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Friday, January 9, 2015

SRAJD January 2015 Newsletter -- Calendar of Events

The following events are for active SRAJD members.  If you make jewelry and sell it yourself, considering joining the fun.  We are an international, non-juried, grassroots organization for self-representing artists in jewelry design.   

Time-Sensitive Events (scroll down for “Static Events” and "Calendar")

Weekly Topics
We will have weekly topics of discussion, the interactive portion of which will take place on our main Facebook discussion page.  As often as possible, I will enlist experts and experienced jewelry artists to provide insight and information on the weekly topics.  Portions of these discussions will be reposted to our SRAJD blog and/or the members only section of the SRAJD website.   To see the weekly topics, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Monthly Challenges
We will have monthly jewelry designs challenges.  One weekly topic each month is dedicated to the subject of the monthly challenge.  Rather than prizes and judging, the reward will be each artist challenging themselves to try new techniques.   This is also a great opportunity for more traffic to your website as each entry is accompanied by your name and a link to your shop. To see the monthly challenge themes, click here.  To enter the monthly challenge themes, click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Charity Project
I don’t have a plan for this yet, but I would like us to take part in a charity event of some sort.

Exchange and Make Swap
Interested parties will exchange components and create items from what their partner sends.  Dates to be announced later.

Continue our Holiday Gift Guide
The chance to advertise your website(s) to many people in many venues.  To see our first Holiday Gift Guide, click here.  Make sure you're on our Facebook group page or are receiving our newsletter.

Static Events

SRAJD Blog: 
Our blog is a great place to start.  2014 was jam-packed with themed creations from our weekly challenges.  If you want to check out the inspiring designs, just start browsing through the pages.  In 2015, we will be adding more technically informative blog posts as well as snippets of discussion on various jewelry-making topics.

SRAJD Facebook Pages
Our Main Discussion Page
Here is where all the chit chat happens before it goes anywhere else.  If you want to be at the forefront of the happenings, this is the place to be.  This group page is for discussions of anything related (and occasionally not related) to the jewelry making business.  We ask questions, we share inspiration, we discuss technique, etc.  This is a private group, so outsiders can’t see what we discuss or share.
Our Fan Page:  
AKA our “FB Business Page”.  Here is where you will show the public your creations.  Active SRAJD members are encouraged to share two of their listings per day.  You post the URL to your listing and by the next morning I will have transferred it to the main timeline where everyone can see it.  Get interactive too!  The more we share, like, and comment on posts from our fan page, the more these posts will show up on the timelines of our friends and then friends of friends, etc.
Our SEO Page:  
Where we discuss search engine optimization.
Our Photography Page:
Where we discuss issues related to cameras, photography, and photo editing.
Our Critique Page:  
Where you can get a critique of your online shop and help others by offering insight into theirs.
Our Destash Page:  
Where you can get rid of some of your excess supplies and/or pick up some great deals from other SRAJD members.
Our Etsy Treasuries Page:  
Where we promote our Etsy shops through treasuries and other activities.

SRAJD Pinterest Boards

Active members post two links a day to their online listings:

Additional advertising and promotion for the SRAJD members who take out ads on the website:

Etsy treasuries

Useful jewelry making info

SRAJD 2015 Calendar of Events and Topics

Weekly Subjects
Monthly Challenges
January 5, 2015
New Year’s Resolutions
Wire Work
January 12, 2015
Business Plans
January 19, 2015
Working with Wire
January 26, 2015
Accounting and Inventory
February 2, 2015
February 9, 2015
Blogs Social Media
February 16, 2015
Social Media
February 23, 2015
Websites and Selling Venues
March 2, 2015
Soldering and Metal Fusing
Soldering and Metal Fusing
March 9, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 23, 2015
March 30, 2015
Marketing and Advertising
April 6, 2015
Stringing and Bead Weaving
Stringing and Bead Weaving
April 13, 2015
Workshop Layout and Organization
April 20, 2015
Software for Jewelry Artist
April 27, 2015
Logos and Branding
May 4, 2015
Enamel and Resin
Enamel and Resin
May 11, 2015
May 18, 2015
May 25, 2015
Finishing Technqiues
June 1, 2015
Metal Clay and Polymer Clay
Metal Clay and Polymer Clay
June 8, 2015
Jewelry Care
June 15, 2015
Pet Peeves
June 22, 2015
Art from Found Objects
June 29, 2015
July 6, 2015
Bezels and Lapidary
Bezels and Lapidary
July 13, 2015
July 29, 2015
Packaging and Shipping
July 27, 2015
Hobby or Profession
August 3, 2015
Etching and Electroforming
Etching and Electroforming
August 10, 2015
August 17, 2015
August 24, 2015
August 31, 2015
September 7, 2015
September 14, 2015
Time Management
September 21, 2015
September 28, 2015
Repurposing, Recycling, Reusing
October 5, 2015
October 12, 2015
Customer  Tracking and Communication
October 19, 2015
Magazines and Books
October 26, 2015
Online Resources
November 2, 2015
Cold Connections
Cold Connections
November 9, 2015
November 16, 2015
Tips and Tricks
November 23, 2015
Creative Block
November 30, 2015
December 7, 2015
Lampwork and Glass Fusing
Lampwork and Glass Fusing
December 14, 2015
Workroom Safety
December 21, 2015
December 28, 2015
Reflections on 2015

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