Anyone do jewelry making as a hobby or to make extra cash?

United States
November 5, 2006 10:56am CST
This is something I am thinking about getting into & would like some input.
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@socrgrl (88)
• United States
5 Nov 06
yes i do, but its more as a hobby than to make money. I like to make necklaces for myself and they are great to give people as gifts b/c they are personal. it can get to be an expensive hobby, but i've been doing it off and on for several years so i have collected quite the assortment of beads. hope this helps! i don't want to discourage you though, it is very fun and rewarding!!
• United States
6 Nov 06
I have found that it can be expensive. I was able to find a great kit with some beautiful glass beads today, 50% off, and it was a great deal & I am now working on making 6 pairs of earrings that I plan to give as gifts to some friends for Christmas. I am not so sure I could do it to make money though.
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@cpamanda (694)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Hmmm, i wonder what I will be getting in my stocking? I am thinking about making cards for extra money, but nothing like the one I did last weekend!
• United States
17 Nov 06
Hey, you aren't supposed to be snooping! lol!
• United States
18 Dec 06
I make gothic and chainmail jewelry. It is a lot of fun and I do sell it. I have a website that I am still trying to get ranked on the search engines. I also sell through Ebay and get a lot of customers through MySpace. I also do fairs and festivals. It takes a lot of patience and time and energy to get a business like this going. It has to be your passion because you sure don't get rich quick!
• United States
20 Dec 06
There are so many types of jewelry to make. Tonight I'm teaching a class on making a Y-necklace with beads. Some of the types of jewelry that you can learn include lampwork beads, dichoric glass, macrame', chainmaile, seed or shell necklaces, lost wax casting, pearl stringing or dozens of types of beadwork.
• United States
20 Dec 06
That is a lot of different types. I do not know a lot about it, but i have been interested in learning more. I'll bet it is helpful to take a class to get started.
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I don't but my mom does. She does jewelry shows where she goes to people's homes. She also has booths at various functions.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Does your mom do the shows where the ladies make the jewelry? Or does she sell jewelry through direct sales? I was thinking about getting involved w/a direct sales jewelry job, but haven't been able to meet anyone who has done it successfully yet.
• United States
6 Nov 06
I don't but wish I was creative enough to do so.
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• United States
9 Nov 06
It does require a lot of creativity, as I have recently found. But it is lots of fun!
• United States
5 Nov 06
I do it, I make fine craft jewelry with gemstones, it's fun creative and can make you money if you know the business aspect of it
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• United States
6 Nov 06
That's great! You pic looks like you are pretty good at it too if those are your creations!
@oxygenton (242)
• India
1 Feb 07
i dont thk so...
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• United States
20 Dec 06
I do, but for me it's a hobby. I do think it's a great idea to earn some extra cash. Heck, when you start let me know so I can buy something. :]
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• United States
3 Feb 07
I make jewelry as a hobby. I only use glass beads, and I don't do any of that wiring type work. I give them as gifts or wear them myself. I love it!! It can get expensive, but it's a lot of fun!! I think it's a great stress reliever too!! :-)