I started searching the internet for ideas on styles and techniques to do and stringing beads into something snazzy seemed to work. I kept buying materials, and kept making beaded bracelets, then necklaces, then earrings until finally I had to start selling some of them to pay for materials to make more. In January 2009, I purchased my domain name and set up shop on Artfire and listed the extra jewelry I had made. Participated in a couple of craft fairs during the year and in one year’s time I set up another shop under my domain and website.
At the beginning of March of 2010, I saw a chainmaille necklace while searching for trends in Google images, and since I’ve always loved metal whether it’s jewelry, sculptures, I decided I wanted to do that. I went online and took a look at a couple of tutorials of different weaves and tried it out. To me it was like knitting, once a pattern is made, repeat it over and over again. Once I mastered a weave, I wanted to learn more so I taught myself via some tutorials and by just looking at pictures. I was, still am, addicted to it and now use it as as my preferred technique/specialisation and haven’t stopped since. I no longer have my Artfire shop now so I can concentrate on my own site.
What advice would you give to other store owners?
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