How to Design your Craft Stall – Hints, Tips and Tricks

Chrissie Freeth - Tapestry Weaver

Grab yourself a brew, get comfy, this is a bit of a whopper of a post. No skimming – I’ll know if you do.

Times are hard for anyone who sells at craft fairs. People are looking, but they are buying less. As Kirsten Miller in UK Handmade recently discussed, fairs are becoming more about networking and marketing than shifting stock. To stand out, to succeed, there is far more to setting up your pitch these days than simply dumping your wares on a table. Your stall has to stand out, and it has to sell you and your business as well as your goods.

I’m no marketing expert but I’m sharing what I learned on the way to my first craft fair, some of the things I thought about when it came to designing my stall, and some of the questions I found it useful to face. Hopefully it…

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Bracelets!!! Pearls, kitty cats, flowers, humming birds, butterflies, ladybugs and more!

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Fresh off the pliers these one of a kind bracelets are sure to add sparkle to any wardrobe!

We have copper, gold-plate, silver and stainless steel bracelets. Made with a huge variety of beads; a little bit of everything to suit a variety of tastes!

We have pearls, kitty cats, humming birds and starfish.  There are Swarovski Crystals, pewter and glass beads.  We even have a bead of Saturn🙂

Please visit my web-store to see these, and all of my other fabulous jewelry creation!

http://www.wrappedtogo.net/

Heart pendants, perfect Valentine’s gift jewelry

Ideal gift ideas for Valentine’s day, these hot off the pliers Hearts are available on my web-store at: www.wrappedtogo.net

Click here to see all of my unique and creative designs!

 

Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Rhodochrosite heart in silver jewelry

Turquoise heart

Turquoise heart

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Blue Topaz heart jewelry

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Pink Kunzite heart pendant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Madeira Citrene heart pandant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Amethyst heart in silver pendant

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Double-sided Amethist heart jewelry

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Dichroic glass heart pendant

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Double sided Sodalite heart jewelry

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Synthetic Ruby heart in gold pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Rhodochrosite heart in gold wire pendant

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

Victoria stone/Imori stone heart

Larimar Jewelry handmade pendants

Rare and unique, Larimar jewelry is only found in the Dominican Republic.  To me, the colors of Larimar look like the waves of the ocean.

Being a blue stone, it represents the throat chakra, hence it promotes clear communication, it provides the strength and courage needed to speak openly from the heart.  It also promotes serenity and relaxation.

Here are some examples of Larimar available on my web-site, http://www.wrappedtogo.net/Larimar.html

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Christmas jewelry

Just in time for the holidays, this lovely stocking is sure to spread some cheer!
This dichroic glass pendant is enhanced with Swarovski crystals and wrapped in silver-tone wire.  Measures about 3 1/4″ long by 2 1/8 wide.  (83 x 54 mm)

Available for purchase here:  http://www.wrappedtogo.net/page211.html

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Metaphysical Properties of Spectrolite

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A stone of transformation, Labradorite (also known as Spectrolite)
is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance.
It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies.
Excellent for strengthening intuition-promoting psychic abilities.
Powerful in revealing the truth behind illusions, Labradorite (Spectrolite)
banishes fears and insecurities, and strengthens faith in the self
and trust in the universe.  It stimulates the imagination and calms an overactive mind,
developing enthusiasm and new ideas.

Labradorite (Spectrolite) treats disorders of the eyes and brain,
stimulates mental acuity, and relieves anxiety and stress.
It regulates metabolism, balances hormones and relieves menstrual tension.
Labradorite treats colds, gout, and rheumatism,
lowers blood pressure, and aids in digestion.

The astrological signs of Spectrolite are Scorpio, Sagittarius and Leo. Associated with the Winter season, and the January Moon (Wolf Moon).

Labradorite (Spectrolite) Associations:
Chakras – Base Chakra
Zodiac – Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Planet…

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History of Handmade Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is made by bringing together different components that are assembled by the hand of mankind other than using machines. Even if at some point lathes and drills are used to make the jewelry, they have to be guided by the hands of humans. They are made by artists who use any kind of available material to come up with unique designs by using several techniques.

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Handmade Emerald Pendant

Some of the materials used to make the jewelry include gemstones, special coated wires, beads or even threads. With the unique skills, the jewelry are crafted using wires wrapped on the gemstones. History of handmade jewelry is traced back several thousands of years ago when jewelries were used by different cultures for different purposes. They provide several myths about how the ancient cultures functioned. This also includes the beautiful wire wrapped jewelry.

It is believed that the very first jewelry originated from the people in Africa. The materials used then included perforated beads that proved that shell jewelry made out of sea snails, dating 75,000 years ago at Blombos Cave, were very beautiful. In Kenya, at Enkapune Ya Muto, perforated ostrich egg shells were used to make numerous beads dating more than 40,000 years ago. In other parts of the world, there is evidence that the Cro-Magnons wore crude bracelets and necklaces made of bones, teeth, berries, mammoth tusks and stones.

The first sign of a copper jewelry was seen around 7000 years ago. Tremendous development on handmade jewelry include; Pair of Gold Hair Ornaments, Mesopotamian, circa 2000 BC in Greece, Gold earring from Mycenae, from the 16th century to the 20th century where there have been tremendous improvements on jewelry making worldwide. In the 21st century, most modern commercial jewelry continues traditional forms and styles, but designers have widened the concept of wearable art, bringing in the use of plastics, Precious Metal Clay, and coloring techniques.

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Ammolite handmade jewelry

Handcrafted jewelry has become very popular around the world. The current trends in handmade jewelry making involves unique necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and are all about size, volume, and edginess. They include; oversized cuffs, stacking rings, mixed metals, chandelier earrings, cuff earrings and cartilage jewelry, bright-chunky rings, glam chokers, statement necklaces, layering small pendants and charms as well as animal-themed jewelry. Therefore, you need to look for current trends in handmade jewelry making, especially the wire wrapped jewelry.

I use several gemstones to make wire wrapped jewelry as it gives it the glamour that is required of it. I use Ametrine Heart gemstone to make very unique and gorgeous jewelry. This awesome sparkling gemstone that is heart-shaped is wrapped using 14k gold-filled wire that is approximately 1 7/8” long and 1” wide (48x25mm). It is approximately $ 150 in price.

My skills as a jewelry artist are unique. I have acquired over 25 years of twisting Stainless Steel Safety wire as a licensed Aircraft Mechanic and Inspector, working on Piper Cubs to Boeing 747s. This vital skill of mine has enabled me to transform a wire wrapping activity into a serious business of jewelry making.

 

Aquamarine-heart pendant

Handmade Jewelry

For my handmade jewelry,  I wrap stones creatively by observing each angle to bring out their natural look and use the very finest available materials in the market. All my plastic materials and wire wrapped jewelry are of high quality and I use natural materials like Coral, Jasper, Turquoise, Agates, Glass and Pearls, without forgetting the whole family of Citrine & Peridot, Apatite & Amethyst as well as Chalcedony & Tourmaline gemstones.

Also in my possession is the world’s finest lead crystal that is made by Swarovski. Moreover, I use solid Sterling Silver, Copper or Brass wire and 14k Gold, to wrap my one of a kind jewelry that is handcrafted. I also customize jewelry pieces to meet the individual needs and unique personality of each client as well as budget. You can see all these products, and more, in my website www.wrappedtogo.net.

Emerald pendant, handmade wire wrap jewelry

Emerald pendant, handmade wire wrap jewelry

Perfect color for the wearing of the green, this gorgeous, green pendant was created with a synthetic Emerald wrapped in solid Sterling Silver wire. This sparkling beauty is about 1 1/4″ long by 1/2″ wide” (32 x 10 mm)

$100.00
May be purchased at my web-site:  www.wrappedtogo.netteardrop-emerald
Thank you🙂

Valentine Hearts, and other unique jewelry

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