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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: February 05, 2006 01:36:28 PM
I think everyone has their own calculations.  Maybe they are getting their materials cheaper than you are or pricing their labour lower.  I make lined bags from vinyl and sell them at a lower price than you do (sometimes, depends on how long the job takes - especially for custom orders), but it is probably because the vinyl I purchase comes at a lower price, and my labour is only $10/hr), NOT because I'm trying undercut anyone as I sell mostly to shops (I gave up on the online storefront when I got a f/t job). 

Obviously they are selling at a price they are comfortable with and, especially when starting out and building a name for yourself, it is normal to cut prices until you build a stronger demand.  I think that by insinuating that all crafters who aren't selling at prices in your range are trying to ruin you and other crafters, you are insulting them.  If they feel that their good are worth more, they will charge more.  I don't think anyone who looks at crafting as a serious business would undercut themselves to a point that would be detrimental.

If you think your prices are too high, try to find the same materials at a lower cost.  If you think they are reasonable, leave them as they are.  If someone likes your product, they will pay for it regardless of the price.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: good thread for sewing vinyl?? on: January 18, 2006 09:59:22 AM
how is it too thick for your machine?  can you buy a different needle perhaps?  I use all purpose thread and have never had a problem with it.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stenciling On A CD on: January 13, 2006 07:09:43 AM
My band used a stencil from a manilla folder.  It held up through 200 CDs.  You should be fine with cardstock.  Remember to put down a good cloth or something that won't scratch the cds while you are spraying / letting them dry.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: PINK wallet (BIG pictures) on: January 12, 2006 07:16:35 PM
pricing should be set at (hours x rate - aka your hourly wages) + materials.  It is your choice as to how much or how little you charge for hours or profit.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Question regarding metal casting. on: January 12, 2006 07:08:58 PM
I would like to try my hand at casting using metals, but I am unsure as to what kind of molds are and are not acceptable.  For example, I have a great mold that is used for casting polymer clay.  Do you think it would be ok to cast with it or should I make a cast, make a DIFFERENT mold of that cast, and use that? 

I would also like to try the mold with resin but I am fairly confident this would ruin the mold.

Advice? Huh
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Skull and Bees on: January 12, 2006 06:59:23 PM
Don't give up.  You are an inspiration to all!  I always look forward to your posts.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 2 skirts and 1 album cover :) img heavy on: January 12, 2006 10:10:59 AM
woah!  i can't believe that is all fabric adhesive!  That stuff hates me.
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Designing a T-Shirt Logo for Panic Attack Website on: January 11, 2006 11:28:42 AM
I disagree with the use of the Bush-esque face.  While I certainly don't approve of Bush, it detracts from the message about panic attacks and anxiety disorders.  Panic attacks don't just strike Democrats and Liberals, they also effect Republicans and Conservatives.  By making a politically tinged t-shirt, you are omitting a large group of people who also suffer from the disorder.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Domo Arigato Mr Roboto on: January 11, 2006 10:20:46 AM
You did a wonderful job!  How does it stand on its own?  Do you have weights in the feet or is it just modern science? Cheesy
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: 3D forest deer! on: January 11, 2006 10:19:48 AM
I think I already told you on LJ that I LOOOOVE these and I am so excited to see more of your stuff!
(lj_thinkingamericn)
/creepy!
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