You developed your skills, started your own business, and now opened a workshop. And now? There are many ways to get ahead in the jewelry industry, and creating your jewelry making course is one of them.
Would you like to share some of your expert knowledge and earn extra money? Check out our guide to learn how to run a jewelry-making workshop, from creating workspaces to promoting your class to the best tips for running a successful jewelry making workshop.
Whether you’re a goldsmith or prefer to work with gold, starting a jewelry store is an excellent place to start. So what should you do before you start?
The two most important things to keep in mind are having the right equipment and making jewelry safely at home.
To help you on your way, we’ve put together a list of health and safety tips as well as a jewelry-making sample table to inspire you.
One of the first things to consider when learning how to conduct a creative workshop is setting up your stations. Each creative art requires a different design and different materials. So what do you need when setting up a jewelry workshop?
You first need to configure your workstations. A jewelry bench ensures order in your rooms and has several storage features that allow you to store your gear after class neatly. However, before choosing a workbench set, consider how much space you have in your jewelry workshop. You need to make sure your students have enough space to work while optimizing the workbench—a place you have. Usually, there are 6 to 15 students in jewelry making courses to ensure that everyone has individual classes.
Maintaining your safety when making jewelry is critical. To avoid possible harm to yourself or your property, here are some essential safety equipment and tips to follow:
Wear gloves. Protective gloves or finger protection are essential, especially at high temperatures or with sharp tools.
Wear eye protection. Depending on the type of jewelry you are making, you will need the proper eye protection. This can be done with goggles, goggles, or even a face shield when polishing, grinding, or drilling metal.
Have a first aid kit ready. Unfortunately, accidents happen when working with sharp objects and fire. To avoid further damage, you should have a first aid kit nearby. It should be filled with bandages, tape, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, and an eyewash kit.
Make sure there is adequate lighting. Good workbench lighting is critical to your safety and means that it reduces the risk of cutting yourself rather than going through metal.
Wear suitable clothing. This means wearing tight-fitting clothing without the risk of sleeves or excess material getting caught in the equipment or catching fire. To be safe, we recommend that you wear a heat resistant apron.
Now that we’ve covered how to run a workshop, you need to know how to talk and engage people. Here are some ideas to get started:
Be sure to stay in touch with the local arts and crafts community to share information about your jewelry making shop and get involved smarter!
Create posters and brochures – fun colors and patterns will attract more people. You can also implement your brand to market your business.
Use forums, message boards, and online communities (like Facebook groups) to spread the word. Many people search for upcoming events online, so this is a great way to promote your jewelry course.
Post to your social media accounts to let your loyal followers and customers know about your upcoming courses.
Set your goals. Before setting up a jewelry workshop, set goals for what you want to accomplish.
Complete your follow-up. Stay organized and do all follow-up assignments well before the next class. For example, follow-up notes, homework, material, or comment notes you received while they were still in your head.
Be too prepared. For example, if you organize a 30-minute activity, prepare an hour of material. Some students can complete an assignment in half the time, while others are a little slower. Therefore, it is always good to have enough equipment on hand to prepare for any eventuality.