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Earn extra money with a home business making jewelry

Jewelry making is an ideal way to start earning a little extra money from home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get going. Initially your circle of friends could be your customers. From there on, the word of your jewelry making will spread. Your friends will tell their friends, who will tell their friends, and so on and so on.

Sell your home made jewelry online

Now that creating web sites or Wordpress based blogs is relatively easy, selling you jewelry online is as easy as creating a several web pages and having a paypal account. Take a few photos of your finished products, even with your mobile or iphone, upload them, add some descriptions, and you could be on your way to an online jewelry shop.

But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. First, you must know or learn the craft of making jewelry. Some people have a knack for it. If however you have a desire and motivation to create jewelry soon enough you'll develop a knack for it, too.

Your handmade jewelry can be sold online
If you have a knack for creating handmade jewelry, it could be a great way to start your own
home business, especially if you create a website and sell it online. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Make your own jewelry designs

Though you may start with a kit or two for the learning experience, you can’t rely on kits if you want to make money selling your work. People will pay more for one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, the mark-up on kits is quite high because another artist has done the design work for you. In other words, you can both charge more and keep your costs lower if you design your work yourself. This is how to maximize your profit.

A good place to start is by flipping through magazines and catalogues. Clip jewelry photos that appeal to you, along with price information if available. Get a notebook and fill it with the pictures.

You’re not going to copy them. This is just to give you ideas and get your creative juices flowing. The pictures will also come in handy when you can’t quite figure out how to do something you have in mind – kind of like your own illustrated how-to book.

Two jewelry making methods

There are two easy ways to learn jewelry making methods for you to consider: beading and wire sculpting, also know as wire wrapping.

Beading doesn't require much skill, other than a good sense of design and the materials are inexpensive.

Wire sculpting or wire wrapping is not that much harder to learn, but since you are dealing with gold, silver and genuine gemstones, the materials cost a bit more. But the markup is much higher.

Jewelry maker at work
To create your own jewelry pieces, especially those made from gold and silver, you will need certain tools for making jewelry for your home-based business. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Tools for making jewelry at home

Here’s a list of tools you will need to start your home based jewelry business:

1. Jewelers’ wire cutters - If you can only afford one pair, get memory wire shears. These are designed to make clean cuts on tough memory wire, so they can also be used for softer wires.

2. Chain-nose pliers (sometimes called needle-nose pliers) – Very versatile for picking up and grasping small items, bending eye pins, closing jumps rings, even closing crimp beads.

3. Round-nose pliers – Used for creating loops on beaded head and eye pins. Can also be used for winding your own jump rings and as the second pliers you’ll need for closing jump rings.

4. Optional pliers – Wire-looping pliers which have several graduated circumferences to allow you to form perfectly uniform jump rings and loops (in place of the round-nose pliers mentioned above). Crimping pliers which have little notches to allow you to both flatten a crimp bead and then bend it to form a rounded finished look (instead of the flat crimp you get using the chain-nose pliers).

As you go along, you might discover some other handy tools for making jewelry at home. But for starters stick with the basic, necessary tools. You can spend more money later on your tools, when you budget allows after you make some sales.

Various jewellery make popular fashion pieces
Women fashion changes from year to year, but wearing jewelry pieces seems to always stay hip, providing a regular market for makers of jewellery. (Image by Pixabay.com)

Jewelry making materials

As for materials, I recommend some assortment packs of beads in coordinating colors, some decorative metal spacers, seed beads in both silver and gold. These can serve as spacers and beautifully set off your other beads. You will also need tube-shaped crimp beads (Buy the best you can find – these are what hold it all together!), head and eye pins.

Other than that, let your choice of jewelry-making project be your guide. You might want some silver or pewter charms. For earrings, you would need ear posts or wires or clip-on bases. For bracelets, you need memory wire or stretchy cord or beading wire and clasps. For necklaces, memory wire or beading wire, clasps and perhaps pendants.

A bead board is a good idea too. Its ruled tracks help you measure and lay out designs for bracelets and necklaces; as well as to corral the beads you are working with at a given time.

Once again, start with basic materials required for your chosen designs. Don't spend too much money initially. Part of any home based business, including jewelry home business, is knowing how to manage your resources smartly for maximum effect. Be prudent in you home business finances and you will get more satisfaction from making progress, however small it might be initially. It's not the size of profit you make, but the fact that you're making a profit.

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