What a wonderful time I’ve had creating this polymer clay jewelry site! I try to keep it updated with new tips and ideas on how to make your own beautiful clay jewelry and welcome questions at any time. Great info. I wish you could do the same with major retail/department stores like Macy’s. I went to Macy’s several times with many of their discount coupons but each time was told by the cashier that all the coupons were not applicable to the items I have selected, and this after queueing in line at the cashier’s for a long time. People who purchase jewelry to wear or collect always expect it to be in pristine condition, but if all they plan to do with it is break it apart to use for creative purposes, condition won’t matter. I have been a faithful Costco shopper for years and am happy to acknowledge that someone else knows about these special pricing. I always check the pricing, especially in the linens area. It happens more often than you think. I only use eBay when I only want to get rid of stuff I have in the house and don’t want anymore. Then I can live with them taking their high fees off the top since the items don’t have value to me anymore. As you develop your business, you’ll want to learn how to improve your skills and techniques. By watching others around you or taking classes, you’ll learn new skills that will not only benefit your business, but it will give you more pride in yourself. Starting a business is a long process and shouldn’t be rushed. Over time, you’ll become the best you can be and love what you do. You can typically find that communities will do arts and crafts fairs, especially around the holidays. Where I live, the city’s Parks and Recreation department handles them. Just be warned that they might have restrictions on reselling jewelry (they’ll prefer that you sell your handmade stuff.) Malls and other shopping centers that put on special events will occasionally invite vendors to set up shop for the event as a way to attract more interest. They’re also usually less picky about the handmade vs. reselling debate. Flea markets and consignmnent shops are other options to look into. With the consignment, just make sure you have a good contract and you’re getting paid regularly.
I’m a URL= – Custom Handcrafted Jewelry/URL designer by passion, so in my humble opinion, the more bang for the buck, the better. I could write a separate article about packaging, but the bottom line is that your packaging should fit with your jewelry. All of the same considerations about style, etc. that go into the jewelry making also go into the packaging. If you are gifting items, adding even very simple packaging or wrapping will make a big difference. If you are selling jewelry as opposed to gifting it, you’ll want to consider how it fits into your entire shop aesthetic. I have used music as a backdrop for both my jewelry product photography and my craft fair display since I started selling jewelry. Thus, sheet music earring cards were a natural choice for my shop. This is a training scheme that teaches the Fundamentals of bead making. This training is for people who wishes to go beyond copying beaded jewelry designs to creating these designs. This Scheme teaches among other things, How to develop patterns and new designs as well as how to read existing designs. This enables a Beader to know how a particular bead design was made without prior access to the procedure. This is truly beautiful jewelry ! I don’t know which piece I like the best…I’d take them all if I could. Please note that extra charges may apply where special demands are made aside where it is necessary for the class being taken to be fully understood. Thinking back to my own lessons of being duped, the dust covers were really cheaply made. An authentic dust cover is meant to breath, but the material should still be of quality.
I do. My eldest turns sixteen this year, and her sister will turn thirteen. So I have to make sure their gifts are special. Fantastic article about saving money! I will pay much more attention to Costco sales now. You are such a great writer and your photos added a lot to the lesson on saving money. Also I saw my article link on Shop Goodwill listed on your page too. Will include your link to my page. Thanks! The Associate of Arts Jewelry & Metal Arts degree provides students with an introduction to this field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of that field. Once earned, the Associates degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In my opinion the hard work comes not from finding your niche but from finding the right media to advertise in, free or paid for. Advertising helps fund our journalism and keep it truly independent. It helps to build our international editorial team, from war correspondents to investigative reporters, commentators to critics. The Kandyan Bridal Jewelry Set is quite expensive. Only a handful of brides will own this fine set of bridal jewelry and usually the reason is because the jewelry pieces have been in their family for generations. I know this sounds like a pain in the butt, and it really is. However, if you are going into business, you need to be business minded, and this means keeping track of your expenses. Great Hub with great information. Thank you for sharing it. Voted up and shared.
Great list Samuel. This might come in handy for future referencing to look for other online shopping alternatives. Located in the New York City of the United States, the renowned and reputed showroom of 47St Closeouts features a huge collection of diamond jewelry, gemstones, and an extensive range of otherjewelry with inexpressiblegracefulness under a single roof. While you’re at it, have a quick look at the introductory video on the sign-up page for a brief overview of the parent company, Kitsy Lane. It’s only a minute and a half long… Go ahead, I’ll wait. I can understand your challenge regarding organizing your bead inventory. This is one of the areas I find challenging as well. There are several software programs, such as Jewelry Designer Manager, Bead Manager Pro and Craftybase Pro, designed to help jewelry artists manage their bead inventories. I have never used any of them, so I can’t recommend one personally, but you might want to take a look at them. They allow you not only to enter all the details you listed but also to upload a photo, if you wish. Which piece is on your Chloe + Isabel wishlist? I’d love to see what C + I pieces you’re wearing so I can add them to mine! No matter what type of storage and organization system you choose for your beads and jewelry findings, labels are your friend. And if you use storage boxes with opaque sides, like the awesome professional small parts organizer cases that house the majority of my bead inventory, they’re essential. Start with something as simple as calling the style editors at the newspapers and magazines published in your area to introduce yourself. This personal connection is important because it makes more of an impact than just sending a press kit or e-mail.
Hmmm… I’m bad, as my artwork (poetic creations) is generally based on my own perceptions rather than what might be popular. At 47St Closeouts, they keep updating their stock of jewelry on a regular basis and come up with exciting offers throughout the year. In addition to the individual customers, the company has great offers for local as well as national retailers, wholesale dealers,eBay and Online auction sellers, and for the owners of online jewelry stores. And to your great fortune, the company also allows individual buyer to buy the discount diamond earrings and other diamond jewelry at the wholesale rates. thank you for sharing all this important information about diamonds. Like you mention in this article, color, size, cut and clarity are what determine the price of the stone. So cute and you’ve really got my creative juices flowing! I have old keys and was looking for a way to use them. Thanks for the tutorial. Pinning to my DIY Jewelry board. They are much bigger than shown here but they look even better than the photo. Very rich and elegant and the finishing is superb! The paying experts” and the owners of Diamondtalk use handles to hide their identity. Looked the website up on , the site is owned by a post office box and after several inquires I found a rather shadowy figure named Nathan. Tried to reach Nathan for six months, got one returned phone call. I was busy, my secretary took the call, he rudely refused to give his full name or a call back number. Checked with one of the paying members, he didn’t know Nathan’s last name either.