We've all been there. You have a brilliant idea in your mind for a new project and you're just so excited about getting down to work and making it happen when all of a sudden your glue doesn't adhere properly (like what happened in the picture above with my messy beads) or your stitches don't line up like they should and you're just so frustrated you want to scrap it all and walk away.
Or, how about this one: You show one of your friends a bracelet or necklace that you made thinking that they're going to love it, but instead they're unimpressed, or worse- they politely feign admiration while giving you design pointers.
And then there's the very concerned family member or friend who's going to advise you not to bother posting your jewelry on Etsy, or taking part in that craft fair because "there's so much competition" and "it's just not a viable source of income."
These things happen and much, much more- like the time I was selling at a flea market and a lady walked up to my booth and tried to steal my customers-- right in front of me.
Oh yes, the world is full of all sorts of struggles and craziness. Perhaps you feel that you're at the end of your rope. You may have been posting your designs online for weeks or months without anyone buying. You may be frustrated because you're trying to learn and want to improve your skills, but you still feel that you're not good enough. And I'm here to tell you that it's ok. It's ok to feel frustrated and to want to give up. It's ok to be sad and disappointed that things haven't worked out the way you would have liked. And I'm also going to tell you that you will run into these emotions and circumstances quite often as a jewelry designer.
The important question is: are you going to give up at the first (or second, third, etc.) hiccup? So what if your friend doesn't see your vision? So what if you need to practice a little more? So what if you make a couple wonky pieces before you make a gem? Didn't Thomas Edison fail a couple thousand times before he succeeded?
With this established, I will leave you with a very important concept: Success doesn't belong to those who don't fail- it belongs to those who keep going after they fail.
If it really is your dream to make and sell jewelry, don't give up. Keep learning, keep designing, keep sharing your work, and whatever you do- don't give up!
P.S. By the way, after making a few messy beads like the ones in the picture above, I finally made it work out and wrote my tutorial for turning ugly paper beads into beautiful ones.