I wanted to get organized so it would be easier for me to work on projects in the house during the winter months. I only have a small workbench for jewelry making. I took some measurements and built a tool holder. Here is the basic plan and how it turned out. If you plan on making one of these, be sure to clamp it to your workbench., otherwise the weight from the tools will cause it to tip over.
I thought I would try my hand a micro macrame. I have seen many photographs on-line, on Pinterest, and FaceBook. I think I ordered too skinny of thread. It took FOREVER to get this little gem done.
Like a lot of us who are getting into micro macrame now, we used to do macrame wall hangings and pot holders 30 years ago.
I'm not giving up just yet on this tiny stuff, but this is more of a winter project.
I think the next project will be earrings or something, maybe a bracelet.
I just wanted to post a pic.
I was asked what types of beads I will be making. This was my response.
I plan on making all different types of wood beads and components, but I also have tons of polished agates and stones for pendants also (resale). I will also have many different types of wood pieces in raw form for people to work with. I am still experimenting with thicknesses to cut and different types of wood. I have been cutting wood for many years and have saved logs with very unique character just for that purpose. For example, I have a willow log with bright red spalt streaks in it and it is beautiful…..just trying to figure out the best way to cut it. Those unique types would be fantastic for resin projects when it has a natural deformity, like a imperfection, void, or branch cavity. I will also have large hole beads for macramé projects made from birch branches (treated to keep the bark), as well as small twig beads with the bark on and holes (one hole, two hole, round and square beads) drilled. Beads made from driftwood or weathered branches. Hand burned (pyrography) wood beads. I get so many ideas it is hard to keep track of them all.
In addition to that, I will be making some very interesting display stands and organization cabinets for both home, craft booths, and retail use. Right now I am making jigs to build jewelry boxes out of live-edge wood slabs. So far, so good!
Like I said, it will be a long time until I get everything photographed and put up on the website. I also own Rustic Woodworking, which keeps me pretty busy as well.
I'll keep you posted!
My first attempt at etching copper. I took a scrap of copper sheet and used a Sharpie as a resist and drew some shapes. This was supposed to be some kind of bail. Here are some before and after shots.
Jewelry Production Inventory
I have built my website, and threw a couple of things up there just to try out the Weebly shopping cart. Meanwhile, I do other things, especially during the summer, while still making jewelry, and cutting wood, and maintaining my other website, business, and a full time job........
I ran into one problem with this jewelry stuff.....
Keeping track of it!
It was raining outside today anyway. I live in the boonies, and my only internet option is satellite, which doesn't work so well when it's raining.
So I sat down at the computer this morning. I don't need internet to make an Excel sheet.
I have always kept a sheet, and a tally, when I make or build things. Normally, when I am in the wood shop making something, I need to make notes on a specific product. I depend on those notes when I get back to the office to remind me of the details. I have been using this for years in my Rustic Woodworking business. I simply used my normal sheets and made it into an Excel workbook. I am still tweaking it. Let me know what you think.
Anybody just starting out in not only the jewelry business, but any home based craft business, might find this workbook helpful. I don't have it finalized yet, but here's a screen shot of what I have so far. I'm still working on some of the formulas for the back-end pages so that the tally page gets populated automatically.
The little yellow right-hand corner gets cut off and is filed with the product. The actual printed page is filed wherever you want, like in a ring binder. Since it is an Excel file, you can also fill it in on your computer and file one for each item you want to keep track of. I am going to get rid of some of the blue background to save on printer ink.
What do you think? Any helpful comments?
Look up at the menu. You will see a new link to our Rustic Beads Store. I am trying out Weebly's E-commerce option, and it looks like it is going to work.
Now I have to take product photos, edit those, and get them up to my site.
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I have a lot of stuff to put up on the website. But, I still need to take and edit photos of everything, and figure out where they go and how to get them up there.
Hang in there with me. I have some great raw materials for you to build your own stuff, specially selected for jewelry. Drift wood, hand-made wood beads, special bead caps, etc. But, you will absolutely love the nautical themed items I have been busy making.
Rustic Beads.com is devoted to rustic, hand made beads, and themes, which include hunting and fishing. You'll see. I'll get everything posted as soon as I can. Thanks for being here!
Since I cut and sell wood for Rustic Woodworking I can pick and choose the best wood for jewelry. It might be a beautiful spalted birch slice, or just the right wood grain that look like veins of a leaf. I grab 'em, cut them down to size, and offer them to you to make something. I am not going to put any oil on them, sand them, drill any holes, or anything else. Completely raw wood. If you have sandpaper, you can shape it as you want. If you have any rotary tool, like a Dremel, you can get the job done quickly, and then hand polish with a high grit sandpaper so it is smooth. Stain or dye to suit your needs. Apply wax or a varnish to seal the wood. I will be selling these in packages of 5 to 10 pieces. I am not going to take a photo of every individual piece. Please be sure to come back later to check out what I have posted. www.rusticbeads.com
I hope to have some instructions and possibly a YouTube video on what you can do with these little wood blanks. Check back in a few months. That will be a winter-time project.
These wood blanks are thick enough so you can use your Dremel and shape them. Or you can do it by hand. Make it look however you want, or just keep it flat. It is totally up to you. You can either drill a hole to make a pendant, or use a little eye screw. For sure you will have your own one-of-a-kind, hand-made component using these unique little wood parts.
Sandy is a long time artist and loves working with natural, rustic style medium.