Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #24, LaurasJewellery
This week in our CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview we are pleased to talk to Laura of LaurasJewellery – cute kitsch handmade accessories.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I wish I could write that I spend all my time working on my etsy store and making new products, but I work in Marketing from 9-5 Monday-Friday. Typically, I get up early and check whether anything has sold over night and do a little dance if the magical ‘Etsy Transaction’ email is there. I also walk our dog, Ellie, every morning, even in the rain! I try to spend at least an hour every evening at the computer, replying to messages and packing any sold items. Weekends are generally devoted to jewellery. If I’m not at a craft show then I am making, photographing, listing, chatting (and occasionally buying) on Etsy.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Housework seems to take up a lot of time, but I like to go for long walks and hunt around charity shops and carboot sales for vintage-y finds (OH calls it junk!). And I make vintage teacups into candles – I plan to sell these on Etsy, but haven’t got round to it yet.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
My first sale was a pair of plectrum earrings on eBay – blue ones I think – and my first etsy sale was an acrylic laser cut diamond necklace – I don’t sell these any more.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Invest in a decent set of tools – I use Lindstrom pliers and wire cutters.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
At the moment, I love all the antique bronze supplies that are available. I have quite a collection of them. I find the stampings are quite flexible and like to manipulate them a bit to suit the piece I’m making.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I’d love to make clothes, but this involves learning to sew properly and the most I can manage is darning socks and sewing on missing buttons. Also, I don’t really have the space at the moment to set up a sewing machine.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My pliers! Every piece of jewellery I make relies on them, I even have a spare pair as I’m always misplacing them.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Pretty things! I love the vintage look and butterflies – I’ve combined these together to have quite a range of butterfly themed jewellery in my shop. Along with Alice in Wonderland jewellery, I love the Tenniel illustrations and think it is brilliant how they are still so popular after all this time. I’m quite jealous of any artist who creates something which will be loved for years and years after they have passed away.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I recently bought some fingerless arm warmer gloves from TheFeminineTouch; they are brilliant, especially when driving and walking the dog as they keep your arms warm but your hands are free to hold the wheel/lead.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’d love to finish updating my photos, so my shop has a nice cohesive look and I plan to add more locket necklaces in the imminent future. Long term, I want it to be successful. I’d love to be randomly walking around somewhere and see someone wearing something I had created.
Thanks Laura – we love your vintage-inspired work!