Have you ever wondered what to do with old junk you don’t think is useful? Well, Janet Pelczynski of Janet of All Trades is coming to Buffalo Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 20th to show us how we can recycle those old pieces into jewelry. She was kind enough to answer some questions about herself, her product, and provide insight for future makers.
- Tell us about yourself and how you got started as an inventor/maker? I started creating when I was a child. Making my own Halloween costumes, crafting puppets and puppet shows, writing a neighborhood newspaper and building my own Christmas tree. I have always had the desire to figure out how to create something out of unrelated or unusual parts and pieces. The right and left of my brain working together in some strange way, it’s a constant struggle to solve a problem.
- What is the first thing a new inventor/maker should consider? What you create means something to you and only you. Don’t create to please others or to make money… it’s a personal mission.
- Are you selling products? What sorts of licensing/patents do you have in place? Yes, I sell recycled jewelry made from old keys and recycled items. I don’t have any patents, but I did not copy another product. I bought some keys at an Estate sale since they looked interesting and thought they need to be saved since keys are slowing becoming extinct. They are beautiful and interesting, so why not enjoy them as jewelry. I can only wear so much, so I decided to start selling jewelry.
- What has been your greatest success in business? Greatest success, well that people actually like what I create. It’s difficult to put your idea out in the world for others to critique, since it is your personal mission. I love when customers stop by my shows wearing my jewelry! I think it is the ultimate compliment and that reassures me that yes, what I make is appreciated and loved.
- What advice would you offer fellow inventors/makers who are in the beginning stages of development? Be true to your invention. Let it grow and change, but do not veer from the reason you are inventing… It might take a lifetime for your idea to truly develop, but keep creating, questioning, growing and most of all believe in what you are creating.