If you are serious about selling crafts as a business, then you have to keep competitive with your pricing, come up with something a little more unique, and yet make money. Wearable crafts are always in.
One of the best kept secrets is the local dollar store. If you have ever taken a trip down all the aisles you would see just how creative you could get with your craft projects. Dollar Tree sells lots of craft supplies and are constantly changing their stock so worth checking out. The below video shows you how to make a beautiful glass pendant. She even mentions the dollar store. I took a look at my local store and found lots of glass stones as in the video, and I also found in the jewelry aisle some great chains and cords for hanging your pendant on. Many times you will find a cheap looking necklace pendant but if you look closer you will see the cord is leather or a good quality chain with a clasp already. Just take off the old bit and you are now ready to add your treasures! Also note, that she makes her own "bales" for the back of the pendant with wire, you can purchase them already made to save time and they are not that expensive.
Gorgeous Glass pendants
If you get creative you will find that almost all the items (except for the strong glue) can be found at the dollar store. I have even seen the jewelry wire there. You can get the chains or cords by simply purchasing a necklace and discarding the old decoration on it.
I found lots of different colors of the flat glass marbles at the Dollar Tree. You can also order them in bulk online (above). Just click on any of the pictures above, they are a buck a bag online. You can get lots of pendants for your money.
Find some cute patterns in glossy magazines, or wrapping paper or any of your scrap book pages you have left around. I also figured you could shrink down photographs or artwork and print them out and have them show thru the clear glass. Adding different colors of glass could also add a super cool effect. The other supplies can be purchased online too thru Amazon below:
You are not likely to build the entire project from the dollar store but simply replacing some of the supplies from there will help to keep more money in your pocket for your craft business. We all want to make crafts for cash, and unless you are donating these crafts to charity, you need to watch your bottom line.
It is important to keep your receipts and notes on just how long it takes to create this craft and how much in supplies.
I personally find the dollar Tree and Amazon to be the perfect place to shop for craft supplies. They are delivered quickly and you can often get better deals in bulk online.
If you get creative with the papers you glue behind the glass you will attract attention. If you sell at craft fairs be sure to have a way to hang them up. Also get your friends and family to wear them to advertise.
These also make awesome affordable gifts. Another idea is to create word art. Just type one word in bold tiny print such as LOVE, HOPE or whatever you like on white paper and then glue behind the glass bead. There are so many ways to get creative with this project. If you go directly into the dollar store, you may find these glass gems in the gardening section as many people use them to decorate plant pots.
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