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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: November 02, 2007 05:28:35 PM
Rubywoo - this is a huge problem I have seen as well.  A friend asked me to make a cloak for him for Halloween and Renaissance fairs - he said that to buy one would cost him about $200.  So, because I let the fact that he is a friend get in the way, I ended up shelling out an extra $10 for supplies over the fabric he purchased, and 4 hours of labor for $30 (that had to cover the $10 I spent as well).

That was it for me - I should have asked him for at least $60-70 for the work and personal cost, but I was too nervous and worried.  Never again.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: November 02, 2007 08:43:15 AM
Funny to see this discussion still going after 1 1/2 years. Smiley

We don't have craft fairs in Germany, so I am stuck there - I need to sell through brick and mortar or online. Since posting two months ago, I have actually joined Etsy after all and am doing okay. My sock monkeys are expensive, but I have to make and sell a lot less than people selling for $20 a piece.

I also believe that many of the people underselling their work will eventually get out of the game - you just cannot work for supplies only.


I looked at your work - just fantastic, and I love that you are charging what you're worth.

I think it takes a great deal of self-confidence and self-respect to decide you are going to get what you are worth for your work.  As other craftsters have said in this thread, it's very difficult for most women to do this (and the majority of crafters tend to be women).  It's a skill that most of us have to force ourselves to learn rather late in life, because very few of us are raised to think about ourselves this way.

Talking about it like this is a great start.
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Behold! the Jack'o'melon! on: October 31, 2007 08:52:39 AM
That rocks.  I love the red creepy light coming from the inside!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: t-shirts for my friend's band on: October 29, 2007 08:18:07 AM
Ah, maybe it would have been better to lay them out and take the pictures lol.

Live and learn.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: cat pillows - tutorial added, sort of! on: October 27, 2007 10:14:25 AM
That's so freaking cute. 
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / t-shirts for my friend's band on: October 25, 2007 03:55:20 PM
I'm in the middle of making 50 ( Shocked) of these, but thought I'd share:




7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Printing white on black? on: October 25, 2007 03:52:43 PM
Scratch that, I got it Smiley.
8  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Anyone done Craftland (Providence)? on: October 25, 2007 07:10:22 AM
I'm waiting for an email back from them, not sure if the application deadline has passed.

Has anyone participated?  If so, any thoughts or suggestions?  (If the deadline has passed, but others have had good experiences, I will plan for next December.)
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: best home screenprinting setup on: October 24, 2007 06:01:11 AM
I wash the emulsion out with plain household bleach - that was how I was taught to do it but now I am concerned that it's going to ruin the screens...  it works like a dream, I'd hate to have to spend a bunch of money on something else...
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Printing white on black? on: October 24, 2007 04:57:07 AM
Hey all, I'm working on some t-shirts for my friend's hand and I'm not getting the level of opacity I'd like when printing with white ink on black.  I'm using Speedball ink.

Any tips?

(I laid the ink on pretty heavily and even gave the last shirt a couple of extra passes but it's not as opaque as I'd like.)
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