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
Selling Jewelry Online
by Carla Krae. (California) Is Instagram a good place for sharing jewelry and building business? I'm a recent smart phone adopter, so I don't have an account and have only viewed links to Instagram before. What is everyone doing, and how are you using Instagram for your jewelry business? Carla Krae Willowick Arts … [Read more...] about How Are You Using Instagram for Your Jewelry Business?
by Cheryl Clarke. (Atlanta, Georgia USA) My name is Cheryl Clarke with Answer Your Dream Jewelry. I design inspirational jewelry for dreamers. I just launched a website a few weeks ago and I'm still excited about that...I have a website! Me! I was so nervous when I launched it. If there is anyone out there who may be afraid to get online, I would say take some deep … [Read more...] about Found My Jewelry Path
by Gail. (Tennessee USA) When I started collecting beads and gemstones I knew nothing about jewelry, wasn't even making jewelry. I simply bought what pleased my eye. So I have beads/gemstones I don't have names for. Now that I know more and am creating jewelry, I want to open an Etsy store to sell my pieces. But I feel like I am in a jam as I see most jewelry … [Read more...] about Bead Identities: How do I find them?
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, California USA) I've had a Paypal account for a while now...using it to make purchases and also to sell jewelry from my Etsy shop. When I'd receive inquiries on my blog about purchasing a piece, I'd always thought I'd first need to create and pay for a reserved listing on Etsy, so that the customer could complete the purchase through … [Read more...] about Using Paypal’s Cool Free Tool
by A. Nicola. (Miami, Florida USA) Hi, I'm new to the jewelry showing" scene...I've been fussing with wire for years now, and have finally nailed down some techniques that I am happy with, and feel are worth displaying. I've put up a website, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and have a store on Etsy! Not too much movement so far, mostly admiration – which I … [Read more...] about Selling Online vs. In Person
by Zoraida. (Patchogue, New York USA) Since I've recently become obsessed with metalwork involving cold connections, my next step was to incorporate beads or stones. I've just found a way to do just that in this pendant. I used a green Agate bead that seems to be bursting out of its stamped brass surrounding. It was a happy accident and I liked the way it turned … [Read more...] about A New Commission Because of Facebook
by Jeanne. I used to do 40 craft shows a year for 20 years with my mom as my “hook”. When she passed 4 years ago (101 Years) I lost my enthusiasm for the shows and decided to put my work on line. I would love to be able to have a great on line presence and I know that it is very competitive. I know that I am not being consistent on a daily basis and I need some … [Read more...] about Need Advise for A Strong Online Jewelry Presence
by Jennifer. I’m in the process of setting up shop on Etsy with my jewelry and other accessories, but what’s stalling me is all the confusion on shipping and handling methods. I’m torn between USPS First Class and Priority. I’ve already ordered the free Priority Flat Rate boxes and envelopes, but because of it being flat rate it is more costly ($5.05 online), BUT … [Read more...] about How to Handle Shipping & Handling: Need Suggestions Please
by Janine. (Holliston, Massachusetts, USA) I am going to put it all out there: I have a website powered by Vistaprint, an Etsy page, an Artfire page and a Facebook page. I an not consistent with any of them. I have been talking to business owners who develop whole advertising plans and market well. I would like to do that, but I fear I cannot commit that … [Read more...] about Stretching Myself Too Thin Online – Something Has Got to Go!
by Kendall. (San Diego, California USA) Hi, I'm Kendall and I'm 13. I've been making jewelry since I was 9. I usually just sell my jewelry to my friends. My mom loves it too, she often buys it form me and shows it off to her friends. I know my jewelry has potential and therefore I started an online store. Since i am still fairly young, I don't want to invest too much … [Read more...] about Am I Off To A Good Start?
by Carolyn Angus. (Riverside, California USA) I am starting my Jewelry Business and am concerned about sales tax collection on-line. I hope to sell only in the US and with the states looking for additional money, especially through sales tax..... ...how do you know when to collect sales tax? I am in California and know I need to collect tax for those sales. What … [Read more...] about How Do I Collect Sales Tax from Online Sales?