making jewelry to sell
This is my latest free printable. Free for you to download and use to make jewelry to sell. A link to the download is further down this page – so keep reading!

Making Jewelry To Sell – Five Things Beginners Need To Know.

In this post, I am going to talk about making jewelry to sell and giving you suggestions for a quick and easy way to begin, even if you are not artistic or full of creative ideas.

By the end of this post, you will know how to quickly begin creating attractive handmade jewelry that you can sell online or at craft fairs.

My latest free printable for making beautiful zodiac pendants. See my YouTube video for how to use the designs.

Although I do sell craft printables on Etsy, I also regularly give away free printables on here for those who may appreciate having designs they can use when making jewlery to sell.

In this and future posts, I will be showing paid for designs that you can buy for a few dollars in my Etsy shop but I will also be giving out new free printables on here as well to ensure everyone has access to designs they can use freely.

On sale in my Etsy shop – £3 – Can be used to make pendants to sell

So for those who are new to making handmade jewlery, here are the five main things you need to know when making jewlery to sell.

A glass cabochon pendant made with one of my previous free printables. Very fast to make.
  • Your handmade pendant/bracelet/bag charm/keychain must be quick and easy to make.
    Otherwise, you will not be able to make enough stock to make a worthwhile profit. You should be able to make plenty of stock quickly if you want to make money. And unless you are making high-end gold or silver handmade jewelry, you will not be able to set your prices based on how long it took you to create a piece.

    If you are a beginner to crafts or handmade jewlery, a very good place to start is making glass cabochon jewelry which is quick and easy to make but is also attractive and looks professional.

    The four main elements of glass cabochon jewlery are:
  • The pendant bezel, which is the metal tray that the design sits in.
  • The design – an image that sits under the glass cabochon.
  • The glass cabochon, or dome, that sits on top of the design to protect it
  • A chain to hang the pendant on.

    You can see how to put these elements together in this YouTube tutorial.
Handmade glass Cabochon Jewelry

2. Your jewelry needs to be made with good quality, robust materials that will not fall apart.

The challenge you face in selling handmade jewelry is sourcing good findings that don’t cost the earth and yet still produce an impressive, good quality product you can sell at the right price.

The pendant trays and glass cabochons that I use in my jewelry are a good example of how it is possible to find good quality supplies at the right price.

Making jewlery to sell
Pendant bezels – the basis for your handmade pendants.

And I will be giving links further down, showing where you can get these supplies to use either with your own designs or, with the free designs I post on here.

In the images above, you can see three of my previous free printables which are still available. All you need to do is click the link to go to the post where you will find links to the videos showing how I used them. And in those videos you will be given a password to get into the download page for each design.
Pristine square glass cabochons – round ones are also available.

3. Your jewelry needs to be priced just right in order to attract buyers.

To see what I mean, have a look at the handmade jewelry being sold on platforms such as Etsy. Look for stores that have lots of sales and take note of their pricing and quality.

Then look for stores that have beautiful handmade jewelry but very low sales and look at the pricing. Is it too high? Is that why people are not buying?

You can learn a lot about the handmade market by Etsy surfing and seeing what sells well and at what price.

Being able to source decent findings, at a good price and of a standard good enough to use as a base for your designs, is the key to being able to sell at a price people will be willing to pay.

If your base supplies are very expensive and it takes you two days to make one item of jewelry, the chances are you will not be able to charge enough to cover your time and costs and make a profit.

4. Your jewelry needs to be unique and any designs used must not infringe copyright.

Cabochon jewelry is all based around having an eyecatching design at the heart of the piece. That is the point of cabochon pendants, keychains, bag charms, fridge magnets or card toppers. You need an attractive design that will go under the glass cabochon and be the main focus of the piece.

For these pendants, I used some of my own artwork in bronze and silver colored bezels.

But what if you are not confident with your design skills or artistic capability?

Does that mean you can use pictures from the internet instead of creating your own designs?

This is where you need to be very careful.

Using designs that belong to individuals or organisations without their permission is a bad move.

The rule of thumb is this – if you did not create the image/painting/drawing you want to use, there will be copyright issues to consider and consider them you must.

Using any images, icons, characters from, for example, a Disney movie could get you into a lot of trouble.

Do not be fooled by those who appear to be getting away with breaking copyright by using well known characters, logos, names, images etc on their products – do not follow suit.

Whatever money you make is not worth what will happen when copyright owners catch up with you. It really isn’t. So what do you do?

You can either buy designs from online shops such as Etsy or look for free printables like the ones I give away on here.

If you buy designs, you must check to see if you are allowed to use them to make items you are going to sell.

The same goes for free printables. Always check with the seller’s Terms & Conditions for the limitations are on how you can use them. Most sellers publish their T’s & C’s on the page where they are selling the download.

My free printables can be used freely to make jewelry, bag charms, fridge magnets, card toppers or keychains to sell.

The only restriction I place on my free printables is that they must only be used to create a jewelry item in which the design is used. They must not be sold on, or given away, as a sheet of designs or repackaged in any way to be sold as is.

There are Terms & Conditions on the download pages with each free download.

If in doubt, you can always contact me through the contact form to ask.

5. Presentation – Your handmade items need to be presented/packaged properly

Before you begin to make items to sell, you need to give some thought to how you will package them.

Organza bags are a cost effective way to present your jewelry

Organza bags such as those you see above are a great way to present your pendants etc.

They are easy to get online and will not add too much to the costs of making your items.

Another way to present your work that will not cost you too much is to fix your jewelry to a piece of card that you have stamped with a decorative stamp.

You could combine this with the organza bag if you wanted to – just slip the card into the bag and this will finish things off nicely.

You can also buy small boxes but of course the more sophisticated your packaging, the more your costs will eat into your profit.

As you can see, making jewelry to sell is fairly straightforward if you follow these five tips.

If you still feel daunted by the thought of what you will use for designs, just go ahead and watch my YouTube video tutorials in which I give the passwords for the pages on this site where the free printables are, download the designs, print them off and make your first pendants, bag charms, keychains, fridge magnets, card toppers or whatever other items you can think of.

Here are links to the YouTube videos showing how I used my previous giveaways:

My latest free printable is a set of Zodiac designs using a background design I did with a heavenly theme.

How the designs look in pendants
Free printable

Click here to go to the download page for this free printable – pssst – no password needed this time!

There is also another set of Zodiac signs, in white and on a different background, available to download in my Etsy shop.

Available to download in my Etsy shop

So now that you have some designs to use, where do you get these bezels, glass cabochons and chains?

It’s easy – everything you need to start making cabochon pendants to sell is all under one roof in my Amazon storefront. Follow this link if you are UK based and then go to the Craft Supplies section where you will find everything you need.

If you are US based, please click here.

And to read my Amazon Affiliate statement, please click here.

There are also double-sided tapes in my stores but I have not used them myself and so I don’t know if they are crystal clear.

If you want to use the double-sided tape that I use to make my pendants click the link below. It looks red because it has a red liner which you peel off and discard.

If you having been looking for an easy, relatively inexpensive way to explore selling handmade jewelry online, I hope this has helped.

Feel free to ask me questions via the contact form or in the comments section below the YouTube tutorial that goes with this post.

Good luck with making jewelry to sell – and don’t forget to subscribe to this blog and to my YouTube channel to keep up with all the free designs I will be posting here.

More free printables!

Hi – are you here for the free printables to make these with?

Some ideas for how to use my free printables – see my YouTube video over on Rainbow Lane

To get my free printables, you will need the links to the pages where they are stored.

Please note, these free printables are a thank you for those who follow my YouTube videos. To get acess to the free downloads, you will need to watch my most recent YouTube video and make a note of the passwords I give during the tutorial that will open the free printables downloads pages.

The smallest pendant was made using the last free printable I published back on May 23rd 2020.

free printable

To get the free printable on the left, click here to go to the post and read it through to find out how to download your free printables.

The two larger pendants were made using one of my newest free printables, published on June 6th 2020.

To get the free printable, click here to go to the download page.

For ideas on how to use these free printables – you can watch my tutorial.

You will find my full length tutorial over on Rainbow Lane at YouTube.

And if you have never seen the supplies I use before or simply don’t know where to get them (supplies such as the glass cabochons/domes and pendant bezels) visit one of my Amazon storefronts and browse through there, I have most of what you will need listed there.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

My Amazon Afilliate Statement above

If you want to be sure to get access to all the free printables coming in future, subscribe to this website and also to my Youtube channel where there are lots more videos you may like.

Just a few of the many videos on offer over at Rainbow Lane.

Thanks for being here…

I look forward to seeing you next time with more free printables!

Free printables are now a regular feature of this craft blog and this week…

…I am pleased to bring you a colorful design depicting the sun, moon and stars.

Made with the two largest sizes off this week’s free sun moon and stars free printable.

Free printables are very easy to use (as long as you have access to a printer of course!)

Each week, I create a new page on here with a new free printable for you.

The page is always password protected, so you will need the password to get in.

This week’s free printable – Sun, Moon & Stars

To get that free printable password, you need to watch the YouTube tutorial that shows how I used the images.

In that video I will give out the password and all you need to do is write it down, come back here, follow this link and put in the password.

Simple! There is no catch to getting the free printable, the only thing I ask in return is that you watch the video and if you like what I do, perhaps subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel – that’s it! Not a bad deal really😍

Once you have your free printable, you need to print it off on good paper.

But should it be on glossy or matte paper?

Well that depends on how you are going to use your design.

If you intend putting a glass dome over the top using a medium such as Diamond Glaze or Glossy Accents, you will need to use a matte finish photographic paper.

Glass dome/cabochon
A glass dome fixed to a circular design with Glossy Accents – the design was printed onto matte paper.
Glossy Accents and Diamond Glaze are brilliant for sticking glass domes to designs printed onto matte paper.

As you can see above, using a special medium like Glossy Accents to stick the design to the glass dome is very effective when your design is printed onto matte paper.

But if you like printing onto glossy paper, as I do, what happens if you try to use a wet medium to stick the glass dome on?

The pendant design on the left was printed onto glossy photo paper and stuck to the glass dome with Diamond Glaze.

The same pendant design on the right was stuck to the glass dome with a special, crystal clear double sided tape designed to be invisible.

In all the years I have been making glass pendants, this is the fastest, easiest, least messy way I have found to fix glass domes in place on my designs for pendants.

When I first decided to experiment with using double sided tape to do this, I had all sorts of disasters. Most double sided tapes have lines in them that you don’t realise are there until you use the tape on something transparent, such as between a glass dome and a design.

Every single ordinary double sided tape I used from the craft store had marks in it.

And then I discovered a company online called SK Tapes and I found the perfect tape to stick the glass domes to my designs.

Design was fixed to glass dome with crytal clear SK Tapes double-sided tape.

This tape is made for commercial use for companies making signs and nameplates etc, however, listed in the description on their website, it does also say for use in arts and crafts.

It’s not as straightforward ordering this as it would be if you were ordering, say, on Amazon for example. You can’t just go and make a few clicks to order.

Don’t be fooled by the red appearance – that’s just the transluscent liner – the tape is crystal clear.

You have to go to their website and go to the products drop-down menu and click through to double-sided tapes (it’s at the top of the menu). Once you are on the double-sided tapes page, click on the one that says, Butt Cut Double-Sided.

On that page is an enquiry button and I sent them a message from there.

When they came back to me, I told them what I wanted, the 25mm one, paid over the phone and they sent it straight out.

It is expensive, but, this is a quality commercial product. Last year, I paid £12.96 for my roll but that included postage and Sales Tax. And it will last me absolutely ages.

USA readers may know of similar products stateside that we don’t have here.

And if you do, please scroll down and leave a comment to let people know what it is called. Or you can leave a comment under the video over on YouTube.

If you want any of the other items I used in my tutorial, such as pendant trays, glass domes, paper punches or ball chains, you can visit my Amazon shops and have a look through the items I have listed on there.

Paper punches do make life easier when cutting any shape accurately. And pendant trays (right) are ideal for making unique gifts for friends and family.

Here are the links to my Amazon shops:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

Next week my YouTube tutorial will be showing you how to use the smallest design on the sun, moon and stars free printable to make a dainty little pendant that will appeal to those who prefer smaller, more delicate necklaces.

Come back next week and join me for that. And if you like my free printables, please consider subscribing to this blog and also my YouTube channel. In the future I will be giving free printable designs to my blog subscribers only, so make sure you sign up now so I know who you are.

It’s really easy to subscribe and I do not share your email address with anyone.

Enjoy your sun, moon and stars free printable – and see you next week.

You can make this with my free download printable – details below.

DIY BoHo bracelet – A lovely bright cuff bracelet for you to make using my free printable design.

I’m back this week with another craft tutorial on my YouTube channel and this week, I’ve brought you a chunky cuff design in warm colors with a Mexican influence.

Paper beads made with my free designer template in warm colors with a Mexican feel.

This DIY BoHo bracelet is a stark contrast from the delicate blue and white ceramic look of last week’s project.

Click here to see that post.

DIY BoHo bracelet
Faux china beads made using last weeks free download.

The full tutorial showing how to make this week’s bracelet is over on my YouTube channel where you can get the password to unlock your free DIY BoHo bracelet printable design.

Get this free printable
To make this beautiful bracelet

Why am I giving away a free printable design each week at the moment?

Well, so many people are stranded at home without access to craft supplies right now and so I began my Crafting In a Crisis series of videos that I am uploading each week.

This week is Crafting In a Crisis No 5 and as with the other free downloads, you need to watch the video over on YouTube using the links further up this page and get the password from the video.

In the video I show you yet another way to easily make paper beads without a proper bead tool.

Once you have watched the video and you have the password, you need to come back here and click this link.

That will take you to the password protected page where the free printable is. And all you have to do is use the password I gave during the video and choose between US Letter size and UK A4 size. That’s it!

What can you do in return?

All I ask is that you subscribe to this blog. And that is optional. You don’t have to and you can still get any free downloads that I have previously offered to non-subscribers in the past but it would make me very happy to have you here.

Also, at some point soon, I am going to start making my future free printables available to subscribers only.

So subscribe today by clicking on the subscribe button in the menu on the left – see video below. You may have to click the gear icon on the left to get the menu to appear if you are reading this on a held-held device.

It would be lovely to have you subscribe to my YouTube channel as well when you go over to watch the tutorial that goes with this blog post.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope see you next week with a tutorial on how to make faux wooden beads with another free printable I will be uploading.

And for those who don’t have access to the 1mm elastic like I use in my videos for stringing the beads…

…I have a special tip in next week’s tutorial for how you can still make your stretchy bracelet without elastic. Yes really! I’ve been racking my brains for how it couild be done while people can’t get out to buy craft supplies and I have cracked it!

You won’t believe how easy it is!

Hope you enjoy using your DIY Boho bracelet template – see you next week.

Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love? 😍

Free Halloween printables as png files may be just what you need to add the finishing touches to a Halloween project.

Whether you are a teacher needing free Halloween printables for your class to use or a crafter wanting very simple designs depicting Halloween, these designs may be what you need.

There are 12 very simple, basic designs in this Halloween printables set.

You can either print them out or drag them onto another image in Photoshop. The backgrounds are transparent, although they show as white on here.

They will print out as white but if you drag the design onto another image in Photoshop, you will only get the black part.

You will find your free, full size free Halloween images by clicking the links under the pictures.

We hope you enjoy using your free Halloween printables.

We will be adding more free printables soon so if you want to make sure you get access to them all, please subscribe to this blog and you will find out as soon as new designs are available to download.

Coming up next is a sheet of beautiful 1 inch circular designs in rich autumn colors.

I have designed these to be in intense, warm colors to match the season that September brings to the northern hemisphere.

You will be able to print the 6×4 inch sheet of designs off and cut them out with a 1 inch circular punch to make handbag dangles, bottle cap pendants, key chains or to use in scrap booking.

You can see in the pic below right what I have done with some of the designs.

I will also be giving you step by step instructions on how to use these free printable designs next time so you can make these charms too.

My newest free designs coming up in my next post.
Examples of what you can make with my free designs.

Meanwhile sign up to my blog so you don’t miss any freebies…

…And have fun with your free Halloween printables!

Digital Freebies!

Who doesn’t like freebies? Especially when they are digital freebies for your crafts.

You may have noticed in my last post, I included a link to a digital freebie of small circle designs.

I created them to use in various crafts including scrapbooking, card making or for making pendants – basically, any creative activity where you can use small, colourful circular designs.

This time, I am starting to build on my digital freebies.

I have added another 6×4 inch sheet of 1 inch circular designs that could be used in any creative craft you want, including bottle cap pendants, or 1 inch bezel pendants.

digital freebies

This design can be used with a 1 inch circle punch or cut  by hand.

Just print out onto 6×4 glossy photo paper and punch/cut the designs out.

digital freebies

If you want to access my digital freebies – all I ask is that you watch my latest YouTube Video showing how I used these designs.

The video is less than 10 minutes long and it reveals the password you will need to get into https://www.funcraftstodoathome.com/free-printable-designs where I am now posting the links to my digital freebies

This is the page on this website where you can access the free designs once you have the password.

Get the password from the YouTube video and come back here to unlock your free designs.

And while you are over at my YouTube channel, I would love it if you also subscribed and hit the bell icon to get regular updates which will include more free designs for your crafts.

This is what I used my designs for…

…what will you make with yours?

There will be more and more of these free designs coming up in the future – do you have any requests for colours or shapes of designs you would like to have?

I can’t promise to be able to supply what you have in mind but it’s worth asking me.

You can do that by scrolling down to the comments section below and leaving your ideas there or filling in the.

If you aren’t sure where to source the craft supplies I use in my videos, you can visit my Amazon stores and browse through to find what you need.

Amazon shop for US and Canada readers

Amazon shop for UK readers.

My Amazon affiliate statement.

 

Not sure where to buy 1 inch glass domes or clear resin stickers?

Check out my Amazon shop links above.

Hope you enjoy using the designs!

Don’t forget to subscribe to this site by going to the black menu bar to the left of the screen and scrolling to the place where you can leave your email address to get notifications of new posts and free designs.

You will get a confirmation email and all you have to do is click the confirm link and you’re good to go.

Enjoy the digital freebies and watch out for more free images and designs to use in your crafts.