I WILL NOT do “craft shows” (Not that I haven’t tried. . . .) I
had “pictures” several years ago, ended up in some craft shows, and
felt like I entered the world of FLEA MARKETS! The most expensive
item I had was $45.00 and the bargaining began there . . . they
wanted to pay $5-10. for original, hand made pieces with
semi-precious stones. Ok, so I was using copper, brass and
nickel-silver at the time, but my time should still have counted!
If you are serious about entering the world of SHOW JEWELRY, I
would recommend that you have some slides done. . . Get the best
you can afford! Those who are new, don’t know the in’s and out’s
. . . the best thing to do is apply to ALL the shows that you read
about. You may not succeed the first time around, but if you get
into ONE show, you’ll see yourself in a few more.
BLACK or GREY background (keep the slides consistant in
background.) Don’t just include slides of earrings (there are
thousands of earring-makers around.) If you have a style and show
good workmanship- that’s what you’ll be judged by.
I’ve learned to make computer labels for my slides (stating name,
dementions, description of piece) and now I know WHAT “TOP” means!
So far, I’m hitting 100% with the shows to which I’ve applied. I
can only hope that I can produce enough to have a good inventory at
each show . . . I make everything by hand so that takes a while
and each piece is different.
The trick seems to be “meet the promoter!” If they like your
work, they will put you on a list (at least, in the area where I’m
located . . .)