Jewelry Design Inspiration: Rings

Jewelry Design Inspiration - Rings

I am often asked about inspiration for jewelry design.  My personal inspiration comes from many different places.  Yours may come from other places.  I started this weekly Jewelry Design Inspiration feature to give you ideas for your own inspiration.

This week’s jewelry design inspiration:  Rings.

Rings Every Day Month

Sometimes you just want to make a certain type of jewelry and the inspiration is simply “I want to make a ring.”

In that case it’s often a matter of playing with materials and seeing what happens.  Sometimes you’ll have a general technique or idea in mind and go from there.  You might purchase a tutorial you like and then get inspired to make something truly your own using the general from that jewelry designer.

If that’s the case, here are some ring tutorials you might want to check out:

Flower Ring Tutorial

Flower Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Wire Heart Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Heart Ring

Stretchy Button Ring Tutorial

How to Make a Stretch Ring

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Bead Dangle Ring Tutorial

Adjustable Spiral Ring Tutorial

How to Make an Adjustable Spiral Ring

Wire Wrapped Circle Ring Tutorial

Wire Circle Ring Tutorial

Rings Every Day Month Premium Calendar

Get ring inspiration every day for 30 days with Rings Every Day Month!  There are two versions:  Free and Premium.  With the premium version you get a new tutorial every single day for a month starting April 1st (the rings you see above!)

Learn more and join here:  Rings Every Day Month.

Jewelry Business Tips: Multiple Streams of Income Part 5, Wholesale

Jewelry Business Tips

This Part 4 on a series of posts about multiple streams of income in handmade jewelry business.

What is multiple streams of income?  It’s a combination of income generating activities.  It will mean different things for each individual depending on what you want your business to be and your life circumstances.  For me, it meant that I sold online, at craft shows, in a retail space, at home parties and in shops.  For you it could be a different combination.

Part 1 is here.  (An overview of multiple income streams.)

Part 2 is here.  (Selling online.)

Part 3 is here (Craft Shows)

Part 4 is here. (Consignment)

Jewelry Business Tip - Multiple Streams of Income Part 5, Wholesale

Selling Your Jewelry to Stores Wholesale

Last week we talked about selling jewelry on consignment, which involves dropping off your jewelry to a store and then getting a percentage of the sale when your pieces sell.

Selling wholesale is typically more desirable than consignment because when someone makes a wholesale order, once you fulfill the order and get payment the transaction is complete.  The jewelry now belongs to the store and you no longer have to worry about having inventory out and about and not sold.  Your part of the transaction is over.

Although I did have some wholesale orders at the very start of my business, I would say it’s much more typical that you get wholesale orders the more time you’ve been in business.  However, you can definitely search out those opportunities at any point in your jewelry making career.

The key to being profitable is to make sure that you set up your pricing correctly from the beginning so you can offer your products at wholesale prices.  Typically you offer wholesale at a 50 percent discount when a customer reaches a certain threshold in their order.  You do not have to do the 50 percent discount, but it’s kind of expected in wholesale.

There are lots of things to consider.  If you start getting a lot of orders, are you able to fulfill them?  Do you have a catalog or a line sheet that you can present to potential wholesale customers?  Do you make jewelry that even can be sold in wholesale?

One way to get wholesale orders is to do a trade show.  Trade shows are a big expense from the booth fee, designing your booth to traveling to the show, but they have a big payoff.

To be honest, I don’t have a ton of experience in the wholesale world, but I wanted to present it as an option to you.  If this is something that interests you, then I suggest you work out your pricing first so that you know it will be worthwhile and profitable for you.

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Tools and Materials Needed to Make Wire Wrapped Rings

Tools Needed to Make Wire Wrapped Rings

I made a little video about the tools and materials you’ll need to make wire wrapped rings.  Rings Every Day Month is coming up starting on April 1st (learn more here), so this is a helpful introduction.

Even if you’re not participating in Rings Every Day Month (or you found this post after the fact) this is really helpful information if you want to make wire wrapped rings.

Tools & Materials Needed to Make Wire Wrapped Rings:

As a recap, you’ll need:

  • Wire cutters
  • Ring Mandrel
  • Chain or flat nose pliers
  • Serrated pliers
  • A ruler
  • Round nose pliers (for some rings, but not for all)
  • Wire – mostly 20 gauge half-hard round.  Learn more about wire for rings here.
  • Beads or other materials (if that’s the kind of ring you’re making.  Some rings are just all wire!)

Up for a ring challenge?  Try Rings Every Day Month!  There are two ways to participate.  You can sign up for the premium version and get a new wire wrapped ring tutorial every single day for a month beginning April 1st.  Or the free version where you’ll get a daily inspirational email, but not a tutorial.  (I’ll be sending out a tutorial to the free version once a week.)

Click here to learn more about it!

Rings Every Day Month Premium Calendar

About me (Kim):

I create jewelry making patterns, eBooks, Workshops and eCourses focused on wire and leaning toward clean designs.  My instructions help you clearly understand and successfully create jewelry and then use your own creativity to express yourself beyond my instructions.  I use clear, close up photos and videos and detailed instructions explaining everything you need to be successful.

How Daily Challenges Can Help Your Creativity (and Rings Every Day Month)

Rings Every Day Month

Sometimes I don’t feel really creative.  Creativity is not something you learn and then that’s it:  you’re creative!  You have to keep practicing it.  You have to keep doing creative activities to stay in that mindset.

Sometimes I get really busy and don’t take time out for my own creativity.  I like to do something just for myself that is creative every day.  Sometimes one day goes by and then another.  And before you know it, I don’t remember the last the I did something creative just for myself.

I talk about all kinds of ways to help your creativity here on this blog.  I have found that when I realize that I’m not taking time for myself to be creative that a daily challenge helps me.  It doesn’t have to be intense.  It can be a small amount of daily time, such as “I will take 30 minutes to do something creative each day for a month.”

It’s great because it’s not forever.  I’m not saying that I’ll be making a piece of jewelry every day for 5 years.  I’m simply doing it for a month.  And at the end of the month I will see how I feel.  Maybe I will want to continue a daily creative practice.  Maybe I’ll cut it down to weekly or something else entirely.

Sometimes I focus on a particular thing, such as earrings (like we did last September.)  Or somethings I’ll just say, “For 30 minutes each day I will do a creative activity” and it’s more laid back.

I do find, however, it’s so much easier when I have everything set up and ready to go each day so when I sit down to my work table I can just start.  So focusing on one specific thing a day for a month is perfect for me.

Obviously jewelry making is my favorite thing.  I love designing jewelry.  I love making jewelry.  I love accessorizing my outfits with jewelry.  And I love sharing my work with others.  And lately I’ve been really into making wire wrapped rings!

Does that sound like something that can help you, too? 

Wire Wrapped Rings eCourse + Rings Every Day Month

If so, I invite you to join in with Rings Every Day Month starting on April 1st!  I’m going to guide you along, so you don’t have to remember each day.  I’ll be your inspirational accountability partner, gently giving you daily reminders to make a ring!

There are 2 options you can choose from for Rings Every Day Month:

Rings Every Day Month Table

The absolutely free version where you will get daily inspirational emails from me.  Once a week I’ll send you a ring tutorial.

Or the premium (paid) version.  That version includes a DAILY ring tutorial, 30 in total, so you can also learn new ring designs as you go along.

The ring tutorials are all with wire and beads and other materials.  You don’t need any special metalsmithing skills or tools.  Just wire, a ring mandrel, beads and a basic tools.  (On Tuesday I’m going to do a whole post just about the tools you need to make wire wrapped rings!)

At the end of the month you’ll have 30 new rings!  You will feel more creative and you’ll have a new daily creativity practice!

To sign up for Rings Every Day Month, click here.