Your jewelry work should reflect your unique personality. With all the competition you want to be focused on pieces that buyers won’t find anywhere else. Or you may just want to create your own jewelry to fit your specific tastes, which can provide greater satisfaction than mere cost. Here are eight tips for creating customized jewelry.
1. Natural stone jewelry
A choice stone commands attention and serves as the center piece of jewelry design. You don’t have to spend money. Look for pebbles, corals, shells, or other bits of natural beauty to build around.
2. Decide on a budget
Keep track of your investment in each special piece and what you need to charge to make a decent return. But remain patient and flexible as you explore different markets. Certain customers may be willing to pay higher prices for truly unique items that may not appeal to the average buyer.
3. Customize existing pieces
You don’t always have to work from scratch – keep an eye open for scrap or cheap costume jewelry items that you can quickly repair and customize to provide a whole new look that reflects your style.
4. Build a jeweler’s bench
Part of successful jewelry making is a productive setting. Get or make an old desk or table that you can customize any way you like to make it a productive workstation. It should provide a flat, level, sturdy work surface along with storage space for your tools and materials. The right work station can put you in a creative, working mind set the instant you sit down.
5. Observe the Competition
Making note of what sells for others, and at what prices, can help you establish working guidelines.
The creativity of others could inspire you with new ideas – things you may have never thought of if you hadn’t come across that particular piece.
6. The Right Outlet
If you’re just starting out, a local consignment shop may agree to sell your pieces. You’ll have to give up a percentage of sales, but it’s a no-risk way to explore consumer tastes. Find a shop that appreciates and shares your creativity.
Anything can be transformed into something of beauty. Lumps of wood or plastic can be transformed into novel designs by shaping, paints, and other accents. Small, childish treasures can have nostalgic appeal.
8. Establish Your Style
Claiming your niche is the best way to establish yourself with consumers who share your creative tastes. Assemble a collection of pieces or photos that really appeal to you. Then ask why. Is it the design? Color? Materials? If you can’t truly enjoy your own work, you’ll only give it up in the end.