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With selling jewelry in mind, should I focus my designs into a theme or collection?

Creating themes, collections or lines are terrific for three reasons. First, a collection helps you market your work, because it gives you a ''hook''...

Should I offer a satisfaction guarantee for my jewelry?

Anything that you can do to increase the comfort level that someone has in buying from you is important. There's a risk in buying anything (thus, the...

How do you set up a website to sell your jewelry?

If you aren't familiar with website development, I would suggest the following:See if there is someone in your own personal circle who has set up a...

What is a juried craft show?

A juried craft show is one that has a selection committee deciding which crafter gets into the show. Many times the shows are juried so that the show...

Do you carry earring cards to put earrings onto?

Yes, we do carry a variety of . Consider using to glue to the card you prefer, giving it a personalized touch.

Do you sell by the individual unit or only in a package? Do I have to buy a certain size to get the ''As Low As'' discount?

Some products are available in units (packages) of one, and some in units containing more than one. Each product is different.The ''As Low As''...

What's the best way to get space for my jewelry in a gallery? I thought of sending a letter to the gallery owner with some photos of my work ... is that a good way to start?

An introductory letter is a great start, although you may consider visiting the gallery and talking with the owner directly. Tell the owner what you...

Is there an increased demand for wire and chainmaille jewelry? I have noticed articles and magazines catering to wire and jumpring/chainmaille jewelry a lot lately.

Yes, you are absolutely right. Wire and chainmaille designs are hot, showing up in fashion, magazines, articles and classes across the...

How do I charge for teaching how to make jewelry? I'll be carrying the products myself (beads, etc.). There isn't anyone here who teaches at all in my area. I know in Houston they do but its 2 hrs away.

The decision to teach involves more than just what to charge. You want to make sure that you have the skills to instruct effectively, are fully aware...

The manager of a gift shop told me she wasn't interested in carrying my work, and all I could think of to say was, ''Thanks anyway.'' What's the right way to handle this kind of rejection?

What happened to you is not unusual. We hear ''I don't want to carry your jewelry,'' feel the sting of rejection and then clam up. In the future, use...

How do I price my time for jewelry making? I do a lot of bead weaving in my designs.

Trying to include (or even calculate) the value of your time/labor in the price of your jewelry is one of the more controversial aspects of pricing...

Why doesn't Fire Mountain sell anything at their Bead and Button booth?

Fire Mountain sells their products either over the phone or online which means we never get to meet our customers face to face. The Bead and Button...

In terms of selling my jewelry at shows, should I look for events where I'll be the only one selling the kind of jewelry I make, or one where there are others who do similar kinds of jewelry?

I believe that buyers and sellers both benefit at shows where there are sellers with different styles. Artisan jewelry makers rarely have a style...

A retail store in my neighborhood recently became vacant. Although I just started selling my jewelry, this location seems too good to pass up, and I'd love to run my own store. Any advice?

The decision to establish a permanent location for your jewelry-making business should be driven by your business goals. Although the sudden...

I recently opened a bead store and lots of people are asking me to carry seed beads. I have no experience in ordering this type of bead; what size, etc. Can you help me?

You will find a large selection of available online, as well as in the catalogs. Included are (one of the most popular brands), Rocailles,...

Is there anything available that can be used to coat metal findings to keep them from tarnishing?

I've used a spray fixative on base-metal before. The fixative comes in a can like spray paint, is available in matte and gloss finish and can be...

I make wire tree sculptures and I'm really good at it. I know the public would love to buy them, but where do I start? I don't want to do the Ebay route.

Congratulations on stepping into selling your creations! These links should be helpful in deciding how to best sell your wire tree sculptures or any...

My work will be sold in a gallery, but I won't be there to sell it. I'd like to include some information that prospective buyers can read... what's the best way to do that?

Use a "story card." A story card is a small card, approximately the size of a business card, that contains informative copy about you, your jewelry,...

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.

A suggestion would be to contact the artist and let him/her know of your oversight and your new understanding going forward.Copyright law applies to...

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

Most sterling silver beads will not have the .925 or sterling stamp since it is likely to detract from their decorative beauty. If a price seems too...

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