You find very few people who are willing to pay for quality in the
SCA. (And artist friend of mine said it best- People in the SCA are
Hmmm… I have told a friend of mine who has bought a ren faire booth
that I will make some jewelry for her to offer. I would be very happy
to have any knowledgable input on what kind of thing might sell, and
what price range.
Hmm…I’d beg to differ with the statement that SCA people are
cheap. While I’d agree that the SCA is not an outlet for a
substantial income, I’d have to say it is a good supplement for me.
Far better than the renaissance festivals.
speaking), with folks that are willing to plunk down the cash for a
piece if the workmanship is good, and historically accurate. While
the renaissance festival crowd is more interested in fantasy (wizards
and fairies), not history. Also, by the time they’ve paid $12 to get
in the gate, $4 for a soda, $5 for a hot dog, etc., they don’t want
to spend more than $10 on a piece of jewelry…they’ll nickel and
dime you to death. Overall my average SCA sale is five times that of
my average renaissance fair sale.
These two outlets are just a small part of the bigger picture though
if you’re serious about historical jewelry studies. There are more
serious historical reenactment groups, museums, actors, collectors,
medieval conferences, just to name a few. The last few years, I’ve
made more crowns for weddings and theater, than for SCA use. I’ve
also been surprised to see that some of the juried art shows are
eager to offer something a bit different in the jewelry category.
The market for historical jewelry is out there. Making a decent
living from it requires you to be not only a good jeweler/artist, but
an independent history scholar as well. It’s not the easiest way to
make a living, but for me, it sure beats a 9-5 as a bench jeweler.