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« on: May 02, 2005 07:02:38 PM »

Lately, I've been obsessed with wearing flowers in my hair - and so, naturally, I started crafting them.  I've given several to friends (to rave reviews), and they always seem to attract compliments, so of course I want to sell them.  The problem is, I haven't a clue what to ask for them - or if the general public is really interested at all?  (I'm forever measuring my talents against the perceived charity of friends)

They are made of wool felt, with copper wires and Swarovski crystals for the stamens, and are entirely hand-sewn (with just a tiny bit of glue to secure the knots).  I've made brooches and hairpins, and with both I secure the flower onto the base first with wrapping the stamen wires, then by sewing (a lot), and then with a generous spot of superglue.  They -won't- come off the base (unless you really, REALLY want them to), and I've not had one snag my tangle-prone hair yet. They range from 1.5 - 4 inches across.  Each takes a little over an hour to make. 

Of course, the pictures don't do justice to the sparkle of the crystal stamens, or the intensity of the colors.

The Sharpie is there for size reference.  Wink

Help me, please.  Smiley 

> What do you think?    -- I adore them, but I'm prone to liking silly things.  Are they too ridiculous?  I'm in dire need of opinions, here.

> How much would you pay for a brooch?  a hairpin?  a set (brooch and 2 pins, etc)?    -- Would $7 - $10 per brooch/pin be too high?  too low?

> Where would you expect to see these for sale?  How much would you expect to see them for?    -- I think I could market these to just about every subset of fashion-conscious women.  And...  well, the flowers here (http://www.supermaggie.com/thingstobuy/?merchandise/Felt_Flowers_to_Wear) aren't felt, but felted - and WOW.  The tag on those beautiful brooches made me gasp!

Even the shortest comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you all, and keep on with the craftiness!
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2005 10:16:49 PM »

I think they're really nice, I'd definitely wear them...  but I have no idea what you should charge, I'm really bad at that kind of thing.
Wow!   I looked at the ones in the link you pu up and yours are MUCHMUCHMUCH nicer!  And much more interesting.
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2005 10:39:22 PM »

those are super super cute. i'd pay $5 for a large and $4 for a smaller one.  although, im really cheap. i bet you could get more  from them. i'd definately price them differently for size though.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2005 10:15:18 AM »

Those are the super cutest thing ever.

To work out a decent price, add up all your supply costs for 1 flower, and pay yourself $5 for every hour you worked.  You may also want to add another dollar or so to make a profit.  This will then give you an amount that you deserve!
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