My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:
I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:
and here they are drying:
I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:
I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:
Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!
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.
Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name
I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.
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.
Hello sorry I haven’t written here in a while, I have been very busy with school, also my father passed away on Tuesday September 18th. After that I sort of let my business go, but I am ready to refocus my attention on my business. I ended up dropping two of my classes and went down to two classes. I am now taking just Introduction to Typography and Introduction to Design. Here is a picture of the first project I did for my design class:
I am glad I am still in school as it has been a great distraction for me. I hope to restart this blog and post more regularly. I look forward to your feedback.
Hey nothing that interesting happened today, but I thought I would write a blog entry anyway. I am really excited because school starts tomorrow! I am really looking forward to going back to school. It is funny, I never used to feel this way for my first degree, that must mean that I am on the right track.
Today I went shopping for school supplies and I hope that I have everything that I need. I went to jo-ann fabrics looking for sketchbooks and I saw this in a magazine:
It looks a lot like what I make (the rock part at least) doesn’t it?
Well this is going to be a short post, as I can’t think of anything else to write about. I am going to have a hard time sleeping tonight, I can just tell. I am both excited and nervous at once.
I woke up this morning with a migraine headache and could hardly get out of bed. After going downstairs and having breakfast I took 2 Advil I went back to bed. When I was sitting in bed I started to play around with my Ipad, and I started listening to some podcasts. I listened to 15 minute craft website tips and she recommended getting the domain name for your website. So I went to godaddy.com and tried to register craftsbyknight.com and it was taken. I called the number provided and the guy that owns the site answered and he bought it for his wife whose father is starting a business by the name of, you guessed it “crafts by knight” I gave him my contact info and he said he would ask his wife about selling me the page. I am kicking myself right now. I should done this first before choosing my name, but now I don’t know what to do.
I figure I have a few options, the first one is to wait and see if he is willing to sell me the page. I am going to do this for one week. My second option if I can’t buy the domain name from him is to change my name. I was thinking of the name “Jewelry by Knight” but this would be a huge hassle, I would have to create a new fb page, gmail account, pinterest account, and get a new etsy store.
I could register “jewelry by knight” before someone else gets it, but I don’t know what to do. Does anyone have any advice for me? I don’t know what to do.
UPDATE: craftsbyknight.net was available, so I am not going to change my name, I have craftsbyknight.net and blog.craftsbyknight.net as well as an email address, which I will set up later. It will all be up by Sunday. I can’t wait. the .net will forward people to my etsy store and blog.net will forward people to my wordpress blog.
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.
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.
I finally did it! I finally figured out what the name of my style is. I have been struggling with the problem of what my style is for a while now. I like what make but have been struggling with how to describe it. I love re-purposing old beads and using natural materials and making things by hand is very important to me too. I used to sort of describe my jewelry to myself as hippie-chic and other people have called what I make as eclectic, which I didn’t feel describe me exactly but was the closest I could come because I didn’t think that hippie-chic was an actual style. but I just discovered BOHO CHIC!
Boho chic seems to me to be to be very like hippie-chic. It is amazing to me that this style exists. I found out about it when I was I was looking up teams on etsy. I found a team called boho-chic crafters when I was looking for teams to join, which I mentioned in my last post. When I clicked on a post in the team I thought, “Huh, this looks interesting” So I started researching it on google and it was like, whoa, this is almost exactly like what I do. I can’t believe that this exists and I found it! I felt like something had just “clicked”
I have only just started looking into boho chic, but it looks really promising to me. I read online somewhere that the height of popularity for this style was 2004-2005,(I am really late to the table it seems) but I am hopeful that some people are still into it. I have to do more research, but I feel like I am going in the right direction. If boho chic is really my style than many of my questions that I have been having a been having lately, like who is my target market? and what is the niche I want to sell to? and mostly how do I figure out how to categorize my work? These are just a few of my questions that knowing my style could begin to answer. I am going to bed now, but I wanted to post this here really quick because I am so excited!
Today was a good day, I managed to post two items on etsy, I would appreciate any critiques that any readers have on the listing. I am not good at writing descriptions, so any advice will be appreciated.
I spent about an half an hour crafting today and made a pair of earrings. I am pleased with how they turned out. I don’t know what to charge for them because they took so long. the copper discs that I used are $1 each, I bought them at the bead and button show. (I love the bead and button show I go every year) if anyone has any advice on pricing them, it would be appreciated as well. I don’t want to charge too much, but I don’t want to undercharge as well. here is a pic of the earrings. I really like how they look(I took this pic from my new phone):
As I said in the beginning of the post I finally listed two items on my etsy store. I find it to be really difficult to name my items and write descriptions. If anyone has any advice, please tell me. I also joined a bunch of teams on Etsy. At the craft party on Friday. Moira told me that I should join teams to gain publicity. I should spread the word about my blog and people will come and read it.