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I have taken several bead weaving classes, Chainmaille classes etc. I love putting the colors together and I get compliments. It seems that everyone is doing the craft when I see all of the bead supplies in large box stores. There are some ugly beads there compared to private stores. My husband tells me that I do the craft better than others but I don't think it is a good investment. It is rewarding for the purpose of giving to friends and family.
That is fruitful. I like the creativity. I see women chasing around giving classes for profit and they make some pocket change but I see their displeasure when teaching slower learners. I've witnessed a particularly rude woman teaching and I wonder what her purpose is. She is quite good at The craft but I don't think that she does favors for herself. She is not a great teacher but she is skilled enough at the craft that people can glean information from her if they can stand the stress of her unbalanced class room manner. Even if one was better than others at Jewelry making (not talking about Jewelers) she/he would still spend a lot of effort and money without the cash If she tried to sell it. I think that the previoulsy mentioned artist with poor teaching skills must be compelled to teach in order to make money at her craft.

Do readers have thoughts or observations on this matter.

The beading magazines, Wirework magazines and big businesses make a big profit I'm sure. Private beading stores do well also. I just wonder about the little people -- the teachers like the one mentioned above and other craftsmen. I'm glad that there are small little clubs around with generous and polite teachers who share their skills. Thank goodness for them. I hope that the private beading stores will last a long time. I do wonder when they will be out of favor though.

What are your observations. How long do you think the jewelry beading trend will be hot? Other thoughts?

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40 yrs ago I was making jewelry with beads, macrame, wire weaving, etc.. It all depends on access to supplies. I truly remember mugging the telephone repairman for his scrap plastic coated wires to make bracelets and rings.
I personally love handmade jewelry. Craft shows, street festivals and the like aren't doing us any favors if they charge high booth prices. And too few people browse through the beading stores. The internet has helped certainly but nothing takes the place of admiring beadwork in person.
Thanks for posting and helping us think about trends and treasures.


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My thoughts about beading and jewelry making is to be creative and expand one style into another. Always try and be inovative making your items different. You can get tons of ideas from craft shows, but always take it a step further, making your items fresh and new, never before seen! Using different colors, different mediums such as leather, silk, etc. wild and one of a kind beads. Example...using a netsuke as a bead or a vintage brooch into a bracelet using a leather strap. There are so many ways to make your ideas come alive. One of my friends had a very expensive sweater ruined by walking into someone with a cigarette. She beaded the front to cover the burn and created a couture item she wore for years. Think outside the box, ask a teenager what she would like in a piece of jewelry. Sure, it might end up looking like something out of Harry Potter, but you might create a winner.

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I have been making jewelry off and on for years. I think it will always be around but it is difficult to make money at it unless you are making high end items and have a good outlet. I have always made mine for gifts and do occassionaly get an order from someone who has seen what I made.
 
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Thank you all for your wonderful and informative insight. I have stopped the craft for now to pursue other interests. Life is short and one must prioritize.

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I've witnessed some poor behavior on the part of teachers who were not "raised right" Oh Well people will be people. But if I owned a store, teachers would know my standards for behavior.... visiting teachers or employees.
 
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Great advice, and all this information and advice gives me the perfect excuse to never get rid of any of my craft supplies. Because I know I will use it at some point, the only problem is, the older I get the more I forget what I've got.
 
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Chandlercr tell me about it. I have bought so many duplicate items because I forgot I already had them.

Leafly - I have been fortunate lately in instructors but I do know what you mean. One shop I took classes at had an instructor that would show no patience if you didn't get what she was saying right away. Then the rest of the class she would say to the person, "Well do you understand this? really snottily
 
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Chandlercr tell me about it. I have bought so many duplicate items because I forgot I already had them.

Leafly - I have been fortunate lately in instructors but I do know what you mean. One shop I took classes at had an instructor that would show no patience if you didn't get what she was saying right away. Then the rest of the class she would say to the person, "Well do you understand this? really snottily


That's bad business, bad manners,... and doesn't it make you fume? Some women are so silly and petty.
 
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Chandlercr, I was cleaning out my kitchen drawers a month ago. I'm embarrassed to say that I had three or four garlic crushers. I rarely use them although I do use a lot of fresh garlic.
 
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My friend's 30 something daughter has an Etsy business and sells simple chain necklaces with charms on them. These are not high end jewelry- none sells for more than $24. She basically puts them together from wholesale materials. Last year she made $100,000. If you have a talent and can market, your hobby may be more lucrative than you think.
 
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My friend's 30 something daughter has an Etsy business and sells simple chain necklaces with charms on them. These are not high end jewelry- none sells for more than $24. She basically puts them together from wholesale materials. Last year she made $100,000. If you have a talent and can market, your hobby may be more lucrative than you think.


I'm on the floor pkpk23. The internet does change business practices, doesn't it.

Her work must be beautiful!

Thanks for your information.
 
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Lovehobbycraft,

I've seen charitable organizations and also volunteers make paper beads available to the public on behalf of poverty stricken women. Those beads are made by third world women who are oppressed in some form. Home made beads were passed around in a church class that I attend just this past month. I also saw a TV special about a lady who was a single mother in South America who sold her jewelry on the street. She was having trouble there. Once again volunteers helped her. This is just my two cents worth, that's all, but I don't think that government should intervene on behalf of beaders here in America.
 
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First, if you take a class with a bad or rude teacher ask for your money back. It is simple. You pay to learn and not be insulted. I learned this at a local bead shop.

Also regarding classes, a person can make good money doing this. A teacher will usually hold a class in a shop which does not charge her because they sell supplies for the class to the students. Then the teacher can charge $50 on up per student. Even if the class is limited to 10 students that is $500 for a two hour class. Not many average folks make over $100 an hour.

Second, beading and jewelry makings is a craft and an art. It has been around for literally thousands of years. You can make money at it if you are willing to do a bit of research. I know 2 young SAH moms who make a nice part time income by making items for some local tourist places such as an inn and a ski resort. They were paid $35 plus supplies for a bracelet that retailed for over $100. It was pretty but simple-beads and wire wrapping and a lobster clasp. Not bad for less than 20 minutes work.

There are locals who sell their jewelry in casinos and other places directly to customes. They take their trays in and walk around. One man tried to sell me a necklace that was just strung beads he bought for less than $5 already strung and put a clasp on it. He was asking $50. I told him no thanks but another woman snapped it up. I know where he bought the beads for wholesale because I shop there too.
 
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Hi, I am fairly new to beading, but I am really enjoying it so far. I have done a couple of bracelets and earrings for myself and family/friends. I most recently made a beaded octopus and plan to make a bead tree for my mom for Christmas this year. I have found that the beads are fairly expensive even when you are buying them from Michaels and Joann fabrics. Do you know where to buy them wholesale from? I have found some good buys on ebay even though most of those are not real stones, but that is okay with me for now. I would also love to know if anyone knows where you could find out how to make 3d beaded animals that stand upright. I saw several projects on the Internet, but sometimes they are in a different language and being new to beading even after you run them through translation software, they are not the easiest to understand. I do hope the trend continues because I enjoy learning how to make jewelry and making jewelry. And since I love to wear jewelry, I make a lot of pieces for myself. My friends and family think that I should start selling them, but i am not sure if I am ready for that yet. thanks,

Nicole
 
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Nicole have you looked at Fire Mountain Gems? My mom bought a lot of her beads from them. They offer discounts when buying several packages and they also offer bulk prices. Their customer service can not be beat.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/
 
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Thanks. I will definitely check them out. I had checked out either art fusion.com or bead fusion.com (something like that) but they were kind of expensive. It might be cheap if they are reAl gemstone beads, but I was not sure if they were real and I wanted to start with the cheaper supplies first. I will check out the website you suggested. thanks!
 
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I LOVE enhancing costume jewelry or creating my own statement pieces, BUT I do so freely for a worthwhile organization I volunteer for. To see some of my bling enhancing a back to work woman, especially a domestic vi@lence client is priceless and I tell them they are one-of-kind. This on going project is great fun for me as I have always been creative with a desire to embellish the ordinary to extraordinary. Though I have received tons of compliments for my necklaces and earrings, often followed by, " You should sell these!" I am tired of the craft show circuit and have no desire to Ebay. My reward is pure joy on the faces of the recipients in pursuing the hobby that has become a passion.

Regarding poor instructors, not everyone is cut out to be an instructor. It takes a great deal of patience and communicative skills. I know because I have taught in the past (floral design). The same disposition holds true for the student, I might add. Crafting, in particular, should be enjoyable and even therapeutic.

As for beading and other forms of handcraft jewelry, I see no demise on the horizon. The key is to be one step ahead of others in terms of designs and materials. If selling though, realize the inexpensive pricing from China, EBay, thrift stores, church sales, garage sales, etc. Unless you are a true artisan involved in juried shows or on line, it seldom is profitable monetarily speaking. Obviously, if you can cut your materials cost down considerably, you're profit margin will increase.
 
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A friend got into it big time a few years ago; she still does some, but not as much as she has moved on to yarn crafts.

I never did beading, too shaky of hands Wink
 
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I like making bracelets on elastic or memory wire.
 
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