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?
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by Jackie Bessner. (Upper Michigan) I'm polymer clay artist Jackie Bessner, and I created these handmade clay leaves from a mold of a real leaf. I had so much fun making these I did a ladies night out and wine tasting event and each guest made a pair of leaf earrings and a matching pendant. Hand colored the premade clay leaves with inks and waxes. Jackie … [Read more...] about Hand Colored Polymer Clay Leaves Earrings
by Phyllis Churchill. (Deltona, Florida USA) I am a crafter, and I sell at craft shows and biker (motorcycle) shows, where I sell my jewelry and other beaded items, almost every weekend. At this last show I made a simple flyer offering to teach people how to make their own beaded jewelry, bracelets, or necklaces, or earrings, just about anything beaded. For a small … [Read more...] about Teaching Classes and Having Fun!
by Fran. (USA) I was wondering if you had any suggestions for starting a beading (jewelry makers) group? I can't seem to find anything on the web. I am an instructor at Joann Fabrics and some of my students want to get together and exchange ideas. Any suggestions? Fran … [Read more...] about How Do I Start a Beading Group?
by Ruth. (The Netherlands) I am preparing to start turning my jewellery hobby into a business and am thinking about the possibility of running classes and selling kits with tutorials as well as selling my own work. But I am wondering whether this would be a conflict of interests. Would having people become enthusiastic about making their own jewellery cause a reduction … [Read more...] about Teaching And Selling: A conflict of interests?
by Janine Gerade. (Holliston, Massachusetts USA) In this busy world of texting, deadlines, bills, kids, appointments how do we unwind? There have been studies that show sitting down to a quiet craft can help. I find that when I am doing repetitive steps or concentrating on a beading pattern I wind up in the "zone". The "zone" is when your mind quiets down, all … [Read more...] about Jewelry Making in “the zone” Reduces Stress
by Rena Klingenberg. This Thanksgiving jewelry craft is a perfect activity for elementary school students or homeschool students. (Or for anybody who enjoys history and beading!) How This Idea Got Started: I led this Thanksgiving craft project at my son's elementary school for several years, and it was a big hit with students and teachers. The school … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Jewelry Craft – Educational & Fun!
by Rena Klingenberg. For beading parties, I found that the party moves along better if the participants can choose from “kits” to work with, instead of choosing each individual bead themselves. (Some people can take an hour or longer to choose the beads for a pair of earrings, which can really slow down a jewelry making party.) The kits are little “designer … [Read more...] about Putting Together Kits for Beading Parties
by Sarah R. (Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) I have volunteered to teach a jewelry craft to a local seniors group. I am looking for project suggestions. The project would have to be cost effective as I am donating the supplies but also be easy for a senior to do. For example; no small beads. Anyone have any ideas? Any input is appreciated as it is the first time I … [Read more...] about Senior Friendly Jewelry Crafts: Any ideas?
by Linda. (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) I am teaching senior citizens. How many can I have in the class in order to give individual attention? Linda Comments: Optimum Group Size by: Margaret When running any kind of group where you want interaction, the rule of thumb is 8 to 10. No more than 10 people, I agree by: Janine Gerade I taught a polymer clay class … [Read more...] about How Many Students Can You Have and Give Them Individual Instruction
by Tara. (Ontario, Canada) Hi I am a chainmaille artist who would like to expand and teach classes. I had done a few at a local bead store to great success but subsequently moved out of that area and have to start fresh. There is no craft/bead store in my area now. Any ideas on how to find students interested in chainmaille? Unlike beading, I find a lot of people out there … [Read more...] about How to Find Students for Chainmaille Classes?
by Rena Klingenberg. When you offer jewelry making parties, it's handy to have a price list for customers to see what kinds of projects are available to them, and the price of each piece they make. Here's what my jewelry making party price list looks like. I've blanked out the prices since you'll need to calculate your own pricing anyway. (I know the text is a bit … [Read more...] about Make a Price List for Your Jewelry Making Parties