I started by buying a few beads, bits and chains. Then I started to look at some websites to learn some new techniques.
I showed some friends some of the pieces I’d made and they all asked me if I’d do another for them or as presents for others.
I started experimenting with other techniques; shaping metal, soldering, leather craft. Then I started talking to other people via social media and the internet and learnt loads more. I got inspiration from books and magazines. My Amazon and Ebay bill started to increase, as I bought materials to make new items, but I also sold most of what I made so I broke even or made a bit most of the time.
I’ve learnt about marketing, about paint finishes and about rust. I learnt about tools and health and safety (mostly as a practical consequence of using the tools improperly!). I’ve learnt about Pinterest and other social media sites and I’ve learnt that lots of my friends have equally creative hobbies.
This year I’m considering signing up for some formal classes, but until now I’ve learnt enough to make a few hundred pounds, met some really interesting people, made new friends and had countless hours of enjoyment – all from free websites, a couple of magazines and a whim that I like to learn something different each year.