Monday, August 25, 2014

New gold designs featured & holiday updates

A week ago or so, I posted about my new chainmaille designs featuring solid gold -- these pieces are now featured items in my shop and made-to-order versions of these items are coming very soon!

I'm also working on some additional unique designs featuring solid 14k gold -- check my shop later this week for these.


The holidays are coming up fast! I know, I know... it's only August and I'm already mentally preparing for the holiday rush. My sales volume usually doubles (even triples) starting in early November, and with a number of made-to-order items in my shop, my daily work volume also increases accordingly.

If you are thinking of anything as a holiday gift, think about placing your order anytime between now and the end of October while my workload is low -- I'll have more time to spend on your piece. Once the end of October rolls around, some made-to-order items may disappear from my shop in favor of ready-to-ship items!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New designs with SOLID GOLD!

I've been promising new work in the form of solid gold for awhile. I've been asked about working in solid gold by satisfied customers many times, too.

Stainless steel & 10k gold classic byzantine
Finally -- it's here. 10k & 14k worked into some of the most classic chainmaille designs -- the ones most frequently purchased. By far, the most popular chain is the byzantine, so naturally, it is the first one to which I added a touch of solid gold (see photo).

Sterling silver & 14k rose gold helm (parallel) chain

The helm chain is another popular design, so that was the next one on my list. I'm working on even more designs using 10 & 14k gold in all colors -- white, rose, and yellow.

Look for more solid gold designs before the holidays!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prepping the shop for the holidays!

I know, I know ... it's August and I'm thinking about the holiday shopping season already. Really, I'm not completely crazy. I still have nightmares about last year, though, so this year I'm hoping to be a little more prepared for the extra volume of orders, especially for items that are made to order.

This year, I'm planning to heavily feature some of my most popular pieces of chainmaille for the holiday shopping season & I'm stocking up on precious metal jump rings already.

What's new right now, though? A few exciting things are on the way!

1) I'm working on sourcing some high-quality nickel-free stainless steel rings for guys' chainmaille bracelets, especially the byzantine. Steel is still my best seller, and being able to offer it in a nickel free version would be fantastic!

2) More high-end designs in sterling silver & gold filled! I have some new heavy gauge gold filled & sterling silver rings incoming to up-the-ante on some of the most popular items in my shop.

3) Gold, gold, & more gold! Look for 10k & 14k to make its way into some of my chainmaille designs just in time for the holidays.

4) Gem show time! My next local gem show is a week from now, so if you're looking at anything in my shop that uses gemstone beads and want custom stones, now's the time to make your request! I always get better deals on gemstone beads at shows (vendors just love to offer discounts to folks who pay cash & buy a lot at once! ^_~).

10k gold knot earrings on 14k gold filled posts