I don’t know about you but I love it when I buy something & it gets packaged up really nicely. I’ve noticed that a lot of Folksy & Etsy sellers do this, but so does Jo Malone. It’s not the kind of shop I visit regularly but when I do get something from there it’s a real treat. My mum bought me some perfume from there for my birthday. I didn’t open the bag for about a month! It just sat there looking pretty in my room. The assistant had sprayed some perfume onto the black tissue paper that went into the bag so my whole room smelt of it. Super lush!
When I finally opened the bag, there was so much black ribbon & black tissue paper I thought I’d died & gone to heaven. It was like the gift that kept on giving. It made me think that when I sell on Folksy I need to make sure that my packaging is lush, pretty & as environmentally friendly as possible. With that I mind I went on a hunt for recycled jewellery boxes. I stumbled across the Tiny Box Company. They had the perfect boxes so I put in an order. I think that they work a treat with my necklaces. I can’t wait for my first sale so I can wrap the little box up in some lush tissue paper & send it on its way!
What’s your view on packaging? Do you have any great examples or fab suppliers? x
This afternoon I was lucky enough to attend a Precious Metal Clay workshop at the Skinny Hippo in Abingdon. It was taught by Lisa Neal who used to be my silver jewellery teacher. I’d heard about PMC a few times but I didn’t know that it was created my Mitsubishi for the wives of their workers to make things at home. It is basically a clay that becomes 99.9% silver when fired. It is pretty pricey & comes in very small batches that have to be used within a week if opened. It also requires a different set of tools than the usual silver I work with.
That being said it is very easy to work with. If you make a mistake you can roll out your clay & start again. It’s very sticky so you have to be careful not to get yourself covered in it!
These are the beginning of my earrings. I created a pattern in them with some rubber templates. This was done by rolling out my clay & then rolling it on the rubber templates. I had to make the the little holes at the top which is why they look a little bit, ahem, special! Then you dry the item using a hairdryer – this takes about two minutes for something small like these earrings. If what you’ve made is bigger than a 50p piece it would need to go in a kiln for a while. If you have something small like these then you can heat them using the mini-blow torches used for soldering my usual jewellery or the ones that you might use to set the sugar on your creme brulee at home! Once you’ve done that you need to rub it with a metal wire brush until the silver shows.
This would be a great introduction to silver jewellery if you’d never made any before. You have to be quite gentle with it at different stages but the end result is not only produced really quickly but it also looks pretty decent. I’d never used PMC before but I’d definitely do it again & am hoping to go to another class in the new year.
In the three hour workshop we made a pair of earrings & a pendent. The Skinny Hippo was a lovely place to have the class & has loads of crafty things on offer, which I’d love to have a go at, pennies permitting! Below is my favourite thing from the day – my button pendent. As you may know I love buttons. Now I can wear one everyday! x
So I’ve finally done it. I’ve opened up a shop on Folksy to sell some of my silver jewellery that I’ve been making while attending jewellery-making classes.
The pendants are all handmade by me & I’ve tried to make them reasonably priced. I’ve bought equipment so that I can make silver jewellery at home. This is because the cost of classes has gone up by £40. I’m hoping to go to a local silversmith group so if I have any questions I can utilise their expertise but for now I’ll be making my little bits & pieces at home. Fingers crossed that I don’t burn the house down while I’m soldering away!
As well as some silver bits and pieces I hope to sell some knitted items – such as brooches, hats, headbands and maybe even socks if I get to grips to knitting with a circular needle!
Please feel free to have a look at A Crafty Chai on Folksy! Thanks x
About two Christmases ago I felt that I needed to have a hobby & learn a new skill. I wanted to do something that was completely different to my day job. So I signed up to silver jewellery making for beginners through Oxfordshire Adult Learning. I’d previously attended classes for watercolours & Indian cookery, which I enjoyed but haven’t been back to those since. Jewellery making, however, is a different story. I’m attending my third term & will definitely be signing up when the new classes are released in the summer. I’ve not only learnt new skills but I’ve made some pretty nice jewellery in the process! So far I’ve made two pairs of earrings, a green amber ring & a bracelet.
I am in the process of making two different necklaces – one for me & one for a present. I have about five ideas of what to do once they are finished & I’ve only got about five classes left until the summer break! But I love it. It’s something that I want to continue doing. It’s great seeing my skills develop over time. The more I solder my silver together the better I get at it. One day I hope to be good enough at it so that I can have my own Folksy or Etsy page and be able to sell some of my pieces. I’m a long way off that yet but a girl can dream…