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5525carin 08-21-2011 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2820629)
Hi Carin and Diane I am thinking of signing up with Titan Chains is it simple after getting the hang of it im looking for assembly work at home im loving the posts you both have put about to order. I hope it pays like it says im willing to put in the work n time to get use to it are there any tips you can give me or good video links i can start looking out now? thanks so much

Hello, I am mailing mine in on Monday, ended up having a catastrophe with a tenants sewer line on Friday so I got thrown off. I will find out if they pay probably by the following week. I found it a bit challenging but not impossible to learn. Once I got the hang of it I found it very enjoyable, although I did ***** my fingers several times and whacked my self good in the face while pulling it through the draw plate once (and only once).I had a harder time with finishing the end loops but hopefully they will either dock my pay or have me correct it if need be. If it does not work out I probably will get some books off amazon and start making them on my own to sell on Etsy. I will keep you posted on if it pays. I did find some videos on youtube by doing a google search for viking knit. I hope that helps. Good Luck.

5525carin 08-21-2011 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2820823)
Also voicetress or anyone do they pay by check or send the pay to paypal when its payday?

I will hopefully find out by next week if they pay. The payout is on Tuesdays, they pay through paypal or if you want they will mail a check. I will keep everyone posted.
Carin

tbellabasora 08-21-2011 12:14 PM

hello
 
Thanks so much Carin do you know any good places I can look to start studying the viking knit process??? Also how long did it take you to get the hang of it?

5525carin 08-21-2011 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2821013)
Thanks so much Carin do you know any good places I can look to start studying the viking knit process??? Also how long did it take you to get the hang of it?

I just followed the instructions that they will give you and did google searches to see what other people do. I didn't bookmark any of the site's though. There are several craft books on the subject that you could see about getting from your local library to get a better idea. There are two styles of bracelets and by the time I was on the second of each I had the hang of it. I do enjoy it and even if I don't get excepted I will pick this up on my own. I have always been crafty and enjoy a challenge. I hope that helps.

bjarena 08-22-2011 12:17 PM

Titan Chains
 
I too am interested in the Titan Chains Co. I have a couple of questions for those of you who have tried this:

1. Does it take a lot of finger/hand strength?

2. How much storage space do the tools and materials take up?

3. Is the commpany good about sending out materials and paying on time?

Thank you!

5525carin 08-22-2011 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by bjarena (Post 2821593)
I too am interested in the Titan Chains Co. I have a couple of questions for those of you who have tried this:

1. Does it take a lot of finger/hand strength?

2. How much storage space do the tools and materials take up?

3. Is the commpany good about sending out materials and paying on time?

Thank you!

I am new to Titan Chains and have only done one lot so far. I just mailed them out today so I am not sure yet about the pay, I am still praying on that one.
As for hand strength I found it took a lot to pull it through the draw plate. I can see this part as an issue for some people. I knit and crochet on a fairly regular basis, so the muscles in my hands are pretty good for the actual knitting process for this project.
I just used my home tool kit bag to store everything in. If this is the real deal I will look into something different, especially for the wire.
I hope this helps.
Carin

bjarena 08-23-2011 09:12 AM

Hand Strength
 
Hi Carin,

Thanks for your prompt reply. I also crochet and knit on a regular basis, but also have arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands so I am concerned about having enough strength for this project. I can still open most jars so I know I am not too bad yet. Is it just in the beginning that it takes the strength and then is more like crocheting?

Also, I am looking forward to knowing if they are good about paying.

I would like to use this as a supplement to substitute teaching.

Thanks Again!

5525carin 08-23-2011 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by bjarena (Post 2822222)
Hi Carin,

Thanks for your prompt reply. I also crochet and knit on a regular basis, but also have arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands so I am concerned about having enough strength for this project. I can still open most jars so I know I am not too bad yet. Is it just in the beginning that it takes the strength and then is more like crocheting?

Also, I am looking forward to knowing if they are good about paying.

I would like to use this as a supplement to substitute teaching.

Thanks Again!

I would say it does take a little more strength in the beginning but for me the hardest part was pulling it through the draw plate. My wrist were sore for about a day after that. I am not sure how you would do with this part. I feel I was using the same hand muscles for the actual knitting part as in crochet, just a lot of pulling and tugging.
Have you looked into New England Crafters? They are legit, it just takes time with the approval process. There is a huge folder under the craft companies tag. A lot of info to go through but it is worth the time. Good luck, and I will let everyone know soon how things turn out.;)

Chero 08-23-2011 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by starlighthill (Post 2800596)
This is a real mixed bag of feedback on this company and how hard the bracelets are. It's good to know they paid and returned a deposit. Not so good that they fire someone over their first try.
My kit arrived yesterday and I decided to start with Style 1. I can say that I was extremely frustrated at first. The hardest part for me was getting the thing started on the tiny mandrel. Once I got it going and began to understand how it all worked, it was much easier. As wmoore said, consistency is key.
I have a couple of tips to pass on.
1. Use a light you can direct on the work, like a Testor lamp. This is quite fine work.
2. Put bandaids on your fingers where they come in consistently come in contact with the wire. Pulling the wire digs into your skin. For me, I wrapped my index finger above the first knuckle and the same place on my pinky. I ended up double wrapping my index finger.
I found the work enjoyable and a nice break from my other WAH job.
I am having difficulty getting the memory wire through the bracelet. Any suggestions?
Diane

The firing had nothing to do with her first try..it had to do with the way her husband sent it back to them..That is why it is important to read all of the site..It says that overnight shipments are not allowed!.More than likely since she can make them,I do not see why she can not work with them again..I say this because so many that try either give up,or can not make them at all...

Chero 08-23-2011 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by bjarena (Post 2821593)
I too am interested in the Titan Chains Co. I have a couple of questions for those of you who have tried this:

1. Does it take a lot of finger/hand strength?

2. How much storage space do the tools and materials take up?

3. Is the commpany good about sending out materials and paying on time?

Thank you!



They pay every Tuesday..on a weekly bases.

Chero 08-23-2011 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2820823)
Also voicetress or anyone do they pay by check or send the pay to paypal when its payday?

It is however you request it..they will pay you to your paypal account or send you a check in the mail..Once you are ready to send them in,you will have to fill out the payout form..you can
let them know on the form how you want paid..hope this helps..

Chero 08-23-2011 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by 5525carin (Post 2810558)
I ordered a kit from them the other day, praying it is legit. I got my login code and though I would be able to see their newsletter and instructions with it. So far I haven't been able to find the link. Is this something you get to see after you get approved to assemble for them? I'm a little nervous now.

You have to subscribe to their newsletter(it comes to your email address).The "How To" instructions website url,will come in your starter kit..they do not give it out before you get your starter kit..

starlighthill 08-25-2011 04:06 AM

I completed my first lot after waiting for feedback on the sample bracelets I sent. My first lot went out yesterday. I know they were better than the samples and hope they will pass inspection.
I agree with Carin about the draw plate. That is hard on the wrists. If you have someone that will pull the bracelet through those little holes for you the actual chaining doesn't require a lot of strength. I have a problem with my left wrist ( the one that holds the mandrel) and wore a brace on it when I worked on these.
Praying for a good report for you, Carin. What do you think about the time involved in making these, once you are skilled?
Diane

5525carin 08-25-2011 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by starlighthill (Post 2823724)
I completed my first lot after waiting for feedback on the sample bracelets I sent. My first lot went out yesterday. I know they were better than the samples and hope they will pass inspection.
I agree with Carin about the draw plate. That is hard on the wrists. If you have someone that will pull the bracelet through those little holes for you the actual chaining doesn't require a lot of strength. I have a problem with my left wrist ( the one that holds the mandrel) and wore a brace on it when I worked on these.
Praying for a good report for you, Carin. What do you think about the time involved in making these, once you are skilled?
Diane

For myself I feel that I could make one lot a week. Once my son is a little older maybe two. I feel that the knitting part was easy once I got the hang of it but the finishing part was a little more challenging due to getting the circles perfect. I pray they will understand this is new for us and give us time to improve. Good Luck ;)! Keep us posted.

starlighthill 08-25-2011 11:50 AM

Finishing the ends gave me the biggest problems also. My daughter gave me a tip on getting them round after you make them. I don't know if I can explain it properly. It is what the jeweler does to a gold ring she has that goes out of round. The jeweler puts it on a mandrel and taps all around the band. I put the end as far down on the round pliers as I could and then squeezed the pliers shut. I kept moving the pliers and squeezing them shut. It helped quite a bit.
Has anyone else heard back on their lots?
Diane

bjarena 08-25-2011 08:48 PM

Thanks for all of the responses! I have thought of New England Crafters but all of the difficulties passing the specifications made me a little skeptical. I think that I am a very, good, neat, meticulous crafter, but still am concerned that they may be overly critical and make it difficult to actually pass their inspection.

I am a little concerned about the strength that titan chains takes, so maybe I would be better off with NEC.

Will give it some more thought and will take a look at the NEC forum again.

Thanks!

5525carin 08-26-2011 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by bjarena (Post 2824326)
Thanks for all of the responses! I have thought of New England Crafters but all of the difficulties passing the specifications made me a little skeptical. I think that I am a very, good, neat, meticulous crafter, but still am concerned that they may be overly critical and make it difficult to actually pass their inspection.

I am a little concerned about the strength that titan chains takes, so maybe I would be better off with NEC.

Will give it some more thought and will take a look at the NEC forum again.

Thanks!

Although NEC is strict it is not impossible. Start with a beginners project. I do know if you don't pass inspection after about four or five times (can't remember) you have the option of picking a different project. I did find the toe ring project to be to irritating though, just my personal experience. You can call them and someone will answer your questions.

tbellabasora 08-26-2011 01:10 PM

HI
 
I got my Titan Chains Kit today going to start to see how I do thanks for all the help keep me updated on the pay thing hopefully they will and all will be good now I just have to get the hang of it my husband got me some gloves for dealing with wires so I don't get cut thanks guys

Ltuck13 08-26-2011 01:14 PM

What kind of work? I am new looking for a work at home job that is real and not a scam , can't afford any more.

starlighthill 08-26-2011 06:41 PM

Good luck, tbella, I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do. If the gloves are too cumbersome to work with, put bandaids on your fingers to protect them. I do wear gloves when I pull the chain through the draw plate. Have fun and let us know how it goes:)
Diane

andyb8079 08-27-2011 06:36 AM

A tip for pulling wire through the holes
 
Put your pliers through the loops on the starter wire then put the pliers in your fingers and pull with the pliers.

tbellabasora 08-27-2011 10:15 AM

I will def let you know how it goes!! Did you send your in already as well Starlighthill??

5525carin 08-27-2011 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by andyb8079 (Post 2825060)
Put your pliers through the loops on the starter wire then put the pliers in your fingers and pull with the pliers.

I was just wondering if you assemble for Titan Chains, if so for how long?

tbellabasora 08-27-2011 10:31 AM

should there be five loops to work with or four??

tbellabasora 08-27-2011 11:11 AM

also I do not see the instructional videos for it are there any having a hard time starting it

tbellabasora 08-27-2011 11:16 AM

i know of legit work at home jobs requiring customer service I have done it before with quite a few companies

5525carin 08-27-2011 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2825156)
should there be five loops to work with or four??

For style #1 you will want four loops and style #2 you want three loops. Don't worry after you get through your first one it will make more sense.

5525carin 08-27-2011 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2825180)
also I do not see the instructional videos for it are there any having a hard time starting it

There are no instructional videos on the web site, just the pictorial's. If you want videos you need to go to you tube and put in viking knit tutorial. You still need to follow the instructions on the titan chains web site that was sent to you in your kit but these video's can give you a better understanding.
I hope that helps. Good luck and hang in there.

starlighthill 08-27-2011 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2825150)
I will def let you know how it goes!! Did you send your in already as well Starlighthill??

Yes. They went out on Wednesday. I think I did a better job this time.
I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes for you and the others that are working on this project. Hoping for the best for all of us.

andyb8079 08-28-2011 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by 5525carin (Post 2825151)
I was just wondering if you assemble for Titan Chains, if so for how long?

I have only done the first job, waiting for approval.

5525carin 08-28-2011 07:15 AM

Me too. I am hoping to hear from them this week. Hopefully on Tuesday paypal will have a surprise for me! I will continue to keep everyone posted. Please keep us posted on your experience.

tbellabasora 08-28-2011 04:29 PM

hello
 
OK for the first one I made 4 loops when I start the looping how do I get it to attach so I only have one side of wire to work with on the looping process I started looping but I am confused what to do with the second end how do I attach it so I only have one side when I start looping. Also good luck with Tuesday guys Im praying for the best as well Hopefully it will all go thru. I am excited about it. I just have to figure out to do with my extra end they could have given exact details I have no clue how to end up with one end of wire do you get what I am saying?? I am losing it lol

andyb8079 08-29-2011 07:36 AM

That was the hard part for me too. I usually hold the end then do two or three loops then I would either wrap the loose end around the mandrel or just bend it straight up.

Hope that helps.

starlighthill 08-29-2011 09:59 AM

I wrap the loose end along with the loops to the mandrel at the very beginning. That keeps it out of the way. You will have to use the pliers to pull the wire for the first loops to get them somewhat close to the mandrel. I don't worry about those first loops too much. I squish them in a pair of channel locks before putting them in the draw plate.
Diane

5525carin 08-29-2011 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by tbellabasora (Post 2825727)
OK for the first one I made 4 loops when I start the looping how do I get it to attach so I only have one side of wire to work with on the looping process I started looping but I am confused what to do with the second end how do I attach it so I only have one side when I start looping. Also good luck with Tuesday guys Im praying for the best as well Hopefully it will all go thru. I am excited about it. I just have to figure out to do with my extra end they could have given exact details I have no clue how to end up with one end of wire do you get what I am saying?? I am losing it lol

Are you talking about the initial four loops that you start out with by wrapping around a gift card? If so you want to put that on the mandrel so the loops you are going to start knitting through are facing down. You can attach it by wrapping the extra wire around your bundle and mandrel. If this gives you grief you can also wrap some packing tape around the top of the bundle so it fits tight around the mandrel. You don't want to overdo the tape though because you will need to remove it to pull it through the draw plate later. It can be tricky but once you get about four or five rows knitted it you will be fine.

tbellabasora 08-29-2011 04:40 PM

thanks so much you guys are so awesome im soo glad this group is here so when I start threading the wire thru the four loops where do I attach the extra end of the wire I am using to thread? would it be attached to the mandrel as well? Tomorrow is a big day for some of you pay day I hope everything goes well!!! You guys deserve the best!!! Thank you so much

tbellabasora 08-29-2011 04:54 PM

I saw the viking knit video awesome video to start how much wire should I begin with for the chain? or do I need to cut four pieces of wire for it???

tbellabasora 08-30-2011 01:22 PM

hello
 
Any good news on the pay yet? I know they said they pay by 6pm pst or earlier

5525carin 08-30-2011 04:15 PM

Nothing yet. Still hoping to hear something today. They are two hours behind me so there is still time.
Have you started any of your bracelets yet?

AnnaLynn 08-30-2011 04:32 PM

Yes, please let us know if they pay. I hope that they are a legit company. That would be a dream come true for a lot of folks!


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