Selling jewellery online!

The last time I updated this blog it was to tell you about a new hobby I had discovered: jewellery making. That was back in January and so here I am two months later to give you a fantastic update.

I had literally just started with the past-time when I wrote before, and now I am a self employed jewellery-maker and supplier of beading ‘things’.

I have to say that immediately I started to create body adornments I was in absolute heaven. I think it is fair to say I have never enjoyed a hobby so much! And to be perfectly honest, the last few years I have struggled to find something worthy to fill my time, at a time when my health dictated I take some down time so it was needed.

It has been a learning curve. When I got into jewellery making I never realised there was so much to learn. It really is an industry in and of itself, even now a few months later I think I have still only touched the surface.

To date I have created earrings (the dangly kind), necklaces and bracelets. Bracelets seem to be my go-to choice when making a new piece of jewellery. I just enjoy them to much. They are relatively easy to make and quick too. Until recently I had been sticking with tiger tail wire, but I have started to wire wrap now too, which is an art in itself.

Very quickly I began to get orders in from friends and colleagues, which gave me a boost – especially so early on in my hobby. So I set up a facebook page and the likes started to come in thick and fast! You can view my page here: https://www.facebook.com/jewellerydesignsbyclaire

While this has been happening I have been working as a volunteer for a national charity in order to get me back to a point where I can return to work. I had also been applying for “real” jobs, and have been lucky enough to bag a very good job which starts in a few weeks. In the meantime I have finished my volunteering after 11 months of service and gone full time with my beading business.

Its proving a full time job in itself. This is because I have also ventured out into offering beading supplies. A lot of my time is taken up with liasing with suppliers to get fantastic findings and other things together for other jewellery makers to use but I am enjoying it so much!

I have set up an account on folksy.com which houses my online shop at the moment. You can view it here: https://beta.folksy.com/shops/vintagedreamsbyclaire. Please do visit it and spread the word as I havent had any sales through there yet and would really like it to take off.

I am also in the process of setting up a website so you can order direct from me but may end up going to ebay and amazon too, if I need to.

Here is a selection of my jewellery:

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Do you do any jewellery making? Or other hobbies? Leave a comment and tell me about it?

Please like my facebook page and visit my online shop 🙂

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Jewellery Making…

jewellery-making-workshops-totnes-1-wFor years now I have had friends making jewellery from scratch and in the early days it was not something that ever appealed to me. I am not a huge wearer of jewellery – or I never used to be at any rate – and my creative urges would lend more to the written word and a bit of graphic design. For the last few years, however, I have been playing the idea through with my mind. It is something that I may one day have a go at but not pressing in my mind at the moment. Then a couple of weeks ago I went to visit a friend and mentioned my vague interest to her. She promptly got her box of beads out and gave me a tutorial. I was instantly hooked.

I immediately went into town to locate beads and wire and was shocked to realise nowhere sold jewellery making equipment! I found lots of shops that facilitated a number of different crafting ventures – sewing, knitting, card-making, scrapbooking for example – but no beading. I went home a bit deflated and giving in to the idea that I would have to order from the internet and wait for supplies to arrive. I’m not the most patient of people!

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In the meantime I started to look up tutorials online, and I got some books from the library. As I sat up reading them one night, and talking about my excitement of getting started, my boyfriend said, “you’re really getting into this idea, aren’t you?” And it’s true; it’s been a while since anything has truly captured my attention but this actual has – and I hadn’t even started yet!

Before my beads arrived, I went and purchased a crafting tool box (which wasn’t cheap) and so at least I had a home. I ordered various bits from all over the place (Ebay, Amazon and various other small businesses) and the bits came in drips and drabs. It was so exciting to see my box building up.

I eventually tried to make a bracelet. I went with the easy way firstly and made a simple elasticated beaded bracelet (actually, I made three) and I loved them. I found it easy to put together. I loved the creativity of having created something myself. Once I got some more beads in I made a slightly more complex bracelet using a chain and clasp. I was surprised how easily I picked up those skills. The bracelet is going to remain one of my favourites as its little glass matt beads with semi-precious starfish, and it is so dinky. I had to play around with the length and the tension but the final result was lovely.

I am thinking that I may well try to sell some pieces once I have a bit more experience with them. I am restricted in the work I can do due to my health, so having something I can do while relaxing is ideal. I am also considering other crafting ideas for money making… what creative ventures do you have to bring in a bit of pocket money?