I have been crafting jewellery for many years however it was all fun and games selling at craft fairs for the odd penny in return.
I recently lost my job for not being flexible enough (which needed to be, to be fair) due to my husband being in the military. So I made the scary decision to use my last paycheck and take my Jewellery a little more seriously.
I already have the basic equipment and a semi interesting webpage (ok it is via Facebook and I have a small following already) https://www.facebook.com/pinkpandastudios/
However it is becoming hard work to sit and hand polish the metals one buy one. For this need an electrical tumbling machine that can remove scuffs and give the shine that a hand can never give, this will free up my time as I will be able to concentrate more on precision striking, improvement of the structure of my pieces too.
The stamps I use are very basic and not great quality which means they will need replacing very soon. I also only have the two types of font. Having high quality stamps mean they will last alot longer and I can receive them in many different fonts from cursive to child like writing. This would open many more possibilities to designs of work and a more interesting look.
I am currently hand punching metal. Sometimes it works well. Sometimes I have to throw away the piece as the punch has scratched or marked the the project which is in turn causing me to loose profit and I have to start all over again (punching is the second to last thing to do on a piece of work) Being able to afford the right equipment to bore holes as little as 1mm will be a huge stress relieve and again give the work a high standard of finish.
I have already set up a Webpage. Ok it is only facebook and the link is here.
I have also bought a starter of packaging and business cards. They too a basic, however the funding will also be put into this so I can have them professionally developed.
Above are just a couple of examples of the work and process of what I current do.
I mainly work with Jewellery Grade aluminium but I would love to expand to Sterling silveras well.
As we have limited resources our turn over time to create custom items is around 2 weeks as we have to buy in the supplies once an order is made. To quicken up the process we ideally would need to bulk buy from the suppliers. This is again where the funding will go.