Today we have an exclusive interview with burgeoning jewelry designer Jessica from The Renegade Jesster. She has been experimenting with electroforming to create beautiful and absolutely unique pieces we have never seen anywhere else. We asked Jessica to share a little bit about how making jewelry and running a business fits into her busy life.
Tell us more about you. Where are you from, what do you do for a living and how does making jewelry fit into your life?
I currently live in TX, although I never really considered it home. I am a stay-at-home momma of three and wife to my best friend. Making jewelry is how I save my sanity and have some me time.
When did you first start making jewelry and what was the first piece you ever made?
I tinkered for years. I remember, right before I got serious about making jewelry, filling an empty pocketwatch with Alice in Wonderland inspired charms; a teacup, a key, etc. I consider it to be my first piece of jewelry.
What inspires your creativity when making something new?
The stones tell me where they want to go and what they want to be. I know that might sound weird, but I just sit and look, and all a sudden things just start forming.
What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
My current work is almost all copper and stones of some sort, but moonstone and turquoise are my favorites. I've loved moonstone since I saw a picture of it in a magazine as a kid. It was almost 20 years before I owned my first piece.
What made you start your shop?
After years of tinkering, family and friends kept saying I should try it. I basically traded with friends until I had enough supplies to really start making jewelry consistently.
What's your biggest achievement so far in your handmade business?
Return customers. Most people who have bought from me, have come back to buy more and I consider that to be the biggest compliment.
What advice would you have for others starting out in jewelry-making?
Don't give up, and never compare yourself to other artists. We all have slumps and creative blocks, but they don't last forever. You'll never see how much you've learned or grown if you are comparing yourself to someone else.
What's your favorite piece of jewelry that you've made before and why?
Oooh, that's tough! I think it'd be my first big labradorite piece. It is bold and rustic and feels like royalty.
If you are a parent, how do you balance mom life and business?
Sometimes there is no balance. Sometimes business gets put on hold, because family comes first. Sometimes it means getting only 2 or 3 hours of sleep several nights in a row.
What has been the most important step you have taken in making your business successful?
To stop second guessing myself and feeling inadequate. Being confident. I have learned a lot and am constantly discovering new things about running a business. I had to get a calendar this week to start marking events for next year so I can be more prepared.
Where can we find you to shop online or in-person?
Most of my sales are currently done through a Facebook group, but I am easily found on Instagram while I am working on a new online shop. www.instagram.com/therenegadejesster