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The Clockwork Pirate jewelry start

$120 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Michael Sweeney  NOVI, MI
I have been struggling to get the supplies and tools I need to make a real go at steampunk jewelry making so I figured I would give this a try.  I am using recycled scraps from watches and electrical wiring but I really need to start looking into meterials for rings and other projects.  As far as tools, I have a long way to go.  I have been using very basic hand tools that are ment more for home repair projects so I really could use some jewelry specific items to help make my pieces look nice.  I have been trying to save up but it is difficult and I don't have much after paying normal everyday bills.  I normally go out and find extra work to help with extra funds but I feel like it would be counter productive in this case because I would be sacrifising time that could be used to work on jewelry.  If things go well, I am hoping to be able to attend a steampunk convention as a vender in January.  I am also hoping to be attending school for a welding skills certificate starting around the same time.  Any donations are greatly appreciated including scrap metals such as brass, copper, bronze, old watches, or old jewelry.  If I am able to turn this into a business I am going to call it The Clockwork Pirate Jewelry.  Thank you for reading my story.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you are interested in helping in other ways.
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Update 9
Posted by Michael Sweeney
2 months ago
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It's been awhile since I have posted an update. We are moved in and still doing some random projects around our house. Classes are going well. I should have my first sculpture welding project done in the next 3 or 4 weeks. I have started getting my work space sorted but it is a bit of a process figuring out how to best set it up. I did have a random spark of inspiration so I made some elf ear and dragon wing inspired ear cuffs. I will try to do a better job of posting updates. I can still use all the help I can get. I know that my initial timeline was a bit over ambitious but I am still hoping to get my small jewelry studio set up and make a business out of this.
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Update 8
Posted by Michael Sweeney
4 months ago
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I have been working on some requests lately and don't want to ruin any surprises so I haven't been posting as much. I have also been working on some stone settings. I figured out how to make a tube setting using a piece of brass dowel. It is time consuming and difficult since I am using basic hand tools. Any support is appreciated so please share and keep up the good thoughts. I am still working on things and I can only get better.
tube setting
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Update 7
Posted by Michael Sweeney
4 months ago
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I am trying to keep posting updates and being productive but I am in a bit of a stall at the moment. I am going to have to get some more supplies so I can make a bit more of a variety of products. Please keep sharing and thinking of this project though. I am still working on things and trying to improve my variety and quality of products.
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Update 6
Posted by Michael Sweeney
4 months ago
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I haven't heard back from the convention I was hoping to attend but I am starting to think that is probably for the best. I should start with some smaller craft shows and work on improving my skills and increasing the amount of items I can make. I have had a few suggestions for companies I can buy materials from so I will keep saving up and buying small amounts when I can afford it. I have been making some progress on making some earrings to have in stock but I want to get a few other items before I set up an etsy page. Thank you again for the support and please share the link for this page. The more people see and share the better.
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$120 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 4 months
Created November 30, 2016
Michael Sweeney  
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Sommer Walterich
1 month ago
$100
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4 months ago
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