I started making jewellery from bits of locks and handles from my Dad’s work about this time last year. I set up an Etsy shop, a Facebook page and got really into making things. I had a lot of people interested in my pieces, and yet in 12 months I only made one sale. I don’t think they are overpriced, and I did reduce the prices over summer. I know they are not to everyone’s tastes…very unique and individual…and yet, I would have thought I could generate a bit more interest. So because of this, plus other projects such as costumes and my tie dress, my efforts have dwindled to almost nothing. The last things I posted on the Facebook page were in September.
Until yesterday. I decided to finish off a few items I had started about 4 months ago. Pendants I hadn’t put on cords…earrings without hooks…bracelets without a bracelet…:P They have now been posted onto the Goldy-Locks page…with no interest. But I’m not going to be dissuaded. Someone will like them. I like them if all else fails, so I will wear them. I will continue to make things, have new ideas, and take commissions if requested.
I also want to diversify. I know my Fb page is ‘Goldy-Locks Jewellery’ and implies both locks and jewellery…but I make so many other things that I want to offer those as well. Crocheted cupcakes, mug cosies, macramé bracelets, feather bras, feather corsages, novelty pompoms…and those are just the things I really enjoy making 🙂 I’ve made various of these for friends for presents…but there’s only so many times I can do that 😛
Having some sort of idea whether people would be interested in any of these things, and which, and to what extent would be really useful to me. I am open to negative criticism as well as ‘ooo I like that!’ comments 😛 I want to try and raise a little bit of my own money, but also find a useful outlet for my creativity. I love making things, but feel guilty making things randomly ‘just because’…so this is my compromise. And after all, if I can make a success of it, well that’s brilliant 😛 So yes, please please please give me some feedback on this 🙂
‘You want to be a bit compulsive in your art or craft or whatever you do.’ ~ Steve Martin
‘The biggest challenge for any craft person or artist is to accept the constraints of their medium and make something beautiful despite them. That’s kind of fun, actually.’ ~ Ayelet Waldman