Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I have hit a wall

I have just under 2 weeks for my Kickstarter project, and since I got funded, I seem to have hit a wall on momentum. I actually lost a pledge right after getting funded, which put me back under, but thanks to my awesome backers so far, I am right at goal now.
I did account for the mid-project slump, and to battle it, I added the barrettes and put in a stretch goal, but it doesn't seem to be helping so far. I'll try spreading the word to more people to see if that can kick things back on track. I'm just worried about losing another pledge and being below goal again.
Anyone have any suggestions?

If you decide to pledge and back my project, let me know! I would love to see if I get backers from my blog!

More fun chainmail items -- Kicktraq Mini

Edit: I may have just freaked out a little too soon. I'm just really nervous about the whole thing!

Monday, April 17, 2017

2 weeks done on the Kickstarter project!

So, we are now 2 weeks into the Kickstarter, and I am extremely proud to say that it is funded! I made it to my goal earlier today, and I am so excited!
I have added an new item as a reward for the project, the scale flower barrettes that I posted about previously. If you have been interested in getting one of the chainmail items I have posted about, check it out! You can get one of your very own!

More fun chainmail items -- Kicktraq Mini

This past week, I haven't made a whole lot. There are only a couple things that I actually finished. I had a custom order for one of the bow ties that I can make. One of my co-workers wanted a purple rubber with pink rings tie. I finished it up and it looks awesome. (Now I just need to figure out the elastic for around the neck. Shouldn't be too hard.)

In addition to finishing the tie, I also made a couple more barrettes that I have as a reward in the kickstarter project. I got a few more scale colors, so I decided to whip up a couple more as an example. All are pictured below.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

1 week down on the Kickstarter!

We are already 1 week into the Kickstarter, and I am at 74% to goal! I didn't expect to get so close so fast, but there it is! I am very excited, and I have no doubt that I will hit my funding goal. I have several co-workers who have yet to pledge that have told me they are wanting some of these items.
I'm finding it difficult to not spam everyone on Facebook and at work about the project. I am super stoked at the success so far, and I want to try and get the word out to as many people as possible. I'm limiting myself to one or two posts about it per week, just to keep my friends and family updated on the project and to remind everyone of just how must time is left.

More fun chainmail items -- Kicktraq Mini

Now that I have that out of the way and out of my system, now to post about what I have been working on the past week! 
My super awesome manager at work ordered several more bracelets from me! She has been placing order for some of her friends, and she has been spreading the word about my bracelets because she loves them so much. I actually ran out of black rings (you'll see why in the picture below). I had to place an order for more, and they came in yesterday! I only have a  couple more bracelets left to make from that order and it will be filled.

Next, when spreading word of my Kickstarter, several friends have expressed interest in the dice bags/coin purses. I have been thinking of different possible designs and color combinations. With my love of colors, I'm surprised I hadn't thought of it before, but I have made a bag with rainbow colors. I just love how it came out! I may just keep this one for myself!

Last, my mom has a bracelet and earrings set in white and red for her favorite team colors. She was wanting to get a necklace to go with them, and was looking at the Celtic Star pendants on the Kickstarter. I was experimenting with some color choices, and this is what I ended up with. I think she'll like it.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My second Kickstarter has launched!

I was able to get everything finished up for my Kickstarter over the weekend, and it officially launched yesterday. I'm feeling really good about this one. Within 6.5 hours, I got up to 58% funded!

Here are the items that I have in the Kickstarter:

More fun chainmail items -- Kicktraq Mini

Monday, March 20, 2017

Big order

This past week, I have been kept pretty busy by a large custom order for bracelets. One of the managers where I work for the day job ordered a bunch of items, and will most likely be getting me some more orders from others, so I am excited!

Here is a picture of just some of the bracelets I have made this week, only some of which were part of that order. (The hair clip wasn't part of the order, either)

I have another craft fair coming up this weekend, too, so the extra items I made will be good to add to my inventory.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Barrettes and needle minders!

I have been busy this past week making scale flower barrettes! I have a craft fair coming up this weekend, so I wanted to have a good amount to have for sale. The only downside is that I only have 4 scale colors of the right size in stock at the moment, so I am limited on the variety right now.
Here are the ones that I have done so far:

On the barrettes with the mirror scales, I put the flower with the concave side down toward the barrette. For the others, it was upward more like a flower would be. I know it is a little hard to see the mirrored scale barrettes, but I wanted to see which version everyone prefers.

For my kickstarter, I have decided on a couple smaller add-on items, but I still haven't decided what to have as an additional reward. I have that craft fair coming up in this weekend, so I'll go through all my stuff then, and see what I can find that will be good for the kickstarter.
I want to have the scale barrettes as add-ons, as well as these keychains that I started making.

I have 3.5 craft fairs coming up in the next couple months, so far. Those will certainly keep me busy! (The .5 is actually a booth that my husband may or may not have for his branded paintball stuff at a paintball tournament. If he gets a booth, I get to man it while he goes off to enjoy the tournament).

And last for this post, I have some new needle minders for my Etsy shop!

Friday, February 24, 2017

New items, and new kickstarter in the works

I have been busy making a bunch of different things!
First, after the success of the chainmail necktie, I found pictures of a chainmail bow tie. Of course, me being me, I had to try it!
I love how it came out! I already have a couple co-workers placing orders for me to make these for them, too!
Here is the result:

I have also made a new bracelet, and a new necklace. I'm not too thrilled with how the pendant sits on the necklace, so I'm toying with ideas to fix it.

I am also in the planning stage of another Kickstarter!
I have been deciding on the rewards to offer, and I would love to get some feedback from you guys! Are there any particular chainmail items that you have seen here that you would like to see as a reward in my upcoming Kickstarter?
I have already decided to include a couple bracelet designs, stretchy dice bag/coin purse, and as a big ticket item, my chainmail scarf. I would like to have one or two more items available, though, which is where you come in!

I am currently gathering photos, and will need to take some more. I will be working on a new video, as well for the project, so I may not have any more completed projects to post about the next couple weeks. I'll try to come up with something to post about, though!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chainmail tie

Inspiration struck again, and I have created a chainmail tie, this time!
I chose the colors based on what rings I had the most of, and the striped design is similar to the scarf that I made.

I haven't yet added a clasp to the back, and I'm not 100% thrilled about how the knot came out, but overall I like it. I may experiment with the design a bit to find a better knot.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Recent chainmail kick

I have been on a big chainmail kick lately, so that is all I have been working on.
Here are some of my latest creations.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Leftover rings

I overestimated the amount of rings that I needed for the chainmail scarf that I made from a couple posts past, so I have been trying to find some ways to use them up.
I started with the gold rings, because I had so many extras of this color. Few of the chainmail weaves I have made in the past would work with this size ring, so I tried to find new things to make! I started with the one weave that I knew would work with this ring size, and that is the Half Persian 4-in-1 weave. I made a bracelet in this weave using all gold rings. I did finish except for a clasp. I discovered that I don't have any gold clasps, except for some too-small lobster clasps, so it isn't quite finished yet.
The HP 4-in-1 is the top one in this following picture:

I then started with the lavender rings. I decided to make a bunch of mobius rosettes, and I picked a good size ring in silver to connect them. As I was connecting them, I did have some difficulty with the connecting rings, but I had already gotten so far, that I went ahead and finished it up with a clasp.
I love how even though they are all the same color, since the light hits the rings differently, they look like different shades.

I chose next to make a birthday gift for a friend, whose favorite colors are blue and black, so I made another mobius bracelet like the lavender, only using the turquoise rings. I used a smaller gauge ring, but same diameter for the connectors in black, and it was perfect. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it before I gave it to her. It came out so nicely, though, that I'll probably make another one with the few turquoise rings I still have. (Pics to come later).

Then I went back to the gold and made another mobius bracelet with the same black connectors, but ran into the same issue of not having any larger gold clasps. Pictures of the 2 clasp-less gold bracelets are above, together.

Last, I sold a stretchy Half-Persian 4-in-1 bracelet in my Etsy shop, so I made up another one to replace it. The picture is a little blurry, but here it is.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trizantine, kinged vipera berus, and necklaces

I have been on a chainmail kick lately, so that's where my crafty focus has been.
I tried a couple new (to me) weaves that I have been wanting to do, and they came out pretty nice!

The first thing I made was this bracelet. This is made using the trizantine weave (basically a variation on the byzantine weave). I used silver anodized aluminum for the tri-sections, and black for the connectors. I finished it off with one of my silver sun/moon/star toggle clasps.
This bracelet has looser rings on the outside, so it is a fun to fidget with.

Next, I tried a Kinged Vipera Berus weave with some colored anodized aluminum.
I originally intended to make a bracelet with this weave, but as I got into it, I realized that it is a little too stiff to make a comfortable bracelet. The rings I am using are ever-so-slightly smaller than the ideal size.
Since I had gotten most of the way through one rainbow already, I finished it up, and turned it into a keychain, instead! It works perfectly as a keychain, I must admit!

Here it is from the side:

Last, I got some pictures taken of a few necklaces that I have had finished for a while, but never took pictures of. 

On another note, I have noticed that a couple of the star charms on the red necklace are starting to turn black a bit. Oxidation? Corrosion? This is probably because I got these charms cheap, but I want to avoid any issues down the line with them. I love them!
Any suggestions on what I can do to prevent this with my other silver charms?

Friday, January 6, 2017

I made a chainmail scarf!

I recently got inspired to make a chainmail scarf! I saw one online and just knew I had to make one, myself (isn't that how it always goes?).
I did some research on what ring size I should use and what colors, and I made my order for supplies!
When they came in, I really didn't want to start it right away until I got some more work done on my purse (that I suspect will never get done). But then I realized that the main ring color I had ordered was a limited supply, so to make sure that I had enough while they were still available, I got started right away! (Or at least it sounded like a good enough justification to start a new project, anyway).

I started it last Saturday, and it has taken me less than a week to make. I actually had a lot of fun working on this, too! The wire size was slightly bigger than I am used to, so I had to stop sometimes to let my hands rest, but it still came together quickly.

Here it is!

This came out to 6 feet long! It's has a little weight to it (but it is made of a light aluminum), and the "fringe" makes a pleasant jingling noise when you move.
When I saw the turquoise rings, I knew immediately that was the color I wanted. I chose, then, to go with more peacock colors, and was going to choose a darker purple color to go with it, but as soon as I saw the lavender, I changed to it right away!

I am already making plans for another one (farther in the future, so I can save up for supplies). I'm thinking of maybe a chevron pattern, perhaps. Or even a Dr Who scarf! The possibilities are many!

I would love to get some feedback!