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21  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Rexlace bracelet dilemmas: time vs price on: July 17, 2012 02:44:20 PM
Hello all!
I have been making bracelets like these, on my breaks at my day-job, or when on the bus:

I would love to be able to sell them in my Etsy shop as well, but I have a few worries.  My normal rate for the things I make is $20 per hour.  These take a bit of time to make.
I'm worried that the second someone sees that it is made with Rexlace that they will be looking to spend less than I would charge.
I know my time is worth something, but I don't want to be that person hoping someone will pay over $20 for one plastic bracelet.  I'm wondering if I should charge less for them than I normally would since they are more of a time-filler than anything else.
22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What is a good glue for good quality flat-back rhinestones? on: June 22, 2012 03:13:16 PM
I have this awesome accessory order I've been working on.  Some of the stones she gave me are sew-on, so the glue I've been using is good enough to hold them down while I sew them.  Unfortunitly not all of the ones she gave me are sew-on.
I have been using both Beacon's Embellish It Glue, and Beacon 527 Multi-use Glue.  It only half works wonderfully for them.  After the glue is dry I found that they can pop-off, but the silver backing is still glued down.  Is there any glue that will glue it all down, or am I stuck gluing and hoping?
Here is a link to what I am working with: http://www.mjtrim.com/rhinestones-crystals/swarovski-flatback/swarovki-flatback-rhinestones-crystal.html  they are the smallest size.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Anyone know how much lead is in crystal trims? on: June 16, 2012 11:06:26 AM
I've been thinking-up some bracelet ideas based on the one I found here: http://www.ornamentea.com/TheShop/TutorialPages/EverydayWrappedBracelet.html
The crystal trim I want to use has a little warning on it about how it contains lead and the state of CA says it is bad, blah blah.  The usual warning about lead.
I'm wondering if it has a lot or not.  I'm also wondering, as long as it is only in the crystal part of the trim, would it matter since it will be sitting on top of cording?
24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Price question: Price break points on: June 05, 2012 06:51:23 AM
I've been making pin/badges for my local yarn shop and they recently took some to a show.  Someone saw them and sent me an e-mail asking about my rates for 100, 500, and 1000.  I have the 100 covered, but the others are being a bit hard.
I charge $0.75 each for up to 150 because that will cover my cost of material * 1.5 and my time.
I'm not sure how to calculate the other ones.  I know there is a price break in there, since there is less starting and stopping, but I don't know how to get the numbers.
My fiancee tried to help, but the time it took me to get them printed was only a few mins, 5 at the most.  I have the printer in my basement, so there usually aren't lines or big print jobs in front of me ^.~
I tried to look it up online, but I don't seem to know what to search for.

Edit: I've was told it was a good idea to figure at cost per button.  Rounding up, it costs $0.66 to make each button (I forgot when I calculated it before that I actually doubled the cost of materials, it might also help that I am buying more at once than I was back then)
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / How can I attach lace without sewing? on: May 19, 2012 11:28:50 AM
I have been commisioned to make some fabric flowers for someone.  She has given me the template and all the fabric.  She has some white satin that I am going to stiffen with some interfacing.  She would like some black lace on top of this.
The way the flowers are set-up is to have each petal cut out and attached, not a few big general flower shapes.  It would take too long to sew around each petal for what she can afford (she is paying me an hourly rate) and my sewing machine isn't smart enough to do a satin stitch.
I know spray glue would work to hold it for a short time, but I know that it won't hold long-time.  I'm also concerned that if I try and use fusable web, it will fuse through the holes in the lace and stitch itself to my pressing cloth or iron.  After those two, I'm out of ideas.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Did I change this pattern enough to count it as my own? on: March 22, 2012 08:17:10 AM
I was testing a pattern for a sock designer. It was a cable that looks a bit like a chainlink fence. As I was testing the pattern I thought it would make a good fingerless mitt.
Here are the changes I would be making: I would have the cable start in another section of the chart and end in a different place. I would also change some of the knits and purls in the cable itself. She has you knit all the stitches that you move around, even if you purl them in the next round, I would purl them as I move them.
Another note is that I wouldn't try and sell this pattern and make any money from this at all.
27  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / I would like some advice on my charity project for the coming new-year. on: November 10, 2011 08:26:03 AM
I've been watching Julie & Julia again and have been inspired to do something great. Last time I did this I spent two months pumping out baby hats for charity like a crazy person. That was loads of fun, but since I was only posting about it on my FaceBook I became a little lax about taking pictures. aka, I stopped taking any after the first month.
Like in the movie, I want to create a blog about my new adventure. This might encourage me to take pictures and it will let people who aren't my friend on FB to see and possibly comment. I want to try a year of charity crafting. In the beginning I will mostly just be knitting and crocheting items and donating them. I'm thinking that if I become popular, I could try and create something pretty (a necklace or pair of earrings) and put it up for auction and donate the money from it.
While I have this awesome plan figured out, I ran into a snag. I have no idea what to call my little project\blog. I want something cute\witty so people will remember it.

28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Fabric card holder on: March 26, 2011 07:36:58 AM
So I've been sewing cute little card holders out of fabric.  They are just a simple little bi-fold with two pockets.  Right now it can hold up to 12 plastic cards.
I'm thinking of selling them on my Etsy store, so I was wondering of that would be big enough.  I could make them a little bigger, but I'm not sure if that would matter or not.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need some help with inkjet printable fabric. on: February 12, 2011 03:36:27 PM
So I now have some ink-jet printable fabric sheets I got from the quilting section at work. They have washing instructions that pretty much read: don't get this dirty. I want to make some anime card holders for Katsucon. On my way home, I wondered if I should try and buy some really thin clear vinyl to add on as a protector for the outside(the printed fabric), or if there is something better out there?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glueing fabric to shoes. on: January 17, 2011 05:31:16 PM
I was looking at random stuff on the internet and found a fun link.  It told me how to cover plain boots with cotton fabric.
I've looked a few places, but I can't seem to find the fabric mod-podge.

I then found a page similar to it.

Now I'm wondering if the fabric-type would help hold it on better?  Could I use another kind of glue that dries clear and flexible?
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