Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Introducing... Silver Beauty!

1. DaWanda Shop Name: Silverbeauty
2. DaWanda Shop URL:
3. When did you open your shop? I opened my shop on January 25, 2008
4. Are you in the DaWanda Shop Directory here? Not yet.
5. What Category are you under? Jewellery
6. What do you sell? I sell all kinds of trendy and unique designs of jewellery. Most materials I use are wood, shells, an assortment of beads and sterling silver to create necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets.
7. Describe 2 of your current products.

I currently have a pair of earrings called 'Seashell Paradise 2' they are made from shell and hand dipped into green dye to give them a bright appearance. When dipping shells no two are a like and you never know what design will appear when dry! Very unique looking!

A second pair of earrings I designed and are also one of my favorites are called 'Modern Wood.' These earrings where designed and carved out of wood and stained in a deep brown, making them look very rich and modern looking.

8. Tell me a bit about you... I am a inspiring jewellery designer that loves to create unique and trendy fashions! I reside in Canada and hope to one day make jewellery designing my full-time job.

I have always been fascinated with the creations of jewellery. More importantly the influences of culture, your surroundings and how creativity works.

Through my experiences as a inspiring designer I have learned that you can not turn creativity on and off. Creativity finds you, you can not find it. So when you have a creative idea run with it you never know who you might inspire!!!

The work that appears in my shop is what relaxes and makes me feel unique. So please enjoy and visit often, you never know what you might find...

9. Do you have a website, or blog? No. Just my DeWanda page to start.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Introducing... Birdland Creations!

1.Dawanda shop name: Birdland Creations
2. Dawanda shop url:
3. Opened shop: 07/07/07
4. Are you in the Dawanda shop directory? Yes
5. What category are you under? Jewellery.
6. What do you sell? I sell hand sculpted fine silver jewelry. Most pieces are one of a kind and designed with the goal that they "make you smile"
7. Describe 2 of your current pieces:
Birdcage earrings: - These earrings are one of my favourite pieces right now. I have a pet parrot - called Harold - and he is part of the reason why my business is called Birdland Creations.... and he also influenced this piece - even though he only goes in his cage to sleep. I'd had been making birds for a while but never figured out how to do cages, when suddenly knitted wire came to me! So the birds are hand sculpted in fine silver and then I put them in a little knitted cage so they can "hang out" from your ears! I've been amazed by the great comments people have posted about these!

I'm a little teapot: This is my other current favorite piece. Ironic really, as I can't stand tea!!! I always reckon that was why I had to move away from England - at least for some of the time - coz they wouldn't let me live there and not drink tea!!!! Making this teapot was a real struggle - the technique was hard making it hollow, yet rounded and it was a lot of silver that I was worried I would waste. So it took a long time and quite a few restarts, but then I was
really pleased with the outcome. I made the lid so that it could come off but once fired, it was a tight fit so I thought I should leave it at that, so that it now can't come off, so it can't be lost.

8. Tell me a bit about you… I started my working life as a research scientist - and loved it. Then I moved from the UK to the US and things changed. I couldn't work initially because of visa restrictions so started doing other things... then quickly got out of date with research and was enjoying this new horizon of ... everything... After a variety of projects, including graduate school and then teaching then non-profit work, I read an article about metal clay and thought it sounded intriguing... so I gave it a try. I think the whole process of using the silver clay is
a little like the research I used to do. There are different phases and when it goes in the kiln, you aren't quite sure how it will be when it comes out. It's quite a new product so you find your own way of working with it... so the challenge is just great for me.

It's what I need to keep interested. And I love the opportunity to create "happy" jewellery - not just serious jewellery!

I started selling my things purely be accident as I was wearing some and a gallery owner noticed and asked to sell them and so I went from there. I sold in a few galleries to start with but it seemed very remote from the buyer and I felt quite removed from it all. Towards the end of summer of 2007 I made the decision to get out of galleries and stores and sell exclusively on the web. The interaction with people and buyers is so much more satisfying. To get comments on your creations and photos of people wearing their purchases is just great for me. I love it. The interactions with buyers and potential buyers is just wonderful. The "fans" and "pinboards" really connect me with the types of things people like - so much more than just handing off my pieces to a gallery owner. So now I sell online here at Dawanda and also at a few other online marketplaces around the world.

One last thing - I love Dawanda and it feels great to be a part of Europe. A few months ago I had such a great experience here in that someone contacted me and asked if they could do my translations into German for me. There were no strings attached, just a lovely kind lady... Since that day, we have just got to know each other more and more and she does so much more than translate. She really considers what I am trying to say and if my little "stories" don't relate to anything in German, she'll come up with a new idea for me to consider. I look forward to her emails, her input, her photos, and the friendship we are building is far more than I ever thought I'd get from online selling. So thank you Marion! You have made the world of difference to my Dawanda experience. It's wonderful when totally unexpected things happen...

9. Do you have a website/blog:, which include a brief and occasional blog just about my new items.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Useful Business Resources

Those first steps into starting your own small business can be daunting and if you have made it this far and you already have your own DaWanda shop, then you are doing ok. However, now is the time to get yourself out there! Whether you want to stay small scale, or turn your crafts into a brand we all need a point in the right direction right?! So we need some good resources... where to start?!

On the right hand side of this blog I have created an initial resource list, some entries are a little more intense than others but never-the-less they all have hints and tips that can take us further on our journeys.

I hope that you find these useful and if you can think of any internet sites you would like to share with us then please post here and I will check them out. You can also write your own craft business articles too! Just contact me with your entry... DaWanda Directory - English Editor

Sara x

Friday, December 3, 2010

Have you check out the new items in Style Lab?

If not, then be warned they are seriously cool!

Here are your links...

English Style Lab
French Style Lab
German Style Lab

Remember this is your place to create your own style... dig in guys!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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