We love hearing from our customers about the success they have had turning their passion for jewelry making into a successful business. Kirsten Ann Ryan 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 turned her passion into profit. This passion has been a lifelong hobby for Kirsten, sparking from her creative imagination as a child. Here’s her story:
From a young age I had always been creative and interested in making things with my hands. I loved anything that was pretty and caught my eye! I grew up near the beach and I loved collecting shells and admiring all their beautiful colours and patterns. I studied all the arty subjects at school –studio arts, fashion, visual design etc and also business management. I had always wanted to run my own business.
When I was about 14 I started experimenting with jewellery making, using little tiny seed beads to make small earrings and then progressed to tigertail necklaces. I just continued through trial and error over the years and developed my own personal style.
Over the years, Kirsten had created many glamorous designs that kept her collection growing. She soon made the decision to begin selling her jewelry so that others could take advantage of her talent. In 2009 Kirsten starting selling online, and has since sold to customers all over the world. In describing her style, Kirsten writes:
My designs are mostly statement pieces with a modern, vintage style—they are feminine and dramatic but also have a softness and strength about them. Most of my designs are one-off pieces, [but] I also do custom designs. I have an interest in fashion and design so I love to use fabrics in my designs such as laces, ribbons and tulle. I love working with pearls as I think they are timeless and elegant but can also be very modern when put with layers of chains.
We love Kirsten’s pieces and know you will, too! If you want to shop Kristy’s collection, check out her Etsy jewelry store and her label, Kirsten Ann Design. 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.