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October 25 2007 Jewelry Making Newsletter


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October 25, 2007 ~ Chris Franchetti Michaels, Editor

In this issue:

  • New Article: Labeling Jewelry Made in USA
  • Halloween Jewelry Projects on the Web

Earlier this week I read an article in the Sacramento Bee about how some handcrafted toy artisans are busier than ever because of consumers' new fears over imported toys (especially the lead paint problems). For toy makers, the ability to label their creations "Made in USA" has become a big selling point.

If you sell your handmade jewelry in the United States, then you probably also want to target customers who prefer non-imported goods. But you need to be careful about labeling your jewelry as American made, to avoid violating federal law. In this week's article I talk about the ways you may be able to call your jewelry American without getting into trouble with the FTC.

Please share your questions and comments on this topic in the forum!

~ Chris


Labeling Jewelry Made in USA

If you're an American jewelry crafter, can you legally advertise your jewelry as "Made in the USA?" The FTC has some special rules for making a made-in-America claim.

Click here for the article


Halloween Jewelry Projects on the Web

It's not too late to pull together some great last-minute Halloween adornments. Here are some of my favorite free projects:

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To learn more about basic jewelry making using beads, wire, and cord - or for a quick and easy reference - pick up a copy of my book Teach Yourself Visually: Jewelry Making & Beading, available at Amazon.com and most book stores.

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