Monday Update – Event & New Items

I’ve got another event lined up for me to attend. It’s the Bastille Day Fair taking place at Hockley & Hawkwell Methodist Church in Hockley, Essex (SS5 4QY) on Saturday 14th July from 10am – 1pm.

I’m hoping that it will be a good day for all concerned, with some nice sunny weather – we can wish given how changeable the weather has been here recently. I’ll be taking along my new silver plated jewellery and bookmark items to sell at an event for the first time. Plus, I’ve developed a new item which I will also be taking to the event, and that you get to have a sneak peek at (see below).

Hair Clips!

These trefoil flower shapes come in a variety of colours ~ pink, blue, red, purple, gold/silver combination and orange are shown in the photos below. The gold/silver combination has 2 petals in gold with 1 in silver. (It’s also possible to have black, bronze or green petals which are not shown in the photos below).

Trefoil (3 Petal) Flower Snappy Hair Clip
Trefoil (3 Petal) Flower Snappy Hair Clip

These hair clips use a typical snappy/bendie/sleepies (depending upon what you like to call them) as the basis of the hair clip. Then I’ve utilised Chain Maille items, scale maille for the petals and chain maille rings to connect it all together. For those that don’t know, Chain Maille is the process of linking rings in patterns and was originally used as armour, but now-a-days is also used as a jewellery making technique.

These hair clips aren’t currently listed up on Etsy, but if they prove to be popular, then they’ll be added there too.

Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelets

Plus, last but not least, as I mentioned in last monday’s update, I’ve been adding magnetic wrap bracelets to my Etsy shop last week.

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Wrap Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Monday Update – Flower Pendants & Magnetic Hematite Bracelets

As I stated in this post last month, I am adding a range of silver plated jewellery to my shop. The first items are crystal glass beads that I’ve wire wrapped to create flower shapes and added to a chain to create these lovely unique flower pendants.

Purple Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Purple Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Green Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Green Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Pink Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Pink Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Black Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Black Crystal Flower Pendant (Silver Plated)

Next up in my range of silver plated jewellery, are these lovely fun magnetic hematite stones. They come in a range of colours that I’ve combined with Swarovski crystals to create these fun summery bracelets. Plus I have these bracelets in a wrap bracelet style that I will adding to my Etsy shop this coming week.

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Lilac Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Amethyst & Amethyst Swarovski Crystals ~ February Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Aqua Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Aquamarine Swarovski Crystals ~ March Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Yellow Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Golden Shadow Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Cobalt Blue Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystals ~ September Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Salmon Pink Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Light Rose & Padparadscha Swarovski Crystals (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Green Magnetic Hematite Bracelet with Peridot Swarovski Crystals ~ August Birthstone (Silver Plated)

Something To Aspire Too

Tundra in Dark Brown Leather and Navajo Fabric

Tundra in Dark Brown Leather and Navajo Fabric by Hoakonhelga

I was reading this article earlier today on the Etsy Blog in their Quit Your Day Job series. The article was about Andi of Hoakonhelga. It really reinforced an idea for me that I’ve been struggling with, being unique.

Whilst in brick and mortar stores or online ones, most bags I see are made from one type of material, but Andi not only recycles materials, but mixes the type of materials she uses in her bag creations. For instance like this “Tundra in Dark Brown Leather and Navajo Fabric” (pictured on the right) is made from a vintage leather jacket and a Navajo blanket. Something that I find quite unique and is obviously a strong selling point for her.

Whilst I made the decision to create jewellery from sterling silver and semi-precious stones, to have the selling point of using higher quality materials compared to costume jewellery that uses silver-plated materials. I still don’t feel I am offering potential buyers something unique. The difficult point for me is to know what buyers like or want, as I’m not getting the sales in that I can look at my stock and say that type of item is selling and that isn’t. Another way I can try to find that type of information is via item views and items that have been favourited.

Top 6 Items Based On Sales & Views

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Dark Amethyst, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Dark Amethyst, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace, Green Agate, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace, Green Agate, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Rose Quartz, Mauve Quartz, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Rose Quartz & Mauve Quartz

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Light Amethyst Nugget, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Light Amethyst Nugget, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Black Agate, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Wire Wrapped, Trefoil Shape

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Black Agate, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Trefoil Shape

Sterling Silver Necklace, Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Star Pendant, Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Necklace, Light Sapphire Swarovski Crystal Star Pendant, Wire Wrapped


Top 6 Items Based On Favourites/Likes

Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace, Green Agate, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Cascade Necklace, Green Agate, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Rose Quartz, Mauve Quartz, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Rose Quartz & Mauve Quartz

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Light Amethyst Nugget, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Light Amethyst Nugget

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Black Agate, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Wire Wrapped, Trefoil Shape

Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, Black Agate, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Trefoil Shape

Sterling Silver Necklace, Golden Jade

Sterling Silver Necklace, Golden Jade

Sterling Silver Necklace, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Jade Green Glass, Wire Wrapped

Sterling Silver Necklace, Clear Swarovski Crystal, Jade Green Glass, Wire Wrapped




Even though I currently have a small sample of data to work with, it appears that pendants and semi-precious stones are favoured over necklaces, earrings, bracelets and glass/crystal stones. However, that still doesn’t help me identify what can help make me unique, and allow me to stand out from other sellers. I can foresee that it’s going to take me quite some time to figure out my niche area is, and therefore to find my uniqueness in order to differentiate myself from other sellers making and selling similar items to myself.