by JanMarie. (Alaska) I will be teaching a beginners class soon. I am OK with teaching, but have only taught individuals. For a class of 6 or more, I do not know what to require of my students. Should I require students to bring their own beads, findings etc.? It seems that might be a little overwhelming for someone who might not know anything about jewelry … [Read more...] about Help – First Time Teaching a Jewelry Class
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by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) Every order online that I receive from my Etsy store, I send a "thank you gift". I use my stash of beads and make a key chain, or a pair of earrings, or a stretchy bracelet and include an hand written thank you card along with the business card stock that I made and printed "A thank you gift from ZeeBlings by Kathy Zee." I get five … [Read more...] about Something That is Working for My Online Jewelry Shop
by Diana White. (Madison, WI) Sometime in 2016, I made a choker using pearls, gemstones and copper wire. It started off as something of a doodle born from a half-remembered dream and a desire to use up a chunk of supplies that had been gathering dust since I transitioned out of copper and into primarily sterling silver. Even though the construction went well and I … [Read more...] about Don’t Scrap Your Work Just Because You Don’t Like How It Turned Out
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) In Options for Marketing Your Jewelry, I posted about a Florist who contacted me about making a botanical line of my enamels for her shop. Another strange thing happened recently. The owner of my favorite coffee shop wanted to put a couple of earring racks in her shop...she is selling them like crazy and to my surprise she … [Read more...] about Unexpected Venues to Sell Your Jewelry
by Kim. (U.S.) I have been using a system of 3x5 cards that include unique item numbers and name of the piece. The cards also have a list of components and their costs, pricing info that includes wholesale and retail formulas and notes that may contain provenance of a particular element. Each item I make is unique, so I like to have a record of each piece. The … [Read more...] about How is the Best Way to Catalog Jewelry?
by Patti Pojer. Please share your opinion on this issue. Is it better to have your own personalized jewelry website, or a more wide website such as Etsy or Artfire? Thank you. Patti Pojer … [Read more...] about Which is Better – Your Own Jewelry Website or Etsy?
by Carole. (Florida) I am wondering whether most stores do NOT wish you to include your own website on your earring display card that is selling in their store. If I am selling to a store for the first time, is it best to ask? Or can I just assume that they don't want you to include your own URL (website) on the display card? Thank you. Carole … [Read more...] about Do Shops Prefer Not to Have Your Website on Your Earring Display Cards?
by Karen Fisher. (United States) I'm wondering what some have used in photos with their jewelry for a size comparison. I'd like to use something other than a quarter, dime or ruler. All are well known & make sense but I'm wondering if there is something that is a bit more photogenic while still being common size wise. My creative mind is stuck and I would … [Read more...] about Looking for an Artistic Way to Show Size Comparison in Jewelry Photos
by Claudia Seigler. (United States) Hello all, I have recently been asked by a local storefront to buy some of my jewelry wholesale from my online store csdezigns.com The client is willing to buy my products, but is asking for a provision I am not familiar with and I am hoping you can help me with my verbiage. I do want to consign if she is willing to … [Read more...] about Retail Jewelry Sales Contract Terms?
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) When you're marketing your jewelry, think outside the jewelry store! I was recently contacted by the local florist to create a line for their shop. They wanted color and of course floral themed. In addition to the leaf print design I do, I created a line of enamels that fits the bill perfectly. Another good place … [Read more...] about Options for Marketing Your Jewelry
by Virginia Milner. (United States) I have the opportunity to teach jewelry making at senior residence and centers. What should I charge? Virginia Milner … [Read more...] about What to Charge for Jewelry-Making Class for Seniors?
by Ritz. What is the best way to advertise wire wrapping classes for a store? The manager asked me to make a poster. Do you have any suggestions for advertising the classes? Thank you. Ritz … [Read more...] about How to Advertise Wire Wrapping Classes for a Store?