try.

I also found a new mold that I will be trying soon. I’m mainly working on using the resin pieces I have before I start making more( I think I have a resin obsession). I also bought some more chain to make necklaces.

I found some adjustable rings in my supplies.I added some heart charms to. I’m thinking about making the rings available as a customizable item in my stay store. I will be working on that at the moment.

That is what my past week entailed. I hope everyone had a great week. 

Whats going on.

So this past week has been so horrible. I had gotten sick with this horrible head thing. My sinuses were plugged and so much pressure is there, my ears are clogged and I cant hear anything. So my poor kids and husband have been dealing with me yelling (or at least i feel like i am yelling). I have not really done any type of social media for little links cause i have just felt so crumby. So basically my life stopped, all i did was go into my paying job and come home.

So nothing really exciting happening with Little Links Jewelry .I did start thinking about doing weekly updates. and since this is kinda like an update the next one i will put up will be the next Wednesday. That way i can have more to bring to you guys.

I am feeling better and Ill talk you you guys next time!