We've all had a job we hated, but how many can say our job is our hobby? In Guthrie, Oklahoma, Amber Sanders started Sanders Custom Silver doing what she loved, creating jewelry such as rings, pendants, necklaces and more. Sanders discusses the undertaking of her creative business and how she got started. "In 2013 I started helping my husband make spurs, conchos, and buckles," Sanders said. "I took what I learned from my husband and started to scale it down to see if I could make jewelry."
Sanders wanted to start her own business for several years. "There were a couple long years of trying to get my products up to the standard I wanted to achieve before I had a break through," Sanders said. "The journey to that break-through point was tough, but it also made me proud of the skills I learned. I felt I had something to offer at that point and gratifyingly many people agreed." Her hard work paid off and she puts a lot of time and passion into her creations.
She makes a lot of custom jewelry, but she also offers apparel, some of which the proceeds were donated to disaster relief such as the fires in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas in 2017. From bracelets to earrings, she has a wide span of creations, but she has a favorite. "I love to create pendants," Sanders said. "There are no limits, sizes, or rules to obey which make them a ton of fun." Each of Sanders' pendants is carefully crafted and distinct.
Many people approach their creative hobbies differently and find inspiration in unique places. For Sanders, it's spontaneity. "My best ideas come to me immediately and unexpectedly. I will see a stone (or something) and know exactly what to make with it," she said. Several of the pendants Sanders makes are adorned with turquoise stones and a custom brand, initial, or emblem.
Sanders takes custom orders from customers, offering to help create what they have in mind with some creative twists of her own. "I love working with clients that know they want a few elements included in their piece, but don't know how they want it to be put together, and helping shape their ideas into something beautiful," Sanders said.
When she is not hard at work creating jewelry, Sanders can be found in the roping arena or at a table trying her hand at watercolors. Time management is key. "It is hard to pace myself because I've made something I enjoy into a job," Sanders said. "It really comes down to lowering the number of custom orders I take when I know I will be roping often. I usually just end up roping less than I'd like, but no matter how much time I have, I can't rope enough." She balances all of her interests to achieve her goals inside and outside the workshop.
For those of us that like the sound of making money doing what we love Sanders recommends that you, "give yourself time to improve." It took time for Sanders to perfect her craft, but once she did, she accomplished the success of Sanders Custom Silver. "I also think the time I have spent to improve my social media presence has paid off many times over," Sanders said. She has marketed herself and created her own business of creating jewelry while juggling her other hobbies of team roping and watercolor painting. To get your custom order, visit facebook.com/sanderssilver or sandersilver.com.