November 2011

Add a Touch of Exotic with Natural Beads

"Combining two types of natural gemstones is another great way to make a beautiful impact."

I love beading.  I love the versatility and the way no two pieces will ever be alike.  This is especially true when you use natural beads in your work.  I think what appeals to most people about natural beads is their unique character.  From wood and bone to semi-precious and precious gemstones, natural beads are where the real beauty is at.

Why You Should be Using Wire Guardians

"Wire guardians provide a polished, professional look and really make your jewelry look classy."

There are many components and fun things to buy when you are a jewelry designer.  In fact, the choices are overwhelming.  With so many tools, toys and gadgets to spend your money on, it is difficult to know what is actually worth the investment.  When it comes to ensuring quality, durable jewelry, wire guardians are a must-have for any beader.

Basic Jewelry Making Tools

Jewelry making is a really fun hobby and potentially lucrative side business.  If you are just getting started in making beaded jewelry, you will need to purchase a few basic tools.  These tools, while not expensive, are absolutely necessary for performing even the most basic jewelry making techniques.  Depending on your budget, you can get everything you need by spending anywhere from $20 to $100.

Tracking Finished Jewelry Pieces in Excel

Tracking Productivity, Total Value, Sales Checklist

Last week, we talked about the benefits of tracking jewelry components in Excel.  The same benefits apply to keeping track of finished pieces as well.  Creating a spreadsheet with each item you have made will help you to see your productivity, know at a glance the total value of your inventory, and provide you with a checklist to refer to when you are selling items at a show.

Track Productivity
Use the spreadsheet to see how many pieces you are producing each day/week/month.  By putting a creation date field in your list, you can know just how many pieces you have made in a timeframe.  Creation dates also allow you to see how long a piece sits on the shelf before it is sold, which can be very helpful in determining trends.