Right now there is 6,857,870 pieces of jewelry for sale on Etsy alone. I have 223 pieces of jewelry listed just on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/Jewelrybyjane29 I have made some sales but not consistently, not enough to keep my spirits high. How I do keep my spirit high part of that is to spread my work around. I have my work in three different shops in as many states. They are not consistent either, but are frequent enough to help my spirits.
Even though I am not making lots of money that I would of hoped I am treating it as a business. I try to do all of the things that must be done for a business including the bookkeeping.
When I create I lose myself in my work! A few minutes turn into an hour! The world around me turns into minor bumble bees buzzing around. Then when I finally finish that piece I get gratification. I tend to work on bracelets or simple designs that give me instant gratification. Every so often I work on something that takes more than several hours to finish. I guess that is why I keep going. I can get lost in my work!
I found that when I did craft shows my moral was boosted during every show. I would get oo's and ah's and usually sold quite a few things. I stopped doing shows because besides the wear and tear on me there was evidence of wear on some of my more fragile pieces so I went to consignment shops instead.
The necklace on this one was fast gratification. Once I picked the beads it just fell together. The wirewrap on turquoise cabochon went quite well also.
This is why I do what I do! I don't make lots of money I don't get recognition or cudo's! It just lets me be me! And that is the best job in the world.