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Handmade Jewellery

A project by: Velika Nanova


WE RAISED £2,040

from 8 donors

This project received donations on Wed 20 Jul 2016
Help one dreamer start her own business!

Jewellery Designed & Handmade by Me

I'm raising £2,000 to start my own business influenced entirely by my obsession with hand crafts. I am really passionate about designing and making all kind of jewellery and I put all my energy in every piece of work I create.

Who am I?

My name is Velika and I am a student at the University of Essex. I come from a small country on the Balkans with beautiful seasides and breathtaking mountain views. I  just finished my year abroad in Maastricht University, Netherlands  and I look forward to come back to Essex again in the autumn.

My story

Bohemian, quirky and creative from melon pips… I simply adore jewellery. As a child I loved making necklaces from painted melon pips sewn together with cotton.My designs may be a little more sophisticated these days but thankfully none of that little girl’s passion and excitement has waned! …to statement pieces I specialise in sculptural and statement pieces using a variety of processes – constructed, wax carved and cast, and hand pierced.I love the tactile nature of silver and gold. Every piece I create has something completely individual to teach me about the material I use. Colour is important to me, so I am drawn to beautiful stones, like a magpie. Each and every item I craft is entirely bespoke and utterly unique.

Why donate to me?

" Velika is truly passionate about what she does and I can certainly say she has reached a professional level.''  -  Andrea Pills
'' I  not only feel really beautiful when wearing Vanda's handmade jewellery  but also extremely confident as a woman.'' - Alexandra Koshnikova

Where will the money go?

In the short term ( these are the absolute essentials I need in order to make my hobby a serious business)

  • Website Domain- £100
  • Website Design - £500
  • Professional Photography - £200
  • Register "Vanda Handmade Jewellery" as a company- £150
  • Register trademark of the company name- £280
  • Open business bank account and get a transportable PDQ machine -£70
  • Promotion materials (business cards, flyers, newspaper ad,featuring blog)- £230
  • New jewellery making kit (piles,cutters,shaping rings)- £150
  • Swarovski stones, gems,silver - £600 ( initial investment)
  • Super Glue for precious stones- £40

Total : £2,000

In the long term ( if I get overfunded I want to move forward..)

  • Open Vanda Handmade Jewellery Gallery in Colchester
  • Deposit for rent - £2-£3,000
  • Business Insurance

This is  what I dream of....


I have some very cool gift vouchers to offer anyone who donates to me, whatever the amount. Check them out.

Please help me make my dream come true...!

You don't need to give money to help me succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support me – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.

In fact, share it with everyone you know as the more people know about it, the more likely I will be to make this work out brilliantly.

And I know I just said you don't need to give money to help me, but I'd love it if you did!

Much love xx