I started my little home based company, MustDestroyJewellery, back in April last year.
While I don't claim to be an expert in running a business or designing/making jewellery, I feel the following guide will be helpfull to anyone wanting to do the same for themselves.
I started out with no knowledge and learnt by trial and error.
Here are some of the things I've picked up along the way.
Your Target Crowd.
Before you go out and spend a fortune on various jewellery findings, beads and what not, you should first think about who it is you want to make jewellery for.
Will it be women? Children? Men? All of these?
What style will it be - pretty beads and such or the more common chunky charms and unsual jewellery that appeals to younger people or those into alternative music?
Doing this will save you some money and will also make you think about the types of things you can make and can be looking for.
Where To Get Your Stuff?
Don't assume that you have to go to a craft or hobby store to get all the bits you need - you can end up spending way over the odds and some of these store have just so much stuff it can be a bit otherwhelming!
The only thing I brought from a hobby store was a pair of small round end pliars. Thats was it.
Pretty much everything else can be found here on Ebay or in local home depo stores like Woolworths or Wilkenson etc.
Charity shops are also quitegood - you can buy ready made jewellery cheap, take it home, pull it apart and make something new! Not only are you getting a new item of jewellery you're helping the charity as well.
I buy all my charms,beads, chain and other findings right here on ebay.
It's so much cheaper, there's more choice and you don't have to leave the house!
Once you have decided on who you want to make jewellery for, looking for things to make it with will be easy.
What To Use?
The things I use more often than anything else are chain and earring findings.
As well as these I use eye pins, head pins, lobster clasps and jump rings.
Don't just stick to normal beads - pretty much anything can be made into a necklace or pair of earrings.
Just have a look around you and see what you can come up with!
I've Made My Stuff...Now What?
You can either sell it or give it away as a gift.
I mainly sell things Ive made on Ebay, although I do have a Myspace page and a store at Big Cartel.All of these are good, myspace offers the chance to reach a worldwide audience and big cartel has a ready built checkout and payment system so its nice and easy to set up and order from.
Making jewellery also means you can make friends and family unique gifts which don't cost a fortune and show you've put some time, effort and thought into them.
Don't expect to sell loads of stuff straight away!
You have to do a lots of publicing before people start to notice your store.
I was lucky enough to be able to hold a stall a few times a month at afriends music venue and so managed to spread the word about my store that way.
Things listed on ebay generally seem to sell quicker, probably because there are more people on here looking for stuff.
Don't feel bad if it takes months for something to sell - make sure you're putting your store's name out there and people will buy.
I also found it helpfull to give a few friends some pieces of jewellery - Ive got a few sales from people who have noticed my jewellery on my friends and have asked where it came from.
I hope that helps.
Any questions? Feel free to message me!