Tezos is quickly becoming one of the go to blockchains for emerging artists. After doing a lot of research on potential blockchains (Ethereum, Cardano, Solana) to create my first photography NFTs I decided upon Tezos because of it’s low gas fees, sleek marketplaces, and community. In this article I’ll show you how to mint your first NFT on the Tezos blockchain through objkt.com. In future articles I’ll explore other marketplaces like hicetnunc.art so be sure to follow to learn more!
objkt.com is one of the top NFT marketplaces currently on Tezos and has the highest trade volume at the time of this writing. objkt.com is very similar to OpenSea in that it allows anyone to create their own NFTs and sell them. This also allows scammers to do the same, so please make sure to vet your NFT artists before buying.
Note: You can find a list of all the Tezos NFT marketplaces here.
First, just like every other blockchain, you will need some of the native currency to mint. The cost to mint and sell on Tezos is a compared to tens or hundreds of dollars on Ethereum (another reason I chose to mint on Tezos).
If you are only minting a couple NFTs on Tezos then you should be fine with buying around 10 $XTZ and could probably get away with as little as 5 $XTZ to get started. If you plan on minting a lot of NFTs like a 5,000 or 10,000 profile picture (pfp) set then you will likely need a lot more $XTZ because you will pay a gas fee for each individual NFT minted. Either way, it is still multitudes cheaper than Ethereum.
Once you’ve purchased your $XTZ you will need to move it to a wallet that can interact with objkt.com. This step is NEEDED to be able to mint your NFT or purchase other NFTs because you CANNOT mint and/or buy NFTs through an exchange wallet (e.g., coinbase, binance, kraken, etc.).
Once you’ve moved your funds into your Tezos wallet head over to objkt.com to begin the process of creating your first NFT there.
In the upper right ribbon of the site you will see “Create”. Click on Create. If it’s your first time to the site you will be asked to sign in with your wallet. Choose the same wallet option that you moved your $XTZ funds into earlier. Your wallet will then be asked to “sign” this transaction, essentially accepting that you want to sign in to the site with that wallet. This will not cost any $XTZ.
Once signed in you will be redirected to the Create Collection page. This is where you will create the collection that you will mint your NFTs into. This part of the process does require you to pay $XTZ and it usually costs around 1 $XTZ to create a collection.
I would advise keeping your first collection at a general level so you can mint any kind of NFT into it. If you know you specifically only want to create horse NFTs, or abstract line art NFTs, or something else specific, then you can give your collection a specific name to diversify from any future collections you create.
Note: Don’t overthink it, you can always go back and edit your collection name, description, and photo!
I kept my collection at a high level and listed the name as “Varras”, and for description I put “Exploring life through NFTs”, and used a photo of a dog that I took while hiking Rainbow Mountain in Peru.
When you’re good with your name, description, and photo of the collection click “Create” at the bottom and your wallet will again pop up with a notification to approve this transaction. Click accept and your wallet will spend around 1 $XTZ to create this collection on the blockchain.
Okay, now the fun part, creating your NFT!
Once you’ve created your collection, click Create again in the top ribbon and you should be brought to the “Token” page. This is where you will upload the NFT image as well as Title, Description, Editions, and Royalty. This is NOT where you set your NFT price; more on that later.
You will also notice the collection name is prefilled with the name of the Collection you just created. If you create another collection you can select it from the dropdown here, as long as it was created using the same wallet address. You can also select “New Collection” to create another brand new collection.
Below, I describe the fields on the “Create New Token” page.
Note: You CANNOT change these fields once you’ve minted the NFT. So please make sure you’re happy with the Title, Description, etc., and make sure there are no spelling errors!
Once every field is filled in click mint! You will then see a notification pop up to confirm the transaction with your wallet and mint to the blockchain. Click confirm and CONGRATS! You’ve minted your first NFT on Tezos!
Note: It cost me about 0.1 $XTZ ($0.40 USD at the time of this writing) to mint 10 editions of my photography NFT. Extremely cheap compared to Ethereum.
After your blockchain confirmation of your newly minted NFT has occurred it will take a few minutes for your metadata info to update on objkt.com. It is normal to see a screen like the one below:
After about 5 to 10 minutes your NFT metadata should be uploaded to the site and you can now put your NFT up for sale!
If you are still on the page that says “Loading metadata info…” hit refresh and your NFT should be there. You can also find your NFT by clicking the profile icon in the upper right of the ribbon, next to Create. Then selecting “Created” in the dropdown menu. Once the Created page loads you can click on the new NFT you created and will see a Details page with your NFT and it’s information.
On that Details page there is a button titled “Actions”. Click that Actions button now.
Once you select Actions you will be able to see all the actions you can take with your NFT, which includes listing it for sale!
There are other options for sending, auctioning, and even burning your NFT but we won’t cover those in this tutorial.
In the List section, enter how many editions you’d like to list for sale. As well as the price for each edition. For example, I created 10 editions of the photography NFT I minted. I am listing all 10 of those editions for sale, each one costing 5 $XTZ. If I sell them all then I’ll have received 50 $XTZ minus the 2.5% fee that objkt.com takes on each successful sale, so about 48.75 $XTZ in total. (More information on objkt.com’s fees can be found at their FAQs here.)
Once you’ve filled out the editions and price fields click “LIST”. You will be asked to confirm the transaction with your wallet and you will have to pay a small amount of $XTZ. I paid about 0.25 $XTZ (about $1 USD at the time of writing) to list 10 editions of my photography NFT.
Once you click confirm it will take about a minute for the transaction to list on the blockchain. CONGRATS! You’ve just listed your first Tezos NFT for sale on objkt.com!
To double check the listing went through, click the profile icon in the upper right and select “Listings” from the dropdown menu. This brings you to the Listings page with all your current listings on objkt.com. This page does not include other marketplaces like hicetnunc.art. I put an example of my listings page below:
Next, you have to market your NFT! At the time of writing I’ve minted 5 NFTs in total on Tezos; 4 on objkt.com alone and yet to have a single sale. But that’s not stopping me from marketing my work and I hope that doesn’t stop you from marketing either! No one will know about your great work until you tell them!
Right now the best way I’ve found for a new artist to market for free is on Twitter. The Tezos NFT community is very social and welcoming on Twitter with many “shill” threads active on a daily basis. I recommend searching Twitter for keywords “Tezos” and “Shill” and find a recent thread. Once you do, tweet an image with a description of your work in the thread! You’ll soon be getting sales in no time.
Also, if you’re finding you may have over priced or under priced your NFT you can go to Listings on your NFT page and relist your NFT for a different price!
To wrap things up and give a TL;DR here’s the steps below:
In total, it cost me just under 2 $XTZ to mint and list my Tezos NFT on objkt.com. If you’d like, you can view the listing here, along with the other NFTs I’ve created.
Feel free to ask me any questions over on twitter @varrasNFT or give me a follow if you like the content and want to learn more!
Thanks for taking the time to read.