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Vanda Handmade Jewellery

A project by: Velika Nanova


WE RAISED £2,040

from 8 donors

This project received pledges 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.

Some of my work:

Find me here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanda-hand-made-jewellery-116787611687783/ 

Blog : http://vandasplace.blogspot.co.uk/  (sorry it's not in English ^_^ )

Email: vandav@gmail.com

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

Vanda Handmade Jewellery