A quick introduction to making breastmilk jewellery by Nikki Kamminga. Learn why breastmilk preservation powder can help new artists sell immediately without having to wait for their method to be proven and how you can trial your own methods at the same time.
Basic Breastmilk Jewellery Course is now ready to complete. The basic course doesn’t contain any questions, you simply read through the modules and lessons and when you’re finished, you’re ready to create some pieces.
Thank you so much to everyone for your patience and can’t wait to hear what you think. This basic course is a warm-up for my extensive Advanced Breastmilk Jewellery Course so it’s a chance for us both to try out the course style and to learn new things. Each module and lesson I write are so exciting and the hardest thing for me is not getting carried away, but I hope you can understand why I’m saving the best stuff for the advanced course.
This free course should have more than enough for anyone to get started with their new business, even if it’s beginning as a hobby or craft, or to DIY. If that’s you, don’t worry, I definitely think you have a place here. There’s always a seat at this table for everyone, no matter your background or experience. From the experienced jeweller whose best friend wants you to add breastmilk to a custom design, to the doula whose clients have asked for recommendations, to the chestfeeding trans man who nursed his baby through dysphoria but stopped sooner than he wanted in order to bind again. You could be someone like me, barely keeping their head above water as a stay at home parent and desparate for a small business that will make enough profit to cover a childminder a few hours a week – I don’t think anyone reading this will judge those parents who need some time to themselves. I genuinely think this is the best possible business for us unfulfilled new parents; it has fair profit margins so time away from your baby can quickly translate into money you can spend on groceries. At the same time, you’re absolutely helping people to remember a special time in their lives that passes so quickly. You might not really care too much about profit and be doing this for your community, in which case I’d advise you to still charge the going rate, then as soon as you can, employ someone to help you create pieces that you can mentor.
Offer pro-bono wherever you want to – for me that’s to the milk donors (all three of my babies had donor milk) and to the families whose babies were born sleeping. For you it could be someone who breastfed through adversity such as a baby in NICU. “Common sense” says not to undervalue yourself but giving away pieces or just asking someone to cover your costs can be a great way to gain experience and some 5* reviews. We’ll cover more of this at the end of the course and I’ll show you some ways to make sure your ball starts rolling
All about breastmilk preservation powder, how to buy and store the powder and how to use it. Which equipment to use, how to heat and avoid problems. Learn how to dry and grind the preserved breastmilk into a powder to use in breastmilk jewellery and how to mix it with resin, including the best type of resin to use for you!
Learn how to add the most highly requested additions to breastmilk jewellery. Also called "inclusions" or "elements", you will find out how to create pieces with hair, cord, colour and other kinds of sparkles. From baby's first curl or lock of hair, to umbilical cord stump or dried placenta powder, to mica, precious stones and gold leaf.
Direct Pour Breastmilk Jewellery, using breastmilk in resin to fill a setting directly, adding extras and doming
Basic cabochon stone making with breastmilk in resin. Learn to work in layers to create stunning flatback stones with lots of depth, ideal for making breastmilk rings, necklaces and earrings. Nikki shows you techniques to add hair, cord and sparkles to the breastmilk cabochons
Basic orb or pearl making with breastmilk in resin. Learn to work with a sphere mould to create beautiful orbs, ideal for making breastmilk necklaces, earrings and keyrings. Nikki shows you techniques to add hair, cord and sparkles to the breastmilk orbs, how to drill and then finish them with precious metal findings.
Learn how to make breastmilk beads, using breastmilk in resin to fill a mould. European style charm beads to fit Pandora-type bracelet. You can add extras such as hair and sparkles.
How To Sell Breastmilk Jewellery in person and online, including social media like Facebook and TikTok, free and paid for sales channels such as Etsy, Wix and WooCommerce. Some basic free breastmilk jewellery SEO tips to get you started and ideas for content and hashtags.
You finish the course with a guide to making friends and contacts within the industry, Facebook support and further learning. At the end of this you'll be ready to start making and selling your own breastmilk jewellery pieces with a great community to support you.