Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #43, Kysam
In our CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview this week, Samantha of Kysam talks to us about her quirky handmade silver jewellery and gifts.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
When I’m not designing jewellery I teach yoga. I find it helps to clear my head ready for the next day of ideas and jewellery making.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first piece of jewellery I ever sold was a thick silver cuff I’d made whilst first starting out – one of my friends bought it for their sister, so I still didn’t believe I was a “real seller” at that point!
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
If anyone is considering taking up jewellery making, my one and only piece of advice would be to make practice pieces using copper, brass or aluminium. Making mistakes with silver can be costly, as I learnt the hard way 🙂
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
If I ever get a moment to spare I’d love to give screen printing a go, some of the items on Etsy made through this process look amazing.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I started making jewellery as a hobby seven years ago and quickly got hooked, but its only in the last two years I’ve started to look at it as my full time job. I live in Brighton and its such an eclectic place that it has become my constant source of inspiration, whether its along the seafront or up on the hills of the South Downs there’s always something to inspire me.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
My favourite handmade item is a woolly hand knitted hat that I’ve worn loads in this snowy weather. It came from a lovely lady on Etsy who has since become a good friend, so I gained a new hat and a new friend via Etsy!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
My plans are to expand my range to include anodised aluminium jewellery, as a more affordable alternative to sterling silver.