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Spring cleaning: jewelry business tips

It's spring, and it's time to clean out the old bad habits and sweep in the new. I've been hoarding up these great tips from master jewelry makers, and it's time to share them with you before I lose my list!

I know that not everyone names their beadwork or jewelry pieces, but I do. The biggest challenge I face is that I can't seem to come up with GOOD names! Maybe this article by Laura Kay will help me:
How to name your handcrafted bead jewelry

While we're at it, let's take a look at our jewelry creations and decide if they are going to be pieces that sell. The best name in the world won't help if our designs are lame! Alisa Johnson helps us with that:
Crafting jewelry that sells

If you make multiples of your pieces, and are interested in selling them through stores, you will learn a lot from Eileen Bergen's explanation of bar codes and how to get them:
Bar codes and sku's

Here's one that's stumped me ever since I went full-time in art making and writing about it: how to answer nosy questions about how much I make. Miss Manner's has the perfect answer, and I thank Elaine Luther for the link:
Creative reader rich at (he)art

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After Miss Manner's suggested response, I would like to add "and how well does your work pay?" to point out the rudeness of the question.

Thanks for the link ;-)
Cyndi L said…
When faced with rude questions, I *usually* just ask them to repeat themselves, pretending I didn't hear. A lot of the time, people will rephrase or withdraw the allows them to save face if they think for a moment ;-)
Paul said…
My response to how much I make selling jewelry is "Twice as much as half" and let them figure it out.
Cyndi L said…
LOLOLOL!! You are much more polite than I am ;-)