November 19, 2013

What is Craftsy and What Does It Offer Jewelry Makers?

This post is my own opinion of Craftsy based on my experience taking their classes, but I may receive a commission as an affiliate for any products you purchase.  I may be compensated $5.00 for this post (woo hoo!), but if you haven't heard of or tried Craftsy, I really do recommend you read my experience and check it out.

It's hard for me to believe that I signed up for my first Craftsy class almost one year ago, and how much the site has grown and changed since then.

I've never been a fan of learning new techniques from YouTube videos, since the quality isn't usually very good.  When I heard about Craftsy, I was skeptical for the very same reason.  I didn't want to pay for an online jewelry making class where the camera is shaky and the focus isn't good - and all of those other problems that can make the online learning experience less than optimal.

But my experience with Craftsy has been excellent!  When I first signed up, there were mainly sewing or needle work classes - and only one or two Jewelry classes.  Now there are many more, including classes in wire wrap, seed beading, metal clay, and soldering - and probably others too.

I used a free mini class to learn how to make these copper stacking rings and then signed up for the complete soldering class - which I haven't finished yet. But that's one of the great things about Craftsy - that you can go back and repeat parts of the class or continue a class at any time.

The classes are reasonably priced, but I recommend you always wait until they are on sale to purchase one.  They go on sale often.  This link will take you directly to their jewelry classes and a banner up top will tell you if any classes are currently on sale. The Epoxy Clay class in currently on sale, and I think now might be the time for me to try it.

Craftsy sent me the  information below to help you understand what their site offers and why it is different, but you can also follow a link to explore the site for yourself.   Enjoy!!

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, jewelry making and more. 

Craftsy Logo  What IS the Craftsy experience? 
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. 

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee. 

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes to give it a try.

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