Welcoming a New Jewelry Designer
A few weeks ago, I had an email from a new jewelry designer. She enjoys working on projects like Leslee Frumin's right-angle weave necklace, Puttin' on the Ritz. (Her version is pictured at left; instructions are in Beadwork February/March 2007). She also enjoys making her own designs and wants to start selling her work. After I emailed her with some advice, she wrote back to let me know that she had to put her business website on hold because of . . . algebra.
Did I mention she's 12?
One of the wonderful things about working in a creative field like beading is that your age doesn't matter nearly as much as the quality of your work. Part of my advice to Becca was to not let other people tell her she was "too young" to start following her dreams. What advice or encouraging words do you have for her, or other new designers? Please share your wisdom in the comments section, so we can all enjoy and learn!
Bead Crochet and Wire Necklace from Step by Step Wire Jewelry
Harvest Gold Necklace
This fall-inspired project combines wirework and bead crochet in autumn colors of amber, gold, black, and brown. Even if you aren't interested in bead crochet, you might take a look at some of the wireworking features (like the coils pictured at right) and try incorporating those into a design.
Check out the Winter 2008 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry for great projects like wire embellished beads, 4-in-1 chain maille earrings, a pearl cuff bracelet, and a flowing collar necklace by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong that will challenge advanced wireworkers. View the full table of contents
4 Jewelry Business Tips
- Home Shows
"No costly booth to buy, no jury fees to pay, and best of all, no competing jewelers–home shows are a fun and easy way to sell your jewelry."–Stephanie Riger, "Selling Your Jewelry the Easy Way," Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Winter 2008
- Business Name
"Think about the impression your business name will make on potential customers. There's a world of difference between Barbie's Baubles and Barbara Norton Custom Jewelry. They both work–but for different markets, different styles."–Viki Lareau, Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry
- Pricing Your Work
"That rate must reflect not just the hours put into a particular piece but all of the investment in acquiring the skills to make it that well and that quickly: all training, both casual and formal, and all related experience to date."–Merle White, "What's Your Time Worth?," Jewelry Artist, October 2007
- Fear of Rejection
"Those few who don't mind being told 'no thanks' a number of times, having door after door shut in their faces, and being turned down by shows and stores have a clear advantage. Instead of letting rejections get them down and giving up (which is most often the case), these people use criticism and rejections as lessons to make their products better."–Viki Lareau, "Bead Biz", Beadwork, December 2007/January 2008
Coming Next Week: Holiday-related projects to kick off your gift-making season.
Today's the last day to answer the current poll question: Have you ever sold a beaded item you've made?
Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She is going to start on her holiday beading this weekend!