Hematite Beads & Teaching Jewellery
16th September 2018
See us next weekend in London or Essex: Saturday 22nd Sept at Highgate Bead Show, Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Ave, London N6 6HJ. Free parking or just 15-mins walk from Archway Tube Station.
Or Sunday 23rd Sept at Essex MrBead Bead Show, Great Bromley Village Hall, Great Bromley CO7 7JA.
Both Shows: Free entry, free gifts & free refreshments. Easy parking – open 11am to 4pm.
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The Benefits Of Hematite Beads
How to Earn Money Teaching Jewellery Making
Autumn Bead Fairs
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The Benefits of Hematite Beads
Picture shows an advert from a popular British newspaper for a simple magnetic bracelet for £17.95. Illustrating what price your customers’ are willing to pay for this type of jewellery.
Hematite makes great jewellery because it’s inexpensive and looks shiny and sleek. It’s especially suitable for winter bracelets. People wear it as rings, bracelets and necklaces not only for style, but because they believe the magnetic variety relieves rheumatism. Magnetic therapy has been around for over 4,000 years.
Bio-magnetic bracelets are becoming popular again. Some swear, not only do they look good; the magnetism makes them feel better too.
Therapists claim they can cure disorders and the magnetism relieves pain and stress, especially if the bracelet is worn on the area of reflexive points. It’s also said to protect from harmful radiation caused from every-days appliances like microwave ovens, mobile phones and televisions.
The idea is that magnetic fields can relax capillary walls in the body by increasing blood flow, similar to the effect of massaging muscles. The average person has 3 to 4gms of iron in their body, most in the blood. When this iron is magnetized, circulation increases. Others say, magnetic jewellery allows the body to produce endorphins, the natural pain killers. There were no reports of side effects.
Not all hematite is magnetic. Sometimes the magnetic attraction can be a disadvantage to jewellery design – pulling metal from other components.
There is also a new type of hematite bead recently available giving yet another angle to this versatile metal – Aurora Borealis. This is hematite with an AB coating similarly used on crystals to give a multi-colored effect when turned. This looks striking on jewellery designed to be worn in bright lights at night.
Hematite is one of the most common minerals, being the principle ore of iron. The colour of most red rock, like sandstone, is caused by small amounts of hematite. Although usually black in jewellery, it may also be responsible for the red colour of garnet and ruby.
All non-crystalline forms of hematite are transformations of the mineral Limonite that lost water, possibly due to heat. Hence the recent excitement of the discovery of grey hematite on the planet Mars, suggesting there was once water present.
Only well formed hematite crystals are cut and polished into cabochons for jewellery, beads, and ornaments.
How to Earn Money Teaching Jewellery Making
Make extra money and share the fun you have creating jewellery at the same time. These days everyone is looking for extra ways to make cash. They’re signing up for craft workshops on everything from photography to calligraphy, from oil painting to quilting. Capitalize on this rapidly growing niche market.
There is a huge audience of people wanting to make and sell jewellery they design, but have no idea how to go about it.
A jewellery workshop is perfect for them to learn a new art, create something beautiful to wear, and make friends too. Others need help and someone to provide the supplies and tools to make just a single project they have in mind. They know it’s cheaper to pay you than buy a lot of stuff that won’t get used much. However, if someone asks you to buy anything special you don’t already have, make sure they pay you up front.
You’re an Expert, and don’t Know It!
For you, the experienced craftsman, teaching jewellery is fun and an easy way to earn extra money. The time you put into teaching is usually flexible and you can work as little or as often as you wish. Teaching is a great way to keep cash coming in during the quiet season. You can even limit your workshops to only those months. You’ll also be thrilled from admirers of your jewellery, and they may even purchase some too.
A Growing Business
The more lessons you hold, the more teaching job opportunities arise – they tend to snowball once you start. Don’t feel nervous the first time, act confident and pretend everyone watching is a close friend. Just relax and explain what you’re doing as you make a piece, people are eager to learn and will look up to you.
You don’t have to be clever, just psyche yourself up and enjoy yourself! If people praise your work, you’re good enough to teach.
Be passionate about your hobby, as this is infectious. Don’t worry about running out of ideas to design, because your students will constantly ask for things they’d like to know how to make. However, it pays to look in a few magazines or online before you start, to get some ideas and learn what’s fashionable.
Don’t be shy charging. You must have lost a small fortune over the years learning the trade – leftover beads and tools galore. Start small. Just three students paying you £12 each for an hour & a half session is fine. That’s £36, and you’ll have pieces at the end to sell too.
How to find Students?
Get some good business cards printed and hand them out everywhere you can. Always give one to existing students. Mention on all your e-mails by making a “signature” at the bottom of all your letters – most e-mail programs can do this.
Write a business-like offer to give jewellery making classes, and mail it to all your local colleges and adult schools. Get the list from the phone book. If possible find out the name of the person in charge. They are more likely to read your letter if it’s address to them personally.
Where Can I Teach?
- A local college or adult school.
- Home parties – see our section on jewellery home parties
- Local activities center – write to all from the phone book.
- A craft, beading, or needlework store – e-mail or send all a letter.
- At girls’ and children’s birthday parties – ask your friends.
- Woman’s clubs & organizations – like church or craft groups.
- A rehabilitation center or veterans’ group– write to all you can find.
- An active retirement community.
- A bead show – search online for local shows.
- Creating jewellery project video tutorials – e-mail or write to bead stores offering the service. If you can edit video and make a good movie, you can also sell these on eBay as downloads.
- Girl Scouts.
- Country Clubs.
- Holiday Resort.With a little brainstorming, I’m sure you’ll come up with more opportunities. Every region has its own culture. Once you get started, ask your students and everyone else you know for suggestions on other groups who might be interested in a workshop. Word-of-mouth will soon bring you all the new students you wish for.
Ideas for Projects
- Pendant or focal bead necklace
- Bracelets or anklets
- Seed bead jewellery
- Pearl jewellery
- Beaded Lampshade
- Pins and brooches
- Wedding tiaras & bridal jewellery
- Bead embroidery
- Bead wristwatch
- Classic and Victorian jewellery
- Seasonable Jewellery – Summer, Christmas etc
- Changeable or chandelier earrings
- Gypsy bracelets with dangles
- Beaded bags
- Donut necklace with dangles
Autumn Bead Fairs
Rest of bead fairs and full 2018 Bead Fair List
- Saturday 22nd September – Highgate London MrBead Bead show – Holly Lodge Community Centre, 30 Makepeace Avenue, London N6 6HL. Full details here.
- Sunday 23rd September – Essex MrBead Bead Show – Parsons Hill, Great Bromley Colchester CO7 7JA. Full details here.
- Sunday 30th September – Beads Up North! Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows WA12 0HQ. Full details here.
- Sunday 14th October – Norwich MrBead Bead Show – Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Full details here.
- Saturday 20th October – The Big Bead Show, Sandown Park, Esher, London KT10 9AJ. Full details here.
- Sat & Sun 27th-28th October – Newton Abbot Gem n Bead Fair: Newton Abbot Race Course, Kingsteignton TQ12 3AF
Exhibit at a MrBead Show
We have limited space available for crafters at some of our own bead shows:
At our Highgate London MrBead Show on Saturday 22nd September: http://mrbead.co.uk/londonbeadshow.htm
And Essex Bead Show on Sunday 23rd September at http://mrbead.co.uk/essexbeadfair.htm
We market for beaders making jewellery, rather than selling ready-made jewellery – so to attract your customers, you may need to market yourself. If interested, email Nigel at nigel@MrBead.com
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