Found this great article, Make Sure to Do the Math When Selling Your Crafts. It explains different ways to achieve the best bottom line for your arts or crafts business.
An important first step when deciding whether to go ahead with an arts or crafts business idea, is whether you'll turn a profit. Breakeven point analysis helps you make this determination as breakeven point shows you how much you'll need to sell at a certain price to cover your costs.
While doing some online research, I found two great resources for those working in metal - particularly copper:
Whimsie - sells recycled copper sheet
Basic Cooper - sells patina, sheets and other copper supplies
After you purchase some cooper sheet, check out my articles about using a dapping block to shape your sheet.
Unless you are already a Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG) member, this may be too short a deadline but certainly keep it in mind for next year - SNAG issues it's call for entries for its 2nd UNIQUES online auction. The deadline is April 12, 2014, accepting 40 entries.
Acceptable entries are one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items. Taking place on eBay in order to enter you have to be a SNAG member and submit an object with a retail price of up to $300 each. You receive 50% of the sale.
Ranger Inks has some great products that can help you add patina to your metal working. Available at Hobby Lobby and online at the Ranger Ink website, these inks are relatively easy and safe to use. Set with a heat tool for a lasting finish.
McCartney's work has many elements of arts and crafts this Fashion Week. To see a few of the images check out this article about Stella McCartney at Paris Fashion Week in the London Evening Standard.
If you are interested in fashion design, see my review of Field Guide: How to Be A Fashion Designer, which is a helpful overview. While we are talking about Paris, The European Artistic Crafts Days (JEMA) will take place on April 4th to 6th 2014 in Paris, throughout France, as well as in London, Milan and Western Switzerland.
Found this page at Overstock.com about buying arts and crafts supplies. Not exactly groundbreaking, but I was not aware that Overstock.com sold arts and crafts supplies. So, check it out - you may find an art/craft tool or supply you've been meaning to buy at a low price.
Thinking about entering the Renegade Craft Fair in the future and live in Texas? Don't miss the The Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX on March 13 - 14 - 15, 2014! It's free and features a curated selection of arts and crafts along with art installations, workshops, and more!
When working in your arts and crafts shop, safety should always be your number one priority. Making money running your arts and crafts business will become very difficult indeed if you are sidelined by an injury or have to stop working on your area of art or craft because of respiratory issues. So invest some time and money in picking out the appropriate safety gear for your arts and crafts business.
The 2014 Spring Pecan Street Festival taking place in Austin, TX is the largest arts and crafts festival in central Texas and is looking for an official original poster. Great exposure as yearly attendance has been over 200,000 in recent years. Check out previous submissions by selecting the "store" tab (bottom task bar to the far right) for an example of what the Festival organizers are looking for.
Juried Art Services is a digital application system used by many craft shows. Easy to use, you upload images and information about your arts and crafts items and business, then select the shows you want to apply to. Find out more about setting up your Juried Art Services account, which will come in handy for submitting your application to many different arts and crafts contests and competitions.