Well I did a craft sale in October with my friend Ann. She sold fairy cakes and ghost/bat decorated biscuits. I took all my little handmade trinkets including loads of pumpkin photo/card holders that no-one bought!
Its the Maker's Market, Seaburn. Its run by a lovely lady called fiona. Ann's biccies sold quite well but there was another stall doing fancy pants cupcakes so we lost quite a lot of trade to them (despite the fact they were "assembed" rather than "home made" but never mind. I got a lot of interest in my things but no buyers.
I was hoping with the halloween theme someone would buy a pumpkin. My hubby loved them (and to be honest I was quite chuffed with them too). I got some orange FIMO and formed it into little balls then squashed 6 or 8 a thin lines of darker orange (mixed with a bit of red) across it in an asterisk * style. (So that the lines crossed at the top and bottom of the ball). Then I used some craft wire to press the darker colour into the round to make grooves, and make it look into a pumpkin shape. Then I added the black faces and little brown stalks on the top. I used some round nosed plyers to bend some 1.8mm craft wire into a swirl (to hold the card) and stabbed it into the top of the pumpkin.
I also put some of my claycraft teddies....fimo bears cut out using a little push cutter I got from hobbycraft.
Here are the mobile phone ones. I just baked the teddies, punched a hole in their ear with a cocktail stick before they were cooked and then attached a jump ring once they were hard. (right picture)
I made some into handbag/keyring charms (left picture) using some trace chain and little catches. I've since invested in proper keyrings so they're easier to attach onto bags with wide handles or thick zips/rings. I've also donated a batch of these to Pawz for Thought who are the charity I re-homed my bunnies from. They regularly have table top sales and book fairs where they sell goodies and they have a charity shop too so anything to help.
I also made a couple of beaded charms for mobiles/handbags while I was crafting. The handbag ones sold quite well at the January Makers Market, I sold them for £1.50 each and had lots of "lookers" I think next time i'll take an actual handbag so I can attach them ....like a display model. I invested in some more exciting charms like little glass shaped beads, mushrooms, ducks, from an ebay seller called Bead Addicts. They have some fab silver charms too, I got some lucky cats, handbags, rainbow enamel charms and allsorts. I went a bit mad, but they do discount the postage when you order a batch of stuff. I've not been dissapointed with anything i've got from them so far and its always really fast delivery.
Of course I had to make some beaded mobile phone charms. These I sold some at my later craft sale in Jan but none at the October one. I think girly things like handbags, hearts and things seem to be the most popular ones. Also animals, so i'll be keeping an eye out for more animal beads in the future.
I took a full display board (A4 sized) of about 24 pairs of earrings again for £1.50 each. No-one bought these either, but there are a few stalls of people already selling jewellery, and solely jewellery so there was a lot of competition. I've mainly been giving out my jewellery as xmas presents and putting some on ebay. I have a sellers page here. I usually sell stuff i've made for 84p - a bizzare amount I know, but the postage is 66p (although i'm sure it SHOULD be 42p but I can't be bothered to argue with the expertly trained grumps at the post office). So that totals £1.50 per pair of earrings which I dont think is bad priced really. I've paid much more for some that last 2 minutes before they break or tarnish that aren't as nice.
This one I made with gold crackle beads and these lovely big square buckle type beads were given to me by my friend with a bunch of her other broken necklaces. Recycling took over and I turned them into a few new ones....this being one of them. This was was actually an ebay success story.
These I call "waterfall" earrings...because well that's what I think they look like. For these I threaded a crimp bead onto some clear beading fibre, its kind of like fishing wire, but you can use beading thread or tigertail depending on how rigid you want each strand to be. Anyway, I'm waffling away from the point. Thread on your crimp bead and squash it with a crimping tool or some flat nosed plyers, then thread on 3, 4 or 5 bugle beads. Thread another crimp bead onto the end then push loose end through the loop at the bottom of the fish hook earwire. Now tuck the thread back through the crimp bead so its done a full loop and gone back to where it started (but pointing the opposite direction). Squash the crimp bead and this will attach your first strand. Repeat this about 10 times, each time using a different number of bugle beads creating strands of varying lengths.
Bead Addicts. They're quite small but I just think they're so cute. I added a black glass faux pearl to look like a head, as the existing "head" part of the bead wasn't very prominant.
These ones are just a dark purple round bead (from a mixed bag of czech glass beads) two matching preferably but you can get away with slightly different patterns or colours because of the cage. I bought the cages from Rosarama which is a local bead shop, they also have a web-page. Basically you use your plyers to prize apart the gap between the spirals and pop the bead in. They usually just close back up themselves keyring style and spring back into shape BUT if not you can always give them a bit of a squeeze with some flat-nosed plyers.