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Topics: Jewelry, Finished, Selling

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Pricing: I have read and followed your suggestions on pricing, but am still unsure if I am fair, too low, or too high. I have seen some very nice work on an artist's website and found similar work priced quite low, considering the high end beads and components used. Back to square 1- how else can I determine if I am fair? Thanks for your help,
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Topics: Jewelry, Finished, Craft Show

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I stopped doing craft shows about 18 months ago, the economy was so bad I wasn't making any money at them and in the last show it cost me money, and it was the story with every vendor. I have a friend who has sold a lot of my things via word of mouth so I know my things are good and saleable. But those sales are a drop in the bucket. I see so many things on ebay that have no bids on them and I had been successful there a few years ago. I don't expect to make a living off my hobby but I don't want to have it cost me money for a show and I don't want to waste a day sitting there. Are things getting better? It's a gamble but do you think the economy is good enough to go back to the craft-show weekends? I could continue just adding to my inventory until Christmas season gets close and my husband wouldn't get upset about the money I spend on supplies. There is a sign that says "beading is cheaper than therapy" so true!
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Topics: Jewelry, Finished, Selling

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I get orders for jewelry, but I have gone thru a troublesome economic situation. How could I keep my customers satisfied? Shall I ask for a payment in order to purchase the materials then charge the rest as labor work and expenses?
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Topics: Copyrights

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I buy pendants and antique beads at garage sales, flea markets and other sources. I use these pendants as focal points to build my necklaces around and some of them have a name printed on the back. Do I have a copyright problem or is there some other problem I might have if I want to sell my work?
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Topics: Copyrights

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Sometime ago you had an article about copyright laws concerning bead patterns. I just sold a necklace that I now see the author of the pattern says it has been copyrighted--not to use for sale--I am terrified, please help.
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Topics: Metal Components, Nickel

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I went to a jewelry party and saw black nickel plated chains. I had an ear torn because of nickel and told a bead store owner about this and she said that it is against the law for us to use nickel in our jewelry. Is this true?
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Topics: Swarovski, Manufacturing

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How are Swarovski beads made?
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Topics: Metal Beads, Sterling Silver

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Hi, I was wondering if there is a way to tell if a bead is sterling silver or something else. Whatever they are they are solid, nothing scratches off. Thanks
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Topics: Bead and Button Show

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Why doesn't Fire Mountain sell anything at their Bead and Button booth?
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Topics: Selling, Finished Jewelry

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I'm going to start selling some of my jewelry online. I've done some research and it seems that sterling clasps and sterling earwires are the most popular and give a better impression of quality. My question is, do others that sell their jewelry use sterling headpins, eyepins and stringing material? Or is just the clasp and beads enough? Some of my designs would be extremely expensive if I used all sterling. Thanks,
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Topics: Selling, Labeling

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With the precious metal market so volatile, I've been using some silver plated findings in my designs. On my cards I tell of what each piece is made. Is there a legal explanation required when you have a piece, say, 20% silver plate, 80% sterling or can I just say SP and Sterling or Sterling w SP and leave it at that? I don't want to mislead my customers but I also want to point out that the piece is mostly sterling. My cards are not large so space is limited.
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Topics: Teaching, Ethics

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When I use a pattern found in a magazine, how do I get permission to sell or teach that pattern?
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Topics: Business, Expanding to Full-Time

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I am fairly new in the jewelry making business (two years) and my business started on a small capital. I have great designs and I sell very well at home parties and at booths but I need to market my business a lot more to be able to increase sales enough to make the business a full time sustenance for me. Please advise how to market effectively on a low budget ($200-300). I have a website but shut down the shopping cart as I had to cut costs and there were no sales through the site. Please help me make this a SUCCESS!!
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Topics: Selling, Online

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I was thinking of starting to sell jewelry online but I am not sure if I would have to have a business license or any other legal documents to sell? Should I do it myself or go thru a site like Etsy.com? Also are there any other sites besides Etsy that I could try? Thanks!!
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Topics: Business, Software

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I am looking into software solutions for managing my new business. Would it be better to go with software specifically designed for jewelry designers/jewelry sellers or go with an Excel spreadsheet, Quick Books or Quicken? If you suggest a software designed for jewelry design/sell type businesses, what kinds are available, more affordable, which are more user friendly and provide the best customer support? Where can one purchase your most highly recommended software and any costs (such as annual update fees)?
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Topics: Jewelry, Certification

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I am from Romania and I want to know how, if it's possible, to get a bead designer diploma!
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Topics: Business, Company Name

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I want to sell my jewelry, but don't know what to call my small business. I would sincerely appreciate if someone could help me find a name. Thank you.
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Topics: Selling, Online

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I've sold some of my handmade jewelry online in the past while I was in high school, but I'm now in college, and I'd like to start again. I'm an Information Systems major, so I've got the skills and am planning to build my own website (though I'll also be attempting to sell some on Etsy). I've also been thinking about doing home parties, but some of my friends who are in different states were interested in hosting parties, which obviously won't really work. Do you have any ideas/tips for doing online jewelry parties so my friends can still host?
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Topics: Selling, Personalization, Agreement

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I have a formula for pricing my work, but I'm moving into almost exclusively custom work, and I really need to come up with a template contract for clients to read over so they know what they're getting. Is there some place that I can find a generic contract that I could then personalize? Or any ideas as to wording and layout of a contract?
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Topics: Selling, Art Shows

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I am interested in selling jewelry at craft fairs and shows. I will need to have a pretty large inventory of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. What do you recommend as a good amount of inventory for a fair or show? Thank you!
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