Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #55, MollyMooDesign
Our current CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is MollyMooDesign, where Jo makes gorgeous accessories and jewellery with a pretty vintage style. She tells us more in this week’s interview…
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first piece I ever sold was a hand sewn brooch – it shocked me as I’d heard that your first sale could take months on Etsy, and I’d only listed it 5 minutes before! I originally thought I’d lost the listing when I went back online to see it had vanished and when I realised it had sold I was very excited and happy!
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Have lots of patience and be prepared to learn from your mistakes! When working with polymer clay, especially in very intricate designs as can be found on my jewellery, it is easy to slip or catch a piece by accident and ruin your creation. I have found that you need a lot of patience to dust yourself off and persevere. You can also learn from your mistakes or ‘happy accidents’ – I have discovered some beautiful colour combinations as a result of mixing the wrong colours together!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
At the moment I have rediscovered polymer clay and absolutely love it. Unfortunately my children do too so I am having to hide my stash! Actually it is lovely to sit side by side with them and make clay pieces together, although my eldest daughter who is 8, always wants to know when I’m going to list her items on Etsy!
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I would like to begin using Precious Metal Clay in my jewellery as the idea really appeals to me, but for now I am sticking to the special edition sparkly clays. When I have more time I hope to branch out into PMC.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
My Mum makes beautiful cards and I have kept all of the cards she has sent for my, and my children’s, birthdays and Christmases. She also made lovely paper shoes to commemorate each of my daughter’s births and these are very precious to me. They are all stashed in a special ‘treasures box’ and I take them out from time to time to remember when my girls were babies 🙂
Thank you Jo for the insight into your creative process behind the scenes of your gorgeous shop!
Keep in touch with Jo on Facebook: @MollyMooDesign and Twitter @MollyMooDesign, and via her blog: mollymoodesign-craftingchaos.blogspot.co.uk