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DIY Tutorials/Design Inspirations: Chainmaille Jewelry, Lace Crown, Statement Necklace, Paper Rose, and Origami Butterfly

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Here are several jewelry-making and other DIY tutorials that caught my eyes a few weeks ago.  The end results look striking; but, none of these pieces is difficult to make.

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Geometric Chainmaille Bib Necklace
I love the design of this necklace. I’m planning to make one for myself.
I might use larger jump rings and modify the design a bit.
To learn how to make it, please visit Blue Buddha Boutique’s Free and Easy Jewelry Projects page

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Ombre Pistachio Shells Necklace by Creme de la Craft
I don’t know how durable this necklace is, but it looks striking.
I’m considering to use painted false nails instead . . .

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Glitter Lace Crown by HWTM
I want to make a taller, black, and non-glittery version of this crown.
Might look awesome on photos.

Paper Rose Prima Layout diy tutorial by stacy cohen

Paper Rose Flower tutorial by Stacy Cohen
Pretty, aren’t they?
I’m thinking about making a bigger  version of these paper roses by drawing the petals freehand instead of using the paper punches.

Butterfly Origami Tutorial

Swallowtail Butterfly Origami by Origami Spirit
Might look wonderful as hair accessory

None of these tutorials are written by me. I don't own these images either. So, if you are the owner of these images and you don't want to see them on this blog, please let me know. I wouldn't mind removing them from this page.

No advertisement that might show up below this line is endorsed by me &/or Angelica Brigade

My Handmade ChainMaille Jewelry & Hair Accessories: As Seen on a Major Daytime TV Show & La Carmina Blog

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade La Carmina LaCarmina Chain Maille Jewelry ChainMaille Jewellery Statement Necklace Handmade Hair Accessory Accessories Silk Flower Floral Clip Headpiece Hair Fascinator TV Show CBS Bagel Head BagelHead NatGeo National Geographic Japanese Forehead Saline Inflation Taboo Body Mod Body Modification

The episode is called “Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape”

It was aired Wednesday, October 24 in the daytime. Check your local listings for repeats. Or, you can watch the segment on La Carmina‘s Youtube Channel:

More pictures & more information about the show are available in http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/10/the-doctors-tv-show-guest-japanese-bagel-head-body-modification-la-carmina-on-cbs-medical-daytime-tv-show/

Angelica Brigade AngelicaBrigade La Carmina LaCarmina Chain Maille Jewelry ChainMaille Jewellery Statement Necklace Handmade Hair Accessory Accessories Silk Flower Floral Clip Headpiece Hair Fascinator TV Show CBS Bagel Head BagelHead NatGeo National Geographic Japanese Forehead Saline Inflation Taboo Body Mod Body Modification

$0 marketing that’s more effective (for me) than social media marketing

AngelicaBrigade Angelica Brigade joyz joyz*k Independent Designer Small Business Owner Artist Etsy Seller

$0 marketing that’s more effective (for me) than social media marketing:

  • Wearing my own designs everywhere I go
  • Going out to many places where my target customers usually go on a regular basis
  • Never leaving the house without  bringing a stack of well-designed / eye-catching / memorable business cards

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I ordered my double-sided business cards from Moo.com

Here’s a better version of the photograph you can see on on one of the sides of the business card

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The benefit of using a high quality double-sided business card:

  • People are less likely to throw the card away
  • The photograph people can see on one of the sides of the card will remind them how awesome your works are
  • The photograph can also persuade them to visit your website / online shop more than once

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I chose eight of my best photographs … the ones that represent each type of jewelry & accessories I designed

People who stopped me to ask me about my knotted chain maille necklace got the card with a similar necklace they were interested in. The people who inquire about my hair accessory receive this card instead:

handmade floral clip anywhere clip silk organza flower

And, the people who wanted to know whether I also create bridal headpieces … received cards that feature a bridal headpiece.

And so on …

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Why this $0 marketing is better (for me) than social media marketing:

  • It gives me a chance to meet, interact, get to know my potential customers.
  • It’s easier for me to find out who my potential customers are. They are the people who stopped me to ask me about my designs.
  • It gives those potential customers chances to see my products with their own eyes. That way, when they see my designs in my online shop, they will know what to expect: That my works look as good as their photographs and that I don’t Photoshop those pictures to death.
  • They don’t live a few thousand of miles away from me … so, I don’t have to worry about shipping costs and potential problems with customs. Firstly, expensive shipping cost(s) might cause some potential customers to purchase similar items elsewhere. For that reason, I usually foot a part of my overseas customers’ shipping fee. Obviously, this do cause me to earn less revenue. Also, from time to time, some packages might get held at customs … so, when they need some items fast, they might prefer to order the items from local stores or artists instead.
  • Some potential customers who prefer to conduct offline transactions can pay for the items they order when they receive those items.

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P.S: I personally think that social media marketing do not give small business owners (especially Etsy sellers) more sales. You can read my reasoning here: https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/social-media-marketing-for-etsy-sellers-useles

Any thought / question ? Please don’t hesitate to write a comment :)

La Carmina wore Angelica Brigade at IFB Conference during New York Fashion Week

La Carmina LaCarmina wore Angelica Brigade Tsubaki Silk, Chain Maille, and Swarovski floral clip by joyz*k at Independent Fashion Blogger Conference during New York Fashion Week

http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/03/ifb-conference-new-york-fashion-week-bloggers-meetup-panel-working-with-brands-sponsored-posts-blog-ads/

(L-R: Bryanboy, La Carmina, & Yukiro Dravarious)

La Carmina LaCarmina wore Angelica Brigade Tsubaki Silk, Chain Maille, and Swarovski floral clip by joyz*k at Independent Fashion Blogger Conference during New York Fashion Week

La Carmina & Jinna Boo of Grease and Glamour

La Carmina LaCarmina wore Angelica Brigade Tsubaki Silk, Chain Maille, and Swarovski floral clip by joyz*k at Independent Fashion Blogger Conference during New York Fashion Week

To see the full blog post and the rest of the pictures from the event, visit http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/2012/03/ifb-conference-new-york-fashion-week-bloggers-meetup-panel-working-with-brands-sponsored-posts-blog-ads/

You can also watch the video of the event in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmZd6TjBvs

Want to see more pictures and detailed description of the floral clip? They are available in http://www.etsy.com/listing/91148546/silk-swarovski-crystal-chain-maille

:)

Avant Garde Statement Necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade http://www.etsy.com/listing/90572708/avant-garde-statement-necklace

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

avant garde maille necklace by joyz*k for Angelica Brigade

Bold & sculptural showstopper, but flexible & lightweight for its size (115 g / 0.25 lb)

Crystallized with Swarovski

Original design by joyz*k.

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This necklace is light for its size because it’s constructed using premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings.

This necklace has a magnetic clasp, but you can adjust the length of the necklace by twisting the strands before clasping it.

Maximum length: Approx. 19″ (48 cm)

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This glamorous and elegant necklace is constructed using more than one thousand premium quality anodized aluminum jump rings, handwoven and then twisted & knotted by me (joyz*k)

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The twisting & knotting process can be rather complicated. For that reason, I diagramed every step

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It took me hours to make

Right after I finished making this necklace, I made another one (in different color, different size, and the mirror image of this piece) to test whether the diagram I made is clear & accurate

I will post its picture tomorrow

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