Mystik Kreations FIne Designs - Handmade Jewelry

What type of handmade gifts do you create, and where is the best place to purchase your crafts?
I create a wide variety of handmade jewelry and gifts, but mostly focus on earrings (both dangle and chandelier style), necklaces with unique pendants and decorated chain, and (my favorite!) 3D beaded animals which are mostly used as cellphone charms. I sometimes like to use sculpey clay to create unique, one of a kind beads for my jewelry.

Right now, the best place to purchase my handmade jewelry is my personal unique handmade jewelry blog, but I also have an Etsy shop - Swarovski Crystal jewelry by MKFD.

Let's hear a little bit about you personally. What are your biggest likes, dislikes, other hobbies?
I don't do much besides make jewelry. I'm a bit of a geek at heart. I enjoy reading, star gazing with my telescope, video games, theater, and pretty much anything artsy. I love animals and pets - I'm a bit of a hippy and free spirit sometimes, but I have goals too. I'm currently going to college to become a business minor with a Japanese major.

I don't particularly like deadlines, bosses, 'working,' confrontations, or shopping. I guess that's why I'm in the business of handmade jewelry and selling it on my own. I don't have to deal with any of those things!
How, why, and when did you get started in your craft?
I was involved in art from a very young age. Basically ever since I was able to pick up a pencil, I've been drawing. When I was a little older, my grandmother taught me to do needlepoint and cross stitch patterns. In middle school, my best friend taught me to make jewelry, and it's been my favorite craft ever since.

What is your favorite type of supplies to use when creating your handmade gifts?
I absolutely love working with swarovski crystals. I love the way they shine and sparkle! I also like sculpey clay because of the unlimited possibilities it offers for making my jewelry unique.

What is the best way you have found to market your craft as an independent artist?
I find that blogging and using Twitter are the best ways to market my jewelry. Of course, listing often on Etsy and relisting often helps. Having fresh products helps, too. Finding places to market that are unique is the key. Places that are full of only other crafters or even places that have too many ads from other artists already have not proven to be very useful.

What is the biggest challenge you find with being an independent artist?
Taking pictures. I am currently saving up for a macro lens on my camera so that I can improve the quality of the pictures of my jewelry. It's really hard to get the lighting, angle, and clarity all perfect! But I know that, especially in a strictly online business, the pictures are what sell my art, so they've got to be the best I can make them! Also, with Etsy cropping the images for me, it's very hard to get an image of my jewelry that looks good at a large and thumbnail dimensions.

Out of all of the handmade artists out there, what makes your art unique?
I think it's the fact that I'm in it for the art. I just love to create and shape things into beautiful artwork. I love the look on someone's face when they receive that perfect gift, or buy that one piece of jewelry that they feel was made for them. It makes me feel like I'm honestly contributing to the happiness of others!

What are your plans for the future of your handmade crafts?
I really just want to be able to afford continue to make my jewelry and share it with the world. If this actually takes off and becomes my sole source of income, that would be wonderful! But I really want this to stay a hobby. When it becomes a business, it looses some of the fun and becomes work. And as I mentioned before, I don't like work :P


adnan amjad said...

Handmade things always have creativity, and really inspirational.
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