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.
My little work space.
It is unbelievable how fast I have accumulated the tools and supplies to really buckle down now and get busy making stuff.
I have a ton of beautiful wood pieces just waiting for me to sand smooth. I can promise that you haven't seen anything like these.
I am posting this from my phone. I will post photos soon.
This keychain was made from a willow slice, and carved with a rotary tool. A small chain with charms and beads was added to liven it up.
Sandy is a long time artist and loves working with natural, rustic style medium.