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    Has anyone taught a maille class locally?

    I taught a class for about a year at a Hobby Lobby craft store. I didn't have to pay a fee to the store or anything like that: they let me use a classroom in the back, It was up to me ot advertise and everything else. I wish I knew then what I know now - I would have done things differently. I was organized and thorough but didn't approach the classroom setting quite right. What I did: I gave out kits - just to teach weaves and wireworking basics. I did not think to come up with project ideas that would result in a finished product like a necklace or bracelet. I did have a huge turnout though. . .which was good. With no age limit - and a huge turnout - I had a hard time keeping thigns fair. I had some students who excelled, and some who struggled and needed a lot more hands on approach. One of my excelled students was extremely rude all the time and very impatient: I didn't handle that too well. If I did it again I would think ahead of how to address these issues - and I would make instructions more 'finished project' oriented.
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    Oh God..the comments...they kill me

    It's never cold when you put it on after warming it with a blowdryer. I dawn a cold corset once. . . and only once.
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    Interest in selling via consignment in a shop?

    Thank you for the interest shown - I'm still researching and writing up the business plan, checking into potential store locations and things of this nature. . . as I make more progress I'll keep everyone posted. Yes - I will be maintaining an 'overall neat and organized appearance' to the store itself. I *was* on the fence for quite some time about this but I've made up my mind after researching the ups and downs of different methods. There are a few different ways of presenting the 'store plan' to potential consigners and vendors: one is to divide the store up into booths and each person can decorate their own booth however they wish - their own paint color, flooring, carpeting - they have 100% control over their booth appearance and content. This is also the only type of vending/consignment shop in this area (save but for one that does not follow this format) - and I don't want to go through all this business-starting process purely to operate a store that looks like everyone else. That defeats my purpose. I do not want to feel like a walk-in yard sale. I want to have the variety that you'd find in such a place and affordable items like you'd find in such a place: without the appearance of one. In order to encourage this unified and clean appearance to things I have designed several 'kiosk' type displays to use for different types of items - Being an avid DIYer when it comes to furniture and cabinetry I've come to love building things of that nature. I will, however, invest in decent fixtures for jewelry, small valuables and breakables. The store layout I have in mind will situate these more valuable items in the front near the register - I'm still assessing how exactly to incorporate it nicely to keep the displays presentable while using them as a register counter at the same time. since some of hte goods I will sell are retail items I will have the ability to buy wholesale - this, I considered, turning into accessible product for crafters to created their items as the store becomes more established. I'll have to research how that might work out, though - legally - and so on. I don't imagine there'd be serious issues with that but you never know.
  4. We're (my husband and I) are still working on our business plan. Our future plans were placing business-operations in 2015 after my college graduation. However - changes in military policies are pushing things forward - We're researching the possibility of opening business late this year or early next year. So far things look great (while writing up our business plan, etc) - market is growing, interest is blooming, and 30 minutes away there's a small bead supply shop that teaches how to make maille - so there's an interest in these items already, all looks promising. Our store will be a resale shop of sorts - on consignment or through vendor 'booths'. These types of businesses are growing considerably in number in this area - along with antique shops and so forth. There's a lot of potential in this market as people come from out of town to shop and sell their items. The idea is somewhat like a Flea Market - but our goal is to fill the niche one step above: high quality items, collectibles, antiques, unique items and handrafted goods. Seeing as how there are numerous traditional outdoor flea markets for the resale of barn-find items I decide that particular niche was quite fleshed out already. Being a mailler - I will sell my maille - and I'd like to sell other people's maille as well, not just my own. The idea for the store setup is to have a table in the store (like a kiosk in a mall) solely for the display and sale of these types of items without the high-cost of renting out a kiosk (we've all looked into it, I'm sure - 2k a month at a local mall to rent one in this area, ridiculous! So - I'd like feedback. Experiences in the past you've had that went well or didn't go well . . . thoughts, ideas. Anything. Mainly: I will sell maille regardless of the number of people interested. I would, however, like a large and international variety of items to offer - not just small items, either - hauberks, coifs, vembraces - and other such pieces as well. One thing I decided years ago that I would not do is undersell crafters. Many years ago I looked into selling my pieces on consignment at tattoo parlors and other such places and their consignment percentages were 60% or 70% (for them). I think that's insulting - I refused to take less than 50% on the pieces that I took countless hours to craft and were truly one-of-a-kind pieces that you couldn't find anywhere else. So I feel that 30% (for store) or something in that lower area is more ideal - the crafter should receive more than 50% on the pieces they've created. . .anything less is unacceptable.
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    small buisness or just a hobby?

    There's a book written by Barbara Brabec called 'Handmade for Profit' - It's not the only book of this 'craft/business' nature out there but she is a pioneer in the business (going on 30+ years of craft/business experience) and so a lot of her info is unique. This one book addresses this exact subject and gives advice, suggestions and hardcore facts about crafting-and-not-just-a-hobby smalltime ventures including selling your pieces by consignment and how ot tell if you're breeching the line where you MUST become a business. The amount of business/craft related info out there is quite widespread once you start researching - the crafting industry is bigger than most people think. I love her book - she goes into a lot of detail and gives a lot of encouragement and support as well as facts and necessary info. There are several crucial steps to make it all official: registering with your state and registering federally - but there's paperwork steps, a bit of patience, and small fees here and there. Once you're registered then your foot is in the door. . . her book goes over all the need-to-knows (you can even just check it out from a library if you need to).
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    New to this Site would like to show off some

    Ooooh - I Love that design, very original! I have nothing else to add, however - sorry
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    Metal suggestions for Children's Shirts

    Galvy - while not ideal - is extremely affordable. Stainless steel is the next best thing. Also consider ring-size usage to be a reducer in the overall cost.
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    Work hardening anadized niobium

    Niobium retains a good bit of elasticity even after work-hardening . . . which, I find, to be nice. Meaning - it's slow to work harden. Honestly: I wouldn't really make the effort - sometimes what you achieve after you're done shaping it is as good as it's going to get. But to work-harden you should wrap your piece (preferably in a suede) to protect it directly. I prefer to work-harden with a spin in my tumbler with steel shot and some soapy water - also polishes. Niobium looks great with titanium and even bronze - which is my preferred mix.
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    Use it to your marketing advantage: "limited edition"
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    attaching armor

    How about using the idea of brads - for paper they're punched through and the two prong separated and bent down. For upholstery brads have a twisted prong that's forced into place. You could do something of this nature - if you look in leather-working supplies you might find some that would be strong enough . . . I use to buy some spiked screw-on brads for making goth jewelry that anchored through leather.
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    Anodizing Aluminum without strong Acids

    Awesome - sounds more user friendly. I like how he's nice enough to say where ot find the stuff at - sometimes neato chemicals are hard to find like oxalic acid and ferrous oxide.
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    candle skirt

    What I would do is make a high-tension coupling sleeve of sheet metal (can be found in craft-stores in different types) Take a strip of metal - cut it's width to match the height of the existing candle holder - shape it into a circle so it *just* fits around the outside when you squeeze it. . .when you release your hand it would spring open a little. This spring action would create tension so if you slip your maille overtop of that sleeve the tension (when released) will hold the maille in place and the maille and sleeve are removable/reusable/washable. But of course now you have to figure out how to get the sleeve to stay to the candle so many that's fancy nothing for you
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    kicking around ideas for maille in my new kitchen

    All sounds neat! Now I have so many ideas I wish I could do them all. Thanks everyone. I think I'll focus on the light-fixtures. Since I'm not buying high-end already fancy lighting it would be neat to dress it up a bit this way. . . and if I do hanging chains (to support the fixtures) then it'll just be like it was always that way - maybe with a decorative 'net' over the shade perhaps. I also love huge rings, too - but haven't used them much per jewelry. That'd be fun - clinkity clink. But if you interested here are my cabinets so far. I'm in the middle of staining right now - this is red mahogany (though it just looks like a boring brown). The doors will also be arch shaped and dual-tone (dark outside and light on the inside). They're taking on a medieval/clerestory/library look that just screams for maille, now. Again - sorry about the lack of quality of the photos - poor lighting in that room still. A sketch of what the new plan will look like - I'm MUCH more pleased with this idea here rather than the white/yellow - this suits my style - and this redesign was my husband's idea so he gets the husband of the year award
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    Padding for Pliers for extended work (A thread spinoff)

    That's so smart - and cheap! I have multiple layers of tape and some sort of squishy foamy stretchy stuff . . . don't know what it is. I saw plasti-dip at the home improvement store today and dipping handles in it was NOT what I was thinking of - that's what one gets when living in the maille world for too long
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    kicking around ideas for maille in my new kitchen

    If you're interested: We've committed to a design change in the kitchen. We were doing a white-wash look but after a week of fooling around with a variety of bleaching/pickling and whitewash methods I gave up - I hate all of it and so does my husband. He then suggested that we do eyebrow arch doors - something like this - but I might go full-cathedral which would be 1/2 circle rounded at the top. . . and the color scheme, now, is a dual stain blend of early english and red mahogany on birch and pine. So - I still haven't decided for certain what maille to add - but with these color and design changes it'll blend together better with the idea.