I've just started making jewelry, can I get your feedback? (PIC HEAVY)

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    12-15-2012, 09:02 PM
I've just started making jewelry, can I get your feedback? (PIC HEAVY)

As the title states, I've begun trying my hand at making jewelry, and my medium of choice is chain maille. Well, the maille jump rings, anyways. You can make some pretty cool stuff with it. Below is some pieces that I have either made or am in the process of making. Can I get your feedback on some of the pieces? Or all of them? Tell me what you think, and be honest! I can take some constructive criticism!

This one is called Captured Crystal with pink Czech glass beads

Captured Crystal Pink.jpg

Similar in brownish

Captured Crystal Brown.jpg

Captured Crystal together.jpg

This is called a Byzantine weave. It's a bracelet

Byzanine close up.jpg

This is a Japanese weave, making flowers

Flower bracelet and earring.jpg

Close up of earring

Flower earring close up.jpg

Similar to Captured bracelet, but in earring form

Captured Earrings pink.jpg

A European 4 in 1 weave, into Diamond shaped earrings

4 in 1 diamond earrings.jpg

The first thing I ever made, a set of earrings with a glass drop pendant

first earrings.jpg

I will be adding two more that I'm working on in a comment to this, so if you're here before that wait like two minutes :)
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    12-15-2012, 09:04 PM
This next one is called a Dragonscale weave, due to it looking like scales. It's incredibly intricate and time consuming, and looks WAY better in person. Also feels fantastic. When it's done, it will have nearly 1,000 rings total in it.

Dragonscale WIP.jpg

Dragonscale WIP 2.jpg

Dragonscale curved.jpg

This one is a simple double chain with glass beads that will go down the entire middle. Haven't finished it because it's a pain in the but (And I need more head pins)

globes WIP.jpg

globes WIP 2.jpg

This is all of them. So. Any comments? Criticisms?
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    12-15-2012, 09:26 PM
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Hi Shoe-
I like it! The first bracelet (one in pink) is very nice. Iím wondering how it will look with a bright contrasting color as the pink is about the same tone as the silver rings, which is not a bad thing, but very cool technique.
Really like the Japanese weave! I have a book on intricate knot work, and it looks very much like that, which I like and the meanings of the knots.
The dragon scale.. :0
Looks very time consuming but neat.
Overall some interesting work and nice.
    12-15-2012, 09:31 PM
I really like the Byzantine and the Dragon scales!
The Dragon scales made into a bib necklace would be crazy :)

Are you selling your stuff?
    12-15-2012, 09:35 PM
Thanks very much, Lockwood! I did want to try a bright color for the Captured Crystal. I had a nice bright green (NOT my color, but hey, I have to make a bit of everything) but the beads were slightly oblong and made it not flexible. I want to try a maroon or a red.

Cowchick: Thanks much! The dragonscale is definitely my favorite. Fun to make and fun to slink around in your hands. And yes, I am hoping to sell. I hope to start up my own Etsy once I think of a suitable name for it. (MUCH harder than one would think! I have trouble naming fish, let alone a shop name...)
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    12-15-2012, 09:40 PM
Oh my GOSH. Def buying some stuff from you once you get an Etsy! Make sure to put up the link .
    12-15-2012, 09:49 PM
LOL...I know what you mean, thank goodness my horses came with names...tee he...

Yes, please post a link when you start selling, I would definitely buy something, I love unique, one of a kind jewelry.
    12-16-2012, 12:54 AM
Awesome stuff.

Make a business name contest and give out some jewelry to the winner. Give out some info about things you would or would not like in the name and let us have at.

Where do you get the links from or do you make them yourself? I dabble in this but the local shop that sold supplies went under.
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    12-16-2012, 12:04 PM
I've actually got a few potential names, it's just kind of deciding which one would work out the best, I think. I'm rather picky about names :) That being said, if you have a suggestion throw it at me! (My only requirement is that I'd like my last name in it, which is Fox, and I don't want it to be TOO specific just in case I decide to start making other things besides this) If I use it instead I could certainly send over a thank you present.

I buy them, currently, from the Ring Lord (website). I'd love to start making my own, but I don't have the funds to make an automatic setup yet and I don't have the time to hand wind all those rings. There is a bead shop nearby that sells rings, but you will have to sell a kidney if you buy too many - buying from the online supplier is a MUCH better way to go.
    01-14-2013, 09:01 PM
Okay, for those who requested it I settled on a name (possibly a temporary one) and opened up shop.

SilverStripedFox on Etsy

I'd like your feedback on the shop itself, too :) And whatever else you feel like feedbacking on. I like constructive criticism. And feedback. And whatnot.
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