hobby I had found myself – silver smithing. Well, I’ve been at it for a while
now, and I’ve decided to start selling a few bits that I make to help fund more
time in the jewellery studio. Silver smithing is not a cheap hobby by any means
and post cancer Emma works 4 days a week to help cope with the fatigue I’m
still feeling, so I don’t want to reach a point where I am struggling to afford
to be able to carry on doing it, and as I am fast running out of fingers and
arm space to wear the things I’ve made, I thought I’d start trying to make a
little bit extra money from it!
mentioned it on social media quite a bit, but today I listed my first item – a replica
of a ring that I made myself in the summer – and it felt like it might be the
right time to do it.
exactly how often I’ll be listing things, and having a shop front sitting empty
if I didn’t have anything to list felt a little silly, so I’ve take a leaf out
of Littlevaseco’s book and I’ve set myself up a new Instagram to share all my
jewellery related posts and to run sales through until I know what I want to be
doing with this new found love.
Instagram, you can find my shiny new account here – OhGoshSilver!
packaging and business cards, and pricing. Last week my tutor Emmie helped me work out my costs and
showed me how to set my prices and I got myself in gear and ordered everything,
so now I am set up to sell. As I mentioned above, my first item, a ring I’ve
made because I got so many complements on the one I made myself, is live on
there for sale now, and I do have a couple of other bits to list too – I’m just
trying to figure out the best way to photograph them.
I made last week is actually too heavy to sell as sterling silver (it’s 13grams
and it needs to be under 7.78grams), without being hallmarked, and right now I
don’t have the spare £90 to get myself an account with the assays office – so I’ll
be squirrelling that one away for the future!
know what you think of the stuff I’m making and also, if you have any tips on
how to sell through Instagram – I am all ears!