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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: June 21, 2008 09:39:43 AM
Here is a good article on pricing (it's based around maille, but can apply to any craft).


Basically, it burns down to wage + materials + overhead.  My calculations on this price my chainmaille earrings at around $15, depending on the techniques I used.  Why?  Well, I charge myself $5/hr (still a student, not making a living with this yet, work in my PJs), materials tend to only cost $1 per pair (I buy my wire in bulk), and overhead is about $1-2, to cover etsy costs and so forth.

$15 may seam low for a pair of handmade earrings, but I think it's a fair price for the materials and the amount of work put into them.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Would you do this for your business? on: June 21, 2008 08:35:43 AM
Currently, my friends are helping with product reviews and my boyfriend is helping me with PR (or he will be, once my site is up).

The services you're offering can be important things to consider when starting a business, so I think if I didn't have my friends, I'd be willing to pay for a professional to look over my products, price them, and offer suggestions to advertise.

I think you should offer it all as a package, because all those things are important, and the only reason I'd see to not want the whole deal is if I've already figured something out myself, but even then it's good to have another pair of eyes look it over for you.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Packaging + Supplies on: June 11, 2008 03:01:53 PM
Ah, that website is great!  50 is a much more reasonable number than 500 ^_^  And very nice options, too!

I think I was more worried than I should have been about putting the packaging into another box for shipping.  I've only shipped larger items, which I had to put into big boxes, and somehow my addled mind thought that those boxes were the only shipping option?  Lol, so nevermind that.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Packaging + Supplies on: June 10, 2008 12:42:53 PM
After talking about it for over 3 years, I'm finally biting the bullet this summer and starting up a craft business via Etsy.  I have some of the basics sorted out (theme, prices, craft supplies, time commitment, etc.), but I'm stuck on 2 issues:  Packaging my product for shipping in a creative way, and buying supplies for said packaging.

Originally, I figured that I'd sell so little that I could just buy the 75 cent jewelry boxes at the craft store (I'm mainly selling jewelry, BTW.  Possibly some plushies, but that's still up in the air) and slap a home-printed sticker on the top, but I don't want to end up in a situation where the craft store's run out, and I'm also worried that 75 cents + sticker paper + ink could add too much to my prices to keep things reasonable.  I looked up buying those boxes wholesale, but I could only find bulk sales, and I don't have the space or the money for thousands of little boxes.

My other idea was to make origami boxes and earring cards to place inside.  This could be a nice, attractive package, but it would take 5-10 minutes just to package 1 item, and I don't think they would ship well without being placed in another box.

What do you use for creative packaging, and where do you recamend getting affordable supplies that are preferably not in bulk? (by bulk I mean minimun orders in the hundreds)
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Origami Change Box on: June 05, 2008 09:59:37 AM
It looks cute!  I made a stack of these using papers that were all slightly different in size, and it's great for when I need to grab a small container to hold random things.

It's way fun to collect change and plan ways to spend it when you cash it all.  I hope he uses it!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How to seal/protect copper pieces? on: May 15, 2008 02:25:42 PM
I have several pieces of jewelry/etc. that were left in a warm car too long and are now all tarnished!  They're mostly copper, with a little brass/nickel silver thrown in.  I know I could just lightly sand-off the tarnish of some of the pieces/dunk them in soda, but I want to make sure that they stay nice and shiny when I'm done.

Does anyone know of a good sealant/protectent to keep copper items from tarnishing?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery Holder from Frame (1img) on: May 08, 2008 06:38:42 PM
I originally bought it to make a dragon sculpture, actually.

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learn to Tat! on: May 08, 2008 05:47:30 AM
This is great!

I already know how to needle tat, but I've always wanted to learn to use a shuttle.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery Holder from Frame (1img) on: May 08, 2008 04:27:20 AM

Another use for that roll of window screening in my closet....
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: needlefelted guinea pig - my first felting! on: May 07, 2008 06:10:23 PM
AWWWW!!!!!!! So so cute little piggy!  The felting makes him look really fuzzy and cuddly!
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