by Debbie Chalut. (Kitchener Ontario Canada) I am a beginner at selling my handmade jewelry even though I've been creating for four years. I recently received an opportunity to display my jewelry on consignment in a new gift store that had opened and I jumped at it. I ran into problems from the get go. The owner didn't have a consignment contract, thank God I was … [Read more...] about Choose Your Venue Carefully
Jewelry business tips and ideas.
by Michelle Schiller. (Delta Radiance) Hi All, I wanted to share a web site service I found that allows you to build your own website, complete with shopping cart, gallery pages a blog and other pages you can create. I have been managing an Etsy site, a jewelry blog and a landing page with my own URL, all those pages point to the Etsy site. By managing 3 … [Read more...] about Indiemade Websites
by Susan. (Ohio) I get my jewelry making inspiration by, well, looking at other jewelry. There's always something I do a little different from what I see - my own little touch to the idea. Is it OK to sell these homages to more expensive jewelry? Can it be labeled as 'a reworking of', 'my take on', or 'an homage to' a specific work and/or … [Read more...] about Homage Jewelry
by Valerie Bolejack. I started making jewelry for myself. I wanted nice jewelry I could afford. Since then I have found all kinds of beautiful stones that I had never heard of, and am now starting my own online store. But there are two reasons that I depend on internet shopping. First I was in the Army and deployed, so the internet was my only option. Now I am a 100% … [Read more...] about Information I Need Before Buying Online
by Janine Gerade. (Janine's Jewelry Design) I have been keeping all my old snippets of silver wire in a tiny box. It's getting pretty heavy. I heard a rumor that some jewelry site will take it and give you credit towards your purchase. Anyone know which company does this? I did some research and found only refineries. I also am wondering if I should start … [Read more...] about A few questions for other jewelry artists…
by Cathy Quesnot. (PearlsdeTahiti) Hi everyone ! After being a Tahitian pearls wholesaler(selling to jewellery shop and manufacture loose pearls but also my own design) for the last 8 years in Australia, i decided for several reasons to stop dealing with them and start a business online with direct client.....Well not easy, i spent (still) a lot of time behind my … [Read more...] about How to Be SuperWoman Business Owner?
by Tali. Hi, In additional to traditional jewelry, I make what I call "geek chic" jewelry, inspired by my favorite tv shows, films, comics etc. I'm looking into starting to sell them besides using them as gifts for my friends, but I haven't been able to find any information about derivative works with regards to trademarked items that says that's okay. Of course I … [Read more...] about Trademark / Licensing Question – Derivative Works
by Patricia Gossett. How do you go about putting your ideas into actual jewelry pieces? My head is flooding with ideas and a lot of the times I can't figure out how to make the actual piece. I know I am very anxious, and I need to slow up and take my time, but after I made my first bracelet, my mind is constantly going on what I can do next. I try to use things … [Read more...] about Ideas..
by Marlies. (Snowwolf Creations) I did a craft show (?) at a local company and was placed between Silpada and Tupperware. Needless to say, I did not make a dime. How can a handcrafted jewelry artist ( I do Native jewelry) compete with a merch representative of a big name business when they are placed right next to you. It made for a very loooonnnnnng day- 7 hours … [Read more...] about Craft Show Ethics
by Mallori Frazier. (Elenel Custom Jewelry) When asking for feedback on my jewelry, I notice that most experienced designers respond with... "Make sure you take great photos and use the right lighting..." I have a pretty decent camera and use the macro option, but not sure how to get that professional look. Any tips? Also, please feel free to take a … [Read more...] about Tips for Good Lighting?
by Rena Klingenberg. One of the fastest, easiest ways to grow your beading birthday party business is to hand out enticing flyers describing your parties. Not sure what this type of beading party business involves? See my Girls' Birthday Bracelet Beading Party article for everything you need to know! Although I no longer do these parties now that I'm spending so much time … [Read more...] about Beading Birthday Party Flyer
by Gina Rower. (Ellicott City, MD, USA) Just started a Birthday / Bling Fling party business. My first party was this past weekend and it was a huge success. What a blast to see this group of nine year old girls become creative... little jewelry designers!!! Thanks to the bracelet beading party idea that came from Rena. However, at the point when it came time to … [Read more...] about Bracelet Making Jewelry Parties