July 27, 2008

Commemorative Necklace

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This necklace commemorates the most awesome fun I had last weekend with my girlfriends in Austin. I purchased the fire agate focal at Sea of Beads and the muscovite beads from Szarka last Saturday. Pamela gave me the wonderfully lyrical copper clasp. The amethyst and copper beads I purchased from Szarka on earlier shopping trips.

I have been really depressed since being laid off, and these ladies helped me feel so much better. I’ve been inspired this week and have been dreaming up new jewelry designs. This necklace was inspired by one that Szarka made that you can see on her website. Thank you ladies!

Calming Buddha Necklace

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Kambaba jasper and copper spacers from Magpie Gemstones, and a carved jade Buddha

July 26, 2008

Do I need a Business License?

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This question came up in a community I’m in, and here’s my answer.

There is a lot of confusion around the term business license and what you need to legally run a business.

The most important piece of paper to get it a resale tax certificate. It means that you will be collecting state sales tax for each item that you sell and filing quarterly tax returns. (In Texas you can accomplish all of this online – it’s very easy.) This also means that you will not have to pay sales tax on any supplies you purchase in the state. It can also get you wholesale prices with some suppliers. If you are selling at craft shows and home parties you had better get one. In Texas if you sell an item online to someone who resides in Texas, you must collect sales tax as well. Go to your state’s website and look up sales tax for their regulations.

A business license is usually only required if you have named your business something other than your given name. If you are calling yourself “Jane Doe’s Jewelry” you don’t need one. A license is usually cheap to get. You register your business name as a “DBA” – doing business as. It is meant to protect the consumer. Registering your DBA also keeps other people from taking your business name.

An EIN is an employer identification number and is federal. It is not necessary unless you have employees or unless you are registering your business as an LLP, LLC, or corporation, which you probably are not going to do.

Federal income tax: Read what the IRS says here http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=172833,00.html and decide for yourself whether what your are doing now is a hobby or business. I myself just added any art and jewelry sales to “other income” on my tax return for years. Then I became more serious and for the last 5 years I have been filing the schedule C for business.

There are several books out there devoted to the business of crafting that you can read for more information. Also don’t google aimlessly, go to your state’s official website and look up how to run a business in your state. Or call your county tax office for more information.

Good luck and don’t get too freaked out. Just make sure you’re doing the right thing so the tax man doesn’t get ya!

July 22, 2008

New Bead Crack from Austin

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Slab of copper in ore from Nature’s Treasures

flourite from Nature’s Treasures

geodes from Nature’s Treasures

lapis chips from Szarka and a blue focal from Sea of Beads

muscovite beads from Szarka and a fire agate bead from Sea of Beads

purple focals from Sea of Beads. I forgot the name of this stone already.

July 5, 2008

Magnesite and Bone

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Another piece that I finally completed is this graduated strand of dyed magnesite and carved bone bead necklace. The pendant is a carved bone horse wrapped with copper wire and hung with copper spacer beads.

Experiments in Steel

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I got some dark annealed steel wire and this is the first necklace I’ve made from it. The beads are Czech pressed glass. I do plan on polishing the wire some to bring out the highlights, then experimenting with a wax finish to protect it from moisture. I love the look, so I will be using more of the steel.

Lucky Slate

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An Italian slate tile has been wrapped with aluminum wire and hung from a strand of glass and pewter beads. Chinese character metal charms dangle from the pendant and from the matching earrings.

Lemon Quartz or Jade

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I’ve shown this before. I had planned to make this part of a multi-strand piece, but it worked out better as separate necklaces.

Red Jasper

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I’ve shown this necklace before, but now I’ve taken the pendant off. It just didn’t fit.

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