Dazzling Dezignz has to offer. Beautiful jewellery designs with the ability to inspire.
Oh Canada: Of all the things that you sell, which item or style is your favorite?
Elisa: I can’t say that I have a favourite style. I love making a variety of different styles to suit the many personalities of women out there. I lean more towards items that are simpler and will go with a lot but then certain personalities and outfits need a more pronounced statement.
Oh Canada: Where did you learn your skills?
Elisa: I live in a city where, for some reason, jewellery making supplies are only available at the local Michael’s store. So therefore, jewellery making classes are also in short supply. I not only buy my supplies online (Etsy being the perfect place!) but I also research techniques and materials online. There are great videos on the web that show step by step instruction. Mostly I’ve learned by just practicing, practicing, practicing!
Oh Canada: Everyone has different motivations for making their unique wares. What drives you to create?
Elisa: I love being able to create unique pieces that will make the wearer feel beautiful. It all starts... and ends... with the perfect accessory! I sometimes dream about a design and then I can’t do anything else until I make it. Often I have one element in mind and then I work around that to create the perfect piece.
Oh Canada: If you could learn to use any new technique or material, what would it be?
Elisa: Right now I’m researching through books and the internet about wire wrapping and making elements from wire. I’ve just started so you won’t see a lot of that in my shop probably until the summer. I love all the endless possibilities there are with wire in jewelry making. I can’t wait to learn it and apply it to some of my designs.
Oh Canada: Any plans to incorporate a new product into your shop this year?
Elisa: Every year I do a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Last year I made bookmarks and half of the proceeds went to the CIBC Run for the Cure. I want to do it again this year but I’d like to do something different. I have a couple of ideas but there’s nothing concrete yet. I’m hoping to get it in my shop by the beginning of summer because that is when I start doing my fundraising for the Run.
Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing about selling on Etsy?
Elisa: I absolutely love how friendly everyone is and how readily they give tips and advice. I have met a few wonderful people on Etsy. I don’t think Etsy would be the same if they didn’t offer the forums to meet people and discuss everything from their shop to what’s going on in their life. It really is an extension of your family and friends.
|A Dazzling Dezignz necklace featured in Etsy Gifts|
Oh Canada: Do you have a number one tip for new sellers?
Elisa: Well, I’m still fairly new myself but my number one tip would be not to give up! It’s a lot of hard work but it’s fun and rewarding. Just keep with it!
Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing to buy on Etsy?
Elisa: I’ve bought a number of things on Etsy. Mostly it’s jewelry supplies but I’ve also bought a few things for my kids. It’s amazing the different and unique things you can find here. I love it!
Oh Canada: What is the number one best item in your shop right now?
Elisa: I don’t have a number one best item as most of my pieces are one of a kind. You will find many different styles in my shop for the many different personalities of women out there. So please come back from time to time as I add more things almost daily. You never know what you might find!
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