Schooling? for making & designing jewelry

by Angela Alderman
(Middletown, Pa, United States)

My name is Angie and I've been considering starting a Jewelry based small business for a few years now. I'm finally at the point of do this now or quit talking about it and I'm trying to figure out how to choose the school that would best suit my needs. I thought for the longest that the Gemilogical Institute of America made the most sense, but now I'm thinking "Wait a minute I work primarily with beads."


So my question is this: Do you know of any schools that focus on the skills I would need to start my own business designing, making, and selling my own jewelry with the long term goal of opening a bead store with classes on making jewelry and helping others do what I've done.

Thank you so much,
Angie

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by: Anonymous

Hi Angie. I just started as a business from a hobby making jewelry. There are still tons of things I want to learn to make. My opinion, is just start making jewelry. Find out what you like and don't like. Watch as many videos as you can on anything you're interested in. (Hello Youtube! I use Realplayer to download videos from here and watch later). There are tons of sites with free video instructions, too.

Take notes. I have pages of notes. I keep a notebook for just design ideas, well actually three notebooks. One for my work room, one for beside the bed and a small one in my purse. You never know when an idea will come. Make sure to be as detailed as possible when writing down the idea, so you'll remember what you were thinking at the time. (I can't draw so I describe, lol)

Try everything you are interested in. Resin, polyclay, glass bead making; whatever tickles your fancy first. If the cost is too much for the moment, find someone who does it and talk to them, attend a class at a local college or bead store if possible. Just do something to get some experience. I look at some of my first pieces now and think "Are you kidding me? That looks awful!" You get better with time and experience in what you love doing. Find what you love most and you may not need schooling from a "professional school". I'm not knocking them, I plan on doing online schooling for some things I want to learn. But just start making something. Start simple even with a kit that looks interesting and go from there. The whole point is getting experience and growing your craft. You'll find what you enjoy most and go from there. Good luck!

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by: Anonymous

I continue to teach myself by watching videos and viewing images online. Ebay offers beautiful clear, faceted acrylic beads for .003¢, imitation pearls for less and tibetan silver for .01¢. That's my limit. I sell everything for $5 or less, because the price is everything.

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by: Anonymous

I use an "active" clipboard. I add and erase ideas.

The first page consists of items that need immediate attention. The remaining pages consist of color schemes, patterns, store rotations, statistics, future purchases awaiting a sale, handy storage list, etc.

Records and ideas can be stored on a computer as well. For inspiration, I collect jewelry images.

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by: Anonymous

Like any type of success, you need to discipline yourself and do your research. If you already have a full-time job, you need to be realistic about your schedule and put aside the time that is needed.

I started making crafts about five years ago during my retirement. I have sold periodically in nine stores.

I like consignment, because if you're unable to contribute, you don't have to. With a business, you have to be there - unless you are doing well enough to hire assisstants.

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by: Anonymous

You seem to have high aspirations in wanting to create as well as instruct as well as a bead store. Try taking one step at a time.

A loan may be difficult to acquire without a large down payment or collateral, especially without experience or a risky business.

Just putting two dozen products in a consignment shop takes a great deal of time.

It's also important to be realistic and not to spread yourself too thin.

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