Category Archives: Maker Success Stories

Finding Empowerment Through Selling Etsy Jewelry

Maker Galactic Affair Represents People Who Want To Revolt Against Fast Fashion

Like many kids, Rachel Buske grew up playing video games and watching sci-fi movies, and she unleashed her creativity by making costumes out of staples and felt. Owning a small business certainly wasn’t on her young mind.

But after attending college and entering the workforce, something changed. She needed a new creative outlet. One that was inspired by the things she loved growing up.

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Reinventing The LED Nixie Clock

By Developing The Lixie, Engineer And Maker Connor Nishijima Was Able To Quit His Day Job

Why did you start making? If your like many makers, the reason is typically because the item you wanted didn’t exist in the form you needed. Or if it did exist, the price point wasn’t budget friendly.

That’s the case for Connor Nishijima. As an engineer, his passion is to solve problems, most of which he confesses are his own.

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Making Stylishly Affordable Laser Cut Wooden And Acrylic Jewelry

Insights From A Decade-Long Ponoko Maker And Etsy Seller Melanie Lynn

Melanie Lynn Penn, jewelry designer and owner of Etsy shop Melanie Lynn Design, has been making jewelry as long as she can remember, getting started at her father’s work bench in the family garage. “He had an old paint can filled with random old metal odds and ends,” she says. “I started playing around with the pieces I found, hammering them into shapes and bending them with pliers.

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Ergonomic Mechanical Keyboards Turn Pain Relief Into A Small Business

Profet Keyboards Turned A DIY Mechanical Keyboard Hobby Into A Full-Blown Side Hustle By Addressing A Painful Problem

Sit in on just about any business strategy meeting, and you’ll hear execs talking about determining customers’ pain points and how they can create products and services to alleviate that pain. In most instances, this “pain” is figurative, a metaphor for a business problem that needs to be solved.

But for Ben Grabkowitz,

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Reinventing Classic Products With A Fresh Perspective

If You Want To Make Your Own Coasters, Magnets Or Wall Art, See How Etsy Seller Nine Day Weekend Has Laser Cut His Own Niche

Dan Narva, owner of Etsy shop Nine Day Weekend, “enjoys showing people a new way of looking at familiar images.” From how he can design a coaster to how he can illustrate custom laser engraved wall art, Dan’s artistic interpretation puts a fresh take on classic products.

Picturing U.S.

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Making Wooden Dollhouses With Wishcraft Studio

See How This Maker Combines Laser Cutting With Hand Crafting To Build A One-Of-A-Kind Dollhouse

With all of the products in the world that are sold from the largest retailers to the smallest online shops, it’s amazing just how often you can’t find exactly what you want. Maybe the size, shape or colors aren’t right. Perhaps it’s the functionality. Or even the price. We’ve all said, “I wish I could just find this,” whatever “this” is.

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Finding Compelling Design In Nature

Quirkshop Designs Combines Left And Right Brain Creativity To Make Tessellated Leaf Coasters

A statistician working in cancer research, Jane Lange may spend her days crunching numbers with her left brain. But in her free time, she turns her right brain loose with her love of art, interior decorating, crafting and design that she chronicles at Quirkshop Designs.

When I was in graduate school completing my PhD, I found that crafting and creating were great outlets,” she explains.

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Side Hustle: Working Mom Puts Laser Cut Jewelry To Work For Her

Insights From Etsy Seller Cottage On The Cliff On Being A Maker, Channeling Creativity & Growing A Small Business

Liz Ulbin is like many makers out there. In fact, if you’re a working mom and into jewelry, she may be just like you.

By day, Liz helps small businesses succeed through her work as an email developer for Waltham, Massachusetts-based Constant Contact. By nights and weekends, she works on her own small business success as a jewelry designer for her company Cottage On The Cliff.

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Find Kickstarter Success With These 10 Crowdfunding Tips

Advice From Three Ponoko Makers Who Have Successfully Launched Their Products Via Crowdfunding On Kickstarter

Crowdfunding isn’t just about money. Sure, makers need cash to complete a project and get it off the ground. But backing a project is more than just pledging funds to a creator. It’s pledging support to a creative idea that people, your backers, want to see exist in the world.

Many makers spend the majority of their time coming up with the idea and making the product.

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Academy Award Nominee’s Unique Speakers Find Kickstarter Success With Ponoko

T3TRA Speakers Combine 3D Printing And Laser Cutting For A One-Of-A-Kind Audio Experience

Whether you’re watching a movie, gaming or jamming out to your favorite tunes, sound is an integral part of the experience. And the better the sound, the better the experience.

Gone are the days where quality sound only came from large—and expensive—components. Good things do come in small packages, and T3TRA Loudspeakers from Alienology are definitely good things (kinda like “Farrah Fawcett Hair”).

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