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My Jewelry-making Hobby Could Be Business

I began making jewelry in 2005. I started to learn so I could create a few things for myself. The business woman in me saw it as a possible opportunity.

Earrings are relatively easy to make and, often times, choosing the beads takes longer that the assembly. I also like making them for the instant gratification of finishing a project quickly.

A Funky Re-Do

Reclaiming and refurbishing older pieces into new is a favorite of mine. When a client brings me old, discarded jewelry, or broken and mismatched items, I feel as if I have found a treasure.

This photograph with the gold flower post is a re-do of an original pair from the owner. The original had a lot of plastic beads. I used the original gold findings, but chose a collection of glass beads to make this into a funky new pair to have a brand new life. These are probably my favorite all-time pair I have ever made.

New Creations

Simple earrings take five to ten minutes to make. This makes them a good choice to sell. Often, jewelry hobbyists will mark simple earrings with a 5-dollar price tag. Those who take business a bit more seriously will take a more artistic approach to the beads they choose, as well as the quality.

In the two color combinations of simple, prefabricated "beach glass" below, the basic construction took just a few minutes to assemble. I called them "Life's a Beach Glass." They were the perfect summer earrings for two customers. Each pair sold for 18 dollars.

Photograph is author owned. This image was taken and owned by the author.

Another design I made were called "Dangly Bits." They were constructed of Chinese crystal, pewter elements, and wire. Again, there were rather simple to make, but fun. They sold for 22 dollars.

This image was taken and owned by the author.

The next earrings were a pair made for a friend of mine as a gift. She is very active in support and fundraising for breast cancer causes. This pair was made with pearls, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver components. I called this pair "Pink Hope."

This image was taken and owned by the author.

Earrings are some of my favorite pieces to make because they can be made with very few components, yet look so wonderful. Easy, requiring little time for simple pieces, earrings can be some of the best options for beginning a jewelry business.

I also have done a fair amount of repair and restringing of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rosary beads.

To see more beaded creations from CocoGypsy (that's me), click the following links:

Simplicity in Copper

Cat Earrings

The First Rosary--Purple w/artistic Pater Beads

Rosary Crystals

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0600 PDT 12,335 18.50

2 hr-- +15/$.02 // 107.11 to 107.51 avg

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© Copyright 2015 - Coral Levang. All Rights Reserved

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wolfgirl569 wrote on July 17, 2015, 10:06 AM

Those are all very pretty, My crafting takes longer

Feisty56 wrote on July 17, 2015, 12:56 PM

Jewelry-making allows you to use your creativity in all sorts of ways. Choosing quality components makes a big difference in the finished product, as your photos here show.

seren3 wrote on July 17, 2015, 1:54 PM

CoralLevang Nice! I love the "Pink Hope" pair!

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 2:38 PM

Thank you, wolfgirl569 . Oh, I have others that take MUCH longer.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 2:39 PM

&AbbyG The funny thing is that I do not wear much of what I have made. I have pearl studs that are my "go to." emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 2:40 PM

Thank you, Feisty56 ! I appreciate this compliment. My earliest days, if it was a bead, I would buy it. Now I know the difference. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 2:41 PM

seren3 Thanks! My friend really liked them, as well.

MegL wrote on July 17, 2015, 5:00 PM

It's great when an enjoyable hobby can become a business, as long as it doesn't take over your whole life.

CoralLevang wrote on July 17, 2015, 8:47 PM

I give it my all when it's time for me to jump in. I'm not sure that I can prevent that, MegL , no matter what I do.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 17, 2015, 10:17 PM

I know I'm repeating myself, but you do very lovely work CoralLevang .

allen0187 wrote on July 18, 2015, 12:03 AM

Those are all beautiful pieces! Did you teach yourself how to create jewelry or did you take some sort of formal education?

Wishing you continued success in this business endeavor of yours.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:40 AM

They are all very pretty. You are very talented.

CoralLevang wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:39 PM

Thank you, DWDavisRSL ... I prefer working on things that people want, and the re-do thiings, rather than make mass. I've also thought about a business model that is similar to that which I worked with another company. I could so do that where I let others see how easy it is. As much as I have in product, I could sell beads to people. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:42 PM

allen0187 A little bit of both. I went to a top-of-the-line shop in the industry to learn technique at their classes, which I found better than some I've found in some of the big-name craft stores. I learned the difference between working with lower end supplies, and better quality. And then I have taught myself some of the rest. I am actually quite simple. I do not like making a lot of intricate things. That's where the true talent comes in. I see myself as much more mundane. Thank you. I'm not sure I want to go too business. We'll see.

CoralLevang wrote on July 18, 2015, 2:44 PM

Shellyann36 Thank you so much.

allen0187 wrote on July 18, 2015, 7:49 PM

Good luck to you if ever you decide to pursue this line of business.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 18, 2015, 10:52 PM

I have a friend, she's a former colleague just retired, who teaches crafting a night or two at the community center. There is a small fee for the class and she splits it with the center. Perhaps you could do something like that.

CoralLevang wrote on July 19, 2015, 9:27 AM

That is an idea. I have to get some things together, but might be something I could pitch soon.

cheri wrote on July 20, 2015, 1:36 AM

Very beautiful collection! You can really make a treasure out of these creations.

CoralLevang wrote on July 20, 2015, 2:08 AM

Thank you so much, cheri . emoticon :smile:

Shellyann36 wrote on July 21, 2015, 12:23 AM

You are very welcome. I have tried my hand in the past at making bracelets and necklaces but I get stumped on coordinating the colors and stones.