New Years Resolutions, or Goals for 2016!

Everyone’s been doing their resolutions/goals posts already, because, y’know, January started 21 days ago and all. But hey, I’m continually late to the party so I’m going to do mine now. Yay!

I’m trying to focus on business goals while letting my personal life kind of meander on as it always does. I do have some personal goals as well, but I shall spare you having to listen to the usual personal betterment thing in this post. 🙂

So without further ramble:

  1. Rebrand!
    Well, that was easy. Done! Next!
  2. Make a profit.
    I still haven’t tallied up the numbers from last year so I might already be making a profit for all I know. I guess we’ll find out come tax season. 🙂
  3. Introduce new designs at least once a month.
    I guess this is the one that’s most interesting to readers of the blog. I’m going to try to expand my range more, and I’m going to do it properly. None of this “here’s a bigger version of this weave”, no, I insist on having completely new designs every month. January’s version was the Life Pendant, so now I have to start working on February’s design!
  4. Blog fortnightly.
    Well, the actual, unstated goal is to blog weekly. But I know what I’m like! My goal for the moment is fortnightly (that’s every two weeks for you non-Brits) and I’ll try my best to make it weekly instead, thereby fulfilling my goal AND being awesome.

There you have it! My goals! Now let’s see if I can keep up with my own brain. 🙂

The Big Rebranding!

Let it be known, among everyone – customers, fans and casual readers alike – that from this day on my business shall be known as Destai.

I am abandoning the Victoria Sol Jewellery name for a few different reasons. I feel I have grown out of it. It was a name I picked in haste when I first started, and I have now had nearly three years to think about it. I want a more “grown up” name, a name that people will associate with only me.

So Destai it is.

My Etsy shop has also changed its name – you can now find it at www.DestaiDesigns.etsy.com

Today shall mostly be spent changing around my branding, website, social media accounts and the like. 🙂

Yay!

Life Pendant Tutorial

Life Pendant Tutorial
By Victoria Sol

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This is a fairly simple pendant to make. The only real challenge is that you need to make two mobius units – in different directions! If you haven’t done this before, never fear. I will explain as best I can and if you’re finding it tricky, you can contact me in a comment on my blog and I’ll try my best to help further.

Now. You’re going to need the following ring sizes, or close enough (the pendant is relatively forgiving like that):

2.4mm WD, 27.5mm ID (AR 11.5) – 1 ring
1.6mm WD, 11.2mm ID (AR 7.1) – 10 rings
1.2mm WD, 8.5mm ID (AR 7.2) – 4 rings
1mm WD, 4mm ID (AR 4) – 20 rings

You can buy kits in my Etsy shop which contain enough rings for two pendants. The Bright Aluminium rings in the kits are supplied by Zili, whom I can highly recommend if you want to buy the rings in bulk instead.

Now for the actual instructions:

1. Create two mobius units, facing in different directions. Use the 1.6mm WD rings for this, with 5 rings in each mobius unit. If you’ve never made a mobius unit before, it’s a construct where every ring passes through every other ring. You make it by first closing one ring, then passing another ring through it, making sure to go from the bottom upwards and then lean it to the right. Let the two rings now work as one ring as you pass the next one upwards through both, and lean that one to the right as well. Continue following this pattern until you have a five ring mobius unit. It should look really neat, like in the picture. After you’ve made the first one, make the second one in the same way except lean every ring to the left instead.

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If you’re having trouble making mobius units, have a look at the M.A.I.L. website for further instructions: http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=244

2. Close the big (2.4mm WD) ring. This will be the outer frame.

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3. Connect one mobius unit to the frame, one ring at a time, using the smallest (1mm WD) rings. Make sure the mobius keeps its form during this – that the rings stay in the same orientation. It’s really easy to lose track of the rings during this step, so I’d recommend laying the whole thing down onto a table now and then to check the mobius unit is still neat.

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4. Connect the other mobius to the frame. Bet you didn’t see that coming! The first one will probably slide around a little bit, but try to get the two sections on roughly opposite sides of the frame.

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It should now look like this:

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5. Here comes the frustrating bit. You will now use two 1.2mm wire rings to connect the two mobius units (connected to the frame) together. Make sure you pass the rings through the very centre of the mobius units so every ring is connected to the other mobius section. Don’t lose hope if you can’t do it in five seconds, it sometimes takes me several minutes and it’s my design! Just be patient and keep at it. The second ring should be easier than the first, as you’ve already created a path.

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6. Finally, connect the last remaining of the same rings to the top of the frame ring to create a bail. You can now connect a chain, leather cord or any other kind of fastening you’d like.

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I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow and the pendant fun to make! Let me know what you think and I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces. Post them on my Facebook Page, tweet me or tag me on Instagram. I promise I’ll reply. 🙂

facebook.com/VictoriaSolJewellery
Twitter – @destaidesigns
Instagram – @destaidesigns

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Victoria Sol appreciates etiquette:

As sold by Victoria Sol, the recommended retail price for this pendant is £15. Remember to value your skills and charge accordingly.

Please consider giving credit to the designer when selling or showcasing this design.

Thank you for reading!

This tutorial is copyright © Victoria Stedje 2016. Please do not reproduce, copy or teach this tutorial without express consent.
Items made using this tutorial can be sold freely.

Aaaaaaaaagggghhhhhhh

So apparently an entire year has passed again. What have I been up to? I don’t even remember! Karli from Designosaur suggested I look through my phone pictures, but I take entirely too few pictures to be able to rely on that!

I’ve spent a lot of time with my cat…

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And my boyfriend, but he likes to pretend he doesn’t exist so I don’t get to take pictures of him.

I got an engraver which I played around with a lot and I have properly started metal stamping, which means that metal stamped stuff will even show up in my Etsy shop soon!

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Ph34r my safety goggles! ;)

Ph34r my safety goggles! 😉

I’ve also made a bunch of new stuff through the year, but I think the thing I’m the most proud of is my Life Pendant.

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This pendant is available in my shop and I’ll be publishing a tutorial for how to make it and also sell kits with the rings needed very soon!

And then some more cat, because cat.

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I drank a lot of Coffee…

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I took part in two awesome Christmas markets – The Fairy Tale Fair and the Etsy Made Local Brighton Market! Here is a picture from The Fairy Tale Fair:

The Fairy Tale Fair, Brighton. Photo taken by www.sarahlondonphotography.co.uk

The Fairy Tale Fair, Brighton.
Photo taken by www.sarahlondonphotography.co.uk

I finally got some big girl chainmaille pliers! I’ve been using less specialised ones up until now, but my amazing friend gave me these for Christmas! 😀

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And all the way through the year I have had so much support from Craft Britannia and the Brighton Etsy Team! You are all the BEST! Yay! 😀

New and exciting stuff awaits in 2016, there will be more, more, MORE new things, exciting things, fabulous things, metal things, awesome things and other things!!!

Yay!