Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Custom Order Viking Knit Bracelets

As you probably can figure out, the holiday season is busiest for Custom-Made viking knit bracelets.  I know the pics aren't that great.  My camera died and my tablet didn't do a very good, but here are two custom-ordered viking knit bracelets.

These duet bracelets are made with grape and kelly green 24 gauge copper enameled wire.  Threaded with memory wire and using a padlock looking clasp that I found at Joann's Fabric Store.    All ready to gift, they are set in white gift boxes for the buyers.

This is a set of 2 bracelets, each having 1/2 of a Best Friends heart charm.

This is a bracelet with color coordinated beads, antique silver cone end caps and a simple heart charm.

Hope you like!  Feel free to comment or share this post.  I appreciate it so much!

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How To Make Candles

Learn to make candles

Wow, I love...love...love this course.  I wish that I had found it a few weeks ago, because then EVERYONE I know would be getting candles for Christmas!  LOL

I am just getting started, but the ease of instructions...the variety of styles...I had to share it with my friends today.  I grabbed the free candle making video and from there, I was HOOKED.

Click the picture, grab the free video and see what you think.  Would love to hear back from you.  What candles you made....how you liked the course, etc.  Send me pics too!  =)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

What Do You Want To Know About Viking Knit?

Hello my friends,

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I have noticed over some time, that I receive world-wide visitors viewing my posts about the various steps of making Viking Knit.  I don't seem to get a ton of feedback here on the blog, so under the pictures are a few questions I'd like to ask your help with.

I also noticed that on the reviews for my Kindle book which can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBZQRTM one reviewer said that it was a good book for beginners, while another had said it was not. 

What I would like to know from you, my readers is:
  • What can I show you that I have not already?
  • What would you like me to share with you?
  • What questions do you have about Viking Knit?
  • Are the pictures clear?
  • Do you find the instructions on this blog easy or difficult?
I would LOVE to have your feedback on this because I want the people who visit my blog and read my book to get the most value from what I offer.  I want to be sure that what I share with you is HELPFUL.

Thank you!  I love you guys and appreciate every one of you.

Keep it crafty my friends!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One Day Only Bracelet Sale

One Day Only Bracelet Sale

The price for each bracelet (includes shipping) is posted under the photo.  To buy a bracelet, simply click the BUY NOW button.  You will be directed to Paypal where you can proceed to make payment.  You do NOT have to have a paypal account to do so.  Simply proceed as a "guest" and follow the simple instructions.

All Viking Knit bracelets are lead and nickel free.  All are hand-made.  The wire used is enameled copper wire with varying thicknesses.  I have posted these bracelets and the crafting process on this blog before, feel free to poke around and see the "behind-the scenes" moments before making your purchase.  All bracelets come in a plain white gift box ready to be wrapped and gifted.

UPDATED 12/15/2014  The sale will continue until the 20th.  I have moved all of the listings over to another page on my blog :)  Visit the tab above that says "Items for Sale" to see what bracelets are still available. 

Thank you!!  <3

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Changes

Hello Friends!

Well, if you've been following my posts, you probably know that I have been working with silicone bands and creating loom bracelets, as well as continuing my work with Viking Knit.  You may also know that I was offering my bracelets on Fiverr.  Now, my bracelets have gotten a LOT of views, but not so many sales.

I started to think that maybe I should cut out the middle man and just offer them for sale here on my blog. Obviously the people viewing my blog have an interest in Viking Knit and other bracelets, not tons of other things.  Granted, most people come here to learn techniques and tricks, which is amazing.  And I am grateful for every single one of you!!!  <3

But, for those who may also want to own or gift a bracelet, why send you to some other site that you may or may not want to deal with? So, I am re-vamping this site a bit.  I am adding a page where I can showcase my pieces and let YOU pick and choose what you like.  Maybe you like a certain bracelet, but want it in a different color? Or you like one just as it is, except you want it on memory wire instead of using clasp closures.

This is my site and you are my viewers and friends.  So, I am going to customize it so that we are BOTH satisfied and no middle man needed!  Well, exception would be Paypal, because for now, (and for past 10 years) they are my payment processor of choice.  I've never had a problem with Paypal, as a buyer or seller and purchases are protected.  I trust them so I will use them here.

Beyond bracelets, I can and will make other items, if you let me know you want them. I already have Viking Knit and Angel earrings available.  I have made a few of my pieces into keychains for myself and friends.  I can add charms to bracelets or change up styles.  All you need to do is let me know what you want and I will work with you directly, to make it happen.

Thank you for being here.  Please feel free to poke around my site.  Ask questions, comment on posts and definitely, would love for you to hit the "Share" button as much as you can.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Custom Bracelets

New Bracelet Photos!

If you haven't taken a look already, I wanted to share with you the dozens of bracelets I have made using silicone bands.  This is something geared towards younger kids, mostly females, but let me tell you, not all are as simple as you think.  And, when you play around with the colors and styles, these can be for the guys as well!

I know not everyone has the time or patience to learn/create these bracelets.  However, for me, it's almost like therapy.  If you'd like to purchase any, or order custom colors, please check out my Fiverr Gigs by clicking the main link here:  Exclusively on Fiverr  Please be sure to order soon if you want delivery by Christmas!  :)

Bridge Style Loom Bracelet

bridge rainbow loom

Simple Style Loom Bracelet (Buy 2)Fishtail, Double, Triple

simple rainbow loom

Starburst Style Loom Bracelet

starburst rainbow loom

Beaded Style Loom Bracelet (Buy 2) 

beaded rainbow loom

Butterfly Style Loom Bracelet

Butterfly rainbow loom

Ladder Style Loom Bracelet

ladder rainbow loom

More Simple Style Loom Bracelets-Triples
(Buy 2)

single double triple rainbow loom

Zig Zag S Pattern Style Loom Bracelet

zee rainbow loom

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bracelets and More

If you've been following my blog posts, then you probably already know that I have ventured into new territory.  Loom bracelets, Angel earrings and more Viking Knit...

Besides the silicone bands, I also forgot to mention that I made a thick Viking Knit bracelet a couple weeks back.  It is a Trio...dark blue, black and silver.  This was new for me because I was trying out thicker wire than I am used to, plus they were different gauges AND to top it off, I didn't use my normal end-caps, but rather cement and cord findings.  But, I typically do women's bracelets and jewelry, and wanted to see if I could expand my inventory.

What do you think of this "manly" Trio?

I am not convinced I want to do another.  I used 22 and 20 gauge wire, the latter was very difficult for me to work with.  And, I was not happy waiting for the cement to dry.  I felt as if the whole thing would fall apart.  LOL  However, I wanted to do it, so I tried it.  Overall, I love the way it came out. Just didn't love the experience of making it.

As mentioned in previous posts, I also have crafted some Angel earrings.  Right now I have blue and crystal (clear) available for $5 on Fiverr.  I am not offering them on any other site.  So, listing them on Fiverr and making these earrings, both are new experiences for me.

And here are some of my loom bracelets.  I need ideas for a "brand name" so if you think of anything, please comments below.  ;-)

bridge loom bracelet

I also have a couple more styles that are not pictured here simply because I need a better camera  :-)  There are the Blossom, Butterfly and Ladder styles

Pics and more styles to come!

What my goal is with trying new things, is to find the areas that work best for me, both creatively and financially.  Use my skills and creativity to craft items that other people WANT and LOVE.  And, to be able to make a living doing something I love...but still spend time with my family as much as possible.  So, if you see me floating here and there, it's only until I find the right "fit" for me.  But, this blog will always be here so that I may share my journey and you can come along for the ride.  Maybe find something that it the perfect fit for you, too.  :)

Keep it Crafty!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

New Loom Bracelets

Hello Friends!

I posted the other day that I was learning to make bracelets made with silicone rubber bands, on a loom.  Well, it has been torture on my fingers tips, an occasional shot in the eye by a broken band and of course, the occasional "oh now I have to start all over again."  However, I am really enjoying this new hobby.

I am still making my Viking Knit bracelets.  However, I am enjoying the flexibility of sitting with a few supplies and relaxing for awhile after work.  Viking Knit is beautiful BUT wire isn't very forgiving.  If you make a mistake, or scrape the coloring off...or a host of other complications, you can't simply un-do your work and start over.  Nope, you have a pile of scrap metal, basically.

The silicone loom bands offer me an outlet for creative patterns, color schemes and learning something new.  However, as an income opportunity, the cost is less, and therefore the price tag will be far less as well.  So, I have put up my loom bracelets on Fiverr and will keep the Viking Knit bracelets on Etsy.  You can see the items for sale on my Etsy site, by scrolling down and clicking the banner on the right-hand side of this page.  To visit my Fiverr profile, simply go HERE.

Below are a few pictures of the styles I have been learning.

What do you think?  As always, I love to craft colorful, artistic bracelets.  Whether the material is copper wire or silicone bands.  :)

Keep It Crafty!!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Something New Loom Bracelets

Something New:
 Loom Bracelets

I have not given up my Viking Knit bracelets.  However, I was at the craft store and my eye caught some sale items.  A loom and silicone bands.  Remembering a bracelet one of my daughter's made for me, I picked up the sale items and figured I'd try it out.  After all, I used to love making loom potholders as a young girl and I love having tons of colors to work with.

Well, a beast has been born!  LOL  I have made almost a dozen bracelets in 12 hours...and I did sleep.  Did some other things as well.  Here's just a few of the ones I have made:

I am practicing, exploring new styles and really enjoying this inexpensive hobby.  There are a few frustrations...some directions aren't very good and of course, sometimes a band breaks and you have to start over.  But, it's been fun so far and I look forward to sharing more.

You can find my bracelets on Fiverr now as well....just check out my "gigs"  :)

The fancier stuff will remain on Etsy for now.  A new website will be coming in the future, so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Products Coming Soon!

Hello Friends!

Well I placed my first wire order of the season.  Fall colors: orange, brown, green, yellow will be the primary schemes available over the next few weeks.

Then I will move into more of the holiday colors such as reds, greens and gold.

I also am going through all current inventory, fine tuning any pieces that haven't sold, finishing any that were set aside and also looking for display pieces to help me showcase all of my bracelets.  Also considering trying Kumihimo bracelets again.  I liked making them, but never spent a great deal of time practicing.

If you are looking for custom-made pieces or specific colors, just drop me a line so I can help you.  And, of course, word-of-mouth referrals help small businesses grow, so if you have one of my pieces & love it, please refer others.  Thank you!!

Here's to some beautiful months ahead!!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Sale 50% Off All Bracelets

Summer Sale

ON SALE!!!  Use coupon code Summer50 to get 50% off of ALL bracelets in my Etsy Shop!!  Only good until Sunday.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BraceletsByJoy

Hurry!  While supplies last!!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Viking Knit Bracelet Giveaway

My dear friend, Samantha Holt is hosting a Giveaway today.  The prize?  One of my Viking Knit bracelets!

Want a chance to win?  Please hop on over to Sam's blog here: http://www.samanthaholt.org.uk/ and read the awesome Viking blurb she shares then below, you'll see the entry form to win.  FRIDAY only, so hurry!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

FREE TODAY How to Viking Knit

My new book, How to Viking Knit is FREE TODAY ONLY.  

I would love if you could leave your review after you've grabbed a copy.  You can also contact me via this blog or at BraceletsByJoy@gmail.com if you find errors or have other isues with the book.  I want it to be a useful resource for those wanting to learn.

And WOW...Number 1 already!!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Updates...Necklace Made and Book Coming Soon!

Hello friends!  I am super excited to share the latest news.

First, I made a necklace!  It is sooooo pretty.  Fuschia wire and double knitted.  See???

Second, I uploaded and am awaiting confirmation of the publication of my Viking Knit BOOK!!
Super excited to take all the blog posts from here, plus so much more information, and offer it to others.

UPDATE!!!  Book is LIVE!  Grab it here:  http://amzn.com/B00KBZQRTM

Cover by Samantha Holt

Super excited!!!

Subscribe or check back soon for more details!  

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Now on Etsy

New pieces added on Etsy!

Latest pieces that were either finished today or have been taken out of storage and now listed on Etsy for sale!  You can peruse all listings by simply clicking on the link in the sidebar.  =)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Items

New Items!!

Whipped up a few items over the past two days.  Wanted to show you ones that are for sale, and ones that are not but can be custom-ordered.  :)

Not for Sale. Made for daughter. However, can custom make a pair if ordered. :)

For Sale. Sapphire blue wire, blue and green beads, memory wire, bangle style.

Custom ordered bracelet: Sea green wire, dark blue beads, lobster clasp with extra chain to adjust size.

For sale: pale purple glass beads on memory wire, bangle style.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts

If you are looking for something unique and beautiful for the Mom in your life, I would love for you to consider one of my hand-crafted Viking Knit bracelets, or earrings.  Order today to receive it in time for that special person.

Here's where you can find all of my pieces:  www.etsy.com/shop/braceletsbyjoy

Pics of finished bracelets going up for sale on the website:

And these will be finished soon!

Thanks for stopping by.  Please share  :)

Keep it crafty!!