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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricing... yet again! This time for embroidery patterns and finisched works on: June 13, 2010 02:57:59 PM

I recently got me a machine embroiderer from brother and I love it... Now this is the thing:
I'd like to earn some of my money back by doing custom embroidery for people/businesses. But how do I price the work?

I'd like to establish a price per embroidery and also a price for designing the (custom) embroidery pattern.

So lets say I have to design a pattern from a logo that has 2 colors in it and is 10 by 10 cm big (or 9000 stiches) and I have to embroider that same pattern 20 times on t-shirts (you can leave the tshirts out of the equasion).

How much should/can I charge for that???
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Crafing advise needed - large sculpting project on: April 26, 2010 10:40:29 AM
I hope my question is allowed in this sub-category I couldn't find anywhere it fit better.

For one of my next costumes I want to make a large "carry-on" dragon sculpture. A bit like this: http://ironshod.deviantart.com/art/Soul-Mates-112620615
Since I'm going to be carrying it on my back it can't be too heavy and since it's so big (like a large hiking-backpack) it can't be baked in an oven or something.

I'm starting out with a wire-frame and building it up with tin-foil. The outer layer I want to sculpt with clay, so I can get all the details in. I've also considered paper mache, but I don't know if I can get the same amount of detail in it that way.

SO... can anyone give me any advice on the materials for this projects outer layer??

3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / In need of gift inspiration on: January 31, 2010 11:43:14 AM
Hi, fellow craftsters!

I've been around for little more than a year now, although I mostly reside in the sewing sections. But I have a paper-related problem now.

My father in law is having his birthday at the end of february. And my sister in law asked me to make something nice, related to a photo of his vacation cottage. But I have to tell you... after the holliday's I'm all tapped out on gift ideas!

My painting and drawing days are a time away and even though I was averagely ok at it, I only ever drew animals.

Please help!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dragon Doudou's on: January 04, 2010 11:13:50 AM
I don't know what they are called in English. But we call these doudou's

They are little blankets with a high cuddliness factor. Usually with an option to attach a pacifier.

on to the pictures:

They are presents for resp. a colleague's new baby and my best friends new baby

Once they are born they will be embroidered with the name and birthdate and then they are done.

They are made of some velvety fabric (nice and soft) and a sleek fabric to counter. Both wings and blanket are stuffed with fiberfill. They are machine washable at high temperature (for hygiene) and the wings make crackling sounds like a potato-chips bag for extra fun.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Samsung Star corset case on: January 01, 2010 04:53:11 AM
Two days ago I got a really cute Samsung star (phone) and so I had no choice but to make a cute new case.

And this is the result.

It's inspired by the corsetty iPhone case by Urban Threads only mine has no lace or embroidery (sadly I don't own an embroiderer (yet)), but a velcro closure instead. I hate thinking that my phone could fall out, I know myself... and the clumsy me that I am.


This is a first draft, and I already know that more of these are gonna follow. Changes I will make certainly include:
- smaller and more grommets
- smaller ribbon
- different sorts of closures

Any comments are welcome
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simply baggie on: November 08, 2009 11:15:16 AM
Today i drew and made this new bag.

It has a divider in the middle that is also another compartment with a zipper.
It also features an extra compartment in the front that closes with a magnetic button. But I tried to let it NOT stand out by matching the pattern.

The whole thing closes with (yet another) zipper.

I'm thinking of ways to make it more interesting, but so far I'm not inspired.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a simple vest on: November 08, 2009 01:12:12 AM
This was my first commission of "normal" work Cheesy And I was pretty nervous if it would be ok with my buyer, but she was thrilled!

It took me one afternoon to finish, but I had made the mock up (self drawn pattern) earlier in the year.
I must add; my client is slightly slimmer then my mannequin.

On to the piccies:

I just love these buttons.... and these are the last of them Cry



And my little label:

For a while I was undecided about adding topstiching, but I thought my finishings were nice (fully lined) and neat and I didn't think this piece needed topstiching.

What do you think?
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Making a latex mold on: September 08, 2009 01:55:55 AM

I've never worked with liquid latex before, but I have a project in mind that screams for the stuff.

I want to make patches of (dragon)scales to fix on different parts on the body with spirit gum. I want to form the scales by making a sculpture of the scales in clay, my problem:

How do I make a negative of that?? (to pour the latex in)
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Queen of light (pic obese) on: September 07, 2009 11:21:09 AM
Just finished!
This costume will be worn at the Elf fantasy fair - Arcen edition on the 20th of september. For the moment no action shots available, but they will appear after the event.






This collar is on the cape, but I took the pictures above before it's existence

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HOW TO make a standup collar??? on: September 02, 2009 10:52:56 AM

I've been busy with a new project and I'm 1 step away from being finished. I want to add a big standing collar to this cape:


Can anyone give me an idea of the basic shape I need for this?
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