We love hearing from our customers about the success they have had turning their passion for jewelry making into a successful business. Smadar e-mailed us a photo of a necklace she designed, and was pleased to share her story about getting into beading and how she’s taken it to the next level. It’s a treasured hobby she discovered while on vacation.
On the annual summer vacation she takes with her friends, Smadar joined a stringing and knotting workshop after seeing a group of women smiling as they left, each wearing a beautiful necklace. She thought that there must be some pleasure found in making jewelry—and she was right. During the workshop, Smadar realized how relaxing beading was. It was almost meditative, like her own “peaceful island” where she could escape the daily stresses of the real world.
Jewelry making quickly became Smadar’s favorite hobby. After a few months of stringing new ideas, Smadar decided to expand her hobby. She taught herself beadweaving techniques by browsing the Internet and learned about all sorts of different beads she could work with. In fact, she’s still learning new things and experimenting with new designs. One of her greatest joys is shopping for new beads—this is also when she gets new sparks of inspiration.
Creating her own jewelry designs is what she loves the most, though. She gets to breathe light into something brand new. Smadar said it’s like giving birth—”but without the diapers/feeding part that comes after that.”
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that she decided to create her own online store to sell her designs. She opened an Etsy shop and an Artfire store just to see if her things would sell. Her jewelry was selling well. Sadly, she was fired from her day job shortly after starting to sell her jewelry. However, this new freedom allowed Smadar to focus more on her jewelry making business and creating new designs. Her hard work and dedication has certainly paid off. She has had several of her designs published in Bead&Button and Beadwork magazine, and has even joined two online beading groups. Smadar now sells patterns and beading tutorials in her shop as well. She feels blessed every day that she gets to do what she loves for a living and would like to thank all of her wonderful customers for making it possible for her to do this.
You can browse her jewelry website on Etsy or the jewelry designs at her shop in Artfire. We’re happy that Smadar was able to turn a passion into success. If you’re just starting out and looking for a way to sell your designs, check out our Seller’s Secrets page where we share helpful ways to develop your jewelry-making business.
We want to hear your story, too! Send us your jewelry design to our blog for beaders e-mail to be featured as one of our customer success stories. Share your stories and inspire others to get creative! Mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.