by Rena Klingenberg. I've done it, and you probably have too. I've looked at what another jewelry artist was creating or selling - and measured myself against them. I asked myself (anxiously) - am I "better" or "worse" than they are? If I decided I was better, I felt a sense of relief and maybe even achievement. If I felt that I was worse, I wound up with sense … [Read more...] about How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Jewelry Artists
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by Cindi Bernloehr. (United States) After 7 years of selling my creations direct to the public - through craft shows, farmer's markets and my own showcase in a local market, I decided I wanted to work differently. Retail hours are brutal and it had gotten successful but I felt like I was just churning out more of the same things. My creativity was … [Read more...] about An Evolving Jewelry Business – What’s Next?
by Linda Harrison. (United States) Signing my items has sometimes been a challenge. I don't care for those string tags because they hang from merchandise and sometimes look tacky. I used to make just a folding cardboard sign from cardstock, but they don't last long. I also used to make signs and laminate, but if I needed to change the price I had to throw … [Read more...] about New, Improved Signing for Jewelry Prices
by Annie Laughton. (Australia) When selling my pieces online, the photos are the most important thing to grab the buyer's attention. After investing in a photocube and good camera, I began to improve my photos exponentially. The addition of the rock is for two reasons - one it is something to lean the pendants on rather than photographing them flat, and two - it … [Read more...] about Picture Perfect – Photographing Jewelry
by Mike Blenkinsop. (Bali) Just signed up to your newsletter and getting inspired to contributing in the future. I'm impressed with your tutorials and especially the fresh photo's... Can you share the method you deploy in capturing these and any editing used? Regards, Mike Mike Blenkinsop Melamun … [Read more...] about How Do You Create Your Jewelry Photos?
by Jeanna Stapleton. (NYS) When I started my jewelry business several years ago, I designed a quick logo. I was pregnant and thought I was going to have a girl. We planned on naming her Lily Marie, so including a Lily in my logo seemed perfect. Come to find out we had a boy named Dylan Joseph. I have grown in my skills as a jewelry artist and have recently … [Read more...] about How to Overhaul a Logo on a Small Budget?
by Beverly Raznoff. (Susquehanna PA) I am taking a course at the New York Institute of Art and Design and these pieces were a few of my home work admissions. I made these pieces out of copper wire and ceramic beads. I posted them here because I am in the middle of revamping my Etsy shop and would appreciate opinions on what tag words to use and in describing … [Read more...] about Copper Wire and Ceramic Bead Jewelry – What Tag Words to Describe Them?
by Donna. (Hong Kong) I am a jewelry designer, doing a designer brand business in handmade gemstone jewelry. I exhibited in a London jewelry show last year, but did not get any orders there. The venue is very quiet and buyers favoured metal stuff. My products are colorful and made with gemstones. I am planning to exhibit in a US jewelry show this summer, … [Read more...] about Which US Jewelry Show is Best Suited for Me?
by Erinn LaMattery. (Japan) Although I'm behind on my Valentine's Day line, I finally got some statement Love Me Do heart pendants finished off, and am so happy with how they turned out. These have at least 10 steps from start to finish, if not more, starting with a coil of wire and ending with the finished heart. In between is the shaping, texturing, oxidizing, … [Read more...] about Love Me Do! Heart Pendants
by Rena Klingenberg. Accounting and taxes for a jewelry business can be confusing and scary for creative people. I'm NOT a lawyer or an accountant, so please note that while I've researched this information carefully, none of the information in this website is intended to be legal or financial advice. Please use your own good judgment in determining when the services … [Read more...] about Jewelry Business Accounting and Taxes
by Katrina. (Toronto, Canada) In December 2016 I found a store called The Arts Market here in Toronto. It is a craftsy store with lots of handmade items there. The advertisement said that for $200 a month, you can rent out a space and sell your handmade items. I applied there and had an interview with the owner of The Arts Market. Unfortunately because it's so … [Read more...] about Has Anyone Had Success Selling from Vintage & Arts Market Type Stores?
by Katrina. (Toronto, Canada) So I had my doctor's appointment a few days ago, and my friend suggested that I bring my jewelry with me to the doctor's appointment, to show the doctor and staff. I took my jewelry and my displays in my bag, and went to the doctor's appointment. I mentioned to the doctor about my jewelry, and he asked to see my pieces. So I took … [Read more...] about Selling Jewelry: Not Your Ordinary Doctor’s Visit